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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S2 Mini 38: Dealing with Disappointment

S2 Mini 38: Dealing with Disappointment

It should come as no surprise to Distraction listeners that Dr. Hallowell is pretty bummed the Patriots lost the Super Bowl on Sunday. But what can you do about those bad feelings? In this mini, Dr. Hallowell shares some of the ways he deals with disappointment, as he mulls the loss of a 6th championship for his favorite football team.

“If” by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

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S2 Ep 31: What Motivates Getting Things Done

S2 Ep 31: What Motivates Getting Things Done

Are you task driven or deadline driven? Modern research has shown that procrastination does not interfere with success, and that procrastinators and non-procrastinators simply respond to motivation in different ways. In this episode, Dr. Hallowell and Mary Lamia, PhD discuss how emotions compel us to act, and how shame and fear aren’t necessarily a bad thing.

Mary Lamia’s book: What Motivates Getting Things Done

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