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Ever felt helpless before? When you know you’re doing the wrong thing but you can`t keep off it. Alcohol, drugs, food, laziness and tens of hours wasted on meaningless things. You know you should stop, but you can`t.

Broken promises, missed opportunities, and low self esteem all are by products of low self control. But, what if you could flip this indecisiveness and helplessness upside down and double your willpower with simple, applicable steps?

Well, it is possible. All you need is a strategy to multiply your willpower even by 10% and every impossible will become possible. How?

Use the following 7 tested, super-helpful tips:

1. Get a rule book

A rule book is notebook or a Word file where you collect the advice you want to follow. The notes you take about life and the quotes you wish to live by. Leonardo Da Vinci used this technique to boost both his creativity and self discipline leaving more than 7,000 pages full of quotes, affirmations and analysis of mistakes he made and wanted to fix.

To boost willpower spend ten minutes each morning revising and memorizing the rules you`ve freely chosen to live by and collected in your book. Soon you’ll start altering your behaviors to better ones without relying much on willpower

2. Focus on one thing

Narrow your focus as much as possible and work on only one big goal at a time, Bruce Lee was correct when he said, “the successful warrior is just an average man with a laser-like focus.”

In one study, researchers found that college students who tried to chase new goals, quit bad habits or learn new skills during the exam period, not just failed at their quest, but also did badly academically. When they were supposed to study hard they highlighted a notable drop in willpower and a strong desire to waste time, eat, and drink more.  Worse, they almost lost the desire to study.

The takeaway? Focus on one big goal and dedicate all your resources towards achieving it (including your dreams and money). By doing this you’ll harness all your powers in one place and it will be much easier for you to stay persistent at difficult times rather instead of spreading yourself too thin.

“The successful warrior is just an average man with a laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee

3. Gradually toughen up

Even the smallest act of persistence done consistently will affect your willpower in the long run. In one study, two weeks of working on their posture increased the willpower of a group of participants who saw themselves become more punctual all from a simple act of self-discipline repeated frequently.

So what to do? Find something that will slightly test your willpower, and make a habit out of it. Spend 10 seconds under cold water whenever you finish a hot bath, ditch the elevator when going to work, wait half a minute before eating delicious meals, or do 10-20 pushups every morning. Small, yet consistent, habits like these will help make you tougher on the long term.

4. Eat and sleep for a stronger mind

Don’t neglect the effect of bad sleeping and eating habits on your willpower. In one study, researchers found that the decisions made by judges in parole courts were significantly influenced by how hungry/filled a judge is. Judges were 65% more likely to release a criminal on parole either early in the morning after breakfast or later after lunch breaks.

Neuroscientists also found that adults with inconsistent bedtimes lack proper persistence, lose focus frequently, make sloppy decisions and react emotionally to stressful situations. The takeaway? Eat enough calories, don’t make critical decisions on an empty stomach, and sleep between 7-9 hours at night to avoid wrecking your willpower.

5. Get reckless

When a ceramic professor chose to play the quality-VS-quantity game with his students, he found that those who were asked to deliver X pounds of pots by the end of the semester not only met their target, but their pots looked much better than those of their peers who were asked to deliver just one perfectly looking piece to get an A.

What does this mean? The first step to learn any skill is focusing on how often, rather than how well, you practice this skill.  Rather than seeing yourself as a loser who can’t learn anything (which kills self-esteem), aim to practice for X minutes/hours each day for several weeks before judging yourself. You will do well, and the little perfectionist inside you will no longer harm you.

“I’ve never been reckless – it’s always calculated. I’m mischievous, but I’m calculated.” – Drake

6. Be productive for short periods

All frustrations come when it has been 4 or 5 hours since you woke up and you realize you’ve done nothing important.

If you chronically procrastinate and need a smooth slide into productivity then keep every ounce of focus you have on maintaining two hours of focused work every work day. No matter how “weak” you think you are, you still can work 1 or 2 hours straight without distractions or checking your phone.

Get a calendar and mark each day you stick to this habit. Within 3-4 weeks your productivity will pop up, guaranteed.

7. Distract and schedule

There are two great techniques for tricking your mind to persist when needed. The first one is to use distractions to keep your mind off temptations and short-lived gratifications. In the famous marshmallow experiment done by Stanford, the kids scoring high on willpower used napping and toys to stay candy-free until the end of the experiment.

The second one is to schedule what can’t be done right away. If you can’t do something right now, schedule it and don`t think about until its time comes. Develop this skill and you will exceptionally limit that inner voice urging you to procrastinate.

Are these tips helpful in improving your willpower? Please leave your thoughts below!

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Marwan Jamal is a fitness and health blogger at healthline.com. He’s a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym, and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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