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by Kelly McGonigal
When your brain meditates it gets better at attention, focus, stress management, impulse control, and self-awareness.
How to meditate:
Willpower experiments: Increase self-control.
Willpower experiment: the 5-minute green willpower fill-up.
Insane levels of self-control have pitfalls too, like:
Too much willpower (chronic self-control) could be dangerous. Trying to control every aspect of your thoughts and behaviour is too big of a burden.
The self-control muscle can be exercised and made stronger.
It can be challenged by controlling one small thing you aren’t used to controlling. Or it can be committing to any small consistent act of self-control.
For example, creating and meeting self-imposed deadlines, or somethi...
Change requires doing. For your biggest willpower challenge consider the following motivations:
Dopamize your “I will challenge.”, being mindful of your dopamine triggers.
What gets your dopamine neurons firing?
The most effective stress-relieving strategies are; exercise, playing sports, praying, attending a religious service, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside for a walk, meditating, doing yoga, spending time with a c...
Introduce yourself to you and you 2.0 (the future you!).
Future you is the person you imagine when you wonder if you should clean your closet now or later.
Meet your future self:
Trying to suppress thoughts, emotions and cravings backfires and makes you more likely to think, feel or do the thing you most want to avoid.
Four steps to handle cravings:
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