Before you try to increase your willpower, try to decrease the friction in your environment. James Clear
The average American adult makes 35,000 decisions every day — from what we wear to what size coffee we order. Each decision puts some degree of strain on our mental capacity. As the day goes on, we get tired and stop wanting to make decisions. It’s called decision fatigue. The biggest mistake we make in [...]
"Remove the branches of a thorn bush today and you'll avoid a scrape this year. But next year, you'll face the same problem again. Remove the root of the bush today, and the entire plant will die. Are you solving problems at the branch level or the root level?" James Clear
That is, it decreases the cognitive resources dedicated to recalling and anticipating constraints. Where are your guardrails? Are they decreasing such that your power is dulling you?
Most people are so strapped for time they can't take advantage of lucky opportunities or quickly resolve unexpected problems. Maintain a bias toward action, but leave room for the unexpected.
To take advantage of your brain’s natural gardening system, simply think about the things that are important to you
Your gardeners will strengthen those connections and prune the ones that you care about less. It’s how you help the garden of your brain flower. See more here.