Yep, old Tiw…Norse god…had a day of the week named after him.
He was the mythical god of single combat, victory, and heroic glory.
Tiw’s day…Tuesday….I believe it does take a lot of heroic glory to make it from Monday to Tuesday especially if one has started a new exercise program that is kicking their proverbial you-know-what.
I would be the ‘one’ in the paragraph above. First off, I love to kick it, but this winter I hibernated from exercising and continued to hibernate until..uh…late June? Sad but true. I refused to move. I had ‘exercise block’ which translated to not even walking around the block. And eating pie…and nachos…and anything else that has a high fat content and gives my brain a nice rush of sugar and yum. (Helen shakes her head and sighs.)
But I’ve been reading a book on brain resistance which applies to writing and any other habit–good or bad. Neuroplasticity is fascinating.
Neuroplasticity: The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment. (definition from http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=40362)
Habits are neural pathways…nice little paved roads. The more you practice a habit whether it be good or bad the thicker the pavement and the faster the travel.
Have a bad habit? Establish a new road of good thinking…a new habit…and soon you’ll be zooming along having broken the old habit’s hold because that’s what the brain does. It’s easy to think that you are forever doomed to travel down the same old roads, but it’s not true.
It’s all about replacing bad habits by adding new ones. My mama knew this to be true. She always said, “Get into the habit of….” I ignored her when I was sixteen, but she was really wise for a round short Irish woman with a volatile temper.
Here are some books on neuroplasticity (and general brain stuff) which are great reads:
Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance by Rosanne Bane
The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease Paperback by Pamela Nagami
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge, M.D.
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms In Prayer by Ken Wilson (I haven’t read all of this yet….eager to though)
Have a brainy good day!
***After posting this, I wanted to add this disclaimer: “It ain’t easy, but it can be done. Practice makes permanent.” That’s what my old Tae Kwondo instructor would say when I had to learn a new form. Habits practiced become permanent.