Willpower is your basic self-discipline, but how many of us are really any good at it? There are tons of people who make their career based on this simple little phrase, because there are so many of us out there who crumble at the thought of having to stop ourselves from over indulging in ANYTHING! Willpower is something you have to work at every day. For people with addictive personalities they need work extra hard to make sure that they not falter. I remember a friend of mine telling me he knew he had an addictive personality so he stayed away from cigarettes, alcohol and of course all other drugs. It is a wise decision, but obviously not everyone has the willpower to do that. Then there are other people out there, like my dad, who have the willpower of an… of an… basically, the man cannot be shaken. When you think about willpower what comes to mind? Diet, exercise, quitting something, a career path you have chosen, saving for a holiday…? Maybe we should boil it down to the basics: willpower is about making a decision and sticking to it come hell or high water until you achieve the ultimate goal you set for yourself.
I understand that some people are stronger willed than others. We cannot all be the same. For those who do not care to listen to those motivational speakers who go on about how to make sure you persevere and stay on the right path here are a few tips when it comes to working on your willpower.
1. Make sure that when you decide to change something for the better that you are doing it for the right reasons. If you are doing it, but you don’t really care about it then you will fail along the way because you are determined to succeed.
2. Set yourself some realistic, measurable goals! There is nothing like tracking how your willpower to stick to something is affecting your life positively, whether it be weight loss, quitting smoking or getting your butt out and trying new things.
3. Get your mind straight and be clear about exactly what it is you want to achieve. If you start off unsure you will probably forget the whole point of what you were doing.
4. Find a way to distract yourself to take you mind off whatever it is you have decided to leave behind or if it is something you have decided to include in your life set out specific days/dates/times where you get it done.
5. Do not change too much too quickly! You get people who go from one addiction to the next. There is no need to go to the extreme with everything you do in life. Also, taking baby steps means you can conquer each thing you wish to change and incorporate it in to your life without upsetting your apple cart too much. Change is good, but too much change can be overwhelming.
6. Make the process as fun as possible. If you are going to start exercising or you want a new hobbie find something that stimulates you and entertains you so you do not get bored and give it up.
Everything is easier said than done, but that’s the point of willpower. You challenge yourself mentally and often physically as well. As far as everything else is concerned you have to make it happen, because no one else can make it happen for you. If you want to give up on yourself then you will. Always remind yourself why you have started what you are doing and when things get tough you should try to visualize your end goal. Willpower is something no one else can take away from you! It is all about you, you you! Any other tips for staying focused?