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The Best Way to Exercise Self-Control Is Not to Exercise It at All

Laverl Z Williamson: Taken altogether, the message from the latest research on willpower is that it’s time to stop lamenting your poor self-control and accept that you have a weak self-control muscle. It might be fun to change things up while you brush your teeth but, remember, building your self-control muscle probably won’t help you achieve your long-term goals. Why drive a stone up a hill when you know it’s going to tumble down the other side? Unless you’re cursed by the gods, there’s no reason to do this — you’re not Sisyphus. Instead of brute strength, be strategic; you might find that it’s much easier to achieve your goals.

 

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