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Willpower-Don't eat the marshmallow

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People fail because they lack self discipline or willpower.

Self discipline, training and control of oneself and one's conduct, usually for personal improvement

Self control, the ability of a person to exert his/her will over the inhibitions of their body or self

Willpower is a finite resource (Finite resources are those which are only found in limited amounts). Think of willpower as a muscle. Think of your bodies skeletal and cardiac muscles and how they can be trained. Like those muscles, willpower can be trained to become stronger, to last longer, go further, and be more powerful. Can you think of a time when you were in better cardiovascular condition or stronger physically? The reason you were stronger is only because you conditioned yourself to be that way. Now, can you think back at a time when you were more disciplined with work or your social life than you are now? Yes? Likely, at that time you had more willpower in many aspects of you life at that time. You had trained yourself mentally to be strong at that time. You can workout and get stronger, if you stop the workouts, you become deconditioned. You can demonstrate tremendous willpower by training it, if you stop, you lose it and your willpower and self discipline becomes weak.

When we learn to force ourselves to eat a salad rather than a hamburger, go to the gym rather than watch TV, or more simply put, think about how you already do this. Each morning, your alarm goes off at 6am, you would like to roll over and go to sleep, but you don't, you get up and go to work because you have to. You have created a habit to get up and go to work. As you have created this habit you can create others.

In the late 1960's, researcher devised what is now known as the "marshmallow test".

See this short video that describes the concept and outcome of the study.

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/en//id/553

researchers at Stanford devised what’s now known as the “marshmallow test” to test participants’ ability to defer gratification.

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/25977#ixzz2DIDmukqJ --brought to you by mental_floss! researchers at Stanford devised what’s now known as the “marshmallow test” to test participants’ ability to defer gratification.

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/25977#ixzz2DIDLkD3k --brought to you by mental_floss! Be strong, force yourself today, knowing it will get easier as you do it. Eventually it will become a habit.

Willpower is also....

Will Power, (born 1981), Australian racing driver

Willpower is the second studio album by the American noisegrind band Today Is the Day, released on September 1994 through Amphetamine Reptile Records.

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