RE: Decision-making for success
Arvind's videos explain how willpower is infact limited and we should use it judiciously.
Some papers also say that willpower is (analogically) like a muscle, this would explain us getting fatigued/irritated/frustrated, it would also better explain our helplessness with this(you cannot just push a hundred push-ups can you? ).
Another interesting point this raises is that willpower can be trained and improved via practice.
The paper i mentioned above explains how we can use triggers,chutes and ladders to help ourselves, how we in our willpower-energised phase, can do an easy task efforlessly (like putting the shoes next to bed in the evening) and thus make ourselves do the tough task of going for a jog in the morning easier.
This is counter-intuitive to the general understanding of willpower , the "Believe and you shall succeed" strategy as prescribed by most of the people in self-help industry .
The push-up thought experiment helps most people get the point about limits, to the latter-using environment as "extended will", here is another thought experiment, try your best to multiply this in without any help 45663 X 2341 most can't ,and it is easy to concede because the limits are so obvious,now try the same with a a pen and a paper,another example is when we are trying to explain a route,it is difficult to imagine and keep that much information in brain at once but simply by marking the pencil as your campus, pen as the coffee house and cell phone as the destination we can use our desk table to explain the path from time immemorial we have used environment to go past the limits of our mind , why should it be any different in case of willpower?
Here is another link
worth checking out.
That covers all these points.
- Willpower is a mind-body response, not merely a mindset.
- Using willpower depletes resources in the body.
- Willpower is limited.
- Willpower is trainable.