What is Willpower?
Willpower is that thing we lack when we can’t say no to that third donut. It’s the thing we have when we summon the courage to end a toxic relationship. “Will” is a person’s ability to make a conscious choice. “Power” refers to our ability to stick to it. Willpower, then, is the motivation we have to exercise our will. We can apply this to lots of things. For example:
- Losing weight
- Making new friends
- Find your focus
- Quitting an addiction!
- Changing bad habits
- Quitting smoking!
- Avoiding fattening or unhealthy foods
- Focusing on work instead of play
- Following the speed limit
- Leaving work at work
- Setting and achieving goals
- Not messing around with your phone at the dinner table.
Our Friend, The Midbrain
Originally published here and reprinted with the author’s permission.
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