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How to Increase Your Willpower & Tenacity

How to Increase Your Willpower & Tenacity

Update: 2023-10-0966
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In this episode, I discuss neuroscience and psychology studies that address the basis of willpower and tenacity, how they differ from motivation and how we can all increase our levels of willpower and tenacity. I discuss whether willpower is a limited resource, the controversial “ego depletion” theory of willpower and the role that beliefs play in determining our tenacity and willpower. Then, I discuss the neural basis of willpower in the brain and body and how tenacity and willpower relate to sleep, stress, focus, and possibly lifespan. Then, I provide a series of science-supported tools and protocols to increase your level of tenacity and willpower.

For show notes, including referenced articles and additional resources, please visit hubermanlab.com.

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Timestamps

(00:00:00 ) Tenacity & Willpower

(00:01:19 ) Sponsors: Maui Nui & Helix Sleep

(00:03:49 ) Tenacity & Willpower vs. Habit Execution; Apathy, Depression & Motivation 

(00:10:40 ) Ego Depletion & Willpower as a Limited Resource; Controversy 

(00:19:14 ) Tool: Autonomic Function, Tenacity & Willpower; Sleep & Stress 

(00:28:02 ) Sponsor: AG1

(00:28:58 ) Willpower as a Limited Resource (Theory)

(00:35:36 ) Willpower & Glucose, Brain Energetics

(00:42:44 ) Beliefs about Willpower & Glucose; Multiple Challenges

(00:52:43 ) Sponsor: LMNT

(00:54:01 ) Willpower Brain ‘Hub’; Anorexia Nervosa, Super-Agers

(01:07:15 ) Anterior Midcingulate Cortex & Brain/Body Communication 

(01:14:54 ) Allostasis, Anterior Midcingulate Cortex Function

(01:25:19 ) Anterior Mid-Cingulate Cortex (aMCC), Difficult Tasks & Neuroplasticity

(01:29:30 ) Tool: Novel Physical Exercise & Brain; Cognitive Exercise

(01:43:43 ) Tool: “Micro-sucks”, Increase Tenacity/Willpower

(01:50:58 ) Impossible Tasks, Super-Agers & Learning, Will to Live

(01:57:23 ) Tool: Rewards & Improving Tenacity/Willpower

(02:01:07 ) Tenacity & Willpower Recap

(02:05:55 ) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, YouTube Feedback, Momentous, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter

Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac

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Comments (2)

Raha

if doing what you don't what, or micro-sucks as you say, is going to help, how come people with high-function depression do not get better? if anything, they live while they so do not want to!! they do everything with effort, cooking, shopping, coming out of bed, brushing teeth! how come this willpower does not accumulate and get better?

Jan 5th
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