The Most Effective Way To Change Your Behavior and Improve Your Life | TIME
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
- Your environment manipulates your decision-making more than you care to know as well. You act warmer when it’s warmer and colder when it’s colder. Context rules how you eat; you consume more when plates are bigger and food is closer. When you see kindness, you are kind. What you wear affects how you act.
Net net: Avoid triggers.
The reason you’re often so good a predicting other people’s behavior and so bad at predicting your own is because when forecasting other people’s actions you always take context into consideration. With yourself, you assume you’re objective.
We are often lazy creatures of habit, strongly influenced by the world around us. We don’t even use our leisure time to do what we really enjoy, we do what’s easiest. And without a prod we don’t do the ethical thing, we do what’s convenient.
But the predictability of our reliance on context points to a remarkably effective method for improving one’s life: Avoid triggers.