Why You Don’t Need More Willpower

In a sense, willpower is like physical strength. In the same way that the weight of the heaviest rock you can lift is a measure of your physical strength, willpower is a measure of your ability to make yourself do something you intend to do but don’t feel like doing — or to keep yourself from doing something you intend not to do but do feel like doing.

And in the same way that how much you can accomplish with however much physical strength you have depends on how you apply that physical strength, how much you can accomplish with however much willpower you have depends on how you apply that willpower.

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