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The Science of Supercharging Your Willpower and Self-Discipline

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The Science of Supercharging Your Willpower and Self-Discipline

Increasing your willpower doesn’t require soul searching. In fact, it’s much simpler and easier than you probably think…

In this episode, we’re going to have a meandering discussion about willpower and self-discipline, and specifically, some of the reasons why so many people have so much trouble doing the things they know they should and not doing the things they know they shouldn’t, and a handful of simple, science-based strategies to make it easier for you to do the things you want to do and, ultimately, become the person you want to be.

Here’s a little sneak peek of what you’re going to learn in this episode:

  • Why failures of willpower and self-control can feel so good in the moment, even when they’re blatantly against your best interests or at odds with your plans and intentions.
  • How you can use the “precommitment strategy” to easily increase your stick-to-itiveness and reduce the likelihood of falling off the wagon.
  • How to prevent “decision fatigue” from sapping your mental energy and willpower.
  • Why creating a structured personal routine is one of the most powerful ways to enhance not only your willpower, but your ability to do the big, meaningful things that are going to ultimately define your life.
  • And more…

TIME STAMPS

5:54 – What is willpower?

9:32 – What is the physiology behind willpower?

16:51 – What can we do to increase our willpower?

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  • dave

    Great podcast mike.I must admit i lost interest when you did the whole interviews with other guests…much prefer you doing them alone saying it how it is…no bullshit.Would love to see an episode on binge eating and what can be done about it….cheers

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