The Men of Iron Minute
by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation
Waves of grain and towering stalks of corn are being replaced with wind-powered turbines with the promise of clean energy. Pundits are touting the effectiveness of these eerie creations. “Wind farms” are the wave of the future, or so we are told, but for now, they look like a backdrop for a horror film.
Most people today have concerns about the consumption and production of energy. If it’s an actual problem or political pawning, I will let the “windy” people in Washington wrangle. I will avoid all the political scuttle in this blog, so don’t roll your eyes and yawn just yet. Riddled with guilt and confusion, the news cycles are dripping with talk of energy, but very few people are talking about the energy resource we all need for survival. Willpower.
Kelly McGonigal, a psychologist at Stanford, broke down willpower into three categories:
- I won’t power. Ability to say no to things that distract us from our goals.
- I want power. Keeping your short- and long-term goals on target.
- I will power. Do what matters most, even when it’s difficult.
As it turns out, willpower and self-control are connected and can be improved by practicing these things over time.
- Eat well
- Being in nature.
Choose your goals and keep moving toward those goals. Use self-control.