Three Alternatives to Willpower

In our short lifetime, we are meant to tread lightly and joyfully. This is a persistent message from the world’s great spiritual traditions. As Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Following are three more recent perspectives on willpower and its alternatives.

1. Cultivate “Stillpower”

In this post from one of my favorite blogs, The 99 Percent, Jake Cook interviews Garrett Kramer, author of Stillpower: The Inner Source of Athletic Excellence.

Kramer, who is a consultant to athletes and coaches, says that great athletes “see opportunities, follow their passions, and feel an ease in their day-to-day lives. They’re simply following their instincts.”

2. Take Advantage of Your Peak Hours

Another self-help blog with an enviable name is Dumb Little Man. In this post, Ali Luke notes that “time management won’t get you very far if you’re working on the wrong things.”

Luke suggests planning your day so that you tackle the most challenging tasks during your natural hours of peak energy.

3. Let Go of Goals

Leo Babauta, author of the popular zenhabits blog, makes a case for achieving, without goals.

His method, reduced to its essence, is: “Get excited, and do stuff.”


  1. Having grown up Lutheran, I’ve needed about 50 years to learn that fun and ease are part of the spiritual path. Thanks for your comment.


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