Welcome to Entelechy with Matt Neilsen

Welcome to the Entelechy newsletter.

Entelechy (pronounced “en-tel-uh-kee”) is a word from ancient Greek that means “the actualization of potential”. In other words, it describes the process of turning potential into reality.

Why does entelechy matter?

The truth is that getting results in life usually isn’t that complicated. Consider the example of “being healthy”. Acquiring great health is straightforward: sleep well, eat whole foods, stay active, and manage stress. That simple framework is sufficient for 95-99% of people to experience great health.

So then why is it so hard for the majority of people to achieve that goal?

It’s hard because the process of turning knowledge (potential) into practical results requires consistent action. It’s not enough to know the right course of action if you never do anything with that knowledge.

In essence, the problem is a lack of entelechy.

I’m deeply interested in how to help myself and those around me to actually do the things we say we want to do. I’m interested in solving this problem because I consider it something of a superpower. I believe that solving the “behavior challenge” is perhaps the single most impactful thing any of us can do if we want to live life on our own terms.

Consider this question:

“What could I have, do, or accomplish if I was able to get myself to consistently do the things I say I want to do?”

Whether it’s learning a new language, picking up an instrument, getting good at a sport, losing weight, becoming a better romantic partner, learning how to program, becoming a great cook, or any of a million other things, your biggest bottleneck probably isn’t a lack of knowledge. Rather, it’s a lack of action.

Personally, I am passionate about applying the concept of entelechy to the areas of health, longevity, and intellectual ability. Many of my articles examine these areas through the fields of health, tech, and education. Topics range across concepts like behavioral design, nutrition, exercise, biohacking, programming, persuasion & influence, learning theory, and more.

If these ideas resonate with you, then you will enjoy this newsletter.

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