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The Cookie Monster Knows More About Willpower Than You

March 04, 2014

I had no idea how much thought actually went into the programming of Sesame Street before reading Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Willpower is important to life success and that’s why Cookie Monster knows more about it than you. Before we get to that, let’s consider the famous marshmallow test, a legendary study from […]


The Effect Of Alcohol On Willpower

March 30, 2012

From Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength Contrary to popular stereotype, alcohol doesn’t increase your impulse to do stupid or destructive things; instead, it simply removes restraints. It lessens self-control in two ways: by lowering blood glucose and by reducing self-awareness. Therefore, it mainly affects behaviors marked by inner conflict, as when part of you […]


Understanding Speed and Velocity: Saying “NO” to the Non-Essential

March 19, 2018

It’s tempting to think that in order to be a valuable team player, you should say “yes” to every request and task that is asked of you. People who say yes to everything have a lot of speed. They’re always doing stuff but never getting anything done. Why? Because they don’t think in terms of […]


Habits vs. Goals: A Look at the Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life

June 07, 2017

Nothing will change your future trajectory like your habits. We all have goals, big or small, things we want to achieve within a certain time frame. Some people want to make a million dollars by the time they turn 30. Some people want to lose 20 pounds before summer. Some people want to write a […]


Dan Ariely on How and Why We Cheat

December 16, 2015

We all like to think of ourselves as honest, but there are inevitably certain situations in which we’re more likely to cheat. There are many things that make us less honest, like feeling disconnected from the consequences and when our willpower is depleted. Learning why we cheat can help us avoid incentivizing it. *** Three […]


Mindfulness versus Concentration

December 15, 2015

From the excellent Mindfulness in Plain English: Concentration and mindfulness are distinctly different functions. They each have their role to play in meditation, and the relationship between them is definite and delicate. Concentration is often called one-pointedness of mind. It consists of forcing the mind to remain on one static point. Please note the word force. […]