Telling yourself that exercise (fasting, etc) is good for your will reinforce the extent to which it is good for you at a chemical level.
MORE IDEAS FROM Controlling Your Dopamine For Motivation, Focus & Satisfaction
Dopamine is the primary determinant behind how excited we are, how motivated we are, and how ready we are to push through things to get what we want
There are subjective experiences that differentially increase dopamine depending on enjoyment versus things like chocolate, sex, nicotine, etc. which universally increase dopamine.
Don't spike dopamine prior to engaging in effrort.
Don't spike dopamine after engaging in effort.
LEARN TO SPIKE DOPAMINE FROM EFFORT ITSELF.
IMPORTANT: Your baseline level of dopamine drops after you experience or crave something desirable.
All of us have different levels of baseline dopamine, with some genetic component.
After a peak, the level of dopamine drops below baseline. The extent to which it drops is proportional to how high the peak was.
This explains why doing the same behaviours will not produce the same level of joy.
Layering together multiple substances & activities that lead to big increases in dopamine can create pretty severe issues with motivation and energy right after those experiences
IMPORTANT: A drop in dopamine is inevitable after a spike
How satisfying an experience is depends on the height of the peak relative to the baseline. Increasing dopamine will make you motivated but it will be short lived.
How much dopamine you experience from something depends on your baseline level of dopamine when you arrive there and your previous dopamine peaks.
Thus, when you repeatedly engage in something you enjoy your threshold for enjoyment goes up and up and up.
IMPORTANT: Access reward from the process and associate dopamine release from friction and challenge you are in during effort instead of only once goal is achieved – convince yourself the effort part is the good part (e.g., intermittent fasting)
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Sovereignty is directly linked to power. A king or a state are sovereign through the power they can exert on your body. But we tend to think that our minds are free from any intervention and that we can maintain our sovereignty.
Money matters, in this situation, because they represent our thoughts turning into action. They are also a form of speech because the value of money reflects our daily interactions. When a ruler maintains power over money (like modern states) they deny our rights to free thinking & to free speech.
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