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How to Power Through Any Demanding Task. Become a Pro Athlete after 10,000 Hours of Practice? One Guy is Testing the Theory. Dan McLaughlin is undergoing an incredible self experiment.

Become a Pro Athlete after 10,000 Hours of Practice? One Guy is Testing the Theory

He has set out to answer the question: could anyone (regardless of talent, age, financial means or prior ability) really become an expert at something with 10,000 hours of deliberate practice? In this episode of The Expert Enough Show, Corbett Barr sits down with Dan McLaughlin of TheDanPlan.com to find out. Dan is testing the 10,000 hour rule by trying to become a professional golfer through 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.

His goal is to make the PGA Tour. He’s already 3,300 hours of the way there and now has a 6 handicap (better than 93% of golfers), despite never playing a full 18 holes before he started the experiment. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works,Why It Matters,and What You Can Do To Get More of It: Kelly McGonigal: 9781583334386: Amazon.com. Book Review - 'The Genius in All of Us,' by David Shenk - Review. The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent. In the late ’60s, Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel performed a now-iconic experiment called the Marshmallow Test, which analyzed the ability of four year olds to exhibit “delayed gratification.”

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent

Here’s what happened: Each child was brought into the room and sat down at a table with a delicious treat on it (maybe a marshmallow, maybe a donut). The scientists told the children that they could have a treat now, or, if they waited 15 minutes, they could have two treats. All of the children wanted to wait. (Who doesn’t want more treats?) But many couldn’t. When the researchers subsequently checked in on these same children in high school, it turned out that those with more self-control — that is, those who held out for 15 minutes — were better behaved, less prone to addiction, and scored higher on the SAT.

Writing Your Scroll: How to Live on Your Terms. I don’t subscribe to many personal development blogs these days but do catch the odd posts which are passed on to me by friends.

Writing Your Scroll: How to Live on Your Terms

One that caught my eye recently was about the authors daily habits, with one of them involving reading a daily “scroll” from the book The Greatest Salesman in the World. It sounded quite strange to me at the time and I had totally forgotten about it until I saw the book again when browsing around the mall. The cover claimed there were over 2 million copies sold which was enough social proof for me to pick up a copy. One Simple Action to Improve at Anything. What would you say if I told you there was one action you could take that would not only help you with your basketball skills but also your productivity?

One Simple Action to Improve at Anything

What if I told you this simple exercise can improve all areas of your life and it only has to take as little as 2 minutes of your time? You’d probably think I’m crazy. Or…you would think I was lucky enough to find a very successful technique and then be kind enough to share it with my readers. The latter is correct. How to Deal with Criticism Well: 25 Reasons to Embrace It. “Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”

How to Deal with Criticism Well: 25 Reasons to Embrace It

~Aristotle At the end of the day, when I feel completely exhausted, oftentimes it has nothing to do with all the things I’ve done. It’s not a consequence of juggling multiple responsibilities and projects. It’s not my body’s way of punishing me for becoming a late-life jogger after a period of cardiovascular laziness. How to Build Self-Discipline. Discipline is freedom.

How to Build Self-Discipline

You may disagree with this statement, and if you do you are certainly not alone. For many people discipline is a dirty word that is equated with the absence of freedom. In fact the opposite is true. As Stephen R. Covey once wrote, “the undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions”. Build Your Will Power. Posted on Sunday April 20th 2008 Those of us who struggle to resist junk foods or otherwise suffer a lack of will power will be heartened by some good and bad news from neuroscience.

First, the bad news. How to Strengthen Willpower Through Practice. One of the most encouraging pieces of information I’ve turned up lately about self-motivation is that willpower can be strengthened by practice.

How to Strengthen Willpower Through Practice

However, the exact kind of practice is important if you want good results. Resistance Training For Your 'Willpower' Muscles. Hide captionDo not eat this cupcake. iStockphoto.com Look at that cupcake.

Resistance Training For Your 'Willpower' Muscles

Doesn't it look delicious? Don't you want to eat it? Well, don't. » Three Effective Ways to Enhance Your Willpower. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Ian Newby-Clark of My Bad Habits.

» Three Effective Ways to Enhance Your Willpower

Control yourself!” We all say it, mostly to ourselves. We say it when we ‘indulge’ in behaviors that cause short-term gain for long-term pain. And guilt. I cite many of the usual suspects: eating the wrong things, being lazy, staying up too late, drinking too much. Nope. How to Boost Your Willpower. (From left: Robert Stolarik for The New York Times New York; Alan Zale for The New York Times; Owen Franken for The New York Times ) Every day, we are tested.

How to Boost Your Willpower

Whether it’s a cookie tempting us from our diets or a warm bed coaxing us to sleep late, we are forced to decide between what we want to do and what we ought to do. The ability to resist our impulses is commonly described as self-control or willpower. The elusive forces behind a person’s willpower have been the subject of increasing scrutiny by the scientific community trying to understand why some people overeat or abuse drugs and alcohol. What researchers are finding is that willpower is essentially a mental muscle, and certain physical and mental forces can weaken or strengthen our self-control. Studies now show that self-control is a limited resource that may be strengthened by the foods we eat. Last month, Dr. But the researchers also found that restoring glucose levels appears to replenish self-control. Self-Discipline: Willpower.

Will Power - Self Discipline - Guidance, Development and Exercises. By Remez Sasson Do you sometimes, feel that you lack the inner strength to take action, act assertively or be persistent? Are there any habits you want to change, but you lack the necessary willpower and self discipline? Developing willpower and self-discipline can make a great difference in your life, bringing to the fore, inner strength, which is vital for success and for personal growth. Willpower. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Daniel Goleman: Yes, You Can Build Willpower (meditate on neuroplasticity!) (Editor’s note: Daniel Gole­man is now con­duct­ing a series of audio inter­views includ­ing a great one with Richard David­son on Train­ing the Brain.