Work Within Your Willpower Threshold


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When we force ourselves to concentrate on any task we use something called willpower. Willpower is a finite resource. Once our willpower begins to fade, called willpower depletion, our brain tires. We soon find ourselves daydreaming about something else, engaging in bad habits and making poor decisions. Because willpower depletion impairs our thinking, it is important to become self-aware of your own individual willpower threshold. Knowing when you have reached our willpower threshold is important because it can save you from making poor decisions and engaging in bad habits.

Each individual has their own unique reservoir of willpower energy. Some naturally have more, some less. On average, willpower, or your ability to concentrate, lasts between 90 – 120 minutes. When you find yourself hitting the willpower wall you must take immediate action because not doing so can cause you to do things you regret, such as making a reckless spontaneous purchase, caving in on an important negotiation item, or losing control over your emotions. So, what do you do when you begin to exceed your willpower threshold?

When you run out of willpower, you essentially run out of brain fuel – glucose. A quick fix to this is eating something with sugar in it. This immediately boosts your glucose levels and temporarily restores your willpower. This quick fix should only be used in emergency situations because after 20 – 30 minutes you will find yourself even more depleted than before and your thinking even more impaired than before. A better fix is to eat a healthy, high protein meal or take a power nap (30-45 minutes). Eating a healthy meal or taking a nap completely restores your willpower, giving you another 90-120 minutes of clear thinking.

Understanding your willpower limitations helps you make better decisions, avoid bad habits and prevents you from losing control of your emotions, which could damage your relationships.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit,, India TV, Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money,,, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider,, and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
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  1. Thanks Tom, this makes a lot of sense. I find that doing a 5-10 minute meditation can also restore a significant amount of willpower.

  2. You’re so right. Having willpower is key to staying on track and reaching your goals, no matter what they are. I really like your perspective on this factor. Very nicely said! Thanks for posting.

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