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Sun Tzu, the legendary military strategist, preferred to win without fighting or, at the very least, to win the easiest battles first.
The teachings of Sun Tzu extend far beyond the field of battle because they are focused on finding the easiest way to achieve a specific goal.
Becoming better is not simply a matter of willpower or work ethic. It’s also a matter of strategy.
What people assume to be a lack of willpower or an unwillingness to change is often a consequence of trying to build good habits in bad environments.
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Like most other things in our life, getting healthy is more about fighting our inner battles - desiring the bad food, wanting to drink and smoke, or forgoing the planned workout.
It is difficult to fight an inner battle if you do not know what you are fighting.
Get to the root of the problem by putting a face on that demon. Identify the real problem that is holding you back.
Don't try to fight your inner battle until you have leveled up. The inner battle you're facing never goes away completely. It just becomes easier when you are prepared.
It is a place where we are perpetually reactive to other people’s demands and needs, driven by emotional instead of logical impulses.
We need to escape it and see things objectively an...
This is a stoic lesson, to visualize failure in advance.
It helps because if you imagine failure you start seeing all the ways that have led to that result. And you can start actively working on addressing and mitigating them in advance.
Before he would jump into an idea and go full steam, take a reflective period to step back ask yourself: "What do I really have here? Do I actually have something? What am I hoping to accomplish?”
Much of human behavior follows a predictable cycle: trigger, behavior, reward.
For behaviors that you want to do, the goal is to make triggers salient, the behavior easy, and the reward as...
In habit speak, don’t underestimate the power of everything around you to act as a trigger.
A better option than relying purely on willpower is to consciously design your environment to remove the temptations that regularly get in the way of what you’re trying to do.
it’s not just your physical environment that influences your behavior but also your social one. Motivation is contagious.
A community also helps with accountability. If you’ve made a commitment to another person or group, you’re more likely to stick with it.