Willpower

Many years ago, psychologist Walter Mischel conducted a very famous experiment known as the Marshmallow Experiment with a few junior school students. A marshmallow was kept in front of every student and they were instructed not to eat it. If they successfully refrained from eating it for 15 minutes, they were promised two marshmallows. It was quite difficult for many kids to control. Some started rolling it in their hands, some smelled it and many ended up eating it. All of this was recorded and years later, all of their performances were compared. Interestingly, the students who were able to control themselves in childhood showed better results later as well. They had better good grades and better health.

So, what do we deduce from this interesting experiment? The kids who did not eat the marshmallow showed extreme willpower and this is why they got success in their life.

In ‘The Power of Habit’, Charles Duhigg says that if we make one good habit which is the keystone habit, it will start a chain of multiple good habits. So just find that one keystone habit of yours, start with something very basic like waking up early, organizing your room or eating healthy and continue it for three weeks.This will surely boost your willpower greatly.

And always remember, great people don’t do different things. They just do things differently.

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