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It educates the listener/reader about how willpower works and while I already knew about the muscle analogy, what was most fascinating to me are the unconscious behaviour schemes that we humans follow to “let ourself off the hook”. Whether it be making an exception, because “you did so well with something” today, or raise a credit on your future self—I can do that tomorrow, no problem—or the most scary to me, moral licensing, where you allow yourself a moral slip, because you recently demonstrated (or thought about demonstrating) moral strength in the same area.
I feel a bit terrified by this, because I can see some of these behavioral patterns in myself, even with harmless things, it signals a loss of control in a way.
This morning, I again didn’t get out of bed, rising at noon I decided to make this day a “not letting myself off the hook day”.
For one day (and that is easy, right, it’s just one day!), no excuses, no exceptions, only the hard way. If you notice yourself trying to take a shortcut, or “looking away from something that takes effort”, go the other way.
One of the most important messages I got from listening to not quite half the book is that the feeling of exhaustion does not mean exhaustion. If you have the feeling that your willpower is depleted, that is not actually true. Yesterday evening was the last time I took the feeling of willpower depletion as an excuse for anything.
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