The Willpower Instinct

Eearly on in this inspiring work, author and Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal PhD, summarises the challenge facing us humans. In summary, it's a simple question of "what you will" and "what you won't". The motivation for these two are driven by getting clear about "what you want".

Together they form the thre elements:

  • What you will
  • What you won't
  • What you want

Neuroscientists talk about how we have one brain but two minds. We have a mind that acts on impulse and seeks immediate gratification, and we have another mind that controls our impulses and delays gratification to fulfill our long-term goals.

We face willpower challenges when the two minds have competing goals. Reading the book can teach you about what influences us to procrastinate or why we fail to resist temptation, and you can learn about small interventions that can have large, positive outcomes.

Sadly, there are no quick fixes and indeed to err is human. However, knowledge is power and this book can certainly help you to make the decisions you want in the long-term over what's more attractive right now. And that is what dedication often comes down to at the end of the day. Small decisions that can lead to big results.

For more inforamtion about The Willpower Instinct, and Kelly McGonigal's other books, visit Kelly's website.



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