Many of us look at the New Year as a time to reflect and recalibrate, to set new expectations and goals for ourselves and our businesses. As we depart this strange and difficult year for another one, I’m going to dig into some of the nitty gritty of goal setting. I’ll tackle the question of willpower—why it’s overrated, and if it even exists—and share some ways to improve your chances of reaching your goals in 2021.
The Machine of Goal-Getting: Willpower, or Something Else?
Willpower. It’s the fuel that powers us to reach our goals … right? Actually, what we commonly think of as “willpower” doesn’t really exist, at least on its own.
You might remember the (in)famous “marshmallow study” of 1972, where kids were given the choice of eating one marshmallow now or two later, then tracked into their teenage years.