Breaking the glass
We all have an extra gear. Our day-to-day existence requires just a fraction of our full mental and physical focus. This makes evolutionary sense - most of our time is spent dealing with the same problems we dealt with the day before. If there’s no environmental change, then there’s no reason to spend finite willpower to change our behavior.
Put yourself in a situation where 120% of your focus is needed to survive.
I remember two times in my life where, under both extraordinary external and internal stress, I had to break the glass.
The first time was when I first got to college. I coasted through high school on the belief that I was smart enough to not have to work hard. I failed algebra. Acing your exams isn’t enough when homework is worth half your grade.
I didn’t get into the university of my dreams. That hurt. I remember asking an orientation leader at the college I ended up...
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