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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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