Motivation, Discipline, and Habit: Concrete Strategies

Motivation, Discipline, and Habit: Concrete Strategies

Quick Re-cap: In my first post about discipline and motivation, I made a case for treating them as two sides of the same instead of mutually exclusive ideas. I talked about discipline as chopping motivation up into little pieces and rationing those pieces as needed. In a moment of inspiration, I came up with the term “motivation trail mix”. Then I wrote that the process of rationing out motivation is really the process of developing habits. Not entirely accurate, because you can lack or be working on developing habits and still have discipline. Right?  But codifying your behavior into habits makes everything run more smoothly and efficiently. Conveniently, discipline can help build good habits and good habits can reinforce discipline. So it’s probably more accurate to think of developing habits as a way of making each bit of motivation go a little further. Stretching it, if you will. This post is about some ways to develop habits. Building habits can be tough, but...
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Robb  Wolf on “Cheating”

Robb Wolf on “Cheating”

I recently listened to a podcast that posted waaay back in March, in which Chris Kresser interviewed Robb Wolf about his book Wired To Eat. Chris quickly laid out the context for the book, explaining it as "Paleo 3.0". Previous incarnations were characterized by a much stronger focus on quantity of food (1.0), and then a focus on macro nutrient ratios (2.0). This is way oversimplified, but helps a new listener to contextualize the main ideas, I suppose. Just for the record, I would have called 1.0 a focus on eschewing grains and processed foods in favor of lean wild and pastured meats and fish, vegetables, and "healthful oils".  Anyway, the 3.0 version incorporates all of the previous models--quantity and quality of food and macros matter--but recognizes that it’s probably more functional to start with how the brain is wired and why that can be a problem in our current food (product)-rich environment. From here, food quality, quantity, and macro nutrient content...
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