My current strategy is substitution. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, sparkling water in the evening, and lots of good old fashioned tap water all day. It works well, but it’s not fool-proof because I’m weak.
But I have a new strategy. I’m well into Willpower and as I drove all over Missouri this weekend visiting family and meeting baby Will Mildren, I listened to lots of Freakonomics podcasts, one of which covered commitment devices, tactics people use to hold themselves to their goals. So I, of course, hatched a plan supported by what I read in Willpower and heard from Freakonomics.
I’ve got to focus on one thing if I want to succeed (that’s from Willpower), and I need a good carrot (to reward me if I succeed) or an inspiring stick (to convince me not to fail), and with all the thinking time on the road, I think I’ve come up with a great plan.
My carrot/stick is going to be $2 for every day I’m successful in the current period. If I’m successful, that money will go towards the Alzheimer’s Association, and if I fail, it’ll go to Westboro Baptist Church, an organization I completely despise and detest.
My first period is going to be two weeks, starting tomorrow. Then a month, then two months, then maybe I’ll be rid of this vice I’ve been trying to eliminate for a long time.
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