Why Willpower is Never Enough and What to do About It | Roy Baumeister

Willpower alone is never enough to overcome an obstacle, resist temptation, or reach your destiny.

In fact, as the day wears on, it gets weaker the more we use it. You must manage your willpower in order to be effective.

You know this all too well if you have ever attempted a strict diet or tried to summon the energy to start your term paper early. Willpower is never enough. But what do you do about that?

Why Willpower is Not Enough
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Are You Making Any of These 5 Mistakes on the Weekend?

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Your weekend might be the most important time of the week. It’s not only the end of one week, but also the beginning, the setup, for the next.

If used correctly, it can be a great way to wrap up a successful week or to recover from a difficult one. If used correctly, it can be a great springboard for an awesome week ahead.

If used incorrectly, it can end a great week on a sour note and set up an even worse week ahead. All because you make one or more of the five mistakes I share below.

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5 mistakes most people make on the weekends

1. Not reflecting on the week that was.

You don’t spend time looking back. You don’t dig into what went right and what went wrong.

When you don’t review your week, the lessons you learned get lost, successes aren’t celebrated, and you tend to lose track of ongoing projects. When you start on Monday, it’s as if you are starting all over, rather than picking up where you left off.

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5 Days to Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

7 Ways to Overcome Burnout and Truly Live

You’ve reached the end of your rope.

You’re burned out on your chasing your dream. It used to fill your life with excitement and promise. Now feels like it’s sucking the life out of you.

So what do you do when you’re burned out with your dream?

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I received an email from a friend recently who was burning out. My friend is a dreamer and a go-getter. He works hard at his day job and hard at his dream. He wakes up early and goes to bed late. And in between he hustles.

And I know something about him that sometimes he forgets, like we all do. I know that it will be worth it and that he will achieve great things.

5 Ways to Boost Your Energy. #3 Changed my Life

It’s the middle of the afternoon and you need a boost. What do you do?

You could reach for the coffee, but caffeine loses its effect after a while. Not to mention it’s only a temporary lift. You need lasting energy. So what do you do?

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Here are 5 ways to boost your energy at the office or at home. #3 changed my life…seriously.

1. Go green.

No, I don’t mean you need to recycle something. Add some green to your office or home.

How to Retain More of What you Read

Thinking of sitting down with a good book that you want to learn from?

Let me tell you why that may not be a good idea.

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My trainer was running late for our first appointment.

I didn’t want to just sit around and get cold, so I paced my living room and I read Proverbs. The entire book.

And I remembered much of it. I made a mental note that I unfortunately forgot about for the next six years. That mental note said:

We retain more of what we read when we are active.

What do you want more?

I stared at the Christmas cookies in a trance.

One even called my name (I swear it happened…little sucker sounded so sweet and convincing).

Time passed at a glacial pace as the devil and the angel on my shoulders threw down in a battle for the ages. I stood there for what seemed like ten minutes (it was more like twenty seconds), frozen.

Until I asked a simple question, “what do you want more?”

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It’s the central question to every decision we face. What do I want more?

Find Something to Look Forward To

What’s the best part of Christmas for kids?

Is it the presents? The time with family? The time off from school? That all dietary restrictions are forgotten for a few days?

Psychologically speaking, it’s none of the above. And we can learn a lot from kids at Christmas.

Looking forward to something is healthy

The best part about Christmas for kids

The answer to the question above is:

Anticipation.

At least scientifically it is.

All-Natural Way to Beat the Cold or Flu | Winter Health

Leaders and high performers can’t afford to get sick.

Yet, with cold and flu season in full swing, we need to be prepared to avoid it and beat it if needed.

Almost every year, I find myself with the beginnings of some sort of sickness. Just last week, I woke up Tuesday having swallowed a porcupine. In the past it usually turned into a full-blown, knock-me-out, watch-Bob-Ross-all-day nightmare.

Until I started following my new all-natural recipe for beating colds and flu.

All Natural Cold Remedy with Olive Leaf, Grapefruit Seed, and more

Now, before I continue, let me make two things clear:

1. It works very well for me, but it might not for you.

2. In case you didn’t know, I am not a doctor. If you’ve got some other stuff going on (i.e. high blood pressure, chronic bronchitis, etc.) you should still see your doctor. Also, don’t do what I suggest if you are on any long-term medicines. I don’t know what might happen.

So with those caveats out of the way, here’s what I started doing a few years ago. I have been sick approximately five times since then, about the same number of times as usual. But it has never materialized past the third day and never gotten worse than a mildly sore throat and sniffles.

Love the unlovable. Smile at a Stranger. Laugh Until it Hurts.

Family.

Friends.

This community here.

Turkey.

Expandable waist pants (just sayin’ they’re handy this time of year)

I’m thankful for all of these.

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As is often the case this time of year, we reflect on the things for which we are grateful.

Somberly, I look back on the year and realize how often I let moments that should have brought so much joy just slip by. I think of all the times I failed to recall, relive, and express my gratitude.

But this time is different. This time I vow to allow the simple moments to take me away. I will allow them to become vivid memories. I will relive them over and over, share them with others, and become a more grateful person.

Do You Want to Live a Life That is Long and Prosperous? | Psalm 34

Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous?
Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!
Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
Psalm 34:12-14 (NLT)

Psalm 34 Long and Prosperous Life

The secret to a long, prosperous, and happy life

There is a secret to a long, prosperous, and happy life. David shares it in Psalm 34: Don’t lie, don’t insult others, and don’t gossip.

I’ll admit that if those are the keys, I should have died six years ago after a miserable life. Thankfully, I didn’t and have learned (slowly) to live a life more in line with those parameters.

Note that David didn’t write, “Do you want to live a life more pleasing to God?” Or even, “Do you want to live a life that will benefit others?”