The behavior change experts at Habitry, Co discuss the recent shakeup in science’s understanding of willpower, along with the specific implications for behavior change professionals like coaches, nutritionists, doctors personal trainers, and other helping professions.

They'll discuss topics including but not limited to:

What the Ego Depletion RRR is
What the Ego Depletion RRR isn’t
What this means for Evidence-Based Coaching
What this means for you when you feel tired and want only to eat ice cream
The Future and the “Shifting Priorities Model”

More Information

For a refresher on the concept of ego depletion and willpower, background on the Ego Depletion RRR, and what this news means for Motivators and other change experts, read their blog post “We’ve All Been Wrong About Willpower. And That’s OK.


Since Roy Baumeister, Ellen Bratslavsky, Mark Muraven, and Dianne Tice published their original paper Ego Depletion: Is the Active Self a Limited Resource? in 1998, there has been little doubt that acts of will had what Baumeister calls “a psychic cost.” There have been hundreds of peer-reviewed studies on Ego-Depletion1 and epic meta-analyses demonstrating what has become settled fact: Acts of will seem to deplete a mental resource like fatiguing a muscle. Which is why this is often called the “Strength Model” or more commonly the “Resource Model” of willpower. And it has firmly held as the dominant model for 20 years.


Until now.


The RRR of ego depletion, a study coming out next month in Perspectives on Psychological Science, has mustered the greatest minds in the field for over 2 years and more resources than any other paper. This Registered Replication Report, or “RRR,” is a big deal. It’s making top social psychologists (including one that helped on the study!) consider drowning themselves in booze and leaving the profession. It’s making us all reconsider how we know what we know. And it’s made Habitry look long and hard about how we recommend Motivators work with clients.



About Your Hosts

Steven Michael Ledbetter
Known to many as Coach Stevo, Steven is the CEO of Habitry and an internationally recognized expert in behavior change. Stevo is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and has an MA in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. He writes a weekly column on habits and motivation for the 85 million users of MyFitnessPal, contributed to Intervention by Dan John, and published his own book, We Make Communities, in 2015.

Omar Ganai
Omar has been obsessed with motivation, behavior change, group dynamics, and all things Social and Personality Psychology for almost a decade. He's also Habitry's Head of Coaching Success, responsible for optimizing all Habitry coaching programs to ensure the success of clients and coaches, and the instructor of Habitry’s educational program Essentials of Habit Coaching. Founder & Editor of Organizational Psychology Review. M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and researcher at Dr. Beck's Work Motivation Lab, Dr. Adair's Multicultural Teams Lab, and Dr. Glazer's Organizational Stress Lab.