Willpower is the ability to control our impulses, actions, or emotions. Willpower is seen as a key factor in many other qualities, including determination, drive, resolve, and self-discipline. While many consider willpower an internal element of brute force and self-denial—the ability to tell ourselves “No!” loudly and long enough to endure temptation—the truth is it’s a skill that can be strengthened through self-compassion and the honoring of our desires and true longings. Neuroscience, mindfulness traditions, and psychological practices have all unlocked many reliable strategies to develop our willpower.
The bestselling psychotherapist and author of The Power of Kindness provides concrete, meaningful lessons in developing internal willpower during times of personal crisis. We all experience periods of gloom, fear, and uncertainty.