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Why Willpower Doesn’t Work, and What We Need Instead 

Friday, Dec. 4, 10:30 – noon Washington DC time

An AAFSW Wellness Workshop on Zoom


We often assume we can rely on willpower to get us through difficult moments or temptations — and when we don’t succeed, we blame ourselves, thinking we’re just not strong enough.

But almost nobody can depend on willpower alone. Instead, people who successfully quit smoking, lose weight, or reach challenging professional goals rely on a wide range of strategies to support themselves in those key moments.

In this workshop, we’ll cover twelve powerful strategies to set ourselves up for the success we want in our lives. 

In this interactive workshop, you’ll identify where you have been relying on willpower — and sometimes not succeeding — and you’ll make specific plans to immediately start using ALL of the 12 strategies to support yourself in achieving your goals. 

Cost: Free with optional donation to the presenter.

Your presenter is habit change / weight loss coach and AAFSW volunteer Patricia Linderman. Find out more about her work at


This is part of a series of wellness workshops organized by AAFSW Program Chair Sheila Switzer. 

Please RSVP to office@aafsw.org to join us — we look forward to seeing you!   


Sheila Switzer

AAFSW Program Chair