Improvement pill here. Welcome to lesson 10 of the tamed course.
In our previous lessons
we learned about how habits and willpower works.
So if you have not watched any of those videos yet,
pause this video right now and click on
the link in the description box below,
it will bring you to a playlist with all of
the lessons of the team course in chronological order.
We now know that we have a lot more willpower than we think we do,
but when our levels of willpower
drop below a certain threshold we
entered a state of ego depletion where
it becomes much harder to stick to our habits
so how can we increase the amount
of willpower we can use before we entered a state?
How can we increase our self-discipline?
Well, numerous studies were conducted
between 1999 and 2006
by professor Roy Baumeister who’s one of the pioneers of willpower research.
He took large groups of people and tested how much willpower they had initially.
by forcing them to do certain willpower exercises such as
seeing how long they could work
on an unsolvable puzzle before giving up.
He then split these groups into two.
The first group was the control group,
and they were simply told to go home and come back in two weeks.
The second group was told to participate in a variety of different tasks.
Some were told to try to fix their posture,
some we’re told to try to use their non-dominant hand for tasks,
like brushing your teeth and opening doors,
and others were even told to
actively change the words they used
in their sentences like removing the use of
filler words like “um”and “like”.
These groups were told to actively try and
stick to these changes
for the next two weeks and then come back.
So Baumeister’s surprised all of the groups that
elicited some sort of control over their
lives had a significant increase in their levels
of willpower after a two-week period.
As compared to the
control group who saw no change.
So what does this mean?
Well this means that willpower is just like a muscle.
When you workout constantly for long periods of time,
your muscles get stronger.
They get bigger and you’re able to lift more weight.
Willpower is the exact same
If you actively try to change something
in your life you’re using willpower to make these changes,
then over time you’ll be able to use more willpower without
entering a state of ego depletion.
Your willpower muscle will get stronger.
And this explains why Keystone habits are so powerful.
If you recall in a previous video
which I will link to
in the description below we spoke about how
some people change one habit
in their life and all of a sudden they change their entire life.
They change a bunch of different habits.
The Keystone habit is so effective because
by sticking to a single habit you’re training your
willpower it’s getting stronger and
as your willpower gets stronger you have
more strength to change the other habits in your life.
So what can we do with this knowledge?
Well for one, it shows us just
how important it is to stick to our keystone habit.
If we can successfully stick to this habit and get it to that line of automaticity,
it will mean that the amount of self-discipline we have
will also increase dramatically,
and this is the reason I structured the course,
This way we put the focus
on building a keystone habit instead of focusing on
getting rid of our bad habit and that’s
because by building the keystone habit
you will eventually become strong enough to get rid
of the bad one and that’s why
you’ll notice that the large majority
of people who are extremely successful have
an obsession with self-improvement.
They’re always looking for ways to use their willpower to improve their lives
and they may not know it but this
obsession with improvement makes themstrong enough to accomplish the tasks
that make them so successful.
So drill this into your mind by actively trying
to change your life by being interested
in self-improvement by sticking to that
keystone habit you will become stronger
so keep strong and carry on because
you’re getting stronger every single day as long
as you stick to this and that
sums up everything we need to know about willpower.
At this point in the course you should already be building up
your keystone habit. If you find yourself slacking,
remember all you need to do is
stand back up and stick to this habit,
If you follow this one simple task,
you will get much stronger.
In our next lesson, we’re gonna speak about the effects
of our social environment on our habits.
How you socialize actually has a huge effect
on how likely you are to overcome your bad habits.
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