“The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It” by Dr Kelly McGonigal

Do we really have 1 brain but 2 minds?

As a person who has struggled, strived and fought half of his life against issues of weight and other behavioural hangups, and as a person who has failed and got up over and over again half of his life, I had to keep on keeping on to survive and overcome these problems that throw me back to where I didn’t want to be.  As a ‘stubborn’ fighter who hates to give up, I have always been determined to educate and transform myself. Recently, I bought Dr Kelly McGonigal’s book on Willpower which happened to be one of the best materials on this issue that might help you transform  in numerous aspects of your life – not just your weight management. 

Watch this inspiring lecture and benefit from it. Take action. Be determined. Weigh the consequences of your procrastinations and decisions; and save your life. You deserve better, and I know you can do it. How do I know? Because we all can do it. If I can do it, you can do it too. This can actually lead you to a revolutionised life. A precious tip -Why don’t you pray for strength? Don’t be too skeptical. You might see a miracle – it doesn’t do it for you, but gives you the strength to do it. Where there is a will there is a way.

Let me finish by quoting Jim Rohn:

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

Jim Rohn  

I am Merid Desta and appreciate your comment and feedback.

Neuroscientists talk about how we have one brain but two minds. We have a mind that acts on impulse and seeks immediate gratification, and we have another mind that controls our impulses and delays gratification to fulfill our long-term goals. We face willpower challenges when the two minds have competing goals. Learn what influences us to procrastinate or why we fail to resist temptation, and learn about small interventions that can have large, positive outcomes.

Author and Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD, talks about strategies from her new book “The WillPower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It” as part of the Authors@Google series. Topics include dieting/weight loss, health, addiction, quitting smoking, temptation, procrastination, mindfulness, stress, sleep, cravings, exercise, self-control, self-compassion, guilt, and shame. For more from Kelly McGonigal, visit http://kellymcgonigal.com/. This event took place on January 26, 2012 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

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About Merid Desta

I am a very passionate and mature African-Ethiopian researcher/ peacebuilder/ manager/ leader/ who have been doing a research on peace and conflict in the horn of Africa. I have learned that both my under- and post-graduate studies need to be topped up with formal studies of theories and praxis of peace, conflict, justice, identity, nationalism, ethnicity, religion and other related theories. All the trusts, institutes, faith-based and other secular organisations in which I was involved in leadership, mobilising and training capacities, were committed to addressing all aspects of individuals and communities’ life. Being an advocate for all human beings to be released from their spiritual, physical, social, mental and economic poverty, with a view to enabling them to become fulfilled and responsible human beings who live up to the standard of their best capacity, was at the core of all my work and the people and teams whose ministry I led. I have been involved in interfaith; interethnic; intercultural and interdenominational peacebuilding, conflict resolution and management work in the capital. My family’s life has always been sacrificial. We have committed our lives and are preparing for more commitments to work initially among a few communities and regions in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan/ South Sudan and the surrounding regions. These nations of Eastern Africa have often been under enormous threats and incidents of civil wars, ethno-religious conflicts, genocide etc.

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