[7GM1759] The Science of Willpower: How to Strengthen Your Self Control

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In today's episode of 7 Good Minutes, we get helpful tips on how to strengthen your self control.

We all know the feeling. We're trying to diet or save money or quit smoking, and we have every intention of sticking to our goals. But then, we see a delicious cake or a sale on our favorite clothes or a colleague lighting up a cigarette, and suddenly, all our good intentions go out the window.

Why is it so hard to stick to our goals? The answer lies in a concept called self-control.

Self-control is the ability to resist temptation in order to pursue long-term goals. It's what allows us to diet even when there's a tempting piece of cake in the office kitchen or save money even when we're eyeing that new designer handbag. Unfortunately, self-control is a limited resource.

Just like our muscles get tired after a workout, our ability to resist temptation wanes as we use it throughout the day.

This explains why it's so hard to stick to our New Year's resolutions. We might start off the year with good intentions and plenty of self-control, but by the time February rolls around, we're already back to our old habits.

How Can We Improve Our Self Control?

Fortunately, there are some things we can do to improve our self-control. One is simply to be aware of how important self-control is and how quickly it can be depleted. By understanding how self-control works, we can be more mindful of temptations and better prepared to resist them.

We can also proactively try to conserve our self-control by planning ahead. For example, if you know you'll be tempted to spend money while you're out shopping, leave your credit cards at home.

If you're trying to diet, make sure you have healthy snacks on hand so you're not as tempted by unhealthy choices. And if you're trying to quit smoking, avoid situations where you'll be around other smokers.

Of course, no matter how well we plan ahead, there will always be times when we find ourselves in difficult situations with few options for escape. When this happens, it's important to remember that our self-control is not unlimited.

Just as we need to rest our bodies after physical exertion, we also need to rest our minds after using self-control. This means taking occasional breaks from whatever it is we're trying not to do whether that means indulging in a piece of cake or taking an extra break at work in order to recharge our willpower reserves.

Self control is essential for achieving long-term goals but unfortunately, it's also a limited resource. By understanding how self-control works and proactively trying to conserve it, we can improve our chances of sticking to our goals.

However, even with the best planning and effort, there will always be times when temptation gets the better of us. In these moments, it's important to remember that taking a break is not failure it's simply part of the process.

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