Here’s the Secret to Increasing Your Willpower
Willpower is an evil that most people can’t handle. However, most people don’t understand what willpower is actually and to practice it.
People who have great willpower also possess some unique qualities like willingness to be uncomfortable, ability to delay gratification, and yes, determination. However don’t worry, even if you don’t possess all of these qualities, there is still hope.
Here are some of the expert views on secrets of willpower:
Discomfort is the Game Changer.
Willpower has to do with the allowance of discomfort, Bea says. “So much of willpower involves the delay of gratification, tolerating a short-term discomfort in order to achieve a goal that’s deemed worthwhile, and I think that’s the biggest part of it.” The more willing you are to be uncomfortable, the more you can develop that characteristic, he says.
3. You’re Probably Practicing Great Willpower Right Now.
People don’t recognize that things like going to school, sitting in traffic, or waiting for your next paycheck are acts of willpower, says Bea.
“Imagine any time you’re uncomfortable. How about the sacrifices you make for your child or your partner in life? People don’t often think about those as displays of willpower or willingness, willingness to be uncomfortable, but people do it all the time,” he says.
4. Focus Your Attention.
Willpower grows stronger when we pay attention to it, says Carmichael. You can increase your attention to willpower by offering yourself positive reinforcements for sticking with goals, she says.
How can you Cultivate Willpower
If you want to flex your willpower muscle, here are experts tips:
Think about your accomplishments. Once you have made the list of those accomplishments, then you notice that you always had willpower but didn’t know it.
Know your strategy. According to Bea, most people don’t reach their goals because they lack a good strategy. “Try to understand, for the many things that one has accomplished it wasn’t just willpower. There may have been a strategy that one employed,” he explains.
Cut yourself some slack. According to Carmichael willpower is a finite resource. “We only have so much self-discipline available at any given point in time,” she says. And since we can not start both a strict diet and quit smoking at the same time, so it’s wise to use willpower strategic manner.
Give incentives to yourself. If you want to achieve your goals, give yourself an attractive incentive for your every discomfort. This will employ the use of strategy since you’re compensating yourself for your discomforts.
Become active. Carmichael says yoga and meditation are one of the excellent tools to increase your willpower. “Yoga involves mindful awareness of many things, sometimes including minor physical discomfort — anyone had their quads burn during warrior pose before?” she says.
“Learning to greet minor discomfort as a welcome sign of growth, while keeping your mind focused on the pose, helps build willpower and strength of mind.”
Remodel Your Goals
If you really want to cultivate willpower, then it’s time to rethink your goals. Remodel your goals so that you can achieve them. Keep your goals small, systematic and measurable. And don’t forget to celebrate small successes, and ditch negative self-talk like “I can’t,” “I’ll never,” and “It’s impossible.”
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