Mark Manson on Changing Yourself with Willpower

Mark Manson:

Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve tried to change your behavior through sheer willpower. And chances are, you also failed miserably. Don’t feel bad! This is what happens most of the time.

Made me think of Atomic Habits and designing our environment for success. If you eat sweets all the time, forget this willpower crap, don’t have the sweets in the house and then you can’t eat them. No you can’t do a “cheat” day or anything like that, you have to stay away from it full-stop.

To summarize Mark, if you’re fighting every step of the way to get your willpower working, you’re relying on a system that’s going to fail you. Build a better system.