Goal Power

Deciding to be healthy isn't enough. Fortunately, we're learning the secrets of turning resolution into action. My guide to getting unstuck

Typography: Julie Teninbaum for TIME; Oz: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

I am terrified of heights. Climbing to the top of a telephone pole three stories tall in the Arizona desert is not my idea of a good time. It didn't help much that I would be wearing a helmet--a three-story drop is a three-story drop, no matter what you've got on your head. It should have helped that I'd be wearing a safety cable, but that made no difference either. If you know anything about how the brain works, you know that what you understand in your reasoning lobes and what you feel in your emotional lobes are two very different...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!