In a previous post, I’ve discussed how self-control training has the power to transform your life. Building up your self-control muscle (what many people think of as “discipline” or “willpower”) can help you be a better self-observer and to pause before acting impulsively. When faced with a choice between immediate pleasure and long-term benefit, your […]

We know that the road to success often requires self-discipline, or choosing long-term gain over short-term pleasure: resisting a cupcake in the service of losing weight, enduring the hardship of homework in order to achieve good grades, spending hours in training in order to win an athletic championship, or passing up the unplanned purchases to […]

On January 1, positive feelings surround the clinking of the champagne glasses and the vow to make changes in the new year. For a moment, our feelings of self-disappointment, defeat, and frustration get replaced by hope and optimism. But are we using the promise of change to fix our feelings and NOT to fix our […]

We know that people vary in their ability to choose successfully between conflicting desires and impulses. We also know that the road to success often requires self-discipline, or choosing long-term gain over short-term pleasure: resisting a decadent piece of cheesecake in the service of losing weight, enduring the hardship of homework in order to achieve […]

When we’re trying to change a difficult financial behavior, the obvious question we ask ourselves is “What is getting in the way of doing the right thing?”  This helps us identify and problem-solve through barriers and obstacles. What we often forget, though, is another important question: “What is allowing the wrong behavior to continue?”  This […]

As long as I’ve started the food theme, I’ll share another food-related piece of research that gives us insight into the nature of impulse control. Baba Shiv, a professor at Stanford University, studied two groups of undergraduates.  Members of one group were asked to remember a two-digit number, while members of the other group were […]