In the American Psychological Association’s annual survey on stress, people cited lack of willpower as the No. 1 barrier to following through with changes that would improve their lives.

What they’re really saying is that they don’t have the self-control to make those changes, because if they did, they’d know that willpower is something over which they have total control.

Willpower is defined as the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals. It’s the self-control to manage our thoughts, emotions and behavior in ways that set us up for success. It’s like mental toughness — it boils down to who’s calling the shots. If you want something bad enough, you’ll find the willpower to make things happen.

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