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10 Ways to Harness Willpower to Achieve Success

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Most individuals believe they could enhance their lives only if they had that unique quality known as self-control or willpower. With more self-discipline, everyone would exercise regularly, save some money for retirement, avoid alcohol and drugs, eat right and achieve all types of noble goals.

Willpower is having the ability to resist short-term temptations so as to achieve long-term goals. Other scientists define willpower as the ability to delay gratification for a particular purpose. In one form or another, people use willpower every day, whether it is resisting the craving of eating sweets or resisting the urge to browse through the internet when there is a lot of work to do.

Based on the APA’s 2011 Stress in the United States survey, the citizens believed the number one hindrance to obtaining positive behavior changes was the lack of willpower. Being able to strengthen your willpower will help you greatly in school and in different fields.

In one study, scholars who were able to delay gratification got better scores in tests and better grades, had a better opportunity to get into competitive high school program and had better attendance records. Finally, the researchers concluded that self-discipline is much more essential than IQ when one wants to achieve outstanding academic success.

Is willpower a limited resource?

It is possible to strengthen willpower overtime. However, individuals have a limited amount of willpower and it can be depleted if at some point it is overused. A growing body of research has suggested that resisting temptations repeatedly may drain stores of self-discipline.

On the other hand, researchers have a strong belief that one’s willpower can be completely exhausted. Instead, people seem to hold willpower in stores for future needs. With the right motivation, people are able to tap in those specific reserves and persist even when willpower strength has been run down.

Here are 10 Important strategies that can help you build your willpower:

1. Seek support

Research has proven that having support systems can help individuals achieve their objectives. It is advisable to surround yourself with people whom you can trust and you are sure they will be supportive of your objectives and are ready to help you succeed.

2. Fuel your willpower

Your brain runs on blood sugar or glucose. However, exerting willpower can leave brain cells devouring glucose at a faster pace. Research has suggested that feeding your brain might help restore your self-control. Taking regular meals can help maintain your blood sugar levels and help restore your willpower.

3. Reward yourself

When you achieve your goal, it is important to reward yourself for the great job that you’ve done. However, you must ensure the incentive does not conflict with the change you are attempting to make. For instance, taking a bowl of ice cream because you just lost five pounds of weight. Instead, spend time to engage in other entertaining but healthy activities.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

4. Get enough sleep

Lack of enough sleep can affect how the body and mind uses energy, which impacts the ability to avoid temptations. If you don’t get enough sleep, your willpower is more likely to fail. On the other hand, one night of comfortable and adequate sleep can help increase self-control.

5. Monitor your behavior towards the end goal

You should make a realistic plan to meet the end objective and commit yourself ever single day to making progress towards that objective. For instance, if your objective is to reduce spending, monitor how you spend all your money.

6. Create a realistic plan

Research has suggested that having a realistic plan in place can help you resist temptations without necessarily having to draw on self-discipline.  You should decide earlier how you can react to situations that are likely to fail willpower. For instance, someone monitoring their alcohol intake might decide before a party, “If anyone gives me a drink, then I will request for a soda containing lime.” By having a plan ahead of time, you will be able to derive decisions in the moment without necessarily having to draw on willpower.

7. Avoid temptations

In order to maintain self-discipline, it is important to resist temptations. It can be helpful to avoid temptation at any cost.  You should ensure you keep temptations out of sight or at least out of the house. This specific “out of sight, out of mind” strategy works effectively for all types of scenarios. For instance, it is important to have a learning environment that is conducive for learning with minimal distractions.

8. Focus on one objective at a time

Psychologists have discovered that it is more effective to simply focus on a single, clear objective instead of taking a list of objectives at once. If you succeed at the first objective, you will free your willpower so that it can be dedicated to the next objective. It is advisable to work on one behavior at a time for instance setting 20 minutes aside each single day to study for upcoming tests.

9. Think you can

How you think about self-discipline itself is significant. In one study, researchers discovered that people who think self-discipline is a resource that is limited are more likely to have self-discipline issues compared to those who think of it as easily exhausted.

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” – Clint Eastwood

10. Identify sources of motivation

Are you trying to achieve your educational goals because someone else is pushing you? Or maybe you want to achieve those goals because of your own personal desires? Research has shown that people pleasures have a difficult time with self-discipline compared to individuals who are driven by their own desires and goals.

What tips would you give to help other build their willpower? Leave your thoughts below!

Azar Roshan is a blogger & he does it for a living. Azar is the owner of FeedsYouNeed.Com where he shares his knowledge about the latest technology trends. He also loves travelling & music. He has written many posts over Music on his blog.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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