Friday, August 31, 2012

Better Work Through MORE Willpower.

In business and in life, we all struggle with Willpower.  Willpower, as described in The Willpower Instinct by Dr. Kelly McGonigal, Ph.d, an amazingly awesome book, is both the iWant power (wanting to do/get/be something) and iWont power (wanting to stop doing/getting/being something).  In business, this is usually doing the "hard work" that will actually make a difference.  In Marketing, for example, it means 'actually talking to customers (some say yick!)'... or stopping  the 'usual marketing we always do'... or 'killing that poor product/brand'.  THIS BOOK is the definitive resource for improving your Willpower (both iWant and iWont).   If you want to lose weight, be more productive, be a better person, or whatever you "want"... READ THIS BOOK NOW!  I, for example, WANT to write a non-fiction book about marketing.  Ironically, this book is so rich and filled with examples and real studies, I think I may 'use' this book for iWant power, AND 'use' this book as a guideline for how to write non-fiction.  I should mention I do not know the author personally... but I would love to do one of Dr. McGonigal's seminars.

So, what did I get out of this book?  Here's a few takeaways...  I've ordered a physical copy too, so I can better quote the book and use it as a writing reference (since I only read this on Audible so far).

  1. Meditation Increases Willpower.  
    • (the simple kind, where for 5-10min a day, you just relax and 'not think', but listen to your breathing)...
    • (also, get enough sleep/and eat healthy.. it increases willpower (really))
  2. Forgiveness Increases Willpower.  
    • (learn to forgive yourself!  based on Scientific research, forgiving your splurge will be MORE impact-full than punishing/blaming yourself!).
  3. Find a way to Motivate Yourself.
    • The Chance of a Random Reward drives Willpower.
    • (give yourself random rewards for successes, think of the goal/future self).
    • (lotto tickets as a reward).
  4. Social Pressure Fuels Willpower (and Weakness).  
    • (stay away from social settings that might make you lose in your willpower goal.  Find mentors or sponsors who support your goal.  Make your goal public.)
  5. Think of your "Future" Self. 
    • (just thinking about your future self leads to greater power for iWant or iWont).
  6. Don't try to Suppress Thoughts/Cravings. 
    • (when you try 'not' to think of something, you end up thinking more of it... when you try to reject bad thoughts, you have them more and worse... in both case you ACT on them more.  Instead, "accept" the thoughts, and then accept that you can control your actions.)
  7. Change iWont into iWant.  
    • (iWant power is easier than iWont.  Dieting does NOT work.  Wanting to eat 'more' of healthy foods does!).
Here's a great video by Dr. McGonigal about Willpower:

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