As a competitive athlete and a daily procrastinator I always wonder how to improve my willpower. Can you imagine an unlimited source of willpower and all of the things you can accomplish in a day? How about a year or a decade? 🤔
I've read a while ago the Willpower book by Roy F. Baumeister and I was completely sold. The two points from the book really stuck with me:
1. You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it.
2. You use the same stock of willpower for all manner of tasks.
Finally I can rationalize my lack of willpower to wash dishes after a long day at work! Such a minor task seems like a true test of grit, yet if left until the next morning it becomes an easy chore.
Then I came across this article stating that your willpower is limited if you think it is...
In a study conducted by the Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck and her colleagues, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dweck concluded that signs of ego depletion were observed only in test subjects who believed willpower was a limited resource. Those participants who did not see willpower as finite did not show signs of ego depletion.