I’ve changed my mind about willpower. For a while now I’ve believed my willpower was limited, that I only have so much in a day. WRONG. Thanks to an article that debunked that theory, I now have a different concept of it.
I found this article about willpower: You’ve got the power. In it Sara Angle goes over both studies, an earlier one by Idaho State University claimed “willpower was a muscle” and “limited”. It could be depleted as you used it. So, you had to allow yourself some leeway. If you spent all day resisting the urge to eat chocolate, well, by dinnertime you were screwed. You couldn’t help but eat junk food and spend the rest of the night watching TV, because you had no more willpower.
Well, newer studies from the University of Colorado, and the National University of Singapore Business School have a different idea. The new studies claim that willpower is more a “tool” or a “method” for overcoming challenges and you can have as much as you need. It’s “limitless” but depends on “your skills, values and personality.” So, if you know you’re a lazy person in the evening, then you also know you’ll have more willpower, and be more productive in the morning.
Willpower is like a pendulum
Here’s how I like to think of it now. Willpower is like a pendulum, and it swings along a spectrum from high to low.
(nothing gets done, no motivation)
(yes, I can do everything I want to:
play outside, write my weekly blog post, and write 1000 words every day.)
I’m a morning person, but I work an early shift now. I have to do my writing and errands in the evening. If I don’t get enough sleep, if I haven’t been eating right, then I have very little willpower.
The opposite is true too. When I feeling upbeat, positive and strong, when I’m in a good mood and hopeful, I eat right, I go to bed on time, then I can work like crazy. I finish work, I do my writing, and I even get outside to walk in the sunshine.
So, now, I’ve changed my thinking. I know myself better.
If its raining out, I have no desire to go walking, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do yoga inside. Five minutes of stretching and I feel so much better.
Sure, if I work too hard, then I’m exhausted by the end of the day. I come home without any energy. I plop down on the couch and – that’s it. I have no willpower; it’s depleted. Only now I believe it isn’t gone. This is when my willpower is on the low end of the spectrum and it’s just much harder to motivate myself.
Some days are easier than others.
As a baker I work around donuts, and sometimes it’s so hard to resist eating one little donut hole that got smashed and we can’t possibly sell. But sometimes it’s easy. I don’t need to eat it. Sure it’s tasty, but it’s also fatty and oily and sugary. Some days are easier than others.
What is your spectrum like? What changes your ability to get things done?
Here’s some distractions from October 8th – 14th
I made this one, only I didn’t stuff anything. I just cut the potato open, mashed it a little and put the quinoa-kale-chickpea mix on top. This is the kind of good wholesome food I like to eat, mostly.
I also recommend making a pan of 8 x 8 brownies. Once it’s cooked, place a layer of marshmallows on top and broil them.
Voila, Toasted Marshmallow Brownies. Don’t eat too many.
Before we had good footwear, we wore leather-like socks and we walked differently. Here’s a very knowledgeable German man to explain, and demonstrate.
How do you feel about spoilers? Well, this video changed my mind about them. I also love this channel. I will post more about his videos in the future.
Now I understand better why I get so upset when I’m spoiled. But, sometimes I want to be spoiled. I want to know if a game is worth playing or a movie worth watching. I will literally google for spoilers. Spoilers don’t ruin everything, but they do take away the potential; the possibility of an amazing experience is gone.
I also watched two different takes on plot twists this week. They make them sound so simple, but it’s really not. Or at least, I believe you can’t go into a story wanting to make a plot twist. Thinking ‘I’m going to write a plot twist’ is the wrong attitude. It needs to grow out of the story organically. Crafting a story comes from utilizing good characters, tracing their emotional growth, giving them challenges and conflicts, knowing what they want and then denying them. This can often result in a plot twist.
Interesting ideas, discoveries
Gravity is real! Amazing! I didn’t realize we’d discovered gravity – I mean gravitation waves. No, seriously these ripples in space-time were only a theory. Einstein didn’t know if they really existed, but they do. We have proof.
A list of Studies; all those -ology words, like the study of trees, and the study of dogs. I should have studied Xylology in school.
Vulcanology, the Study of Volcanoes sounds more like the study of Star Trek Vulcans.
I’m linking to some articles about Grape-kun, if you want to know more, or see pictures. He was a sweet old penguin in Japan who fell in love with an anime character.
Basically, a popular show called Kemono Friends features various anthropomorphized animals, including a penguin-girl called Hululu.
There was a promotion for the anime at a local zoo and the zookeepers put a cardboard cut-out of the adorable character Hululu in the penguin pen and that’s how the real penguin Grape-kun met a 2-D character. He would stand nearby and stare at Hululu, sometimes refusing to eat. He was in love. Now, we fondly remember him.
Chilean filmaker Nicolás Lopez has a different philosophy about making films. He would rather make more films, at a cheaper cost and make them profitable, than make just one film that’s extremely expensive and has to be a huge blockbuster to make any money.
Sounds like a better plan to me. This is part of the reason why I’m going to start self-publishing soon.
I downloaded this game called Doki Doki Literature Club. (Doki Doki translates to the sound of a heart beating. It usually meaning excitement, happiness, and is caused by being near someone you love.)
The game starts with this disclaimer, so does the video. “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed”. Immediately follows a cheerful song and cute looking girls from a school club. I’ve played about twenty minutes and nothing bad has happened . . . but I know it’s coming. Oh, terrible things are going to happen to these sweet girls and knowing that is the worst part. I don’t know if I can keep playing.
Terrible things are going to happen to these sweet girls and knowing that is the worse. I don’t know if I can keep playing.
Watch out for those plot twists.
Currently Reading: Winter Queen by Jane Stevenson
On my Kindle: Rebel in the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Current Distraction: Tetris, level 9-5 I will beat you.