Do you know the difference between the “Willpowered” person and the everyday person?

“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.”


Robert Mayer - BORN 65

“These people must be saints!”

Thought Roy Baumeister, one of the top researchers on the science of willpower.

He and his colleagues were researching people in Germany and the Netherlands who seemed to have unstoppable willpower. [1]

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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