Habit Formation

A habit is any repeated routine of behavior that we tend to perform subconsciously. Habit formation affects our brains, growing certain neural pathways and pruning others so that the habit is reinforced and thus easier to accomplish with minimal effort. Often, we acquire habits without realizing what we’re doing, but with a bit of conscious effort, it is possible to cultivate—or change—a habit. Since our brains are wired to function according to habit, it’s important to assess our current habits and decide which ones are worth keeping, which ones no longer serve us, and what new habits we might create to help us achieve our goals and better align with our vision for our lives.

If Self-Discipline Feels Difficult, Then You’re Doing It Wrong

Many equate self-discipline with living a good, moral life, which ends up creating a lot of shame when we fail. There’s a better way to build lasting, solid self-discipline in your life.

5 Tips for Boosting Your Willpower

Good habits are foundational for happiness—but to create them, you need willpower.

How to Boost Your Willpower

A growing body of evidence indicates that willpower and self-control are essential for a happy and successful life.

Yoga for Cultivating Willpower

Ask how to break a bad habit and just about everyone will tell you to use willpower. Let’s call it the “just say no” response.

Seven Tips to Increase Your Willpower

It’s the self-control to say “no” to too much eating, spending, video gaming, alcohol consumption and other indulgences that keep us from goals we’ve set. It’s something we all wish we had more of: willpower.

Three Ways to Get Willpower to Work for You

More than ever, the novel coronavirus crisis is calling on us to dig deep down to discover unwavering willpower to rebound and rebuild. Here are three ways to get willpower to work for you.

Willpower and the Psychology of Self-Control

If only you could control yourself. If you had more willpower, you could finally lose those last 10 pounds. If you had more self-control, you could finally stop procrastinating, save for retirement, stick to an exercise routine, and avoid various vices such as alcohol and cigarettes.

How to Increase Willpower and Be Mentally Tough

Learning how to increase willpower requires time.

15 Ways to Effectively Strengthen Your Willpower

Having strong willpower is a major key to every entrepreneur’s success. We asked members of Young Entrepreneur Council to share a concrete way every entrepreneur can strengthen their willpower.

Gimme Gimme Gimme: How to Increase Your Willpower

A new book suggests self-control is the key to success and that learning to defer gratification can change your life. But is it really that simple?


Goal Setting