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WHAT IS WILLPOWER?

Willpower is the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals. Many associate willpower with determination, drive, resolve, self-discipline, but most psychologists say it's:

  • The ability to delay gratification, resisting short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals
  • The capacity to override an unwanted thought, feeling or impulse
  • Controlling emotions, like trying to change your mood
  • Conscious, effortful regulation of the self by the self
  • A limited resource capable of being depleted

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