Tag Archive: self-examination

Are you focusing too much on willpower?

People often beat themselves up for not having enough willpower. But what good does that actually do?

A lot of times, it’s a cop-out. You engage in some degree of self-flagellation (“I’m so weak! I don’t exercise, and I procrastinate on all my work!”), but once that’s out of the way, nothing changes. Maybe you feel a little more ineffectual or unhappy, but that’s it.

What is willpower anyway? There’s an assumption that it’s an independent force in the mind. Tweak it somehow, and the New Year’s resolutions you’ve already abandoned will become possibilities.

But what affects willpower, and is it even the main driving force behind change? It probably isn’t productive to think about change as simply a matter of willpower. There are other issues to consider – patterns of behavior, thoughts, and feelings that have locked you into your current life.

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Inspiration Medley #2

Occasional collections of the beautiful and creative.

Michael Faraday’s thoughts on mental discipline – The pioneering 19th century physicist and chemist discusses how to battle the tendency to accept without question our beliefs and desires.

Candy anatomy – A medical student in Glasgow makes diagrams of body parts and pathogens using candy.

When poisons had personality – Agatha Christie’s use of poisons, based on knowledge acquired while volunteering at a hospital pharmacy during WWI.

Tube worm thoughts – Our life is difficult to imagine, from certain perspectives.

Stunning animated gifs – Some of Lara Paulussen’s enchanting forests, doorsteps and paths.

You can do a lot with finger painting – Well, maybe you can’t, but Judith Ann Braun can.

Anatomy of songs 1 and anatomy of songs 2 – Through cartoons, John Atkinson dissects typical songs from different music genres.