Knowing isn’t doing.
I post a lot of stuff about getting better at things. A common response to my posts is “I know that.”
Knowing is great for watching Jeopardy. It’s not nearly as good for life.
So why is learning about improvement so easy and actually improving so damn hard?
Most any change that requires a lot of consistent mental effort is going to fail because you spend most of the day on autopilot.
Via Charles Duhigg’s excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business:
One paper published by a Duke University researcher in 2006 found that more than 40 percent of the actions people performed each day weren’t actual decisions, but habits.
Any change has to work when you’re on autopilot. The importance of self-control is one of the biggest myths about improvement.
Almost all the techniques for change…
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