Have you ever met someone and noticed how in control of their life they seem. They don’t blame others for their life’s circumstances. They understand that they’re actions do have weight, and also to what extent they do. They’re not necessarily more skilled, or intelligent or focused. So what are they? What makes these people different? Why is there internal world seemingly so cohesive?
Locus of Control
There’s a concept in personality psychology known as a locus of control. Its a scale which every person falls on somewhere. Where on the scale you fall either towards internal or external is a measure of how much you believe your actions control the events around you.
Theres a man out there named Wim Hoff. He fittingly got the nickname “The Iceman” for his ability to withstand the cold. He not only has 20 world records for various feats but one of them was longest time submerged in ice water.
Another was for running a marathon at the arctic circle in roughly -20°C weather. How does he withstand the cold so easily? According to him its just breathing exercises he practises. Read about how to perform the Wim Hoff method of breathing control here then come back. We’ve got a challenge to do.
Happiness is a hard thing to quantify. Ask someone multiple times the same day and each time you’ll probably get a different answer and for a different reason. But a recent Harris Poll attempted to do just that. To determine what % of the American population is happy.
You can read the survey here. Now to be fair, surveys no matter how professionally they’re done are still very prone to sources of error. Thats why what strikes me if you look at the chart below. Is in spite of the errors there’s still a noticeable trend in almost every category towards a less happy populace.
Learning new material can be tough. The typical approach is to read the material and then attempt to regurgitate on demand later on. This literally does not work. Its foolish to assume briefly scanning a page one time will cause its key points to embed themselves in our brains. Instead by applying these methods logically we can supercharge our learning without investing much if any more time.
Common Methods of Learning
These are the most common methods for learning new material. There are methods that aren’t covered here. But by understanding this list you’ll have a good comprehension of what causes knowledge to be retained. Its mostly about applying the information while studying and reviewing it at spaced intervals. As can be seen on the chart on the right. But I’ll go through each method individually to give you further insight into why that is.
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. -Benjamin Franklin
A persons character is the aspects of them that make them distinct. Their distinctive moral, physical and intellectual traits. We develop our character often unconsciously through how we perceive and act upon the events around us. But if we taker a step back from it all and observe. We can see that its possible to subsume the process and take control of what we develop into.
Benjamin Franklin noticed this in 1726 at the age of 20. He decided that he wanted to become morally perfect. So he chose all the virtues that he felt if he embodied he would be morally perfect. He also created a type of chart that he used to track his progress in embody these traits.