Willpower Won’t Get You There

You want to have a habit. Exercising, flossing, practicing. You keep it up for a while. Then, like clockwork, a couple of days later, you stop. You blame yourself, cursing your willpower for not being strong enough.

Except, willpower doesn’t work for anyone. Willpower won’t get you where you want to go. There’s a better alternative.

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The Value of Doing a Little

My fitness app gives me daily half-hour workout routines. The app, though, allows me to shorten them, on the day, to last half that. Or to lower their difficulty. Or both.

I just didn’t get it. Why would the app allow me to cheat?

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