So what does a happy healthy new year mean to you?
Is it the start of a yearly resolution? diet? or exercise program? And why do so many people need to make this resolution; often times the same resolution every year?
Personally, I do not think it has anything to do with weakness, failure or any other negative connotation. Actually, we as humans are wired to keep doing what we’ve always done, unless something actually moves us to do something new. Sir Isaac Newton referred to the force needed to change direction as Inertia. So what will it take to create some positive inertia in your life this January 1st?
In the 1970’s a popular self-help book titled Pscho-Cybernetics stated that it takes 21 days to change a habit, or start a new habit. These 3 weeks were important to re-train the body and mind. This will create enough inertia to make a valuable change in one’s personal direction. Twenty-one days supposedly directs the unconscious to start seeing things differently and allow the physical being to not only start new but stay on that fresh path.
So what can you do to stay motivated? On December 31st or January 1st, whenever you are ready to forge ahead with a resolution, take out paper and pen and write down everything you are thinking with respects to this new path. Write the why’s, the how’s and put to paper the excitement you are feeling now and will feel once this idea has changed your life. Then every morning upon waking and every night before going to bed read what you have written. Read it slowly and think of the words you are saying. Let it be a part of your wake and your sleep. Then after the 21 days are up, you should see yourself on a new path, only now you will be 3 weeks into your venture, not “hoping” to start a new.
After you have completed the 21-days, take out a new paper and pen then write where you wish to see your life in the next 3-weeks. Again write about everything you are feeling, how you wish to get there and why it is necessary to succeed. Read this new paragraph every morning and night. Before you know it you will have seized upon enough inertia so next New Year’s there will be no need to wish for this resolution again. Good Luck with your aspirations for 2017 and have a Happy New Year.
~ Dr. Guadagnino