Russell Minick: recent publications

Forget Self-Discipline and Willpower, Focus on This Instead

Russell Minick says, “The Story we operate from is the single most powerful factor in character development, not willpower.”Your personal narrative is the story that shapes your view of the world and directs your behaviors. Your ability to exercise self-discipline and willpower is dependent upon the script you’re telling yourself.A study by Timothy Wilson, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, took a group of college freshmen who struggled academically and felt intellectually inadequate.

They were split into two groups; the intervention group were informed that it’s common for students to struggle in their freshmen year but improve as they adjust to college life. They also watched videos of upper-class students reinforcing

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