The problem with all execution of good intentions is that we all are weak. Our willpower is very limited. Since we have known this for thousands of years (that’s why we have been obliged to follow the 10 commandments, for instance), we know since a couple of years that this weakness is physical.
To force the brain to make choices consciously consumes plenty of energy.
That’s why many leaders feel decision fatigue after half of the day. Again, this is no “soft fact”, but brutal physical reality.
So, what’s the solution to execute on plans and strategies, considering our limited willpower? Three things:
- Eliminate all unimportant decisions. Remember: each decision needs energy. So, better to keep this energy for the truly important stuff. How? Simply stop thinking about things that don’t matter. Most of us need a coach to remind us of this habit constantly.
- Install success routines that you do automatically without thinking about them. Exercising, meditation, daily planning, and gratefulness exercises are examples for success routines you execute daily without thinking about them. Like brushing your teeth.
- Work in power blocks of 25-45 minutes, followed by a break for mental and physical replenishment. Don’t exhaust your willpower before lunch!
To your powerful days!
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