Jul 06, 2014
It takes 3 licks to get to the center of the Tootsie Roll Pop! Do you remember that commercial with Mr. Owl? It was poorly drawn, and the wise owl tells the young man, through the owl's practical on-the-spot experience, that it takes 3 licks to get to the center of the Tootsie Roll Pop. I don't know about you, but I was never able to get to the center of the Tootsie Roll Pop with just 3 licks. The truth is, the owl bit to the center on his third lick, but that is a whole other lesson.
As this Tootsie Roll Pop story is recorded, it takes 3 licks to get to the center. And now, for your story:
We often get asked, "How many repetitions does it take to make the resets stick?", or "How many days a week should I press reset?", or "How long does it take to make the resets permanently stick?" The simple answer to all of these questions, and those like it, is, "yes."
The not so simple answer is, "Consistency will bring it to pass."
When it comes to pressing reset and restoring your reflexive strength, or your original strength, consistency is the answer. The details in the consistency lie in the frequency, number and duration of how you press reset.
A child builds his original strength over time (a few years) through moment by moment, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, deliberate engagement. A child consistently lays and builds the foundation of strength and health: the neural networks in the brain and the reflexive connections throughout the body, by deliberate engagement.
Fortunately, for all of us, we were once this child. We have all at one point in time built this foundation of strength and created all of the neural connections for the body of a superhero. We still have the same operating system in us today that we did back then. Some of the neural connections we built still live inside of us, others we may have to rebuild. The beauty of the whole thing is that we can do it.
Through the plasticity of the brain (the ability of our brain to change and create new neural connections) we can dust off the connections we used to use often and we can even rebuild new connections by engaging in our operating system (by pressing reset). Will the resets "stick and stay?" Absolutely! - with time and consistent engagement.
How fast the resets stick is up to you. How fast do you want them to stick? Repetition creates and then cements the neural connections and the reflexive connections inside of our nervous system. The more you do, the more you cement them.
If you are wondering, "If I cement them by doing them, how did I lose them?" Repetition cements things (use it or lose it). Non-repetitions un-cement things. A non-repetition is actually a repetition of nothing. Repeating nothing over and over again cements nothing in your nervous system. You get that?
So yes, the resets can and will stick, but the caveat to that is that you have to not do nothing. You have to do something. You were made to move. You have to move. In fact, walking is intended to be the reset that keeps you held together, that keeps you as strong as a superhero. This is true. It may be hard to wrap your head around, but that doesn't mean it is not true!
Anyway, for walking to be the reset that keeps you strong, you have to have your reflexive foundation firmly put in place - first. Press reset, often, consistently until you have laid a solid foundation. Then, move often! Then walking will further cement your neural connections - you won't lose them.
Will it take a year? Two years? Yes. It takes as long as it takes. As a child, it took about 5 years. BUT that 5 years was meant to keep you strong for a lifetime. As an adult, you have a head start. It may not take you that long. Even if it does, three years of pressing reset, of crawling and rocking, is a great trade off for 40 more years of strong LIVING.
Yes. The resets will stick. They were always intended to stick. They will stick again. You were made to always be strong.
Start licking. It doesn’t matter how many licks it takes.