Everyone needs willpower. It is a skill we all need, but how many try to strengthen it?
You can boost your willpower, in the same way that you strengthen your muscles, by training and exercising.
A growing body of evidence indicates that willpower and self-control are essential for a happy and successful life.
There are various ways to boost and increase your willpower. This skill is useful for bodybuilding and for excelling in sports. It is useful for losing weight, becoming assertive, carrying out decisions, being a leader, or achieving success.
1. Don’t keep yourself in a constant state of willpower depletion
Weight-lifting is a great way to build muscle. But you wouldn’t spend half an hour lifting weights just before helping a friend move his furniture because you know that your muscles would be too fatigued to do a good job. Neither would you spend hours daily lifting weights with no recovery time.
You undoubtedly already know these facts about muscles:
- Muscles get stronger when exercised.
- Muscles can be overworked, leaving them weak until they have a chance to recover.
2. Start small.
People want fast results, especially in this age of the Internet, computers and smartphones. The attention span has become short and the patience level is small. People say, “If I don’t get it now, I won’t try.” To boost your willpower start with small and simple tasks, and gradually, you will be able to accomplish greater tasks.
3. Use your imagination.
Imagination is a powerful technique for improving willpower. The body often responds to imagined situations in the same way it responds to experienced ones. If you imagine lying on a serene shoreline, listening to the waves delicately lapping the shore and tasting the salty ocean air, your body will react by relaxing. If you imagine being late for a critical meeting, your body will tense accordingly. You can utilize this further to boost your willpower and build self discipline.
4. Remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing, and what you will lose if you give up.
Why are you trying to start your new habit or quit your old one? Be honest as you do this; remind yourself what you really want, rather than what you think you should want. How do you want to feel? Then visualize what you will lose if you give in to temptation.
Don’t overthink. Quit thinking and act. Also, remember to start small. You would be amazed at how awesome you feel after every time you practice your self control. You would be shocked to perceive how quick your self control develops, and how simple it would be to utilize it at whatever point you require it, for a small tasks and for huge goals.