Want To Strengthen Your Willpower Muscle? Roy Baumeister Explains How
If it's true that self-control acts like the other muscles in your body, what can you do to strengthen it? Studies show that it is impossible to avoid depleting your reserve of self-control. However, you can improve your ability by engaging in an increased amount of executive functioning—behaviors like emotion regulation, decision making, and problem solving. Food plays a major role in improving your ability to sustain a task. Your body needs fuel to complete any activity and glucose is a well-known form of energy for your brain and body. Additionally, allowing your body to recharge during a good night's sleep can improve your ability to complete multiple executive functions each day.
As well as completing numerous studies on the subject, Baumeister also authored Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, which was one of the year's most talked about science books. He has been listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as being one of the most cited and influential psychologists in the world. He also was recently awarded the Association for Psychological Science's 2013 William James Fellow Award for lifetime achievement. His speeches on personal motivation are widely applicable and highly requested.