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Another way to look at streaking

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I've been working on getting ten thousand steps a day since July 22, 2012, but my streak has been broken many times for various reasons. I'm currently 35 days into attempting another streak; this time I hope to beat my longest streak, which was 81 days. Unfortunately the screen capture below isn't very good:

It says:
Current Streak 35 days (from 8/19)
Longest Streak 81 days 4/12 - 7/1
315/794 days = 40% since: 7/22/2012

To me, attempting to create a streak has positive and negative aspects. On the positive side, streaking encourages consistency; not wanting to break the streak means that I'm more likely to keep up with whatever streak I'm working for. On the negative side, the compulsive/perfectionist side of me is prone to want to keep the streak going at all costs, even when that could be detrimental to my health. For instance, I recently had some issues with my knee; I didn't like it, but it was wiser for me to break my streak until I saw some progress in physical therapy.

On the positive side, I give myself kudos for keeping a streak going. On the negative, It would be easy to see breaking a streak as failing. However, when I started working on my streak again recently, I noticed that the percentage at the right of my streak was at 32%. Even though my streak has broken more than once, I've gotten 10K steps in enough days that my percentage is now up to 40%!

So, I've realized that consistency doesn't have to mean the rigid perpetuation of a streak at all costs; consistency also mean performing the desired behavior frequently enough to increase that percentage. Looking at it this way means I strive to keep the intervals between streaks short, instead of insisting that a streak live forever.

I'm so glad that percentage is on each of my streaks, because it helps me to see progress even when I'm not perfect!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Love the title of the blog! Also your insight into the importance of the percentage as defense against perfectionism.

    Congrats on getting your 10,000 steps in!
    1546 days ago
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