How I Overcame TV Addiction, Reclaimed My Life and Gained Two Extra Months Per Year

“Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

I have no way to prove this, but I’m sure it’s true: nobody on their deathbed ever wished they’d spent more time watching TV. That’s mainly why we no longer own a television. Life is short, and there are far too many activities that are more important and fulfilling than sitting in front of a television for hours on end. That’s not to suggest you should eliminate television from your life completely. But over the last few years, I’ve come to see it as something that’s best placed at the edge of life, rather than the center.

TV addictionI didn’t always feel that way. In fact, there was a period of my life when I wasted nearly six hours of my day watching television. When evening rolled around, I’d park myself on the couch, turn on the television and vegetate till I fell asleep near midnight. Eight hours later, I’d wake up with the TV still on and me still feeling tired.

When you do the math, it’s rather shocking. Six hours per day adds up to 2190 hours over the course of a year. 91 days. Three months – THREE MONTHS! – per year. Sitting in front of a television. Hypnotized. Tuned in, but zoned out. Living in a make-believe world while the real world passed me by.

The Science of Perseverance: How Your Mindset Strengthens (or Weakens) Your Motivation

Persevere: To persist steadfastly in pursuit of an undertaking, task, journey, or goal, even if hindered by distraction, difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement.

First, the bad news. When it comes to creating change in your life or achieving your goals, it probably won’t be easy. You may struggle. It’ll likely take longer than you expect. It’s almost certain that you’ll have setbacks and short-term failures along the way. Especially when it involves creating new habits, developing new skills or learning new concepts. This helps explain why most people fail to achieve their New Years’s resolutions.

Now, the good news. Struggle, setbacks and short-term failures don’t have to drain your motivation. They don’t have to make you want to quit before you’ve put in enough time and effort to reach your goal. In fact, psychologists who study motivation and achievement say it could be just the opposite; as long as you adopt the right mindset.

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