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Where There’s Smoke is a weekly podcast that explores self-development through the filter of current events, pop culture, and experience. We surf the zeitgeist through an array of audio clips, quotes, concepts, and conversations.

In the spirit of The Daily Show and This American Life, we throw everything into an audio centrifuge that separates “what” from “why”. You walk away with insights and actionable solutions to improve your business, relationships, and almost any area of your life.

Jan 3, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions. Around 45% of Americans will set a resolution for 2016 and by the end of January 36% will break them. Ultimately, only 8% of people who make resolutions, achieve them. Why? Well, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association, people cite the number one reason for not following through as a “lack of willpower”.

And so in this episode, we set out to understand willpower. What is it? And how do you strengthen it? And what are some key things to be aware of in the process?

Joining us is someone who knows a thing or a hundred about willpower, writer and educator Kelly McGonical, author of The Willpower Instinct.

Plus we debut a new segment, and Brett & Nick close out by sharing what they are digging.

Kelly McGonical


Twitter: @KellyMcGonical

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Brett recommends Focus @ Will

Nick recommends Hollywood Handbook

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