Here is a brilliant quote from the Dalai Lama that will inspire you take action and achieve your goals:
“Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.” Dalai Lama
Isn’t that right? If you have the willpower, you can change anything. Along with intelligence and self-control, willpower is the personal trait most predictive of a good life.
Success in life depends on your ability to do what you want to do. If you want to manage your learning and your life, you have to have self-control so you can decide and then act. That’s it. Have the willpower and make it happen!
But if willpower is so important, is it possible to increase it? Yes, science has shown that it actually is.
Here are 4 strategies:
4 ways to increase your willpower
1) Don’t keep yourself in a constant state of willpower depletion
Weight lifting is an excellent way to build muscle. But you won’t help your friend move his furniture half an hour before you do weights because you’re muscles will be fatigued. The same holds true for willpower. While wisely exercising self-control is a great way to build willpower, never giving yourself a break is a good way to deplete your resolve.
2) Think about something else
Mischel’s famous marshmallow study found that “high delayers” resisted eating the marshmallow by distracting themselves, such as covering their eyes with their hands or turning around in their chairs so they couldn’t see the enticing object. You can do the same with willpower. Whenever you feel like you’re about to give up, focus your mind on something else!
3) Building good habits; you’ll need them when you’re stressed
Stress has been to shown to deplete willpower. When people are stressed, they to fall back into harmful habits.When you observe yourself doing this, you know you’re stressed, so take steps to reduce your stress like listening to calming music or exercising – whatever works for you. This will help you when a major stressor comes along.
4) One step at a time
Often times, people lose their willpower because of the enormity of a particular task. Instead, break up the big task into smaller tasks. It will feel much more manageable and you’ll be more likely to complete it.
5) Be yourself
It takes an enormous amount of effort to suppress your normal personality, preferences, and behaviors. Not surprisingly, doing so depletes willpower. Psychologist Mark Muraven and colleagues found that people who exert this kind of self-control in order to please others were more easily depleted than people who held true to their own internal goals and desires.
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