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Your Willpower Battery

What have you used it on?

I love reading about Willpower! I find it fascinating.
And after all the information and studies I've read, the general consensus is the same:
We have a Willpower Battery.
At the beginning of every day we have a certain amount of willpower. This willpower can be used towards anything we like and it depletes at the day goes on.
When you hear your morning alarm go off and suddenly have an internal struggle about whether you should push the snooze button or jump up and go for a run, you are using some of your precious willpower.
Ever heard a friend say, "I've gone for a run today, so I can eat this chocolate!"?
They probably used all their willpower to talk themselves into going for a run and now they can't find the energy to resist their chocolate. (Most likely, this friend does not have a habit of running!)
This is why habits are so important.
Habits eliminate the need for willpower, so you can use your valuable willpower resource on something else.
You may have heard of the famous 'Marshmallow Test' from Standford University. It's an experiment where children are given a marshmallow which they may eat immediately or if they choose to wait fifteen minutes, they are given another marshmallow. It studies delayed gratification and how this relates to success over one's lifetime.
When I was a child my parents made a deal with me and my three brothers: if we did not eat chocolate for an entire year they would give us $100 each. Now this was in the 90s and $100 was more money than any of us had ever seen. We all took them up on their offer.
Over the course of a year we attended many birthdays, holidays, parties and events where we all stayed strong. Our friends were well aware of this Chocolate Deal and people would try and tempt us or trick us. We were always seeing people eat chocolate and asking us why we didn't want a piece of cake or if we were allergic. Many times people asked how our parents would know if we cheated, some swearing that they would never tell if we were to slip up.
To my knowledge, none of us caved.
I remember on Day 366 when Mum and Dad gave us each a crisp one hundred dollar note and a block of Cadbury chocolate, congratulating us on our success. We were elated; thrilled the waiting was over and so proud of ourselves for sticking to our goal.
The best part about this challenge, was how easy it was after 1-2 months. By then, we had all attended celebrations where chocolate was present. We had already been teased by other kids and weighed up our options. Not eating chocolate was not something we actively did - we just simply didn't eat chocolate. No big deal.
It had become a habit and therefore didn't require any willpower.
I often look back over this Chocolate challenge and when I am using willpower to form new habits in my life.
Have you ever used willpower to delay gratification? What was the outcome?
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