A fantastic research and science-based book on willpower (i.e. not your usual factless self-help diatribe), with good practical tips and a sober analysis of our pathetic capability. Key takeaways:
- Our capacity for willpower is very limited, so choose carefully and focus its use where it counts;
- It is also trainable like a muscle, so you can progressively set it harder challenges;
- Try to actively notice when it fails, analyse why and what triggers it, then be conscious that you have a choice of what to do the next time the trigger happens;
- Avoid getting to the trigger if you can - put it out of sight, and try not to have to use your willpower in the first place .