Every one of us would like to accomplish more things and get more results. However, not all of us are willing to go until the end of the road. Most people stop when the simple thought “it’s going to be hard” pops in their head. Yet, successful individuals have already understood that success isn’t achieved through the use of a magic pill overnight.
They understood that in order to face the challenges and failures that will step into their way, they had to cultivate high levels of willpower. Well, during today’s post, you’re going to learn a few important strategies that will motivate you to strengthen your willpower. Let’s get right at it:
1. Reward Yourself
The first thing you need to understand about willpower is that it’s highly related to your motivation levels. When your motivation levels are high, everything seems easier and most of your challenges turn into games ready to be won. However, our dopamine doesn’t always come as we please, so we need to contribute just a little bit.
We can improve our willpower by rewarding ourselves. This strategy reminds us that our work matters, and that everything we accomplish should be celebrated.
The simple fact that we’re rewarding ourselves with something we enjoy is a sign that we’ve learned how to be our own friends, bosses, and stimulators. We do not depend on anyone else to improve our willpower – we’re our own masters and we can do it on our own.
2. Have a Healthy Lifestyle
Do you want to move mountains or reach the sky limits?Willpower is a healthy and balanced state that only manifests itself when the person who tries to bring it to life it is fully capable from both a physical and a mental point of view. In simpler terms, you need to take care of your mind and body.
First off, pay attention to your nutrition. Make sure that you eat only what’s healthy for the body – well, as much as you are able to –, and keep your energy levels high by adding natural vitamins and brain supplements in your daily routine. Make exercise a habit, and make sure you sleep enough.
Moreover, don’t forget about your brain’s need for growth. You need to keep supplying it with healthy information. Learn new skills and new languages. Keep your brain active, and your willpower will shine.
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3. Commit and Focus on Your Goals
If you don’t have goals, you really should start making some. Once you have a roadmap towards your success, only then you need to appeal to your willpower. If you don’t have goals, yet if you have but you’re not really focusing and committing to them, your willpower won’t save you from failure.
Michael Watson, CEO of Aussiewritings.com, explains what one should do in order to manifest great levels of willpower:
In order to have the power and energy to pursue something, you have to emotionally connect with the cause. Start visualizing your success each day. Moreover, build tiny goals around the big goal, and complete a milestone each and every day. This should give you a sense of progress which is called “momentum”.
4. Change Your Mindset
If you want to improve a characteristic such as willpower, you need to work more on your mindset rather than on anything else. A good advice would be to develop a daily reading habit. Here’s a good idea: start reading biographies and books written by the people that have reached your kind of success.
Proceed and analyze their mindsets. See how they think, act, and react. You can learn a lot of things if you pay attention to the clues that other successful people left behind. Once you develop a powerful mindset, triggering your willpower will be as easy as switching an on/off button whenever you feel like it.
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5. Take Some “Willpower Breaks”
Don’t forget to take a break. Seriously. Willpower is a resource that shouldn’t be abused. Besides it, there are many other brain resources such as creativity, proactivity, the inspiration that you can take advantage of during your day.
My point is that being in a constant “I must do it” state is not really healthy for your mind.
Willpower is often manifested when we want to achieve results. Well, if you keep using it over and over, it’ll eventually stop working so well for you. Everything needs to be in balance, so make sure that you let it all go away for a while. Take a deep breath and relax for a few hours, days, or weeks (whatever period you need to feel rejuvenated and ready to start again.)
Once you’re able to manifest high levels of willpower, your life will change in unimaginable ways. Just imagine being able to do everything you propose yourself.
“Make a million dollars. Checked. Travel the world. Checked. Write a best-selling book that will change people’s lives. In progress.”
Indeed, that’s how successful people experience their lives. Their willpower is extremely strong. They work hard and smart. They connect with their goals, and they continuously changing their mindsets for the better. You can do that too – you just need to want it bad enough!