If you feel your willpower slipping, don’t feel badly about yourself. The inability to sustain a commitment through willpower is not a moral issue—it’s a biological one. It is estimated that roughly 88% of New Year resolutions fail and there is a science, neuroscience to be exact, behind the reason.
Prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain that’s responsible for the willpower. It is also the part of the brain responsible for problem-solving, short-term memory and focus. The prefrontal cortex’s capacity is taxed by day-to-day cognitive tasks which diminish its availability for willpower, according to Stanford’s researcher Prof. Baba Shiv. This is why...
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