Strategic Willpower: How to Keep Going When Life Gets Hard

Strategic Willpower FINAL

Sometimes life is so draining that you feel too tired to make a decision. We say things like:

  • “I want to work out but I can’t get up from the couch after dinner!”
  • “I don’t find my work fulfilling but I can’t quit!”

It requires willpower to do anything, whether that’s eating healthy, working out, being a supportive partner, or starting a business.

I look at the concept of willpower as mental energy. Whenever you want to do something, you need to dedicate energy to that. Whether you can follow through on your intention or not depends on willpower.

In my experience, you can set your life up in a way so you can maximize willpower/mental energy. But before we get into that, let’s look at the science.

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