If I could only build a stronger willpower, I would eat healthier, I would exercise regularly, I would quit smoking or drinking, I would stop procrastinating and ultimately I would accomplish my goals!
I do know that my lack of commitment and drive is what keeps me on stand by, hopping for something to happen. I do comprehend that in order to improve my existence I must build a stronger willpower.
Willpower is the key, so what does it mean?
‘Will’ is the ability to make conscious choices. We all have a free will to make our own choices, good or bad. Plants do not have will and animals have some amount of will. Yet, humans have the greatest amount of will. Humans are able to think analytically and make informed choices.
‘Power’ is energy, it is the force and the strength required to sustain physical or mental activity.
‘Will-Power’ means to have the will to exercise power.
Willpower is the ability to control oneself and determine one’s actions; it means to have a firmness of will. Willpower is to have self-discipline, to moderate emotions and to control actions.
Every time time you make a decision you practice some level of self-control; what to order for lunch, whether to go to the gym or have a glass of wine. All the decisions are directly related to your will power, to your mental energy.
A person with strong willpower will keep going even in the face of strong resistance; a person with little willpower will easily give in.
How do we build a strong willpower?
Willpower works like a muscle: to strengthen it, you need to train mentally and physically, and constantly nurture it.
Next, I have listed a few simple ways to help you maintain and build your mental-power:
Drink More Water: Lack of water damages your mental abilities, affects your mood and reduces your mind power. Our mistake is to confuse thirst for hunger. When you feel exhausted, first, reach for a glass of water before grabbing a snack.
A brain is like a sponge and dehydration parches it, shrinks it. Drink water before drying your brain, keep it saturated! Always keep in mind the term: ‘dry brain’
Eat Healthy, Get Ret Rid of The Junk: Nutrition is key for proper brain functioning. To keep your mind sharp and to maintain self-control, your brain cells require glucose, sugar. When glucose is low, you can’t focus and your brain looks for immediate rewards.
Create a habit of eating continuously small portions during the day; balanced meals that have a significant amount of protein and fiber. This will keep you with the energy you need and your brain won’t starve for junk food.
Get Plenty of Sleep: Sleepiness slows down your thought processes, impairs memory and makes learning difficult; it alters your mood, causing irritability and anger. When you are tired, your judgment, reaction time and awareness are significantly impaired.
Make as a priority to sleep 6 to 8 hours per day; a priority to rest!
Learn to Breathe: When breathing correctly our bodies are supplied with the right amount of oxygen. Oxygen is energy that recharges our brain and our vital organs; a boost of energy needed to power everything we do, from moving to thinking to growing.
When breathing properly we reduce stress and our bodies release endorphins. Endorphins are feel-good, natural painkillers created by our own bodies.
_Keep in mind: Developing strong willpower won’t happen overnight. It takes time and repetition to establish purposeful habits; a strong willpower will keep you committed to follow through; Intention without determination is of little avail!
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi