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Thinking About How You'll Feel to Survive Impulses

I just finished up a 12 hour workday. I got a lot of stuff done, took only the bare minimum in breaks, etc. All I wanted to do afterwards was watch Elementary, a modern Sherlock Holmes show. Somehow my "no new shows" rule gets bypassed for new shows about Sherlock Holmes, and I've been enjoying this one.

Last week I watched Elementary. I noticed that while I was watching, I was also doing other stuff on my computer-- organizing files, cleaning up email, checking things online. The anticipation of watching the show was extraordinary, but the actual experience didn't measure up. It was enjoyable, relaxing, stimulating, etc, but not as great as I expect it to be.

As I've written about before, I'm one of those people who has pretty poor impulse control. That's why I give myself so many black and white rules that Absolutely Cannot Be Broken. If my impulses see a crack in my resolve, they push through it. Being someone with poor impulse control is a really bad thing, too; the habit is correlated with less success in pretty much every area.

You'll notice, though, that I'm not watching Elementary right now. Instead I'm writing a blog post. For someone as prone to impulse as I am, it's important to rely on tricks while simultaneously buliding up resistance to impulse over the long term.

My Philosophy on Life (And How Travel and Wellness Fits Into It)

On Travel 'n' Wellness

While chatting on Skype with my parents this past weekend, I shared my newfound philosophy on life with them. They listened patiently, like they always do, but proceeded to move on in the conversation.

However, before they did so, I stopped my Dad and said, "HOLD ON, A SEC. I want to hear your thoughts about my insights on life!"

As I've mentioned in a previous post, personal wellness is critical because of the freedom it provides. Yes, traveling is liberating by itself; but, when combined with wellness, it enables human beings to carry out two specific actions:

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