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TMHS 168: The Science Of Willpower, Beating Megaphobia, And The One Thing with Jay Papasan

What we are able to have, give, do and become in our lives is largely determined by how we choose to spend our time. Seneca said, “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.”

A big secret to success in life is learning how to focus on what really matters. And at no other point in human history has focus been such a hugely scarce commodity. If you can reacquire your focus, and place it intently on the thing that matters most, then there’s absolutely no limit to what you can achieve. That’s why I had to talk with Jay Papasan.

Jay is the co-author of the bestselling, mega-hit book The One Thing. Today he’s here to share with you some priceless wisdom to help you live the life you want, break through your mental barriers, and become the best version of yourself. The tips and insights are running wild in this episode, so make sure you’re ready to catch them!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why food and memories are intimately linked up in our minds.
  • Why it’s never your “title” that defines you.
  • What The One Thing really is (this is life-changing!).
  • How attempting to do everything right can be a bigtime spiritual stressor.
  • How to create the “Domino Effect” in the most important areas of life.
  • How to find The One Thing for transforming your body.
  • How you can find out what YOUR one thing is.
  • The surprising impact of multitasking (this is mind-blowing!).
  • What your willpower actually is and how it’s always negative and positive.
  • Why willpower is a nutrition issue.
  • What megaphobia is and how it’s probably impacting your life.
  • What a focusing question is and why it’s a MUST to have one.


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  1. Hi Shawn,
    Just want to thank you, this episode really spoke to me this morning, more than I can begin to explain in this comments section! (Well, every Model Health Show episode does!) It’s like you said…things happen when you’re READY for them. 🙂

    I’m wondering if you have any links to info on the multitasking study? I’d love to learn more about that.

    You (and Ms. Jade and all of your guests!) have inspired me, my husband, and now my mom to work on becoming the best versions of ourselves that we can be. Thank you so much for all that you do and share. We love The Model Health Show!

    Big hug from Wisconsin! -Emma

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