The B-word

5 April 2008

= dedication* + willpower** + a whole lotta luck.

* Roz Savage says: Be mindful of the link between present action and desired future outcome. Ask yourself: if I repeat today’s actions 365 times, will I be where I want to be in a year? (Roz Savage: Rower, writer, speaker. Working to become the first solo woman to row across the Pacific Ocean from California to Australia)

** Apparently, willpower is limited. People can only focus their willpower on short spurts (and getting some sugar in between helps). For example, people who were forced to eat radish and then made to solve a complicated puzzle afterwards gave up sooner on the puzzle, as compared to people who were given a nice, chewy chocolate chip cookie beforehand. Exerting willpower in one area can reduce your willpower in others. So it’s better to allot your willpower reserves to the most important tasks of the day. The good news is that willpower can grow in the long term. Even something as simple as using your nondominant hand to brush your teeth for two weeks can increase willpower capacity. Like a muscle, willpower seems to become stronger with use.

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