The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on why it’s so dang hard to stick to a resolution

One of the best! Love this one: “Habits are really, really hard to create because they require complete automaticity. You need to basically be making choices in the absence of any motivation and it takes a long time to get that in place…. Anything that you do to create that identity can actually make it easier to make choices that don’t feel like deprivation.”

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KellyMcGonigal_Q&A It’s the second week in January and, at about this time, that resolution that seemed so reasonable a week ago — go to the gym every other day, read a book a week, only drink alcohol on weekends — is starting to seem very … hard. As you are teetering on the edge of abandoning it all together, Kelly McGonigal is here to help. This Stanford University psychologist — who shared last year how you can make stress your friend — wants you to know that you’re not having a hard time sticking to a resolution because you are a terrible person. Perhaps you’ve just formulated the wrong resolution.

McGonigal has, for years, taught a course called “The Science of Willpower” through Stanford’s Continuing Studies program and, in 2011, she spun it into a book, The Willpower Instinct. The TED Blog spoke to McGonigal this week about how willpower…

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4 thoughts on “The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on why it’s so dang hard to stick to a resolution

  1. Very good points here! My resolution for 2014 is to visit and comment on a positive blog every day. At first I wondered if I’d have a hard time sticking with it; but every day it got easier because discovering so many kind and positive bloggers gave me more energy and good cheer! So I agree that choosing one’s resolutions wisely makes all the difference. 🙂

    • What a great resolution! I did not have it as a resolution, but I agree that there are many great blogs- even more great posts, so that when I open WordPress every day, it’s normal for me to comment on the posts I like! 🙂

  2. I have never done new year’s resolutions. I think it’s because I think they promote procrastination, as in “I’ll start __________ for new year’s.” Besides, I have never understood why a new day should be any different from the old day just because the year has a new ending number. That’s just silly.

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