S2 Ep 42: Willpower Doesn’t Work

S2 Ep 42: Willpower Doesn’t Work

Benjamin Hardy believes people can change in both big and small ways, but not how they’ve traditionally been taught. He thinks that “you are who you are because of your environment.” If you want to change, Ben says, you need to change your environment. Listen as he talks about why this is true, how people always learn to adapt, even in the worst environments, and his new book that was just released today, Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success.

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Mini 34: 5 Tips for Clearing Out Your Mind

Our minds can easily be overrun these days with interruptions, obligations and general clutter. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell offers five quick tips for weeding out your mind and quieting all that noise. 

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Ep 30: This Special “Sleep” Yoga Helps You Find Focus

Dr. Hallowell celebrates ADHD Awareness Month with one of the best ways to quiet and relax the mind – yoga! Join the Distraction Podcast team in the yoga studio and learn about the benefits of Yoga Nidra, a guided sleep and relaxation practice that combats stress, tension, and over-stimulation. Whether you have ADD/ADHD or just want to train your mind and maintain focus, grab your yoga mat for this episode.

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Mini 28: How to Find Mental Health Help

Dr. Hallowell offers suggestions for finding the right mental health professional. His recommendations include in-person, online and over-the-phone resources you might not have thought about!

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Mini #24: Ned’s Favorite Headband

Meditation has numerous health benefits yet many of us don’t do it. In this mini, Dr. Hallowell talks about the simple headband he uses to help meditate that connects wirelessly to your smartphone and tracks your brain activity in real time. Ariel Garten, co-founder and CEO of the Muse headband chats with Ned about the new technology that helps you decrease stress and anxiety, and find your Zen in as little as 3 minutes a day. 


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Ep 15: Marie Forleo Shares Her Secrets to Get What You Want Out of Life

Dr. Hallowell talks with Marie Forleo, author, entrepreneur, life coach, and host of the award-winning online show MarieTV, about about finding your passion and identifying your unique set of gifts. Dr. Hallowell and Marie discuss the importance of reducing distractions, overcoming fears, and reaching your potential so you can find your calling and get what you want out of life. Whether you’re starting a business or looking to move your personal life in a different direction, this episode of Distraction will inspire you to take small actions that can get you on a path to discovering what engages you.

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Ep 14: Stop Reducing Life to Sound Bites

Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on a recent New York Times article by Teddy Wayne called, “The End of Reflection.” Ned sounds a warning bell that if we are not careful, we’ll give up our inner lives and capacity to think.

Link to article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/fashion/internet-technology-phones-introspection.html?_r=0


DR. HALLOWELL: Hi this is Dr. Ned Hallowell. Welcome to my podcast. Every once in a while, something will come up, where I want to talk directly to you with no guest, no other kinds of supports, and this is one of those times. We’ll do this now and then, where a topic strikes me with such an impact, that I want to simply talk directly to you.

The provocation for this particular episode, just between you and me, was an article in the New York Times on June 11th, an article called The End of Reflection. A fabulous article written by Teddy Wayne. It really struck a nerve in me. Truly the article is all about what the podcast is all about, trying to sound a warning bell that if you’re not careful, you’ll basically give up your inner life, you’ll basically give up without intending too, the capacity to think. You ask someone where do you do your best thinking, rarely do they say at work. The most common answer is in the shower. It’s the one place where you’re not going to be interrupted. It’s the one place and as soon as they have a waterproof iPhone, I’m sure that will be gone too.

We make jokes about it, the speed at which we’re living, and the number of data points that we’re asking our brains to process every day, but it’s not funny. What we’re doing again, without intending to, is we’re giving away our most uniquely human capacity, namely to think, to imagine, to develop an idea, to develop a relationship, to go deep. You see when you’re going fast, you can’t go deep.

Superficial Conversations and Elevator Pitches

What we’ve seen is this sort of superficialization of life, superficial conversations, superficial ideas, half-baked ideas, punch lines, sound bites, elevator pitches. You know I’ll come out with a new book, and someone will say to me, give me the elevator pitch. It drives me crazy. I want to say, if I could do an elevator pitch and cover the whole book, I wouldn’t have written the book. I didn’t just take an elevator pitch and pad it, and turn it into a book, I made it into a book because that’s how long it would take me to properly express the idea.

Yet we’re reducing so much of life to these sound bites, these stereotypes, these pigeon holes, red state/blue state, liberal/conservative. Instant judgments of people based on very little information. You call it profiling or call it stereotyping, whatever it is, it has a terrible dumbing down effect on human existence, and really making bland what ought to be a rich, complex, nuanced, subtle, soup called life and turning it into just one flavor, turning it into a blur, if you will, going so fast. People are in a hurry to get where? Nowhere, and yet they’re demanding speed, hurrying through life, not savoring moments.

The good news about this is that we can control it. It’s not like global warming or terrorism where we have to wait for governmental policies to change. This is something we can control in our own lives. It helps if the people around you join in.

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#4: 25 Minutes to a Calmer Approach to Life

The two icons of Mindfulness and Meditation on the same podcast. They’ll help you gain control. Mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn and Herb Benson, who got the world talking about meditation with his book, The Relaxation Response, join Ned for an inspiring conversation. And hear from a guy who created an app to help you on your way.

What do you do to stay in the moment? Send your thoughts and questions to [email protected] and you might be included in a future episode!

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Ep 1 Exploration of Distraction

In this episode, Dr. Hallowell explores a few modern-day distractions with the help of several guests, including Dr. Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist and the author of The Organized Mind. Learn why humans are so easily distracted, the most common distractions, and how to stay focused. You’ll also get some advice that just might save your life.

What distracts you? Send us your thoughts and questions to [email protected] and you might be included in a future episode.

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Highway safety laws: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/bystate/index.html

The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin: http://www.daniellevitin.com/theorganizedmind/

Closing music from [email protected]: https://www.focusatwill.com/