According to science, professional footballers have higher levels of self-control than we do.

They sleep more, watch less TV, and practice more. But it may also be thanks to the clubs and their coaches. Toering, T., & Jordet, G. (2015). Self-Control in Professional Football Players Journal of Applied Sport Psychology DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2015.1010047

Participants who added something pleasant to exercise, like listening to The Hunger Games, practiced more willingly (about 51%).

 Katherine L. Milkman, Julia A. Minson, Kevin G. M. Volpp, „Holding the Hunger Games Hostage at the Gym: An Evaluation of Temptation Bundling”, Manage Science. 2014 Feb; 60(2): 283–299. doi:  10.1287/mnsc.2013.1784

People who were sitting down against a mirror or being filmed worked harder and controlled themselves more easily.

They behaved even less aggressively than people „without a mirror.” „Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength” by Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney

In order to remember everyday things, use intentions implementation with when, if, and then.

In order to remember everyday things, use intentions implementation with when, if, and then. There’s a study of epilepsy sufferers who were having trouble being regular with their medication regimen. They were given an “if, when, then” statement to make, such as, “If it’s eight o’clock in the morning and I’ve finished brushing my teeth, […]

Blaming yourself decreases willpower. Forgiveness raises it.

Blaming yourself decreases willpower. Forgiveness raises it. „Study after study shows that self-criticism is consistently associated with less motivation and worse self-control. It is also one of the single biggest predictors of depression, which drains both „I will” power and „I want” power. In contrast, self-compassion— being supportive and kind to yourself, especially in the […]

Procrastinating Can Improve Willpower

„…people who had told themselves „Not now, but later” were less troubled with visions of chocolate cake than the other two groups… Those in the postponement condition actually ate significantly less than those in the self-denial condition…” „Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength Hardcover” by Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney