The Willpower Instinct

January 10, 2013

in Books

Willpower is something that we all wish we had more of.

In her new book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., teaches us how to harness our willpower and use it for good, not evil.


This is not one of those ready, set, change everything books. We all know that approach doesn't work. Neither does just deciding to try harder. It leads only to failure. Need proof? It's 10 days into the new year. How are you doing on your resolutions?

Dr. McGonigal looks at the physiological function of the brain, explains it in terms we can all understand, and teaches us how to actually achieve goals that require the use of willpower. She uses lots of case studies to show you why her approach makes more sense than alternate approaches as well.

As you work through the ideas, which are really new to some of us (like it's ok to make mistakes), she suggests you pick one thing to work on. There are 10 chapters and so 10 weeks of working towards this one goal. Each week the steps are broken down, explained, and most importantly, achievable. By the end you might be surprised to find that you achieved your goal without the pain of trying to force yourself into it.

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What are your willpower challenges?

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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