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Taking back control over one's own life

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posted on Nov, 17 2012 @ 04:53 AM
Maybe there is a more appropriate forum for this then General Chit Chat but I didn't find it.

I found this interesting article by Tony Schwartz at

It mentions the works of Roy Baumeister

Thanks to researcher Roy Baumeister and others, the evidence is clear that we have one reservoir of willpower. It's a highly limited resource, and it gets depleted by every act that requires its use.

and gives a list of steps that renourish that reservoir, e.g.

So how do we take back control of our lives? What follows are the key moves we can make. It's not all or none. More is better, but each one will help.

1. Make more of your behaviors automatic.

Because our willpower is so limited, our best defense is to rely on it less. Here's how the brilliant mathematician Alfred North Whitehead put it: "Civilization advances by extending the number of operations we can perform without thinking about them." A ritual is a highly precise behavior that you perform over and over, at a specific time, so it becomes automatic and no longer requires much willpower to get it done.

I wondered what you think about it.

posted on Nov, 17 2012 @ 05:29 AM
reply to post by consolution

Thanks, maybe I'll try some of these. I think the information age has basically destroyed any resemblance of higher thinking. It's like pulling teeth to get anything important done or find meaningful friendships or relationships.

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