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
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
In a past post, I explained my preference for discipline and habits over mere motivation. I firmly believe that the best path toward sustainable and profound life changes begins at the daily level. While ambitious goals may excite us (especially in the early stages of self-development), sustained daily practice ultimately determines our ability to effect … Continue reading Gretchen Rubin’s Habits Manifesto
I feel fortunate. In the past four years, I have enacted profound changes in my life. I resumed going to the gym (a remnant of my football-playing days), began researching and taking my nutrition seriously, read countless books and audiobooks, and established a wonderful morning routine. Occasionally, my friends will ask me. “How are you … Continue reading Motivation is Overrated