5 Ways to Harness Your Willpower

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“To succeed at your willpower challenges, you need to find the state of mind and body that puts your energy toward self- control, not self defense”– Kelly McGonigal

It is no secret that practicing mindfulness helps to improve your health, well-being and your ability to be self-aware. Willpower is the bright idea behind improving your life and contributing to others positively.

Basically, willpower means self-denial. Can you change a habit without willpower? No, because it is the ability to use the only thought of your motivator to control your actions. If your motivation is to stay healthy, then you’d need to exercise more, eat less and sleep. So, here are the ways to harness your willpower.

  1. You need to have a purpose

For you to be persistent in what you do, you need a sense of purpose. Purpose is your anticipated outcome that is intended to guide your planned actions. So, to harness your will power, always ask the simple question, “Why am I doing this?”

  1. Engage your supportive friends

You need to separate from the ones who are linked to your old habits. So, stick with fewer friends or find support groups of like-minded people who can remind you of your goals.

  1. You can change your environment

Most times, your environment can have a huge effect on you. It can either make or mar the purpose. So, you are to make the decision to either stay in such environment or not. But, this is dependent on the ability to achieve your purpose.

  1. Reward yourself

Reward is a recompense for worthy acts. It boosts your morale and encourages you to try more. So, to harness your willpower, cultivate the habit of rewarding yourself.

  1. Cultivate emotions

Emotions such as gratitude, compassion and love in your daily life leads to behaviours and attitudes that curb the desire for immediate gratification.

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Most of our goals in life require willpower. So, you need to be determined to ensure that you follow the steps above to achieve your goals.

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Oluwabunmi Ayeni is still discovering herself. She is a freelance writer, a radio lover and a peace scholar.

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