Full Interview: Kelly McGonigal on Willpower

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Just Do It. Roll up your sleeves and give the problem a little elbow grease. It sounds easy, but taking a goal from dream to reality involves willpower. Why do some people seem to have more willpower than others? Are they just 'better' than the rest of us? Maybe not. It turns out that scientific research into willpower and self-control has some pretty intriguing - and often counter-intuitive - things to teach us about how willpower works, and how we can tap into it when we need it most.

In our digital world, many of us spend more time than we'd like playing video games, surfing the web, or multi-tasking ourselves to distraction, in spite of our best intentions. Perhaps we have a thing or two to learn about willpower. That's where Kelly McGonigal comes in. She's a health psychologist at Stanford University, and the author of the new book, The Willpower Instinct. I sat down with Kelly to talk goals, willpower, and the compulsions of digital tech.

You can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [runs 16:20]

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If you like this interview, you might like my conversation with Daniel Pink on drive and motivation.

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