The beginning of a new year is a customary time to take a Socratic self-assessment of how your life has been going, and then decide what you want to change. These goals can be several different things. Many will want to get in better shape, overall a good idea. Perhaps it’s time to quit the porn habit. Maybe you want to stop smoking—that’s a good one too. If it’s crystal meth you’re smoking (let’s hope not), better cut it out while you still have teeth. Maybe your strange way of fertilizing potted plants is giving you too much bad publicity. Ultimately, whatever you decide to change is up to you.
Self-improvement is a good thing, and we harp on that a lot around here. However, people don’t always follow through with their resolutions. The gyms are jam-packed with new customers in January, but things are generally back to normal after February. This suggests that resolutions all too often have a two month shelf life. When promises to yourself fall by the wayside, it leads to disappointment, and sometimes even feelings of hopelessness.
Well, let’s work on doing better than that, how about it? Here are some tips that will help take you across the finish line.
Set goals properly
First of all, make sure that your goals are realistic. If you set out to go from noodle arms to 18-inch biceps before spring break, become fluent in Japanese in six weeks, invest $1000 and quickly turn it into a million (that only works for Hillary), or bed a new supermodel every month, that’s setting yourself up for failure. Pacing yourself out so that your progress is measurable and attainable is important. Another potential pitfall is trying to do too much at once. You can make a timetable to pace things out.
So, do the research, figure out how long a goal should take, set a timeline, and get ‘er done. For example, “lose some weight” isn’t very specific. What’s the target? If someone has a serious problem—like a junk food addict who is 100 pounds overweight—then losing 10 pounds is a step in the right direction, but not a huge dent. A partial victory is better than nothing, but it’s the wrong place to rest on one’s laurels.
You will have temptations along the way. You will wonder if it’s really worth it. However, if you give up, then you’ll sink back into the inertia of old ways.
Most resolutions generally involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring good ones. This can be many things: eating right, practicing the guitar an hour a day, not snorting scouring powder, etc. It takes mental effort to overcome bad patterns of behavior and switching to good ones. However, over time it becomes easier. If you keep it up, then it becomes second nature.
Until then, you have to exercise self-control to keep working toward goals. How much do you want it? For example, do you want to keep eating crappy food, or get a great body? Even the nastiest habits can be overcome by the power of reason. Crackheads won’t light up in front of a cop, because they don’t want to go to jail for six months. Exercising self-control means policing yourself.
There’s an “extinction burst” effect that you may encounter. Here’s the short version. When you’ve done without something you’re trying to give up, the parts of the mind responsible for generating that thought will kick into high gear, generating a strong temptation. This will pass, and no, that junk food won’t taste as good as what you’re imagining.
Finally, “ego depletion” may make it more difficult to stay on track. This can happen after resisting several other temptations. (Remember, don’t take on too much at one time.) Also, things like anger, stress, and fatigue can make it harder. Think about all the times you decided to do something and blew it—was there something else leading up to that? Get proper rest and avoid unnecessary stressors when possible.
How the mind works
Plato’s Republic is a masterpiece covering many subjects. One of them is the divisions of the mind. These are:
- Desires (“epithumia”)
- Emotions (“thumos”)
- Reason (“nous”)
In Plato’s system, emotions are a counterbalance on the body’s desires—food, sex, etc. However, the power of reason is the ultimate decider. Freud repackaged this much later as the id, ego, and superego. The superego counterbalances the id, and the ego is the executive function.
Interestingly, Plato’s ideas correspond well with the modern triune brain model. The bodily desires come from the brain’s most primitive region, called the reptile brain. Emotions were the next to evolve, the mammal brain. The rest of the cerebrum is the neocortex. The power of reason is in the frontal lobe, very well developed in humans, responsible for both intelligence and impulse control.
Basically, your frontal lobe is in charge—or it should be! The emotions are wrapped underneath in a deeper layer, and the desires are the deepest. They can send strong signals, but they’re not the ultimate decider. Further, the power of reason can contextualize emotions, and even recruit them to override other signals, be they troublesome emotions or animal desires.
However, when we fail to let the power of reason call the shots, a number of bad things can result. These include laziness, gluttony, misdirected anger, letting the “little head” do the thinking (four of the cardinal sins here), irrationality, cowardice, juvenile behavior, etc. Desires that need to be moderated can come from the basal ganglia. In practice, that can bleed into the limbic system too, where it gets tied in with emotions. That leads to bad habits and mental associations. It’s how nonsensical perversions and compulsive behavior like kleptomania originate.
The point of all this is that it’s possible to control yourself, and you should. Actually, Plato’s Republic argues powerfully for this. The short version is that leading a balanced life results in overall increased happiness. An unbalanced life gives you higher highs, but lower lows—and much more of them. If you want to get a culture fix, put it on your reading list. Everyone slips up occasionally, but this isn’t something we should consider acceptable.
Putting it all together
When the lizard brain starts screeching like a four year old wanting a candy bar, Daddy should tell him to put a cork in it. A strong emotional push will help; the sarcastic big brother can provide running commentary. When all this is lined up, it works like this:
- Desires: “I want that candy bar!” Emotions: “You want to blow the diet, you fat bastard?” Reason: “Nope, earn a cheat day first.”
- Desires: “I want to watch porn.” Emotions: “That crap is disgusting!” Reason: “I’ll find a girlfriend instead.”
- Desires: “I’m tired. Let’s leave the gym.” Emotions: “Five sets to go, you pussy!” Reason: “I’ll tough it out; this is how I make progress.”
- Desires: “Just one more cigarette won’t hurt.” Emotions: “Just one? That’s what you said last time. So you want to die horribly?” Reason: “I’m done wasting money on cancer sticks.”
Feel free to be harsh with yourself as needed. In recent times, there’s been a lot of emphasis on self-esteem, not feeling bad about anything, and all that other warm and fuzzy Barney the Purple Dinosaur stuff. That puts the cart before the horse; self-esteem comes from accomplishing something. That’s what makes it real. If you’re tempted to blow it, remember what happened all the times when your rational mind let your emotions or desires do the thinking. Ultimately, the power of reason should be calling the shots.
I won’t conclude by telling you good luck, because it’s not about luck, but about willpower. Anyway, butch the hell up and make 2018 be the one where you accomplish your goals.
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15 thoughts on “How To Stay On Track With Your New Year’s Resolutions”
Bill, I’ve been watching these since you posted one a few days ago. Well done.
Thanks. Yes the videos I post are more pertinent, informative and red pill than most of these lame ass articles.
ROK has been declining as of late.
Yeah, that was a pretty good video, but nothing new under the black sun. Around 2011 I had already heard and read pretty much everything about race and IQ, JQ, Cultural Marxism, pathological altruism, and feeble-minded left-liberals and why they so often are so wrong.
As for ROK all of that have already been covered. It’s hard to be unique after 5,000 articles, but if you have an idea that goes beyond Jews/race then you are welcome to submit an article that is not lame ass.
That is not true. You’re an ignorant and you know it. You simply like commenting whatever gets posted here.
I’m divorced. My kids are quater black and native american.
Very interesting video.
I recommend you guys watch.
All blacks claim to be part Native American but I am dubious to the extent that they are.
Are you white or was your wife white? Or are you both Native American quadroons.
I’m as white as a saltine cracker. The ex was a hot and skinny half-black and native mix, four years my junior… with white foster-parents. I’ve never really had a color-preference, but that doesn’t give me moral highground over guys with a favorite flavor. That was 6+ years before the red pill, of course. Interesting to see what changes in a mind.
Men slip up, and hate themselves for it later. Simple as that. Keep a journal so you can track your failures, and you can see patterns.
ADVICE TO YOUNG POSTERS
Don’t have kids without 100 K in the bank first.
If people could fuck their way to victory than Africa would be the world Superpower.
Also, don’t get tied down with credit card debt or probation.
Hit the road. Live in other countries.
Nationalistic fervor and being a son of the soil will get you nowhere.
Ask yourself if your “soil” is worth your blood.
100k gross household income cap for white people to breed is restrictive, like an imposed tarriff and you know what tarriffs do to reduce market share. It annoys me when I hear schoolteachers telling young white females that “you DON’T want to get pregnant” while they advise them to pursue stick in the mud cubicle careers.
The truth is the white man CAN fuck, screw and procreate his way to victory and dominance. Every wadload a white man plunks into the snatch of a young fertile white nube is like a mortar blast “KA-BLOOEY” against the encroaching third world hoarde. Every white baby popping from the loins of a white mother is cannonfire to the wall of greasers. Did the brave white men at the Alamo quit plunking away when they were outnumbered? The point is we’re not hopelessly outnumbered yet so it’s no time to take a nap. The word in the grapevine is to grab your women by the pussy. Our tribe’s pussy cannons are laying idle on the field collecting rainwater. Fire those pussies UUUP white man!!
Greasers 5 kids. Two males in prison, one later shanked by a rival gangster. One female is a junkie prostitute who works the street for crack cocaine. One child is mentally challenged or has a mental problem. One male manages to stay straight and hold a decent job.
Yeah, tell that to the white trash who get pummeled in public schools.
Hey, Mom and Dad, can I go to college. Sorry son, we were only 20 when you were born and you have 4 siblings.
100k may as well be $100.
Just like that South Park episode.
aaand it’s GONE!
How many women are procreating with men who have a high order of thinking?Those men are ones with dolichocephalic or Nordic skull shapes such as Ralph Fiennes, Dolph Lundgren, Max Von Sydow, Liam Neeson, Charleton Heston, Clint Eastwood, etc…I can walk around a city almost all day and maybe find 2 or 3 that fit that description.
Almost every white trash in the US you meet is a mutt who says they’re 1/4 Cherokee Indian…And you add the obesity and every other day chemtrailing on top of it and most people look about as dumb as a doorknob.
As far as the gym goes, I see less and less whites hitting the heavy weights compared to a decade ago. The alpha male Mediterranean (or Arab) and Black guys are most of your personal trainers who are getting into some tanned white girls’ wet yoga pants. Its a shame because the strongest men competitions are almost always northern European.
When white men want to unleash their inner beast (don’t mean anger), it shocks and scares people. Its like something lying dormant for centuries getting ready to come out. When it starts coming out, people backoff!