Happiness & success…come from strengthening self-control

Happiness & success…come from strengthening self-control

In just over a month I'll be running a fantastically important 1-day workshop focusing on how to boost your willpower (details HERE). 

This is such an important topic and something that's at the heart of happiness and success in pretty much every life domain. 

Those who can exert self-control are more likely to be happy and successful and fit and healthy and…more; whereas those who struggle are more likely to experience problems in some area of their life. And the good news is that you can learn to boost your willpower, exert more self control and, therefore, enjoy more happiness and other positive results. 

So if you're in Sydney interested in learning how to boost your willpower then CLICK HERE and secure your spot but if you're not in Sydney, you might like to learn more about what we'll be covering by reading this great article from the American Psychological Society titled "What you need to know about willpower; the psychological science of self-control". 

It begins like this…

A large body of research has been developed in recent years to explain many facets of willpower. Most of the researchers exploring self-control do so with an obvious goal in mind: How can willpower be strengthened? If willpower is truly a limited resource, as the research suggests, what can be done to conserve it?

Avoiding temptation is one effective tactic for maintaining self-control. In Walter Mischel’s marshmallow study (in which preschool children had the choice between eating one marshmallow immediately or waiting an unspecified amount of time for two marshmallows), the children who stared directly at the treat were less likely to resist it than were kids who closed their eyes, turned away, or otherwise distracted themselves. The “out of sight, out of mind” principle applies to adults, too. One recent study, for instance, found office workers who kept candy in a desk drawer indulged less than when they kept the candy on top of their desks, in plain sight.

Another helpful tactic for improving self-control is a technique that psychologists call an “implementation intention.” Usually these intentions take the form of “if-then” statements that help people plan for situations that are likely to foil their resolve. For example, someone who’s watching her alcohol intake might tell herself before a party, “If anyone offers me a drink, then I’ll ask for club soda with lime.” Research among adolescents and adults has found that implementation intentions improve self-control, even among people whose willpower has been depleted by laboratory tasks. Having a plan in place ahead of time may allow you to make decisions in the moment without having to draw on your willpower…

…keep reading the full and original article HERE