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Strengthening Willpower in 2024

A person holding out a choice between a donut and broccoli in each hand, symbolizing the daily decisions we face between indulgence and healthy eating, a key aspect of willpower and self-control."
What would you select?

Hey there! Welcome to 2024 – a year full of potential and possibilities. You’ve likely set some goals, dreams, and resolutions, right? But let’s focus on a key ingredient for making them a reality: willpower.

It’s more than just sheer determination; it’s about understanding and skillfully managing this incredible mental resource. 

Willpower: Your Mental Muscle

1. The Stress Test

Have you ever noticed how stress can sideline your willpower? When we’re stressed, our brain tends to revert to familiar habits – they’re our comfort zone.

Take, for example, the challenge of quitting smoking while managing a stressful job. This situation really puts your willpower to the test!


2. The Sugar Temptation

Did you know that using willpower actually burns glucose in your brain? However, reaching for a candy bar isn’t the best solution, especially if you’re conscious of your sugar intake.

A better strategy? Lift your spirits! Positive emotions – distinct from mere positive thinking – can be a fantastic way to replenish your willpower.


3. Believe in Your Willpower

This is crucial. If you believe your willpower is boundless, it becomes stronger! Studies have shown that those who view their willpower as a renewable resource are more likely to accomplish their goals and enjoy life more. Your mindset plays a significant role!


4. One Step at a Time:

When making changes, introduce them gradually. Rushing can overwhelm your willpower reserves. A gradual approach not only wins the race but also ensures your willpower stays intact.

An individual breaking a cigarette in half, representing a powerful act of willpower and the commitment to quit smoking, a common New Year's resolution and a significant step towards better health.
To quit smoking is a common New Year’s resolution and a significant step towards better health

Did You Know?

Cognitive Dissonance and Willpower: Ever been caught between what you know is right and what you feel like doing? That’s cognitive dissonance. Each time you choose the right action over an impulse, you’re not just exercising self-control; you’re building self-confidence and independence. Plus, your willpower becomes stronger and more flexible with each of these triumphs.


As we step into this new year, let’s rethink our resolutions with a fresh perspective on willpower. It’s not about the amount you have, but how you utilize it.

Cheers to a powerful 2024!


Do you want to know more?

  • Posner MI, Rothbart MK. (2012). Willpower and Brain Networks. ISSBD Bull. 2012;2012(1):7-10.
  • Bernecker K, Job V.(2015). Beliefs about willpower moderate the effect of previous day demands on next day’s expectations and effective goal striving. Front Psychol. 2015 Oct 14;6:1496.
  • Fujita, K., Orvell, A., & Kross, E. (2020). Smarter, Not Harder: A Toolbox Approach to Enhancing Self-Control. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences7(2), 149-156.


Need a Helping Hand?

If you’re looking for personalized support using evidence-based strategies to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions, I’m here, to help.

Reach out to me and together let’s boost your willpower


Olga-Lucía from EQness





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