Anyone here work for the Israeli parole board?

 

Anyone?

 

No?

 

For those of you that haven’t, it’s quite a high pressure job.

 

Up to 35 parole requests per day to hear.

 

An average of 6 minutes to hear arguments and render a decision.

 

First thing in the morning and after each break the percentage of people paroled hits 65%.

 

By the end of each period it’s practically zero.

 

There’s no difference (on average) between the cases.

 

As the judges fatigue they slip back into their ‘default’ mode.

 

When in doubt and willpower is low, the prisoner stays behind bars.

 

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Sounds crazy, no?

 

We wouldn’t do that, would we?

 

Only we do.

 

Everyday.

 

As we tire and fatigue, willpower drops and we return to our ‘default’ mode.

 

We slip back into old habits of eating and drinking (or smoking or doing drugs).

 

When that mid afternoon slump arrives and someone offers you a biscuit it’s much more tempting than earlier in the day when you’re fresh, no?

 

That beer / wine is always more tempting after a hard day, yes?

 

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What can we do about that, you may ask?

 

Two things really.

 

Over time you want to change your default mode.

 

Your go to habit.

 

Many ninjas find that after a while it doesn’t really cross their minds to eat and drink the things they used to.

 

Takes time…..

 

But it can be done.

 

Willpower and motivation are finite resources.

 

They run out.

 

Using what you have to establish a habit is key.

 

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And, secondly, we can work to reduce the fatigue, stress, etc that depletes our willpower in the first place.

 

Black out blinds, zinc and magnesium and a better bed time routine to help sleep.

 

Relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga to help de-stress.

 

Reducing stimulants (caffeine mainly) and increasing water intake.

 

Changes to your work / personal situation to reduce unnecessary stresses.

 

Healthy eating.

 

Regular exercise.

 

You get the idea.

 

Don’t make this journey any harder than it has to be.

 

Don’t do things that will deplete your willpower before it’s even required.

 

Much love,

 

Jon ‘SkillPower’ Hall and Mat ‘Will.i.am.not. Nicholson

 

P.S. Don’t forget that you, or a friend, can find out more about our free 20llbs weight loss challenge at the meeting we have in a few weeks – see myrise.co.uk/brefing-meeting

 


Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.