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By Eric Barker
December 6, 2014
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Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Need willpower right now? Clench your fists, cross your arms, tense your muscles, and stand up straight. (Improving your posture can improve your self control.)

  • Precommitment devices” are very powerful. So give a friend $500 and tell them to donate it to the Nazi party if you don’t follow through with your goals.
  • Form “if-then” plans. Decide ahead of time how you will respond when willpower is taxed and you’ll be much more likely to default to that.

This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

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