The Willpower Instinct

How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
by Kelly McGonigal | 272 pages

Willpower. It’s huge. The Willpower Instinct by award-winning Stanford Professor Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a GREAT book based on “The Science of Willpower” class Kelly teaches through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. It’s *packed* with super practical Big Ideas on the newest scientific insights about self-control to explain how we can “break old habits and create healthy habits, conquer procrastination, find our focus, and manage stress.” In this Note, we’ll check out the #1 way to build willpower (it’s not what you’d guess), how to give ourselves willpower boosts throughout the day and other stress-relief strategies that rock.


“We may all have been born with the capacity for willpower, but some of us use it more than others. People who have better control of their attention, emotions, and actions are better off almost any way you look at it. They are happier and healthier. Their relationships are more satisfying and last longer. They make more money and go further in their careers. They are better able to manage stress, deal with conflict, and overcome adversity. They even live longer. When pit against other virtues, willpower comes out on top. Self-control is a better predictor of academic success than intelligence (take that, SATs), a stronger determinant of effective leadership than charisma (sorry, Tony Robbins), and more important for marital bliss than empathy (yes, the secret to lasting marriage may be learning how to keep your mouth shut). If we want to improve our lives, willpower is not a bad place to start.”

~ Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. from The Willpower Instinct

Willpower. It’s huge.

The Willpower Instinct by award-winning Stanford Professor Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a GREAT book based on “The Science of Willpower” class Kelly teaches through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program.

It’s *packed* with super practical Big Ideas on the newest, scientific insights about self-control that explain how we can “break old habits and create healthy habits, conquer procrastination, find our focus, and manage stress.” The book is incredibly well written and Kelly’s funny.

Me likes.

This is one of those books where I wish I had 50 pages to chat about all the goodness in it. If you’re feelin’ it, I HIGHLY recommend you check it out. I think you’ll love it.

For now, let’s jump in and take a peek at a few of my favorite Big Ideas on how we can get our willpower on! :)

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Kelly McGonigal

Psychologist and author of The Willpower Instinct, now embracing stress