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Shelves: productivity , psychology , favorites How often do you struggle with willpower and discipline? In her book The Willpower Instinct, Kelly McGonigal asks this question, exploring the ways in which different threats can derail our willpower, perpetually keeping us in the stressful biological state known as fight-or-flight How do we run from or fight off the constant stream of temptations and distractions around us?

By strengthening our self-control and willpower! These are my top tips Ive discovered on the subject of willpower. Create How often do you struggle with willpower and discipline?

No white bears. All right. Chances are the image of a white bear came to your mind when trying not to think of it. This is because we create a paradox when we try to not think of something. Simply by mentioning it even with a not we bring it into our mind.

Practicing mindfulness and meditation not only improves our health, well-being, and brain functions but also can be an incredible tool to harness our willpower and self-control. Because he wanted them to consciously and actively take every chance in life to practice mindfulness and maintain inner peace.

We can utilize long lines, traffic, or other opportunities that would normally beget a sense of impatience from us, depleting our willpower resources, and recharge ourselves instead with thoughtfulness and deep breathing. Justified eating that cookie because we worked out. Taken leeway at work because we worked hard on that last project… When we reward ourselves in this way, letting the glow of our good behavior justify the darkness of something else, we actually hurt ourselves in the long run.

We set ourselves up for failure. Kelly McGonigal talks about this in a shocking psychology study done that investigated decision making. Princeton University students were asked to reject or agree with sexist statements.

Want to know the results? The students who had strongly rejected the obviously sexist statements felt so justified by their good behavior, were so certain that they had already established themselves not to be sexist, that they became more likely to rely on moral licensing and bad impulses to hire in the exact opposite way.

They just felt justified to use something psychologists call moral licensing.


“The Willpower Instinct” by Kelly McGonigal (Book Summary)

Learn the behind-the-scenes story of the cover design and read an excerpt from the introduction here. Or listen to the audiobook introduction here! Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, as well as memoirs, ethnographies, and philosophers. She shows how movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, including self-expression, social connection, and mastery--and why it is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Along the way, McGonigal paints a portrait of human nature that highlights our capacity for hope, cooperation, and self-transcendence.





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