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MODIFICATIONS

MODIFICATIONS

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO USE MODIFICATION WHEN MAKING CHANGES IN OUR LIVES?  WHEN WE MODIFY SOMETHING, WE DO CHANGE IT.  HOWEVER, I LIKE TO THINK OF THE MEANING OF MODIFICATIONS AS LESS EXTREME.  WE HAVE ALL MADE OUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS.  I THINK OF THESE CHANGES AS SIMPLY MODIFYING OUR BEHAVIOR.  LET US TAKE A LOOK AT THE DEFINITION OF MODIFICATIONS.

WEBSTER DEFINITION OF MODIFICATIONS-1.  THE ACTION OF MODIFYING SOMETHING.  2.  TO MAKE CHANGES

DAILY WISDOM WORD DEFINITION OF MODIFICATION-1.  TO CHANGE OUR BEHAVIOR IN A REASONABLE MANNER.  TO TWEAK EXISTING BEHAVIOR TO RUSULT IN A BETTER OUTCOME.

CHANGE IS NEVER EASY FOR US.  CHANGE REQUIRES WE SET UP A WHOLE NEW ROUTINE.  CHANGE REQUIRES AN OVERHAUL IN OUR BEHAVIOR.  MODIFICATIONS, HOWEVER, REQUIRE MAKING ALTERATIONS IN OUR EVERYDAY ROUTINES WHICH IS A LOT LESS DEMANDING ON HUMAN BEINGS.  TO MODIFY OR CHANGE OUR BEHAVIOR, REQUIRES 21 DAYS OF RIGOROUS CHANGE.  THIS MEANS FOR 21 DAYS WE NEED TO REPEAT THE NEW BEHAVIOR BEFORE OUR BRAIN BEGINS TO ACCEPT IT AS HABIT.  THIS SOUNDS OVERWHELMING BUT IF YOU SIMPLY DO THREE WEEKS OF THE NEW BEHAVIOR YOU WISH TO MODIFY OR CHANGE, YOUR BRAIN WILL THEN ACCEPT THIS AS A “RECOGNIZED PATTERN” OR THE BEGINNING OF A HABIT.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT SOME CHANGES MAKE SERIOUS ALTERATIONS TO OUR BRAIN CHEMISTRY SUCH AS ADDICTION.  IT MAY REQUIRE MORE EXTREME MODIFICATIONS TO CHANGE ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR.  WE MAY NEED TO CHANGE OUR COMPLETE ROUTINE.  FOR EXAMPLE, LET’S SAY WE ARE ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL.  TO ABSTAIN FROM DRINKING ALCOHOL, WE NEED TO ADAPT OUR SURROUNDINGS AS WELL AS OUR HABITS.  IT WOULD NOT BE VERY ENCOURAGING TO BE GOING TO A BAR WATCHING EVERYONE ELSE DRINK WHILE YOU WERE ABSTAINING.  

I CHOSE MODIFICATIONS DELIBERATELY AS ONE OF OUR FIRST DAILY WISDOM WORDS.  THIS IS BECAUSE I KNOW MOST OF US HAVE MADE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS THAT REQUIRE US NOT ONLY TO MODIFY THE BEHAVIOR, BUT MODIFY OUR ROUTINE.  MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS INVOLVE LOSING WEIGHT AND EXERCISING AGAIN.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT I USED TO BE AN EXERCISE FANATIC AND THIS WAS NOT THAT LONG AGO.  MY BRAIN ALREADY HAS A PATTERN IN ITS MEMORY OF WHAT IT IS LIKE TO EXERCISE ROUTINELY.  THESE CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS, ALTHOUGH DIFFICULT, ONCE STARTED USUALLY STICK.  THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT OUR BRAIN HAS WHAT IS CALLED, MUSCLE MEMORY.  “MUSCLE MEMORY” IS NOT A MADE UP TERM.  WE HAVE MUSCLE MEMORY FROM WHEN WE DID WORK OUT AND HAD THIS ROUTINE.  

THE MOST DIFFICULT MODIFICATIONS OR CHANGES TO MAKE, ARE THOSE THAT CHANGE EXISTING BRAIN CHEMISTRY OR WE ARE CHANGING SOMETHING THAT ALTERED OUR BRAIN CHEMISTRY PERMANENTLY SUCH AS STOPPING ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS THAT CHANGE OUR LEVELS OF DOPAMINE, SEROTONIN, OR OTHER NEUROTRANSMITTERS.  THIS IS WHEN WE MUST START THIS CHANGE OR MODIFICATION OFF REALIZING IT WILL GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS EASIER.  ALCOHOL AND DRUGS, AND YES, IN A HEALTHY WAY, EXERCISE ALTER OUR BRAIN CHEMISTRY.  ALCOHOL AND DRUGS HOWEVER, HAVE THE POWER TO ALTER THE BRAIN CHEMISTRY PERMANENTLY ;  SOMETIMES, FOREVER.  THIS IS WHY MANY PEOPLE WILL GO THROUGH A DEPRESSION WHEN ABANDONING THESE BEHAVIORS AND ARE BEST SUITED TO CHANGING THEIR DAILY PATTERNS OR HABITS.

WHATEVER CHANGES YOUR MAKING THIS YEAR, REMEMBER:  FOR THOSE BASIC CHANGES TO START A PATTERN OF NEW BEHAVIOR, IT WILL TAKE APPROXIMATELY THREE WEEKS FOR THE BRAIN TO CATCH UP TO YOUR NEW BEHAVIOR.  BE PATIENT.  DO NOT ALLOW BACKTRACKING OR RELAPSING INTO THE OLD BEHAVIOR DETER YOU.  WE ALL WILL FALTER FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT IT IS UP TO US TO GET RIGHT BACK IN THE SADDLE AND RIDE.  CHANGE OR MODIFICATIONS TO OUR BEHAVIOR TAKES TIME AND IF WE GO BACK TO OUR OLD PATTERNS WE WILL SIMPLY REMEMBER WHY WE WANTED TO MAKE THESE CHANGES TO BEGIN WITH.  

SAMANTHA LEBOEUF/DAILY WISDOM WORDS

 

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