Improve Your Willpower By Reminding Yourself Of Your Goals And Values

Improve Your Willpower By Reminding Yourself Of Your Goals And Values


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Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct, breaks willpower into three different powers:

  1. I Won’t Power: what we normally think of as willpower (resisting temptation)
  2. I Will Power: the ability to remember you want the consequences of doing that difficult thing (e.g., drinking more water instead of a big box of wine for a healthier future self)
  3. I Want Power: the ability to keep a clear memory of what you care about most

Those last two things are a more positive framework that tap into your long-term goals and values and could make it easier to change habits. Just saying “no” to all the short-term temptations may not be enough.

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