Willpower. It is a quality that we are all striving to get more of. Our busy lives demand a healthy amount of it. The good news is that, like our muscles, we can develop our willpower through exercising it. However, just like our muscles, we can over exert it as well.
Research indicates that when we exercise our willpower for one thing, we have more of it for other activities as well. For instance, if we use our willpower to get to the gym more often, the odds are that we will also cut back on the TV watching if we are trying to do that.
And research has shown that we never completely use up all of our willpower. We can always summon up that last little bit when we need to. Indeed, continually calling up that willpower is what gives us the ability to stick to something until we finish it.
We can also take measures to improve our willpower.
One way to do this is just to minimize the temptation to begin with. If you don’t want to eat that big piece of chocolate cake, don’t leave it out where you will constantly see it.
Another way to pump up your willpower is to look ahead and plan. For example, if you are going out to eat, and you are watching your diet, do a little thinking beforehand as to what you might order and what you must avoid.
Studies have also shown that there is a connection between willpower and the level of glucose in our blood. So, if you find your willpower flagging, maybe a chocolate bar or a few cookies might be just the thing.
Another thing that the study of willpower has shown is that making a long list of resolutions and attempting to tackle them all at once really doesn’t work all that well. Rather than try to do a number of things at once, you should focus on just one thing, one bad habit, for example. Then, once have been able to bring that bad habit under control, you can move onto something else. You need to take one thing at a time.
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