New York Times article, different take on willpower. New research says that will power is not as limited as previously reported. Now they say that people who believe that willpower is limited are easily depleted in willpower, but those that believe that it is not limited – that hard work gives you more energy to work harder, that resisting one temptation successfully gives you more strength to resist the next one-those people have more will power! So it’s self fulfilling prophecy. (They don’t specifically say anything about ADD or ADHD, but it seems to be a bigger issue for us).
Maybe the two different groups, who are using different tests to measure willpower, are not measuring the same thing? Anyway, the second group acknowledges that will power is not unlimited, but says that it can be increased. I hope they are right; I need it.
have had few responses to the request for ideas
so far. some good ones tho, will put them in
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i believe it! and that seems to be the important component
thanks for the comment
Following a significant set of medical and co-ocurring/corresponding mental health diagnoses, I would NEVER have achieved my current level of functioning were it not for a strong will and fervent determination.
I was told by several physicians that I’d never walk again without assistance. Such is not the case. The power of will combined with daily spiritual practices have allowed me to disprove medical prognoses. I say: Never give up!
Thank you for this important post, Doug.