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Willpower (Part V)

Willpower (Part V)

In the last lesson, we learned that willpower works like a muscle. We found that if you exercise your willpower, you can make it grow. However, we also found that you can also exhaust your reserve of willpower if you are not careful. In this lesson on willpower, we...
Willpower (Part V)

Willpower (Part IV)

In the last lesson, we talked about how we can increase our supply of willpower. I promised that in this lesson we would talk about how willpower works. We used to think that willpower was either an inborn trait or we believed that people of good character had...
Willpower (Part V)

Willpower Part III

In the last lesson, we talked about how willpower works. Specifically, we reviewed the difference between the fight-or-flight response and the pause-and-plan response.[1] What is interesting is that your body can tell you about your willpower, if you know how to...
Willpower (Part V)

Willpower Part II

As promised, in this lesson, I will talk about how willpower works. Let’s start with how the human body works. The human body is remarkably designed. Consider all of the redundant systems in the body. You could see with just one eye, but you have two. You could pick...
Willpower (Part V)

Willpower Part I

In the last lesson, I talked about habit formation and how I lost weight over the summer just by eating right. I ended that lesson with this statement: “There is a fifth key to this process of automaticity—willpower. I did not talk about willpower, but that is the...