Maintaining your willpower is a three-step process.
In today’s blog post, I’d like to take a closer look at the term “willpower.” To begin, I’ll look at the two terms that make up this notion.
When we use force, we can change the world around us. As long as we keep our concentration on the will, we may choose where to direct that energy. Things we don’t care about will be changed by a force that has no will of its own. No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to alter our situation if we just have free will. Considering all of this, here are three tips for maintaining your resolve at all times:
- Make sure your goal is crystal clear from the start.
It doesn’t matter how powerful you are if you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish and why you’re doing it. Assume you’re standing in front of a massive wooden board. A nail protrudes from the board at some unspecified location. Your goal is to complete the task. They hand you a hammer and put a blindfold over your eyes. You start pounding randomly across the board, avoiding the nail entirely.The forces quickly depart before you’ve had a chance to accomplish your purpose.
There is a limit to any force. We may use our willpower to achieve our goals if we have a strong desire to do so.
- The goal has to be really important to you.
Because we aren’t actually engaged in the objective we’re chasing, we lose our willpower as we go through the process.
Assuming you’re still using the wooden board as an example, you could enjoy the sound and feel of the hammer striking the wood. Crushing wood isn’t in your plans, but it’s not as horrible as you expected. You become less concerned about your nails and more fond of wood. In the end, your original goal has lost much of its worth and you have exhausted your reserves of energy.
If you want to lose weight, you must be more motivated to do so than you are to indulge in particular meals you’d rather avoid. You will never lose weight if your desire to consume the ice cream in the picture is greater than your goal of losing weight. It’s a basic issue of physics. When pursuing a degree, the drive to study must outweigh the desire to spend time with friends on the beach.
Third, the aim should be attainable.
“Think large,” we’re urged all the time. You’ve probably heard the saying, “Aim for the moon, for if you miss, you’ll reach the stars.” This kind of thinking appeals to me. While this is true, I also feel that setting too many objectives might lead to a loss of self-discipline.
Our first attempts are hampered by our inexperience and incapacity. Grand goals sometimes need a level of power that is beyond our capabilities. A muscle rips and loses all of its strength when a force is applied to it that is greater than it can tolerate.
To begin with, set modest but attainable objectives. With the experience of this level of power under your belt, you’ll be ready for the next challenge and a higher goal.
In my opinion, you’ve already heard all of this before. These ideas and notions are common sense. I want you to think of willpower as a finite and restricted resource that everyone of us has access to. We can do anything we set out to do if we put this force to good use.
In my opinion, one individual doesn’t have greater willpower than another. It’s just that you’ve gotten better at it.