Make the decisions in your strongest moments, that limit your choices in your weakest moments.
The wisest dude I know said that once, and it stuck with me.
I was just reading about will power on Recursive Self Improvement, and it struck me as an apt description of philosophy and strategy.
Why are your beliefs and goals important to define? Because they set the boundaries for what you do so you can put it on autopilot. This frees you up to use your willpower on new projects, new focuses.
Thought I should share, not much more to add.
I've been thinking about this in the last couple of months, but not that elaborated. It was more like "make your decisions when you're a health, feeling well, motivated and generally rational". It makes no sense at all take a big life decision when you're a feeling pain, or depressed or something like that.
This insight came after I've read the "The conquest of Happiness", by Bertrand Russell, where the author talks how we lose A LOT of mental energy rethinking over things when this makes no sense: if you don't have new information, there's no reason to change opinion. He advocated to put some time apart, when you are well and rational, take the decision and forget about it.
The first 30% of the book is wonderful, by the way. The rest is really, really weak.
Thanks for the link!
I finished Robert Ringer's "Winning Through Intimidation" and started reading Yukio Mishima's "The Samurai Ethic of Modern Japan." It's an introduction to and analysis of Hagakure. Hagakure's a 17th Century work on bushido and Japanese samurai ethics and living - I've got some excerpts of it here - "Excerpts from Hagakure, Chapter 1."
Reading Mishima, I realize something about the difference between Japanese and American superheroes and fictional characters.
At the most desperate moments, American fictional heroes tend to win by discarding their training and going with instinct and feelings. You see the hero who was beaten down and whose plans failed, who now "lets go" and thus wins.
At the most desperate moments, Japanese fictional characters win by unleashing and realizing the effects of their training.
A hallmark of Japanese fiction is the hero going through a long training period, but then not quite mastering his skill. Then, at his most desperate moment, the training kicks in to the full extent, and he wins.
I want to hold on to the beauty that I see so that others can see what it means to me before it becomes a memory like the sun once it sets on the sea or the moments that she shared with me. I wish that time could be paused so I could take it in, so I could win, so that I would be able to share and grow, because who can know when I could see such things again.