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Your Willpower Muscle

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Exercise Your Willpower Muscle

Think of willpower like a muscle. Just like a muscle you need to work it out to maintain its strength. So, how do you work out your willpower muscle?



What is willpower? willpower is the ability to resist short-term temptations and desires in order to achieve long-term goals. It’s the prevailing source of long-term satisfaction over instant gratification.

According to APA (American Psychological Association), most psychology researchers define willpower as:

  • The ability to delay gratification and resist short-term temptations to meet long-term goals;

  • The capacity to override an unwanted thought, feeling, or impulse;

  • The conscious, effortful regulation of the self, by the self;

  • A limited resource capable of being depleted.

Because we will never always have willpower, it's important to recognize when we have the most and the least amount of willpower. For example, I practice my music and schedule my most physically demanding practicing and activities in the morning. I know. by four o'clock my willpower is starting to weaken. I'll start finding all kinds of things to do instead of what I should.

The workout

  • Improve Self-awareness: Self-awareness is the ability to recognize what we are doing as we’re doing it.

  • Meditate - this helps train your brain for better self-control

  • Physically Work out - It's scientifically proven that even moderate physical activity significantly boosts willpower.

  • Don't overdo it: remember everything in moderation, don't become a self-controlaholic.

Willpower is important but not the only tool in your tool chest. use it wisely.


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