How to Strengthen Your Willpower - Tips and Advice
By Remez Sasson
Everyone needs willpower. It is a skill we all need, but how many try to strengthen it?
You can strengthen your willpower, in the same way that you strengthen your muscles, by training and exercising it.
No, it is not tough and difficult. It can be fun, and it is most rewarding.
An effective way to build your willpower muscles is to do whatever task or chore you have, immediately, without delay or procrastination, and regardless of how you feel at that moment and how busy you are.
You might feel lazy, and try to postpone carrying out the task for some other time. However, if you wish to make your willpower strong, this is the exact and right time to ignore the objections of your mind and set out to carry the task. This could be any task, such as washing the dishes, emptying the garbage can, sitting down to study for an examination, or to repair something at home.
The right way is to start small. If want to lift 50 KG at the gym, and you are not trained and strong enough, you will not be able to lift them. However, if you start with only a few kilograms, with training, you would gradually be able to lift more weight, and eventually, you might be able lift 50 KG.
So it is with willpower. As you work on increasing it, gradually, you would have more strength, and be able to do greater things.
There are various ways to boost and increase your willpower, which you can read about at this website. This skill is useful for bodybuilding and for winning in sports. It is useful for losing weight, becoming assertive, carrying out decisions, being a leader, or achieving success in business or any other area.
"Start Small" to Strengthen Your Willpower
Don't try to quit smoking or starve yourself to death in order to lose weight quickly, because it probably won't work. You don't have yet enough "willpower muscles".
Start with small and simple tasks, and gradually, you will be able to carry out bigger tasks.
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."
People expect to quit smoking now, lose weight now, and get rich now. That's not the right attitude if you want real results.
There are all kinds of products and methods that promise instant success with no effort on your part. However, not everything is like preparing instant coffee. Can you learn to fly a plane, build a bridge or become a successful writer instantly or in 10 days? Everything worthwhile takes time and requires some effort, including willpower and inner strength.
How to Strengthen Your Willpower Muscles?
Start with small and not so important tasks. This is like training your muscles with light weights at first.
Here is a simple example that shows how to strengthen your willpower:
If you feel thirsty, or need to go to the bathroom while watching a movie TV, don't tell yourself, "I'll wait until the commercial break". Decide to get up immediately, even though the movie is interesting, and go to drink or go to the bathroom.
In this way, you show yourself that you can make a decision and follow through with it, even when you are busy with something else, like watching an interesting movie. This is not a difficult thing to do and does not require any physical effort.
The more you practice this exercise or similar ones, the easier it becomes to practice them, and the more inner strength you acquire. In time, you will be able to do easily greater things that now seem impossible.
Gradually, you will find yourself taking on bigger tasks and actions to build your willpower muscles, and you will be able to practice them successfully. Soon, things that are impossible now would become possible and within your reach.
When Is the Best Time to Increase Your Willpower?
Any time is okay to do so. Whenever there is a task or chore to carry out, at work, at home, or at any other place. just do it now without procrastination and too much thinking. Whenever you feel that you lack of motivation, tend to procrastinate, or feel lazy, it is a good time to get up and do what you need to do.
Don't overthink or procrastinate, and remember to start small.
You would be surprised at how great you would feel after exercising your willpower. You will be surprised to see how fast your willpower is growing, and how easy it would be to use it whenever you need it, for small tasks and for big tasks and goals.
Remember, when you learn how to strenthen your willpower, and keep working on strengthening it, it would keep improving, and you would be able to use it for every aim and purpose.