Chasing Important Goals? Self-regulation Outsmarts Willpower

Achieving your most essential goals requires far more than persistence, time, and an action plan that will get you there. It also requires effective self-regulation — a crucial yet often overlooked psychological and behavioral process.

Self-regulation is your executive-in-charge

Proaction is the engine of self-regulation

Proaction works better than our default tendencies

You have more upsides and options than you know

Upward and onward

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Tom Bateman lives in Maine and Chicago and is professor emeritus, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia.

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Thomas Bateman

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Tom Bateman lives in Maine and Chicago and is professor emeritus, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia.

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