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Willpower Hacks That Really Work

To make a new habit stick, steal these secrets from a Stanford health psychologist.

It won’t hurt to visualize yourself (finally) knocking out 10 pull-ups or crossing the finish line of your first 70.3. But the best way to make those goals happen months from now, says Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., the author of The Willpower Instinct and a certified group-fitness instructor, is to shift your focus to today. Here’s how to do it—and make 2015 the year you tick off every goal.