Today, we’re going to discuss how to build willpower and why it’s essential to becoming an individual.
WHAT IS WILLPOWER AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
I’ve covered the importance of willpower before but just to sum up: will is your capacity to continue with any task that you are engaging in.
Without a firm resolve, we cannot overcome procrastination and accomplish our goals. Resolve encompasses persistence, zeal, fortitude, courage, self-control, self-discipline, and emotional control, and you can explore posts on this site covering these topics.
HOW TO BUILD WILLPOWER
Will is formed by delaying gratification as well as resisting temptations. Strengthening ourselves requires rejecting objects and ideas which are easy, but harmful to us.
Here are the following tools that will help us build our control.
AVOID TAXING AND TRYING PEOPLE AND IDEAS
Avoid taxing and tiring people or ideas that don’t make you stronger. An example is a person who needs you to be someone you’re not. Putting on a mask or “show” for this person’s amusement drains of you of emotional energy and will deplete your resolve.
Other people and ideas to avoid include those who don’t believe in your capacity to improve and/or respect your individual rights and free will. Such people are focused on breaking you, and their constant attacks will undermine your resolve. Avoid them.
Secondly, avoid temptation. If you have a problem with snacks for example, then don’t buy them when you go shopping at the grocery store.
We should never consciously put ourselves in the paths of people and ideas that will attack us or needlessly challenge our capacity to improve.
DEVELOP GOOD HABITS AND MEET GOOD PEOPLE
As individuals, it is essential that we make communities of like-minded people who will support us towards our goals. Therefore, I argue it’s essential to find the people who will push you even when your resoluteness begins to break down.
Additionally, we need to create better habits that we can lean on when we’re feeling tired. For example, sleeping at the same time every day will help you when you need to take on a more significant challenge.
Brushing my teeth, consistently each day, helped me start this blog and stay up to date on the posting schedule. I set a small, constant habit and I readily applied this pattern to other areas of my life that required more commitment and energy.
Lastly, acknowledge when you aren’t running at 100% and plan accordingly. This requires understanding yourself, but when you’re not feeling your absolute best, adjust your day and prioritize what is most important. For example, going to the gym may be your most crucial focus but cleaning the dishes may not. Go to the gym and tackle the dishes tomorrow if you know you’re having a rough day.
CONSUME GOOD WORKS THAT MAKE YOU STRONGER
One element that’s crucial to individual growth and development is consuming works that inspire us to become better and stronger people. It’s vital that you consume positive, enriching films, books, and games that will strengthen your grit and encourage you to keep pushing when you are your weakest.
I avoid gory works, media where the villains win, “complicated” stories that are full of pessimism and fatalism, and the like. I consume the media that reflect the person I want to become, so I’m inspired to continue on my path to greatness.
SLEEP AND EAT WELL
I stupidly struggle with sleep. However, sleep is the bedrock of improvement. Rest deprivation is the foundation of failure, and we have to find time to grab a few Zs. If we need to, we should nap. Furthermore, avoid looking at screens and cell phones right before bed – this will keep you up.
Additionally, we need to eat the food that gives us energy, clean out our bodies, and strengthen us. Our physical beings are essential to building grit and the more we avoid empowering our bodies, the worse off we are.
TRACK YOUR TIME
Lastly, keep track of your activities. When we’re able to reflect on our past decisions and choices, we can create a response to what we’re seeing. We also need to set clear goals for what we want to accomplish.
By developing a clear life goal, we can ensure that we’re always on the most relevant path.
We must always look for ways to build our self-control, so we’re able to fulfill our dreams and accomplish our purposes. Try the exercises above and see if these techniques help in developing your will.