The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on why it’s so dang hard to stick to a resolution

Ivy Lea:

“Willpower is about being able to hold opposites.” This one sentence pretty much wraps up how fantastic this article is about. Willpower has to do with accepting all parts of yourself, instead of trying to faze out your own perceived negative qualities.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

KellyMcGonigal_Q&AIt’s the second week in January and, at about this time, that resolution that seemed so reasonable a week ago — go to the gym every other day, read a book a week, only drink alcohol on weekends — is starting to seem very … hard. As you are teetering on the edge of abandoning it all together, Kelly McGonigal is here to help. This Stanford University psychologist — who shared last year how you can make stress your friend — wants you to know that you’re not having a hard time sticking to a resolution because you are a terrible person. Perhaps you’ve just formulated the wrong resolution.

McGonigal has, for years, taught a course called “The Science of Willpower” through Stanford’s Continuing Studies program and, in 2011, she spun it into a book, The Willpower Instinct. The TED Blog spoke to McGonigal this week about how willpower…

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