Most people approach goals and personal improvement the hard way. Rather than changing their environment, they strive to overcome their current environment. This is the essence of willpower, our individualistic Western culture’s obsession.
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I would argue that this is even worse than you put it. Most people bind themselves up in lives where they must not overcome their environments, but resist them.

I’ve got more personal experience in this department than I would like to admit. For so many years, I’ve thought that the true mark of strength was to change yourself first. I would start new workout regimens, I would opt to learn a new skill through an online course, I’d try reading a certain amount of books in a certain period of time. I believed in all those quotes that say, “want to change your life? Change yourself first.”

But I’m older now, and I see why attitudes and the mind are often likened to gardens. As certain plants flourish in certain environments, so do certain attitudes and minds. If you do not change your surroundings, everything you plant will die. And a man who sows seed in the desert is not optimistic. He is a fool.

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