CHAPTER 10

BUILD WILLPOWER AND GOAL-CENTRIC HABITS

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WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO. EXCELLENCE, THEN, IS NOT AN ACT, BUT A HABIT.

—Aristotle

Willpower is not something that you are born with—it is something that you develop. It is the ability to put the requirements of your long-term goals above immediate gratification. Willpower is always being aware of the consequences of all your decisions, both big and small. According to research conducted by psychologist Martin Seligman, self-discipline—or willpower—is a greater predictor of long-term success than is IQ.

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