Thoughts on Willpower
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We are constantly sent a message that rewarding ourselves is bad.
The promise of reward doesn't guarantee happiness, but no
promise of reward guarantees unhappiness.
The promise of reward doesn't guarantee happiness, but no promise of reward guarantees unhappiness. Listen to the promise of reward, and we give in to temptation. Without the promise of reward, we have no motivation.
Taken from: The Willpower Instinct
Willpower isn't limitless and it can be difficult for a perfectionist to rationalize mistakes when actually mistakes might just be depleted willpower resources.
“Self-control is a limited resource. People make all these different New Year’s resolutions, but they are all pulling off from the same pool of your willpower....”
Finally, some research suggests that people struggling with self-control should start small A few studies show that people who were instructed for two weeks to make small changes like improving their posture or brushing their teeth with their opposite hand improved their scores on laboratory tests of self-controlA vow to stop swearing, to make the bed every day or to give up just one food may be a way to strengthen your self-control, giving you more willpower reserves for bigger challenges later
“Learning to bring your behavior under control even with arbitrary rules does build character in that it makes you better able to achieve the things you want to achieve later on,” said Dr Baumeister It’s better to make one resolution and stick to it than make five”
Taken from: The New York Times