Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success

Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success

by Benjamin Hardy
Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success

Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success

by Benjamin Hardy


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We rely on willpower to create change in our lives...but what if we're thinking about it all wrong? In Willpower Doesn't Work, Benjamin Hardy explains that willpower is nothing more than a dangerous fad-one that is bound to lead to failure. Instead of "white-knuckling" your way to change, you need to instead alter yoursurroundings to support your goals. This book shows you how.

The world around us is fast-paced, confusing, and full of distractions. It's easy to lose focus on what you want to achieve, and your willpower won't last long if your environment is in conflict with your goals--eventually, the environment will win out. Willpower Doesn't Workis the needed guided for today's over-stimulating and addicting environment. Willpower Doesn't Work will specifically teach you:

  • How to make the biggest decisions of your life--and why those decisions must be made in specific settings
  • How to create a daily "sacred" environment to live your life with intention, and not get sucked into the cultural addictions
  • How to invest big in yourself to upgrade your environment and mindset
  • How to put "forcing functions" in your life--so your default behaviors are precisely what you want them to be
  • How to quickly put yourself in proximity to the most successful people in the world--and how to adapt their knowledge and skills to yourself even quicker
  • How to create an environment where endless creativity and boundless productivity is the norm

Benjamin Hardy will show you that nurture is far more powerful than your nature, and teach you how to create and control your environment so your environment will not create and control you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316441339
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 532,034
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Hardy and his wife, Lauren, are the foster parents of three kids. In 2016, Benjamin was the #1 overall writer on Medium.com. His work has been featured at Forbes, Psychology Today, Fortune, Mashable, and others.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Willpower Doesn't Work ix

Part I Your Environment Shapes You

1 Every Hero Is the Product of a Situation: Understanding the Power of Surroundings 3

2 How Your Environment Shapes You: The Myth of Willpower 24

3 Two Types of "Enriched" Environments: High Stress and High Recovery 42

Part II How To Make Willpower Irrelevant

4 Reset Your Life: Make Powerful Decisions Outside Your Routine Environment 53

5 Designate a Sacred Space: Establish a Daily Environment to Stay on Course 65

6 Remove Everything That Conflicts with Your Decisions: Subtraction Is Productivity 75

7 Change Your Default Options: Make Positive Choices Automatic 91

8 Create Triggers to Prevent Self-Sabotage: Putting Failure-Planning to Work 110

Part III Outsource High Performance And Success To Your Environment

9 Embed "Forcing Functions" into Your Environment: Make Change Happen 121

10 More Than Good Intentions: How to Adapt to New and Difficult Environments 138

11 Grow into Your Goals: Outsource Your Motivation to High Pressure Environments 158

12 Rotate Your Environments: Change It Up Based on the Work You're Doing 185

13 Find Unique Collaborations: Change Your World Through Who You Work With 197

14 Never Forget Where You Came From: Remember the Environment Where You Began 211

Conclusion: No Matter Where You Are, You Can Change 220

Acknowledgments 227

Index 229

About the Author 235

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