Lets be real. Willpower is a hard thing to learn. And, now that summer is over, our drive to stay fit for the beach has started waning. As the beautiful leaves start turning and fall rolls in, it feels really nice to start wearing pants again and hiding behind sweaters. On the contrary, though, this is the very moment to dig deep and keep on working toward a healthier lifestyle.
Feeling awesome doesnt just serve us in the summer. It serves us for the entire year, for our entire lives.
In my experience, willpower and brainpower are both like batteries,they have a finite limit of use for each day. The best way to have more willpower and more brainpower is to find some useful ways to hack them!
Check out some ways you can use this moment to hack your willpower and start feeling more awesome today.
Each and every day is different, but our goals dont have to be. The problem with hectic days, though, is that our goals and projects sometimes get hidden behind all of the to-do and busy meetings.
In my experience, there are a few easy ways to remember whats truly important and what I truly want to work on. When the going gets tough, help yourself out by setting up some reminders. That way, you know you will remember whats important when you really need it.
Technology tools help keep whats important top of mind. (Check out apps like Tasker on Android, Reminders on iPhone or Things on Mac.) Here are a few ways I use these tools to provide me with important reminders:
There is no such thing as “I have no time for ______.” Whatever you can’t find time for probably isnt too time-consuming and its also not a priority. You know what? It probably should be a priority, starting now.
When I complain about my lack of time or how tired I feel, I sit down and re-evaluate my calendar. Just like we imagined willpower being a battery, its also a battery that is completely affected by energy levels. Feeling tired is terrible for my willpower! Once I sit down with my calendar, I make sure that I have scheduled in time to do all the things I love. Here are a few ways I do that:
How amazing would it be if you could actually bet your way to willpower? While money isnt always the funnest thing to talk about, it can actually serve as a great motivator when used in the right way. This whole betting willpower can be applied to a bunch of self-improvement areas, believe it or not. Here are a few examples:
I cant tell you how hard it is to keep myself off social networking websites,especially when I have difficult work to do. You probably venture off into time-suck websites way more often than you think, too! Checking these sites become like a crutch and a truly bad habit. Whenever we have even a minor mind freeze, we revert to these distractions to ease the pain.
When willpower isnt enough, there are tools to force us to create new habits. These are the best willpower hacks I have ever encountered.
I find that the best way to secure the willpower to accomplish my goals and make lasting change is to have a clear purpose. My biggest wins have been the few times I was so clear and dedicated to my purpose that failure felt impossible. For example:
On your path to hacking willpower and increasing your ability to feel awesome, keep these tips in mind. Some small hacking could be secret to your success.
What tips have been useful to you along the way?
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