Do you ever honestly entertain the possibility that you are totally wrong about something? Doesn't matter if the issue is political, social, scientific, spiritual or whatever. Yeah, you may pose the question to yourself, but then you think of your first strong argument and immediately dismiss the possibility. Or, your core belief may be right, but … Continue reading What Does it Take to Admit You’re Wrong?
For the purpose of this article, I'll use the word energy as a metric for your attention. Whenever you focus on something you give it mental energy. This energy is cumulative. If you're obsessing over something you're afraid of, you give it more energy, making it bigger in your mind. Whatever you focus on, expands. You … Continue reading Reclaim Your Personal Power
Read the following words: kitchen, cooking, pot, spoon, chicken. Now try to guess the following word: SO_P. Okay, now read these: bathroom, washing, towel, clean, hands. Now fill in the blank: SO_P. There's a high chance that you read the first word as soup and the second as soap. That's because the previous five words … Continue reading Priming: The Easy Way to Program Your Brain
Dear reader, this one might piss you off. Please suspend your judgement for a few minutes and read the whole thing. Here we go. 😀 I'll use a simple analogy to illustrate both a person's belief system (how you think this reality works) and perceptual filters (what you can see and how you see it). To … Continue reading How The Illusion of Us vs. Them is Making You Stupid
Part 1 outlined some of the key principles for successfully installing a new habit. In Part 2, it's time to get your hands dirty. This is a step-by-step guide on how to actually do it. Step 1: Pick a goal or new identity Here are three examples of performance and identity based goals: Lose 5 kg … Continue reading How to Install a New Habit – Part 2: Mini-Guide
What you repeatedly think and do forms the person you are. If you want to achieve a certain goal, it's not likely that you'll succeed unless your habits already support it. In this article I'll cover key strategies that have helped me set up daily habits and actually stick to them. This was truly a reason to … Continue reading How to Install a New Habit – Part 1: Key Principles
The great big Internet is always abuzz with people doing wondrous and crazy things. And they often claim everyone should do it. As someone who'll probably die of terminal curiosity, I often have an urge to actually try these things. Wanting to be the opposite of stupid, I invest a fair amount of time into … Continue reading Personal experiments: Become Your Own Guinea Pig
Goals are great. They focus your attention, raise your motivation and help you organize your time. Whenever I wanted to achieve something, I would write down a clear, actionable, measurable goal and commit to it. At first, the sheer enthusiasm kept my energy high and I would blast through the action aligned with my new … Continue reading Making Actual Progress: Goals vs. Systems
Does it bother you that you have to schedule time to relax? Think about it. "Oh, I can't wait to [something] so I can finally relax!" Now replace [something] with get home from work, go on a vacation, pass my exams, take a shower, hit the gym, dump my boyfriend etc. That kinda seems upside down. … Continue reading A Primer on Stress Release and Inner Peace
Hi everyone, Mental Tetris is officially up! This blog has been a long time coming, and until I create something useful, here's a quote that helped me finally start writing: Until one is committed, there is hesitancy. the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative (and creation). There is one elemental … Continue reading Hello World!