Willpower Doesn’t Work. Here’s How to Actually Change Your Life.
Benjamin P. Hardy
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My father (who died at age 91) quit smoking decades ago. He was a 2 pack a day man who smoked for 20 years. One day he flushed two cartons down the toilet and never picked them up again. I asked him how he did it.

He said, “There are two ways: ‘will power’ and ‘want power’. Will power is the hardest way. Your Doctor says ‘quit or die.’ You muster all of your strength and you try to quit. That’s hard.”

He continued, “I had want power. I wanted to quit. For six months before I laid one cigarette down I began to desire to quit. To desperately want to quit. I could even taste what it was like not to smoke. So when I flushed those cigarettes down the toilet, I had already quit months before. That was the easy way.”

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