A bat and ball costs a dollar and ten cents together. If the bat costs one dollar more than the ball, how much does the ball cost?
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A judge, a criminologist, and a sociologist were on a parole board. In case you don’t know, a parole board decides whether or not a prisoner gets parole—time off of a prison sentence for good behavior.
Researchers studied this parole board during its day-long sessions and found out that prisoners who were seen right after lunch or a snack break had a 60% chance of getting parole. Prisoners who were seen right before lunch or a break only had a 20% chance of getting parole.
It’s because willpower requires energy. The food you eat is turned into glucose-a pure, simple sugar that’s energy for your body.
If you have to take an exam, work on a big project, or make a tough decision—like deciding whether or not to release a criminal—feed your willpower. It’ll help you have more self-control and make better decisions.
Have you been properly feeding your willpower?
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“I have so many things I could do that I don’t know what I should do!”
Students and professionals say things like that all the time. I understand why.
In a famous research study, more people stopped to taste jams at a table with 24 flavors, but more people actually made a purchase at a table with 6 flavors.
Having too many choices exhausts your brain, stifles creativity, and kills motivation because you end up feeling overwhelmed and develop a fear of making the wrong choice.
When it comes to dreams, goals, and aspirations, most people aren’t suffering from a lack of choices, they’re suffering from lack of ability to make a choice.
Successful people do their research, make a choice, and adjust based on the consequences. They refuse to be paralyzed by choice.
How determined are you to avoid being paralyzed
by the fear of making the wrong choice?
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Continuously making bad choices in minor situations can lead to major catastrophes.
In situations that “aren’t a big deal” people tend to make quick decisions that they regret later. We’ve all done it. We’ve all felt like idiots.
Here’s a super-simple way to help you decide whether or not to take a particular course of action.
Before you make a choice or take any action…PAUSE. THINK. And ASK yourself:
1. How could this help me?
2. How could this hurt me?
3. How could this help somebody else?
4. How could this hurt somebody else?
Obviously, buying a house, choosing a college, or any other major decision would require you to consider many other factors. You may be surprised, however, with how much this little process will help you make better choices in minor situations.
I recently talked to someone who had just quit her unfulfilling, dead-end job. She said to me, “Al, I am really upset. I feel bad. I have never quit on anything before.”
I felt her pain. I could feel where she was coming from. But two minutes after she said that, she was feeling a lot better.
Why? What happened? I helped to her understand the difference between quitting and giving up.
“Quitters never win.”
Sometimes quitters do win. Quit smoking? You win. Quit being lazy? You win. Quit blaming others for your mess? You win.
Quit a dead-end job and you will definitely win.
Some people quit because they give up. Some people quit in order to move up.
Are you giving up or moving up?
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