Tip of the Week: Increase Your Willpower

pathsRecent research using “game theory” (the study of strategic decision making) has come up with a way to increase our willpower. Researchers found that if you set out to accomplish something and view only one way of succeeding, you are less likely to succeed than if you imagine multiple paths to success. For example, if you focus only on limiting calories as the path to weight loss than if you recognize that multiple paths exist – you can eat less food, you can eat different food, you can go to the gym, you can go for walks or hikes, you can park your car further away, you can use the stairs and on and on. When our brains see more options it becomes more optimistic which in turn increases willpower. So don’t define the road to success narrowly, increase your willpower and give yourself the best chance possible.

About awentherapy

I am Jay Blevins, LMFT (www.awentherapy.com). I am a licensed systems therapist with a private practice in Madison, WI. While I work with individuals and partners around a wide variety of issues, my primary focus in on alternative relationship structures, alternative sex and sexuality, and power dynamics. I am a contributor to various relationship and sexuality blogs and publications and have been a frequent presenter at alternative lifestyle events and psychotherapy conferences.
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