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
SIGNS OF WEAKENED WILLPOWER
When willpower is weak, we lack the ability to delay gratification and "give in" to temptation.
When our willpower is weak or depleted, it's easier to give in to temptation or to avoid difficult tasks.
YOU KNOW OTHERS WITH WEAK WILLPOWER
Think about it. Most of us do better when we are in it "together." Try to understand your friend(s) challenge and suggest that you join him in willpower strengthening exercises together.
The Power of Delayed Gratification
Temptation is everywhere. But if we can just show a little restraint, we can enjoy much greater rewards in the future. Can we do it? Prudential did a little experiment to find out.