Benjamin Hardy, PhD who I have referred to a few times through this year has written a whole book ‘Willpower Doesn’t work’ – about why over reliance on will power is bound to fail. To make his point he quotes the findings of historian Will Durant – the author of The Story of Civilization – a labour of love that took him over 4 decades to complete. This is what he concluded – ‘“history was not shaped by great men, but rather by demanding situations.”
Makes sense. He writes – “…if you want to be focused at work, you need to remove all distractions from your physical and digital workspace.” If you do not shape your own environment for success – your environment will dictate your destiny. If you put yourself in challenging situations you are more likely to adapt than otherwise. He quotes Darwin. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
This is one contrarian view explored over 174 pages. If you are looking at missed deadlines, broken promises to get to the gym, eating healthy or simply spending more time with family, this just might be the book you want to read.
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Excerpts quoted from: Benjamin Hardy. “Willpower Doesn’t Work.” Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success https://www.amazon.com/Willpower-Doesnt-Work-Discover-Success/dp/0316441325