“Their secret, it turned out, was that these people simply did not put themselves in those situations. Their lifestyles were well-organized to prevent having to look temptation in the face.”
“These people must be saints!”
Thought Roy Baumeister, one of the top researchers on the science of willpower.
They ate healthy
They exercised regularly
They were well educated
They were successful in their work
They found time to spend with friends and family
And they reported happiness and fulfillment in their lives
Saints indeed. But for the purposes of this article, I’m going to take the liberty of calling these people Willpowered.
In order to find out how these Willpowered people resisted temptations and overcame procrastination, researchers gave them buttons to press every time they exerted their willpower throughout the day. This would help the researchers see what the Willpowered people did differently from the rest of us.
But then something funny happened – they hardly ever…
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