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That kid looks ready for the world!

2) Add Powerful New Habits! Use the “20 second rule.”

Look at the good habits you want to develop and see if there’s a way you can make them easier to begin by 20 seconds.

Want to stop a bad habit? Increase the time it takes to initiate it by 20 seconds.

Put those gym clothes where you can reach them. Put the chocolate on the top shelf and close the cabinet.

Here are more ways to break bad habits and add good ones.

3) Gain Unstoppable Willpower! Eat something.

From my interview with willpower researcher Roy Baumeister:

Eric: What’s the easiest way to increase willpower when you’re tapped out?

Roy: Just eat something. In the lab we use sugary snacks, which I don’t really recommend people use in their own life because they’re not that good for you. We use it in the lab because we need something that works really fast and sugar gives you a quick burst of energy. Unfortunately, it’s then followed by a quick crash. Your metabolic energy goes up and then it comes down again in a big way. Eat something, like protein, that your body will burn over a longer period of time.

Here are more ways to increase willpower.

10) Get enough sleep.

You can’t cut corners on sleep and not have it affect you:

…by the end of two weeks, the six-hour sleepers were as impaired as those who, in another Dinges study, had been sleep-deprived for 24 hours straight — the cognitive equivalent of being legally drunk.

Being tired actually makes it harder to be happy. “Sleeping on it” does improve decision making and can help you follow through on your goals.

Lack of sleep makes you more likely to get sick and more likely to behave unethically. There is such a thing as beauty sleep.

Most people don’t get nearly enough. If you do, it really is like being superhuman.

Here is everything you need to know about super sleep.

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