Willpower is the key to much that's good in life. So it's no wonder that psychological scientists have been studying willpower for decades, trying to figure out who is disciplined under what circumstances -- and why.
Real change can be hard to come by, and it's tempting to want to start lowering expectations, or throw in the towel on your goal completely. But don't despair, because it's not too late to push the reset button and try tackling those goals again.
The vast majority of us have given up on our New Year's resolutions before the month's out. If you truly want to change yourself for the better in 2012, then you'll do well to pay attention to these three research-driven tips.
I have said for years that willpower doesn't work, and that people who rely on it to manage their nutrition will end up actually overeating when their will collapses. Nothing demonstrates this more than the holidays, with all that food, expectation and anxiety packed into a few days.
We automatically think of willpower as a resource we use to help us do the things we know we should do -- the things that are good for us. Why, then, would anyone ever exert willpower in order to do something that isn't good for them?
Americans are stressed out, and seeking treatment for anxiety and depression in record numbers. Experiencing all of those bad feelings each day leads us to consume more and more high-calorie junk food.
Did you know that willpower is like coal? We have a limited amount, and it can very well run out. I am determined to get some of my willpower back, so here I have assembled the tricks that have worked in the past.
Your capacity for self-control is not unlike the muscles in your body. Just as well-developed biceps sometimes get tired and jelly-like after a strenuous workout, so, too, does your willpower "muscle."
What is it about men that makes them think that asking for help seems like a weakness, not a strength? Why do we place such a high value on "toughing it out," especially when it can cut us off from optimal solutions?