Since our childhood days, we’ve been hearing this popular English proverb that “Where there is will, there is way.” Most of us foster dreams to do something extraordinary in life – be it in professional or personal spheres. But then, we succumb to the detrimental image that we have created of ourselves. Therefore, it is very important that we boost our willpower to walk on the path of success.
Wondering how will you be able to work on this? Just remember that willpower is a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets. So take a look at the following ways to enhance your will power:
1) Meditation is a must
Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist who teaches a class on the science of willpower at Stanford University, said that one can actually boost willpower by meditation for a few minutes daily. It would build up gray matter in areas of the brain that control emotions and govern decision making.
According to him, “Paying attention to what’s happening in the moment, what’s going on in your body, your mind, and all around you, can make it easier to tune in to choices you make several hundred times a day when it comes to eating.”
2) Don’t skip your meals
If you don’t eat enough, skip meals or only eat non-nutritious junk, your willpower will be lowered. The reason being that our brain is our decision making muscle and its ability to provide us with the necessary willpower to make correct decisions is influenced by whether it is sufficiently fed. Therefore, eat low-glycemic, plant-based foods and keep a track of your blood sugar to boost your willpower.
3) You must imagine
Did you know that your imagination has a direct influence on human body and can boost your willpower? Well, we are not kidding. For example: If you imagine that you kept on sleeping and reached your work place late, I am sure you will immediately start thinking of the consequences. This will, then, boost your willpower to reach your office on time.
Likewise, if you imagine that you are at a peaceful location, your body will feel relaxed. Therefore use powerful technique for improving willpower.
4) Just be yourself
If we tell you that hiding your normal personality to impress other people depletes your willpower, will you believe us? Well, psychologist Mark Muraven along with his team of researchers discovered that people who hide their personality to win over heart of others has a lower willpower as against those who feel confident about themselves.
5) Learn to manage stress
Experiencing and reacting quickly to stressors is necessary for survival. However, prolonged exposure to high levels of stress can reduce your brain’s efficiency as it can draw energy away from your willpower muscle that plays a pivotal role in decision-making. Apart from this, stress also detracts energy away from the command-and-control centre of the brain, which is the seat of your willpower. So keep yourself calm by taking deep breaths to develop a strong willpower.