How important is willpower? Some self-help books will tell you that it’s essential for reaching your goals. Others will say it’s overrated. Even scientific research on the subject has led to different conclusions.

On the one hand, there’s a lot to be said for managing your emotions and controlling your impulses. There are also many situations that require something different than sheer willpower.

For example, you might be able to quit smoking cold turkey. You might also give up cigarettes faster and much more comfortably if you use other methods, like nicotine replacement devices.

Learn more about the benefits and limitations of willpower.

affirmation: I attract success.