Summary of “Willpower Doesn’t Work. Here’s the Key to Being More Productive According to Neuroscience.”

So the Driver speeds past the library, races home, and plunges into his client work instead. The next morning, he wakes up and wonders, “What the hell was I thinking?”.
As a result of these sudden changes of hearts, the Driver puts off the now aversive growth activity in favor of the more immediately rewarding maintenance activities.
We should hesitate to advise the driver to rely on willpower for two reasons.
First, as much as the Driver may want to initiate the right turn, willpower just doesn’t stand a match for the powerful surge of emotions triggered by the fear response.
Granted, willpower might help the Driver win a few of his battles, but over the long haul, trust me, he’ll lose the war.
There’s another reason, a more important one I argue, that willpower is not a reliable way for the Driver to overcome the 180: the Passenger often manipulates the Driver into not even wanting to initiate the right turn.
As a result, the Driver doesn’t even think to recruit willpower until after the episode is long over and he’s finally come to his senses.
If we want to beat the Passenger once and for all, we have to find a way to deter him from sabotaging the Driver’s implementation intentions, despite them being a delayed gratification activity.

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