Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength – Roy F. Baumeister

Here are my comments on the book:

How can willpower be the greatest human strength? Roy F. Baumeister, Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, argues that willpower is one of the ingredients to success; it can even get you further than IQ alone. The willpower in you to not give in to early payoffs and delay gratification is what will allow you to create habits that will lead you to success. Luckily our willpower isn’t fixed and can be exercised just like a muscle. Points taken away are:

 

1. You have a finite amount of willpower so don’t waste it frivolously.The experiments consistently demonstrated two lessons: 1. You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it. 2. You use the same stock of willpower for all manner of tasks.

 

2. Food (or lack of) in your body will determine the amount of willpower you have.the glucose produced by digestion goes into the bloodstream and is pumped throughout the body. The muscles, not surprisingly, use plenty of glucose, as do the heart and liver. The immune system uses large quantities, but only sporadically. When you’re relatively healthy, your immune system may use only a relatively small amount of glucose. But when your body is fighting off a cold, it may consume gobs of it. That’s why sick people sleep so much: The body uses all the energy it can to fight the disease, and it can’t spare much for exercising, making love, or arguing. It can’t even do much thinking, a process that requires plentiful glucose in the bloodstream.

 

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3. Do the most important thing first in the day when your willpower is highest.While you’re depleted, frustrations will bother you more than usual. You’ll be more prone to say something you’ll regret. Impulses to eat, drink, spend, or do other things will be harder than usual to resist. As we said earlier, the best way to reduce stress in your life is to stop screwing up, but when you’re depleted you’re liable to make mistakes that will leave you with more bills to pay, more relationship damage to repair, more pounds to lose. Beware of making binding decisions when your energy is down, because you’ll tend to favor options with short-term gains and delayed costs.

 

4. The best way to recharge willpower is through sleep and diet.Self-control will be most effective if you take good basic care of your body, starting with sleep and diet. You can indulge yourself in rich desserts, but be sure to get enough healthy food on a regular basis so that your mind has adequate energy. Sleep is probably even more important than food: The more that researchers study sleep deprivation, the more nasty effects they keep discovering. A big mug of coffee in the morning is not an adequate substitution for sleeping until your body wakes up on its own because it has gotten enough rest.

 

By Ryan Lee

 

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