Fri, 21 January 2011
In this fascinating interview, Dr. Joel Anderson (Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences) explains the notion of distributed willpower. Successful people arrange thier lives in such a way as to economize on willpower and to scaffold their willpower strategicially with environmental support. Willpower is not simply an issue of self-control located solely within the person! Professor Anderson explains how important the social context is to understanding human autonomy, and, most importantly for listeners of this podcast, he provides a number of concrete strategies to strengthen our willpower to overcome procrastination. This is a great interview. I know you'll learn a great deal from this talented philosopher and gifted teacher.
If you want to learn more about procrastination, see procrastination.ca.
Sun, 2 January 2011
Not everyone makes New Year's resolutions, and certainly not everyone who does make one, keeps it. What does it take to be successful with the change we hope for with a New Year's resolution? A readiness for change, realistic goals, a concrete plan, perhaps an implementation intention or two, social support, the strategic use of willpower, a little self-forgiveness and a good dose of courage to try at all. In this podcast, I discuss each of these issues as they pertain to what it means to have intentions that have the vitality, spirit and substance necessary to actually foster change in 2011.