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Sadly, clichés aren’t effective tools for change.
If we want to do something, we not only have to get off our asses and take action — we need to create a mental model on how we plan to attain it.
Like the hero or heroine who embarks on an epic quest to find hidden treasure in a distant land, we need to create or resource an epic mental framework to slay our fears and master our chosen skills.
Imagine waking up one day to find that you’ve been diagnosed with a life threatening illness and informed that you only have three months to live. How do you cope with this new reality? How would you choose to spend the remaining time you have left?
If you’re like most people, you probably face self-doubt and negativity on a daily basis.
Did that self-help book or new age guru tell you it’s just a matter of setting an intention or exerting your willpower?
Well, I hate to break it to you, but those ideas — while nice in theory — are terrible tools for creating lasting change. And what’s more, they aren’t backed by proven, scientific strategies.
It’s common to think of motivation as something you either do or don’t have. Similarly, willpower is viewed as a limited resource within each of us, where we are rendered immobile or unable to continue moving towards our goals if it runs out. These beliefs have largely been spread due to the misinterpretation of scientific studies. However, recent science turns this on its head. Which is great news for anyone struggling to make important changes in their own lives!
Many of us go through our lives largely on autopilot, relying mainly on our long held tried-and-true methods of behavior and beliefs. While this may be comfortable to us, what do we do when a new situation arises? What about when we have a problem we’ve never encountered before?
A lot of us know the actions we need to take to live a better life or to break a bad habit. However, there seems to be a disconnect between being able to recognize what needs to be done and actually doing what needs to be done.
What if someone told you there’s one question you can ask yourself that will allow you to create the change you need in your life?
Would you be willing to ask it?
When thinking about productivity, many of us tend towards questions like “How much money do I make?” or “How much work did I accomplish?” as metrics for measurement. But how do you know when you’ve had enough? This cold, corporate approach seems to miss the mark. A superior alternative to these measures is intentionality: The pre-decision of choosing what you do before you do it.
Science or personal experience? Which is the best informant of our decisions, especially when it comes to maximizing our potential and living better—whatever that means to us as individuals?
Author, entrepreneur, and photographer James Clear offers an off-the-beaten-path answer to that question that involves holding on to two distinct ideas simultaneously.
You know you need to build accountability into your New Year’s resolutions AND find the right people to support you in achieving your biggest and most important goals in 2019.
But odds are, you still don’t have adequate accountability in your life.