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Exchanging Willpower for Willingness

Exchanging Willpower for Willingness

We've been taught that following through on New Year’s resolutions is all about willpower. But it turns out that willingness may be a far more valuable ally. One popular characterization of insanity describes it as "doing the same thing over and over, expecting to get a different result." And at no time of the year is that particular brand of insanity more evident than right now -- the dreaded resolutions season. Every January, there's a lot of talk about the right and wrong ways to go about making change. Techniques and strategies abound (another serving of S.M.A.R.T. goals, anyone?), but most of them share a common underlying assumption: That changing your life is an act of will.