No. 505 – January 1st, 2023
Happy New Year! Let’s make 2023 the best year yet!
Brain Food is a weekly newsletter with ideas and insights you can use in everyday life.
Small Habits Make a Big Difference
When we watch people make small choices, like ordering a salad at lunch instead of a burger, the difference of a few hundred calories doesn’t seem to matter much. At the moment, that’s true. These small decisions don’t matter all that much. However, as days turn to weeks and weeks to months and months to years, those tiny repeatable choices compound. Consider another example, saving a little money right now won’t make you a millionaire tomorrow. But starting to save today makes it more likely you will become a millionaire in the future.
Every year, I sit down and ask myself a version of these questions to reflect, gain perspective, and refocus.
The Knowledge Project closes 2022 with a look back at some of the best conversations of the year. Featuring interviews from 10 of the most downloaded and acclaimed episodes of 2022, this collection of conversations offers a variety of insights into evidence-based approaches to happiness, getting things done, small things you can do to make life great, eliminating drama, impulse control, making faster and better decisions, the core human nature that drives us all, sleeping better, slowing down your aging process, and what matters.
“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.”
— Karen Lamb
The biggest generator of long-term results is learning to do things when you don’t feel like doing them.
If you let excuses or emotion drive behavior, you’re cheating your future self.
Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.
Why do you write:
“If someone asks me, “Why do you write?” I can reply by pointing out that it is a very dumb question. Nevertheless, there is an answer. I write because I hate. A lot. Hard. And if someone asks me the inevitable next dumb question, “Why do you write the way you do?” I must answer that I wish to make my hatred acceptable because my hatred is much of me, if not the best part. Writing is a way of making the writer acceptable to the world—every cheap, dumb, nasty thought, every despicable desire, every noble sentiment, every expensive taste. There isn’t very much satisfaction in getting the world to accept and praise you for things that the world is prepared to praise.”
P.S. These alligators.