Motivation, Discipline, & Persistence

This book is meant to be primarily practical. It contains theory and philosophy as well, but its main function is to be a tool to improve your life. But most of the solutions in this book are not one-time magic bullets. You must continue to apply many of these frequently in order to bring yourself back into balance, and to maintain that balance.


But, as imperfect humans in a very demanding and distracting society, we have difficulty acquiring and maintaining new habits. In fact, it’s much easier to keep a good habit than to create a new good habit, and it’s tragically easy to let go of a new good habit. So, this book would be incomplete if it didn’t help you form and keep new good habits.

Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.
– Confucius

Another issue that needs to be addressed is that many of the solutions in this book (e.g. food choices, sleep schedule, exercise, etc.) are lifestyle changes. And changing the way we live is not easy. You may have adopted some of your bad habits to make up for imbalances in other parts of your life.

For example, you may reward yourself with sweets or ice creams at the end of the day because your work is so stressful. Yes, you feel so much better when you reward yourself that way. But, if sweets are aggravating or perpetuating one of your health complaints, e.g. low energy level, then your reward is actually shooting yourself in the foot. Your low energy level may be what makes your workday so stressful! Or your sweets may be perpetuating your weight problem- and some of the stress of the day may come from constantly feeling insecure about yourself because you’re overweight. It’s easy to get caught in vicious cycles like this. And it’s a little uncomfortable getting out of them.

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