July 10, 2010
Think of the future as an open question
An article at scientificamerican.com reports on a study which indicates that those with questioning minds are more intrinsically motivated to change. They are looking for a positive inspiration from within, rather than attempting to hold themselves to a rigid standard. Those asserting will lack this internal inspiration, which explains in part their weak commitment to future change. Put in terms of addiction recovery and self-improvement in general, those who are asserting their willpower were in effect closing their minds and narrowing their view of their future. Those who are questioning and wondering are open-minded—and therefore willing to see new possibilities for the days ahead. Read full text.