Willpower has been credited for everything from diet success to smoking and alcohol quitting programs. Many studies have been conducted and describe the phenomenon as “self-control strength” or even a “self-control muscle”.
While some scoff at the notion that there is such a force, it’s hard to deny its existence. We all have been born with free will. Free will is an undeniable and inaliable human right.
When we exercise self-control, we’re demonstrating what makes us different from the other creatures on earth.
It’s through hard work and determination that we’re able to exercise our willpower muscle and make it stronger.
Take, for example, the infamous “sweet tooth”.
Most people like sugary treats, yet some are able to eat a moderate portion while others of us tend to empty the candy bowl!
Does that make us a victim of a “sweet tooth” or does it show a lack of willpower?
A doctor in London did a study on willpower and weight loss. During his study he found that a person’s will can be strengthened through practice, visualization, and even….temptation.
He worked with a lady that couldn’t resist the local bakery and their delectable treats. Eventually, she got to the point where she not only avoided the daily treats, but she would still visit the bakery each day and get nothing but a cup of coffee. She ended up losing over 100 pounds.
So how did she succeed? She strengthened her willpower. She took control of an unhealthy urge and chose to change the negative habit that was robbing her of her life. Willpower is not an imaginary force…it is very real…and we can take steps in our life to harness its power.
Take a minute and think of one habit that you’d like to change, or one goal that you’d like to achieve. Just pick ONE. Picking too many goals can be overwhelming and lead to disappointment and burn-out. Have a goal in mind? Great! Try going through the tips below…
Willpower…motivation…determination…all of these can be nurtured, strengthened, and fortified to give us an inner source of energy like no other. And someday when you reach your goal (which you will), you may just find that this source of energy can be used to not only invigorate yourself, but to help encourage those around you to succeed as well!
The man who thinks he can
By Walter D. Wintle
If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are out classed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.