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Lack of willpower

We now know that willpower is like a holding tank that gets drawn down over the course of the day. Every time you resist temptation, stop yourself from saying what is really on your mind, or exercise self-control, your store of willpower goes down. The less you have available, the more likely it is that you’ll give in to the next temptation. This may explain why it’s harder to exercise self-control in the afternoons and evenings.

Willpower is like a muscle – it can get stronger the more you exercise it. Making small changes in your habits – like sitting up straight or parking your car in the spot furthest from the entrance to your workplace– can help strengthen your willpower.

But willpower alone will not be enough to make big changes in your life – like eating healthier, becoming more fit, quitting smoking or drinking, losing weight, saving money, or spending more time with family.

You can make these changes, but first you need to know what works. Read on.

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