True or false: willpower is fixed at birth- you either have it or you don’t.
False! The newest studies reveal you can train and strengthen self-control like a muscle.
Learn how to flex yours here with the quick and easy tips.
Rev up self control in seconds– Just say later! Whether you are facing a piece of pie or a cigarette you may be better off telling yourself you will have it later. Its easier to accept delay than a flat out refusal. Most of the time later is soon forgotten by your busy brain and the craving passes. Just use the mantra “I CAN HAVE MORE OF IT LATER”
Laugh your way stronger!- A study showed that willpower increased after people watched short clips of a comedians stand up routine. Laughing puts you in a positive mood and helps you regain your resolve.
Believe in yourself– People who believed willpower is unlimited and who agreed with that old cliché “You can do anything you want if you put your mind to” performed better on tasks requiring self-control than those who thought the amount of willpower they had was limited and out of their hands.
Train your motivation muscle– Take CHOICE out of it. Surprisingly having too many choices can scuttle self-control. Making decisions can tire your willpower, so it’s best to limit your options whenever you can. If you want to eat healthy don’t keep junk in the house only- healthy choices. To take the mental energy out of trying to get your exercise in, calenderize a workout with a friend or trainer at a regular times each week. Structure trumps decision.
Practice in spurts- Using your willpower regularly in small doses keeps it strong. The best way to train is to do little things that require self-control like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand.
Get more sleep- When your body is tired your ability to exercise self-control is also fatigued. Anything that perks up your energy like taking a brisk walk outside instantly amps up willpower
Never feel guilty- Labeling something a guilty pleasure makes you want it more because your subconscious mind is primed to think it will be more satisfying. Plan and enjoy an occasional guilty pleasure or treat. By planning it out you short circuit the guilt and wind up indulging less.
Meditate- 10 minutes of meditation helps to restore willpower when it’s depleted and improves concentration which boosts self-control.