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Entropy is a scientific term for loss of energy. Another name is “the law of mental energy drain.” Willpower is like a battery. It can be drained and it can be charged.
Research has shown that any type of thought or “self editing” drains this battery. Self editing refers to the idea of judging, planning, and thinking about stuff you did, are doing, or have to do. You have a psychic reserve. When that reserve is empty you’re less likely to exert control over your behaviors and more likely to revert back to habitual and pleasure seeking behavior.
This Law of Psychic Entropy is completely ignored in the diet & health industry. If you understand this law, you’ll understand the folly of trying to change 10 things about your life at once. Going from a Doritos-eating couch potato to a CrossFitting paleo man is going to short-circuit your willpower battery faster than you can say “kettlebell.” When you understand the law you start to realize that willpower is more like “skillpower.” Willpower isn’t something you either have or don’t have; it’s something you develop through mindfulness and practice. It’s a conscious approach to charging your battery.
Stress depletes the willpower battery, turning on pleasure seeking centers of the brain while reducing motivation centers. TV time may seem relaxing and regenerative, and it is for a while, but within a short time becomes draining.
Things that charge up the willpower battery? Creative pursuits, practicing gratitude (really), relaxing activities, and meditation all can have an effect. This law describes the conscious and intentional pursuit of activities that rest, relax, recharge and recover the psychic energy that gets used up in the fast-paced modern lifestyle. These rest-based activities must become the priority of anyone who wishes to keep the metabolism functioning at a high level, especially as they age.
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