Willpower is often in short supply, but easy to build. The easiest way to strengthen your willpower is to challenge it each day. Whenever you feel like stopping an activity, force yourself to continue for a few more minutes. Make two more phone calls or pay two more bills. How to strengthen your mind and willpower? You’ll surprised by how quickly your willpower grows.
1. Use your willpower to accomplish smaller tasks successfully.
If you want the capacity to stay strong during significant obstacles, practice on smaller obstacles. Do what needs to be done in your everyday life.
- Pay your bills on time
- Clean out the garage when necessary
- Exercise regularly
- Empty the dishwasher
- File your taxes early
- You will strengthen gradually. Enormous obstacles can be overwhelming. But if you’re good at controlling yourself and overcoming smaller obstacles, you’ll find that you can overcome enormous obstacles as well.
2. Learn to enjoy being uncomfortable or Strengthen your Willpower.
Asking out a beautiful woman, running 10 miles, making 100 cold calls, or moving across the country are uncomfortable activities. They also have the potential to change your life. Comfortable activities are unlikely to overcome a significant obstacle. Your willingness to deal with discomfort limited your success.
- Get excited when you experience discomfort. Something wonderful might be about to happen!
3. Stay focused on the result or Strengthen your Willpower.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed if you focus on the obstacle. Spend some time visualizing how great it will be once that obstacle has defeated. Allow yourself to feel good.
4. Stay present.
Staying grounded in the moment is helpful in multiple areas of your life. Writing an extensive report for your boss is simply sitting down and moving your hands. That’s no different from sitting down and playing cards with your friends. Much of the grief you experience results from your thoughts. When you think:
- This stink.
- I should’ve gone to medical school.
- I’ll never get this done.
- I hate writing reports.
- You’re guaranteed to be miserable and struggle to finish. Simply take a deep breath and do what is necessary for emotional content.
5. Give something up.
A great way to strengthen your willpower is to give up a bad habit. It might smoke, eating sweets, or biting your nails. Take it one day at a time and resist your urges. It can be just as challenging to avoid an action as it is to take one.
Willpower is the ability to do something you don’t feel like doing. It’s a valuable commodity. With enough willpower, it’s easy to save money, stop procrastinating, and overcome obstacles. Time spent building your willpower is time well spent.
“I have a motto on my bedroom wall: ‘Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.’ Giving up is not my style. I just want to do something that’s worthwhile.”
– Chris Burke