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Willpower



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.

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A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit | Judson Brewer

Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction-from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they're bad for us.

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No Limits: The Will to Succeed

For years the world has followed Michael Phelps’s progress from teen sensation in Sydney to bona fide phenom in Athens. Now he’s a living Olympic legend in Beijing with a peerless record of gold medals.

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How to Boost Your Willpower

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

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FindCenterHe that can have patience can have what he will.

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Self-Discipline | Why It's Important & How to Master Self-Control

Self-discipline and willpower are two of the biggest secrets to success. Improving, cultivating, and growing your self-control and self-discipline will serve you well in both your personal and professional life.

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No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline

Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline.

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Faced with Distraction, We Need Willpower

Mustering willpower is a struggle for almost everyone — and it’s getting harder. We, as individuals and as a society, lack self-control at precisely the time we need it most.

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FindCenterStrength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

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The Science of Willpower: An Interview with Kelly McGonigal

Health psychologist and Stanford lecturer Dr. Kelly McGonigal talks about what willpower is and how we can get more of it.

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Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Pioneering research psychologist Roy F. Baumeister collaborates with New York Times science writer John Tierney to revolutionize our understanding of the most coveted human virtue: self-control.

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