For years, our concept of the self and well-being has been dominated by the notion of self-esteem, while the old fashioned value of willpower has been disparaged by psychologists who argued that we’re largely driven by unconscious forces beyond our control. In Willpower Baumeister and Tierney turn this misinformation on its head to reveal self-control as arguably the single most powerful indicator of success.
Baumeister discovered that willpower actually has a physical basis to it: it is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice, and fatigued from overuse. That’s why eating and sleeping - and especially failing to do either of those - have such dramatic effects on self-control.
Yet, while self-control is biologically rooted, we have the capacity to manipulate our nature. Willpower features personal stories from entrepreneurs, executives, parents and children who have managed to do just that. The characters range from Victorian explorers to modern homemakers, from college students pulling all nighters to entertainers. The practical lessons in self-control conditioning they provide are nothing short of life changing.
Combining the best of modern social science with the practical wisdom of David Allen, Ben Franklin, and others, Baumeister and Tierney here share the definitive compendium of modern lessons in willpower.
©2011 Roy Bauemeister and John Tierney. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
You'll have to wait until the last few chapters to get what you really want, some solutions. The first half discusses a lot of what willpower is and you can see yourself in those situations and how that situation has happened to you. For those of you looking at this book for weight loss advice, it is not really going to change your weight overnight. It is not going to give you advice for quick changes but say to change smaller things at a time. Some mental tricks are given like the nothing alternative and advice to eat more protein for a glucose brain boost. I'm not sure yet if this will change my life, but will have to wait and see. It's interesting if you are interested in psychology but not a quick fix kind of book.
Full of great examples of how will power gets depleted, how to replenish it (good food and sleep), and how to train build will power and use it for the things that count.
excellent book on this subject! expounded on topics covered in similar titles as well as introduced new information I hadn't yet read. also didn't just talk about it but have lots of information on how to strengthen will power.
I had read The Marshmallow Test with great interest, and I'd recommend it too, but this his Willpower book is so much more. It's the sort of book that you want to listen to and then buy the print version too in order to reference it and work through the ideas in your life. You will come away understanding so much hat is relevant to you, your friends, your children. Whether you want to have harmony in the home, use study habits that work, lose weight, or be a leader in your field, this book will help you. The best thing is that it is grounded in the best literature of several fields of study with ample reference to easy to follow research data. Readable and well read. An optimistic book about a subject that leads so many of us to pessimism and defeatism. Read it!
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