Tips for Finding Willpower

So many things worth doing require the determination to do them. You need to have the strength to start something and then the discipline to see it through to completion. From breaking a bad habit to losing weight, you need the willpower to overcome the obstacles in your way and help you to your goal.

The problem is that willpower is a slippery sort of thing. It can disappear in the face of opposition. It can abandon you when you need it most. You may not even possess much of it in the first place. Luckily, there are ways for you to find the will to accomplish whatever your task may be. Here are just a few examples:

  • Make sure to get sufficient sleep. – Lack of sleep makes drains your strength and makes you susceptible to temptation.
  • Meditate for at least 5 minutes a day. – You’ll sharpen your willpower and concentration skills as you learn to bring your mind back when it starts to wander.
  • Anticipate and make a plan for dealing with temptations. – If you don’t know what you’re going to do if you find your way into temptation, you’re way more likely to give in.
  • Give yourself a little wiggle room. – Don’t be so strict with yourself that you overwhelm yourself. And if you relapse, don’t beat yourself up. Get back up and try again.
  • Take all your problems and break ‘em apart. – If you look at your issues as one big mass, you may lose hope. If you break your issues into little pieces, you can work on things a little bit at a time. On top of that, you’ll gain confidence from accomplishing little steps that send you toward your goal.
  • Keep an eye on your glucose level. – If your blood sugar gets too low, your willpower will dissipate. If your feel hungry, eat a sandwich or drink a glass of orange juice.
  • Do the opposite of what you’d normally do. – Doing what you wouldn’t normally do causes you to stretch and strengthens your ability to do difficult tasks.
  • Remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re trying to do. – Keep in mind what you stand to lose if you fail to reach your goal.
  • Keep busy. – An old cliché says that idle hands are the devil’s playhouse. You’re much more likely to succumb to temptation if you’re just sitting around. So always be doing something. Get a hobby. Take a walk. Call a friend. Keep yourself busy.