I gleaned many of these insights from Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s a short read sardine-packed with golden behavior change wisdom. As 2019 dawns, the leaf-littered ground makes way for snow, and I slowly grow more layers of clothing until I resemble a waddling Michelin man, I imagine millions of people enacting New Year's resolutions. … Continue reading The Benefits of Systems Over Goals
I am very grateful for my life here in Korea. Students' effort, kindness, and sincerity give me so much to smile about. I live in a fast-growing city with many amenities. My employer pays my rent, and I'm financially comfortable. In many ways, I am truly spoiled. However, not all days can be amazing. Sometimes … Continue reading Bouncing Back
One book I really appreciated - a book that combines ancient wisdom with practical application - explores the Japanese concept of kaizen. The author, Robert Maurer, describes kaizen as follows: Kaizen has two definitions: using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product using very small moments to inspire new products and … Continue reading Kaizen – Small Changes for Big Effects
Is willpower a finite resource? Those familiar with Roy Baumeister's research would likely agree. They would advise people to eat breakfast and prioritize difficult tasks in the morning when willpower reserves are high. Others like Jocko Willink would object, positing that spending willpower creates an upward spiral of momentum. In other words, self-control begets more … Continue reading Is Willpower a Finite Resource?
One powerful application of self-control is managing mindless automatic habits. We must expend cognitive effort to either break down bad habits or build up good ones. Self-regulation can help us stop doing what we shouldn’t (like smoking or wolfing down junk food) and to start doing things we should (exercising regularly or responding calmly to … Continue reading The Power of a Plan
As I sat in Kim Dae-Jung Plaza, my eyes closed, my ears tuned into two birds’ argumentative chatter, thoughts fluttered across my mind like headlines underscoring a news report. “What's ruffling these bird' feathers?” “The weather is beautiful today.” “I wonder how much time is left.” One benefit of daily meditation comes from sitting alone … Continue reading Meditational Bliss – Wariness of Attachment
Lately, I’ve had some problems with my morning routine. I slowly bored myself with the same old healthy habits. What once felt refreshing and restorative morphed into daily drudgery. Quite frankly, it’s a great problem to have. Many people struggle to even start building healthier habits. Complaining about boredom when it comes to the monotony … Continue reading Keeping Things Fresh