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.