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Have you ever wondered how some people show tremendous willpower and why you may sometimes lack the resolve to do so?  Would you like amazing willpower to achieve your goals? (Willpower required!)

Do you think it is just about drive and willpower, or can we manage ourselves better ?

Well, there is a science to how you can manage your willpower and keep your energy for the important things in your life and reduce stress.

It is also one of the most critical resources you need to manage to bring about change, be it a new habit, changing a personal habit, or a achieving a personal or business goal.

Understanding willpower, self control and how to manage this critical faculty is one of the keys to effective self management.

This resource is critical to self control, drive, decision fatigue, change & learning strategies on how to use it and how it is critical to effective self management.

As a Fellow of the RSA, I always enjoy going to the RSA for talks. For those who can’t attend I would recommend viewing them, as the RSA always publishes their videos. It allows you to meet and speak with some of the thought leaders in a variety of fields.

This excellent video from Roy F Baumeister visit to the RSA to explain why willpower and self-control is one of the most important aspects……


You may be familiar with the marshmallow test, and the results of the study on delayed gratification serve as a predictor of future success.

The Interesting observation about Walter Mischel’s study was the strategies that the “successful” children used to manage ego depletion. (Distraction to avoid thinking about the marshmallows)…


Ego depletion refers to the idea that self-control or willpower draw upon a limited pool of mental resources that can be used up.[1] When the energy for mental activity is low, self-control is typically impaired, which would be considered a state of ego depletion. In particular, experiencing a state of ego depletion impairs the ability to control oneself later on. A depleting task requiring self-control can have a hindering effect on a subsequent self-control task, even if the tasks are seemingly unrelated. Self-control plays a valuable role in the functioning of the self on both individualistic and interpersonal levels. Ego depletion is therefore a critical topic in experimental psychology, specifically social psychology, because it is a mechanism that contributes to the understanding of the processes of human self-control.

The word “ego” in “ego depletion” is used in the psychological sense rather than the New Age sense.

read more from the Wikipedia article on ego depletion

It is also connected to thinking slow/thinking fast. Daniel Kahneman


Our brains are designed to reduce cognitive load; we acquire habits and intuitive thinking to reduce cognitive load…

Thinking (slow) is an expensive resource…