The word willpower is often associated with losing weight, quitting smoking, bodybuilding, or studying. However, it is an important skill, which necessary in all walks of life, such as in sports, achieving goals, self improvement and in meditation. It is a skill well worth developing.
It is said that the imagination is stronger than willpower, and that what you imagine over and again, eventually, affects your subconscious mind and turns into a habit. This is true, but when you possess willpower you can tell your mind what to think and what to imagine, and you can insist on acting in a certain way.
Without willpower, you just let passing thoughts and whims dictate to you what to do. By building willpower, you gain the ability control your imagination.
Willpower helps you focus your mind on the goal and hold it there, without being sidetracked. How can you succeed, if you keep changing goals or changing your mind?
How do you go about building and increasing willpower?
You can do so by training and developing this skill through special, simple exercises.
Here are a few tips and strategies for building and increasing willpower:
Do a little more
Read one more page before you close your book.
Wash one extra plate when you wash dishes.
Walk another two minutes when doing your daily walk.
Respect your decisions
When you decide to do something, do it. Don’t procrastinate or change your mind.
Do things differently
Don’t be a slave to your habits. Do differently things that you always do in the same way. Seek more creative ways to do things in your everyday life.
When you start doing something that can improve your life, be committed to go with it to the end.
Make laziness your trigger to doing things
Regard laziness as an opportunity for building willpower. If you do not succumb to it, you increase your willpower.
What you can do once, you can do always
If you can avoid a bad habit once, in time you will be able to overcome it completely.
Start again and again
Building your willpower is not achieved in a day. You need time to overcome habits of many years. No matter how many time you fail, start again.
Seek supportive friends
Seek to be in the company people who are positive and motivating.
Remember, failure is not the sign to quit, but the sign to begin again. Strong people with strong willpower are not dismayed by failure. They start again, with even more desire and ambition.
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