By taking a moment each day to bring our attention to this practice, we build the habit of shifting out of negativity bias to more useful mind states: remembering our past wins, celebrating our strengths, and seeing life as a series of opportunities rather than a relentless slog through setbacks and heartbreak.
This simple strategy reminds us the brain isn't fixed. Its habits aren't like plaster. They're more like plastic, strong enough to resist the occasional push but pliable enough to change in response to repeated effort.
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Have you ever heard someone say, "I wish I had that kind of willpower ," when her friend orders the salad instead of the chicken? It's as if they are convinced some people were born with self control . But self discipline is a learned skill, not an innate characteristic.
There's no evidence that increased leisure time equates to increased self-discipline. In fact, it doesn't matter how much time you have but what you choose to do with your time, matters.
Similar to building physical muscle, your mental muscle requires intentional exercise. Over time, your self-discipline muscles can be built.
The work-life balance broadly refers to the need for more leisure, family time or self-care. Critics of the term think it creates an artificial separation between work and life. Others feel the equation of work on the one side and life on the other is not a balance at all.
In response, the idea of work-life integration is becoming more popular.
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