As the weather warms and winter is losing her grip, it feels like time to break out of old ruts; ways of approaching things that have served their time for now. Feels like the same old, same old isn't enough! Time to change some things up!!
I was inspired by an article that offered a new 'you' in 40 days. 40 days, ..... hmm. That seems rather ambitious time frame for it all to be 'new'. Still 40 days gives one a pretty good start! Believe the current wisdom that you can change up something in just 21 days has lost it's lustre and foothold in the change world. The idea that a mere 3 weeks really establishes a new habit hasn't worked well for me either. By all means it's gets you down the road some but we really need longer to develop more and stronger neurons lining up supporting the change. So when I caught the title of the 40 days to a new you article a couple of things struck me.
First, we weren't talking about weeks. (Well we are but not really!) Thinking about weeks (and weeks) at this time of year feels soul sucking. I don't feel the slightest bit inclined to even bother. Looking for something that feels doable. 40 days spins a whole different effect in my head and body. Some excitement, anticipation perhaps. Secondly, the number 40 itself doesn't seem too big. Only a bit more than a month, ..... less than half of 100 days. All of this is has me inclined to say 'Sure I can do that!'
I recognize that fundamentally this is comes down to semantics but hey, ... it's got me excited about stepping into something in a new way. If the same approach or the sameness of a routine has you uninspired, try changing up the language you use to define or describe it, it might just have you feeling excitement and energy to create something new for you!