One simple idea to improve your Will Power

In this episode Dr Jon Finn discusses Chapter 10 of The Habit Mechanic.

He explains his amazing ‘Lighthouse Brain’ concept and the relationship between our Will Power and our HUE (Horribly Unhelpful Emotions).

Dr Jon also gives his views on improving workplace wellbeing and how we can all feel better and do better everyday.
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Hello Habit Mechanics! It’s Dr Jon Finn here I hope you’re having a good week so far today we’re going to keep going and talking about the Habit Mechanic book we’re going to dig into chapter 10. which is called the lighthouse brain so we’re going to start to think about how our brain actually works in a really accessible way that you can use immediately to help you with your own thinking and your well-being performance and Leadership.

So I’m really excited to get stuck into that I’m also joined today by my friend and colleague Andrew Whitelam, Andrew how are you today

Hi Jon, great to be on the podcast again chapter 10 for me is really really a cornerstone of my reading of the Habit Mechanic because you do something there that really helps people understand and get to grips with the complex psychology that you bring to bear in in the Habit Mechanic, The Habit Mechanic University app and Tougher Minds training it helps people conceptualize it it helps people apply it practically and it’s so fantastic for that reason yeah the lighthouse brain as you say is the title of the chapter and it tells her it’s the title it’s the title of a fantastic story a really engaging story which which is the foundation and helps people understand how they can apply complex science in a simple accessible way to improve the health the happiness and their performance I think I think really we should start by you telling us more about what’s happening inside our Lighthouse brain yeah so this is the first of three models that we created to explain how our broom works and the the three models increasing complexity so the first one is the simplest the third one is the most complex the first one is the lighthouse brain what’s up This Is Us trying to take what the science tells us about how our brain actually works and turn that into a really accessible story so we say imagine that you have a lighthouse in your brain and there are two characters living and running the lighthouse the first character is called HUE that stands for horribly unhelpful emotions shoe is running the the beam of light that is emitted from the lighthouse and its job is to use that beam of light to scan the past the present and the future of potential threats and problems that’s his main job and when there are no threats and problems on the horizon either old memories things that might go wrong or happen in the future or no problems right now in the present its next instinct is to look for fun fast rewarding things to do so that’s who the second character we call Willamina power or willpower you can decide which one it is for you and we imagine that Willamina power lives in the lighthouse’s training room he spends its time in their learning and equipping itself to help you to be at your best and when Hugh notices a problem and again it could be from the past the present or the future that it thinks he’s threatening it calls up to Willamina power and makes it aware that’s like when you get a conscious thought about a worry or a problem into your prefrontal cortex and if your brain’s working well Willamina power will then go down to the the lighthouse room and it will help you to manage the problem either by calming it down and getting its attention back onto something that’s more helpful for you or by helping it to practically deal with the problem and overcoming and if you get han will Amino power working together then that’s going to make it really easy for you to build more and more helpful Habits so that’s the simplest way that we explain how our brain works and other two main characters yeah and what I think so helpful about this is is as I say the personification of these these phenomena that happen in our brains you’ve created characters and people that if you look in the Habit Mechanic book round about page 100 you’ll see illustrations of HUE horribly and for helpful emotions and a character with WP on their chest willpower or Willamina power as Jonsays you can choose but really I think that this this personification is so helpful to understand the relationship between these two these two things these two phenomena Jon I’d like to delve into a little bit about each of them the illustration for Hugh horribly unhelpful emotions is a is an ape-like creature and I understand that the the basis of of this analysis this the this Insight is drawing on a lot of psychology and a lot of brain science that’s gone before that you’ve looked at and adapted and implemented yeah so we before we create the lighthouse parent actually we created the air acronym so the acronym is about the limbic regions of our brain

which Drive most of what we think can do it’s driving that 98 to sometimes 100 of what we’re thinking and doing and you know these are ancient survival centers that have been around for a long time and we are great tips that’s our lineage so that’s where the ape connection comes from the difference with with Homo sapiens are I suppose branch of apps is that we developed a much bigger prefrontal cortex in their form have much more powerful conscious thinking centers than problem solving centers but if acronym stands for Life perceived energy which we’ll we’ll talk about in later chapters but yeah the the the the visual there Andrew also is a bit like a teddy bear as well isn’t it so it’s an app like teddy bear so it’s designed to trigger the idea that although if we don’t really understand you it can be quite troublesome actually it can also become a really powerful asset for us as well and we shouldn’t think about fighting you we should think about embracing it and calming it down first and foremost and recognizing that when it’s pushing these thoughts into our conscious brain often unwanting and unhelpful thoughts he’s just doing its job ultimately that’s what it’s designed to do so yeah the limbic region of the brand of course Paul McLean’s the true Knight brand model was the first Model to really help us to get some sense of understanding of what he called the monkey brain you know that that model I’ve seen has got a bit of criticism in recent years but you know it’s like it’s a bit like Henry Ford’s first creation of a mass-market car it wasn’t ever going to be perfect but it was far better than the horse and cart that came before it and that’s what the true name brand model did for us you will see that we don’t say the limbic system we talk about the Olympic regions because certainly scientists that I think are really good at what they do they say that we don’t we don’t really know enough about those areas of the brain to call them a system yet so we think about them as a region so yeah that visualization is is making something that’s highly complex really simple but the Simplicity is based on scientific insights and I think that the the the power of the there’s a lot of validity and reliability which are two core measurements of Science in the fact that so many people connect so quickly to the idea of you horribly and helpful emotions it’s like a light bulb moment for them because it’s real it’s like it does live inside us it’s a great representation of what those systems or survival centers in our brain make us feel like yeah so that’s huge horrible and helpful emotions and and this idea that that Hugh is on alert for for problems worries and threats so again I think people will identify with that very much so it is a fantastic tool already that the chapter gives you just to just to recognize that in yourself and and this personification as I say for me just makes it so much more accessible and easy to understand so the other character then is willpower or Willamina power that’s depicted in a should we say superhero style uh form with it with a WP on the chest where that where the Superman s might have gone and and willpower can can can solve problems created by Hugh is that is that a fair way to characterize it Jonyeah so you know solving problems is what we are designed to do all fundamentally so we’re designed to walk around and solve problems problems related to survival and ultimately solve problems so we can get more control over our environment and more control of how we think and how we feel so Hughes like our truth it’s telling us as it is or how it thinks it is often it sort of exaggerates what’s going on so we use our willpower as a way of really reflecting and not just being instinctive about what Hugh is telling us but to think about in more detail and if we recognize that there is a problem a real genuine problem we can use our willpower to start doing something about it and willpower is the conduit for change but it’s a limited resource you know we often talk about the limbic regions of the brain which is why Hugh lives as the million dollar brain and the areas of the brain the prefrontal cortex where willpower lives as the tencent brain so that’s uh a mirror of the size and power of those two regions you’ve got the million dollar brand versus 10 temperate but you’ve got the 98 of what we think can do brain versus the two percent at best so willpower is a limited resource so we use it as a conduit for change and that’s why it’s so important that we’ve got our nine action factors Behavioral Science model which we talk about in more detail so willpower is really important but it’s a conduit for changing our Behavior we can’t certainly rely on it we’ve got a ultimately build Habit plans to allow us to actually make sustainable long-lasting changes yeah I think it’s probably worth just people considering and reflecting on that you’re saying then that this this potentially unhelpful part of the brain these potentially unhelpful forces vastly outnber uh the troops or the person or the people willpower Willamina power who can can help us Channel Us in the right direction pointed in the right direction but yet it is possible by developing helpful Habits yeah so that’s one of the insights in Neuroscience has shown is the power of the negative the power of the threat you know and threats are not just about blinds tigers and bears they’re also about what we think other people think about us what we call Social Status threats

these are all about survival ultimately so we are designed to survive and therefore it makes a lot of sense that those sites are far more powerful in our brain Thunder positivity but if you like sites which is a huge obviously simplification but

we can with awareness with more intelligent self-watching we can get better at understanding our HUE and managing it and actually the ultimate way to manage what we think and do is to build better Habits so that’s always the goal but understanding these two characters is certainly the starting point now in in in this chapter 10 on page 102 of the Habit Mechanic you use what what looks like to many people a flowchart to to really get it to grips with and get into the midst of this interdependence and this relationship that that Hugh and willpower have and how one can support the other and help us as people to to get to a successful outcome in any Endeavor and any thought in any action it’s quite complex to describe it in words and it people would probably be better off looking at the diagram and that gives you a fantastic overview and really brings it to light for you but just let’s uh let’s talk about it briefly if we can Jon you call it the willpower mentoring process and I say it as I say you’re describing how a person’s willpower can can respond when you identifies a threat or a worry just just as I say if you could just give us a brief overview of that process I think it will be really really instructive for people yeah and what I’m also delighted is Andrew is I was just checking before is that the willpower mentoring process diagram is made into the Korean version of the book so it’s actually in Korean which I can’t read out to unfortunately because some not competent in Korean yet but it’s great that it has been it has transferred into their and hopefully it’s helping the Korean reading public uh to make sense of their own brains but yeah the willpower mentoring process is a six-step process which as you said we map out visually on page one or two of the book step one issue signaling up to willpower so let’s say for example that you’ve got an email off your boss off your new boss and the turn isn’t so fantastic and who’s worried that the new your new boss doesn’t like you and he sends that message up to uh willpower or Willamina power so you become aware of it in your conscious brain ultimately and that’s step two is that you receive the message so you receive it step three is you analyze the message and say right okay this is what Hugh’s telling me is this true is it not true and then we go into stat Falls can be one of two scenarios one is you might decide well this is a real problem actually I don’t think I’ve got off on the right foot with this person for example but the other answer could be well it’s a false alarm it’s just you know that’s just the way that person writes emails and I shouldn’t read too much into it but if it’s a real problem

you can then help Hugh to create an action plan so you instead of just worrying about them beating yourself up about it you could do something practical about that so in the first instance you might do you might write out a written reflection just help you to process the thinking on it for example if it’s a false alarm then you might

help to calm you down and to in a very subconscious way re-educate you so that when it sees similar signals in the future it doesn’t interpret them as negatively and then if you get if you go down either of those those Pathways ultimately you’re going to create more wires for dealing with the problem in a more efficient and effective way or in other words you’re going to create more neurons in your brain connected to I’d call implicit emotional regulation which is connected to the most complex brain model that we’ve got which we’ll talk about in due course but but yeah there’s a step-by-step process that we can use to navigate and guide the relationship between these two core characters and in different sections of the book we go back to that process so that you can see it Illustrated in real time

so it’s not about just having an idea and a story we want to show you the Practical steps that you can use in order to help you to do better for yourself but also if you want to help others as well yeah sorry JonI was just about to say I think when you see this mapped out you see yourself in it in many times of your life and times in any given day but what you also immediately start to think about just naturally is well these are stages I’m passing through I can see how I might be able to do better and feel better every day of course the Habit Mechanic goes into massive amount of detail and offers massive amount a massive amount of practical advice and guidance about how we can really double down on this insight and apply it and use it with a lot more besides but I just think that that flowchart as we’re calling it of of what’s Happening in in your brain is so so useful and helpful and and again a practical insight and you can it cements this idea of two characters working independent interdependently and helping each other as you say Jonwhen when willpower works it calms you down and almost educates you and you highlight in the book how this can lead to a range of really helpful outcomes for anyone a better diet better exercise and sleep Habits better Stress Management less time beating yourself up or dwelling on the unhelpful improving your confidence becoming more productive and creative performing well under pressure and improving your leadership and management all these things that are so important for us in the modern world and and so sought after by many people if we could if we could just drill into a couple of those examples and understand how the insights we’ve just talked about might help this how for instance might that Insight help us start to develop better sleep Habits yeah so the relationship between han willpower is the epicenter of everything that’s good and bad in your life if you’ve got a good relationship between those two characters it’s going to be much easier to be healthier happier at your best if you’ve got a bad relationship it’s going to be much more difficult if not impossible so the starting point for all these areas including good sleep good exercise is good or better in simple terms self-awareness or what we call Habit Mechanic intelligence so if my willpower is working better I’m going to be better able to understand how well I am looking after myself in terms of what I put into my body my diet how well I’m resting my sleep how well I’m exercising and just by using our prefrontal cortex more and noticing the patterns of Hughes Behavior it will become apparent where I mean I’m that food is not helping me to be at my best it makes me feel sluggish and groggy I’m trying to do work first thing in the morning but my brain’s not stimulated I need to do some exercise before I start work or I’m always tired first thing that’s probably because I’m not getting enough sleep at night time so

having that level of self-awareness is going to be driven by a good healthy relationship between willpower and HUE and then if you recognizes the problem you can start using what we call the death swap to which is a diet exercise sleep self-watch and plan tool which we talked about in chapter 19 of the book and then you can build the Habit building plan and the example Habit building plan for that is in chapter 20 of the book To Build a Better Habit in that area so that’s how we would use uh that relationship to help us to start building better sleep diet and exercise Habits yeah that’s fascinating just picking out another one from from the list I I just cited he you say you could be a better leader if if you can bring your willpower to Bear against these horribly unhelpful emotions that you’re Hugh why might you be a poor leader if if he was was running rampant as it were yeah because you’re going to get sucked into really unhelpful behaviors so first of all you may not be looking after yourself very well if Hughes just focused on worrying about problems and then giving into short-term gratifications you might not be managing your stress then particularly well that might mean you become a bad role model it might be in your short tempered with people it means that you’re not going to be able to have the Strategic uh the the parts of your brain working well that you need for strategy so that you can be that cultural architect that your team needs also it means that you’re not going to have the capacity to have constructive relationships with your team members the relationships where you show that you trust them and that you help and guide them to actually them to build better Habits if you’re not able to do that for yourself and we obviously we have a lot of tools in the in in section fire of the book which spans from chapters I think 28 through to chapter 35 that show you how to build better Habits across all different facets of leadership also show you how to build better team Habits yeah and I mean also on the list Stress Management so we really unpack that in in chapter 21 and chapter 22. robust levels of confidence we unpack how to build better relationships between you and willpower in chapter 23 uh Focus productivity Etc doing high impact work we unpack that in chapter 25. performing Under Pressure we unpacked that in chapter 24 so we show you how to build better relationship between your shoe and willpower across all those areas in a step-by-step where and we don’t just give you the skills and the tools we show you how to actually build better Habits in those areas as well for yourself and for others yeah and of course we would encourage everyone to get a copy of the Habit Mechanic book and yeah he could start with chapter 10 if you wanted I suppose but read it read it through and uh this this Insight these practical applicable actions will become clear to you I think in the in chapter 10 you’ve got a quite a pithy phrase that says again using the idea of a HUE as a personified Baddie as it were a Karma HUE better you and that that resonates with me I think that’s very clear but you highlight quite rightly that you know although you’ve outlined a very very practical Pathway to deal with these things it’s not easy in Modern Life to to achieve these things because of the the challenges that kind of overwhelm us the the world as it is today is so challenging for us as hans it’s becoming more difficult yeah almost every day and that’s why becoming a Habit Mechanic is more important than ever before if we don’t have a calm you life is going to get difficult you know another concept

or I mean absolutely Central Concepts in this approach and in the book which is in chapter 21 is activation you know an active version is the guide for my dear and it’s about helping you to get to the right activation levels the thing with an angry over-excited threatened HUE is that it wipes out your prefrontal core text capacity so wipes will power out essentially so you hear people say when they’re stressed I couldn’t think clearly I can’t think straight that’s literally because the part of your brain you used to think consciously with is wiped out because the limbic regions when they’re activated they take over every site in the brain which makes complete sense because you’re in survival mode and survival mode isn’t only switched on by encounters with lions tigers and bears it’s also switched on by lots of nonsense that we get thrown at us every day which typically goes back to you know some sort of who’s not a survival threat in a sort of a physical sense it will be connected to a social status disconnection so subconsciously we’re concerned that people who are importing Our Lives don’t like us or the support of us is winning and that causes US problems yeah it’s uh it’s certainly a fascinating chapter and at the end of the chapter you start to to really unveil a technique in itself that’s helpful for people in terms of learning and developing their understanding of Habit Mechanic intelligence you ask them to test themselves almost in a very accessible friendly way and just just write down what Hugh stands for and if you’ve read The Habit Mechanic book I’m sure you know but Jonjust once again Hugh you have you have christened because HUE stands for something very specific just just reprise that once more for anyone who missed the start of the podcast yes it’s horribly unhelpful emotions yeah and that’s uh really an ingenious way of characterizing it I think and personifying it as you so yeah chapter 10 really instructive and really pivotal uh when you’re reading the Habit Mechanic I’m sure people uh I’ll find that if they if they haven’t read it yet just moving on then JonI’d like to talk about a few things that we’ve been reading about in the news on the podcast today some quite alarming statistics coming out around workplace well-being and people’s people’s sickness absence and and really alarming stats and we’ll talk about that in a few moments time and and some of the ways you can help people tackle that if they’re feeling that kind of thing and you can help organizations deal with it as well but first of all I just wanted to ask you about your Chief Habit Mechanic coaching program that’s underway I know uh you’ve been getting certified have a Mechanic coaching program yes I’m sorry I always made that mistake Jonit’s it’s the C certified Habit Mechanic coaching and you can you can see uh details uh of course on tougherminds.co.uk you you’ve been getting people inducted onto that I know and also receiving a lot of interest in that if you if you could just give us an update where we are with that and I think there’s some changes coming to that in June as well Jonyeah so we are we’re working with a range of global organizations I mean we’re talking about Elite World leading organizations on this but all the way through to people that are either coaches we’ve got their own coaching businesses or they want to become coaches and we’re helping them to to set up that coaching business if you like so it’s been a brilliant program to work on and I’m so glad that we launched this probably about six months ago now maybe not even that so yeah we we we’re getting such great success we’re actually just taking on a few new people so we opened up a few more places and we also want to let people know that the price is going up in June so if you want to get it at its current price then get in contact and you know we can sort out if you if you if you sign up before before June but in June the price will be going up so I just want to give people a fair warning that will be happening and that’s to become a certified Habit Mechanic coach through yourself which is it’s quite a powerful platform and as you say to move forward from if you want to help others do better and feel better yes exactly so we know the traditional coaching it just doesn’t cut it anymore we can see that with the stats that are out there more people than ever are struggling but more people are never using coaching they’re taking medicine the traditional these traditional approaches were not designed to help people do better in such a complex world because they’re designed to give people more Knowledge and Skills we don’t do what we know we should do we do it in the Habit of doing so we have to learn how to help people to build better Habits and that’s what becoming a certified Habit Mechanic coach will teach you how to do and not just for orders but for yourself as well first and foremost you know some people are just doing the program for themselves because they want to learn how to build you know better Habits so yeah that’s what you’re going to get and if you go to the the website you can see all the details if you’re interested just drop us a line yeah head to tougherminds.co.uk as Jonsays uh to find out more about the certified Habit Mechanic coaching opportunities just we’ll move on in a moment Jonbut just also briefly I know you’ve been receiving a lot of inquiries for Keynotes as well and uh working with a nber of well internationally recognized keynote agencies as well so that that’s been something new for this year which has been great but if people wanted to catch you I know you’re doing an online conference actually uh based in Europe but it’s of course accessible globally because it’s online through uh your partner icon conferences it’s called Global inclusion 2023

it starts I think at 9 30 Paris time on the 15th of June so that’s 10 30 here in the UK and I think as as a lot of these things are it’s also available on demand you’re speaking alongside a nber of uh representatives from from globally recognized organizations Industries I think the United Nations as well so tell us more about that Jonif you would yeah so I’m going to be talking about how to create a world leading d e and i diversity equality and inclusion culture using a new science-based nine-step framework you know this is there’s a couple of D and I uh people that are training to become certified having Mechanic coaches it is the epicenter of being healthy and happy in an organization if you don’t get those things right it’s going to be hard to help your people to be at their best in shot so it’s increasingly on organizations agendas to get those things right in a in against the backdrop of a world where it’s probably harder than ever to get those things right so I’m going to be talking about the importance of moving past knowing what we need to do to create great cultures and actually helping people to build the Habits that will allow them to achieve those goals so if that’s of interest to you it is that is free to attend it’s online and even if you’re not in the the Deni space I’m going to share some insights that will be applicable to everybody ultimately that wants to do better individually and collectively so yeah looks like a great conference to me and I’m really pleased that we’re speaking at it so be great to see as many people signed up and attending as possible in a live q a etc as well which is always really good yeah I think you’re going to be releasing some details uh to people who follow you uh via email so there’s been opportunity to sign up there and I think if if you search icon conferences Global inclusion 2023 uh you’ll see Jonon the speaker’s agenda very high up I think and yeah there’s an opportunity there to take part well thanks for that Johnny clearly very busy and a lot of people obviously have a lot of challenging work on day in day out but there was a story which which appeared on the BBC website recently which was quite alarming relating to the world of work which I’d love to talk to you about it just really was was quite a bleak out Outlook he said that there’s a new record nber of people not working in the UK due to long-term sickness two and a half million I think and it’s the ons Who provided the statistics the office for National statistics and people these people are not working due to health problems the blame I think principally was an increase in mental health issues and and exacerbated by home working and of course the covert pandemic as we know uh many of us will recognize and the government is is really making its business to to get people back to work but you you I know have have very well developed opinions on how people can feel better and and do better every day how organizations can help their people feel better and do better and I know part of the approach is through the Habit Mechanic University app and if you open that on your smartphone I’m not sure you can see that there just yeah you open it on your smartphone you’ll see a welcome message about creating a community of people who are doing well and feeling better please tell us more about that yeah so we’ve created the app and the book to make the tried and tested tools we’ve created over the past 20 years accessible to everybody and we completely understand that if there is a community of people helping each other we call that well they activate a few of the nihilation factors Community Technology skills uh social influence that then is going to be easier to build and sustain new helpful Habits it just it just reminded me of on the book on Amazon there’s a there’s a review essentially that’s saying it’s quite long so I won’t read alphabet but it’s basically describing I think someone that was probably in the situation that a lot of those two and a half million people have found themselves in and the reviews saying that they tried and tested lots of different ideas and they just didn’t work and they stbled across the Habit Mechanic and it’s getting them back on track and then noticing a huge difference in their life and I believe that review actually is from one of the people that I will see in the app quite a lot they’re they’re in there proactively this this is the thing it’s more about a lot of the the way I think of traditional coaching is it’s a bit like having a meeting with your personal trainer about what you might do to help yourself to change and to get fitter and stronger in all those fitness goals but then you leave the meeting and nothing happens the difference with our approaches we actually get support you in doing the training as well and helping you to normally do it but to Habitualize it and that’s what you can see in the app in real time is people working on themselves they’re doing the work they’re practicing thinking you know more helpful way one tiny step at a time so yeah we’ve got loads of powerful new features that we’re releasing in the app really soon which I’m really really excited about because I think it’s just going to really supercharge how we can help people every day do and think better so if you’re not in the app already do check it out the community in itself is really powerful the audiobook is currently freeing there there’s a free Foundation course there are other free resources but for me the most powerful thing is you can see people reflecting and planning in a really intelligent way using the the tools that are displayed in the Habit Mechanic book so the app and the book are designed to work together you know if you’re trying to be coming so if I have a Mechanic coach then we show you how to embed those systems into your coaching approach as well so that you can use these tools as a foundation for how you support people not just in your one-to-one coaching sessions but you know literally on a 24 7 basis because I’ve always got that support system with them yeah this this new story about the record nber of people feeling bad and not doing well in it it’s a paraphrase and not being in work most significantly connects with this so clearly for me I think it’s important perhaps just to to to get people just to think I know something I I’ve thought about since working alongside you that there is an economic cost the massive economic cost to this this inactivity this this peop people not being in work and you know leaving aside any any sort of political or ideological argents by making some quite straightforward interventions that that you help people with people can can do so much better I think it’s so important to stress that yeah we’re not fixed we can change but the challenge is most of the advice out there is just tidbits from people that are not ultimately experts in these fields they haven’t gone to the depth that we’ve gone to into the research and they haven’t spent the time that we’ve spent testing and refining the training programs that we’ve developed over the past 20 years that we’ve only released into the public domain through the app and the book after we were really compelled that there as self-help tools and a fantastic chance of of empowering people to be healthy happier at their best more often so you know as you might imagine I work with people every day that are really really struggling and think that there’s no way back but there is and if you actually understand how your brain works and the fact that most of what it’s doing most of the time is automatic subconscious mindless and that you get some tools to build better Habits hence you become a Habit Mechanic then you can you can feel better and do better and live a more fulfilling life and

thus you know we don’t want to see anyone that’s really really struggling so yeah I think that

it doesn’t have to be this way ultimately we can do much better I know awareness of Mental Health has been rising on people’s agendas but I think now we need to we need to move past knowing it’s important and actually help people to do better and the traditional ways that we’ve been taught to help people to do better in the mental health space is just not very effective they’re not designed to help people to change their behavior they’re designed to help people to know more stuff that doesn’t change your behavior and in fact it becomes problematic because it becomes disempowering because you think well I know what I should be doing but I can’t be I can’t do it therefore there must be a problem with me I’d say it’s not there’s not a problem with you there’s a problem with the advice that you’ve been given it’s not good enough and just pick up a copy of that Mechanic get into the app and just you know start your journey you can do it literally for pounds so that’s that’s you know my mission is to make as easy as possible for people to be at their best but using insights from from really robust science so it’s that it doesn’t have a Mechanic I mean we’re we’re talking about chapter 10 today I think there are 38 chapters in the book we’re just starting this literally is a manual for life and it’s a toolkit for success and and the app is just going to supercharge but so yeah it’s a sad situation I think unfortunately I’ve been predicting this it’s going to get worse and I think it has got worse since the last Figures were released possibly around November time and I you know I don’t see it getting any better unless we actually start helping people to change their behavior yeah there’s a line in one of the reports I was reading you know that says it just says almost in passing that employers are required by law to safeguard the health and safety of their employees I I guess you would say whether it should be the law or not they should all recognize that this this area of our our Behavior our this this way we are where we think and where we operate should be as widely recognized as that so we can address it yeah to give credit to some of the outstanding leaders I’ve worked with over the years you know c-suite type people or directors that’s on many occasions what they’ve framed our support under they’ve said this is the most important health and safety support we can give our people because they got it was the conduit for everything else good that was going to happen and hopefully more senior leaders they’re going to understand that and actually help their people think more effectively in the first instance which nothing more effectively in terms of I’m saying people are there’s something wrong with the way people are thinking I just mean that you know thinking a more helpful way for our health our happiness and our performance because it’s so easy to get bogged down in our thinking and uh for our HUE to dominate the conversation it doesn’t have to be like that yeah we’ll bring it back to Hugh horribly unhelpful emotions as we conclude this podcast well I’d like to thank everybody for listening uh it’s been great to talk to you again Jonabout this and chapter 10 of the Habit Mechanic but we’re going to go on of course to talk about more chapters in due course and and you can perhaps give us a brief hint about exactly what in a moment but uh please don’t forget to like subscribe and re-share this podcast if if you find it interesting please pass it on to a friend and and we hope that they too will uh be interested in the Habit Mechanic book if they haven’t read it yet and of course please do leave us a five star review uh wherever you get your podcast so uh thanks again for listening Jonis there anything you’d like to say in closing just thank you for listening if you’ve got the Habit Mechanic book make sure that you read it make sure you just try to put one idea into practice if you’ve already read it read it again go again pick it up reevaluate your Habits Etc

just you know the deity you were sharing there showing that the world we live in is highly complex and highly challenging well we’re not helpless we can do better and that’s the first question we have to ask ourselves every day how well did I do my best to be at my best and that will stand you in great Stead that connects to the the tea plan in chapter one of the book so keep assisting we know it can be difficult but use this toolkit and I guarantee you’ll start to make progress to get more control to be at your best more often and remember you only have a one Habit away.

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