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Will Power: 7 Keys To Better Self Discipline

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“I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.” 
 Pietro Aretino

Willpower. Self-control. Self discipline.  These are many names that all mean the same thing: having the mental strength and attitude to consciously do the things you know you must do; even when you don’t emotionally want to.

Higher willpower is associated with being happier, scoring higher on standardized tests and earning more money.  Willpower is also highly correlated with accomplishing personal goals.

What you may not know however, is that willpower is a resource that you can call upon – and at the same time, it is also a skill that you can  improve.  

I’ll show you seven scientific, research backed way you can improve your own personal self discipline today

#1: Remove Temptation

Willpower is a limited resource – so don’t waste it.  Everytime you need to tell yourself “no” to a temptation in front of you, you slowly deplete your willpower – and it takes time to replenish. So whenever possible: remove the temptations from your life.

For example, if you know that you watch too much TV, and need to focus on a project for the next month – cancel your cable, or physically unplug your TV from the wall.  As a personal example, I know I’ll eat junk food if it is in the house – so I never keep any in my home.

#2: Stabilize Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar is associated with diminished self discipline.   Avoid eating sugary foods such as candy or high sugar drinks.  Of course, it’s a bit of a catch 22 – it takes self discipline to avoid eating tasty, sugary foods to begin with!

#3: Sleep

Make sure you get enough of it.  Research has shown that the ability to maintain focus on tasks suffers due to lack of sleep. 

#4: Enjoy Life

Positive emotional experiences replenish your self discipline reserve.   So throughout the day – take a few moments to enjoy your life

I love to take breaks and run, play guitar, hike and do other activities that inspire me – find what works for you.

#5: Avoid and Reduce Stress

Stress has shown to deplete self discipline.  Reducing commitments, breathing exercises and yoga has personally helped me reduce stress in my life.

#6: Have a Plan

Research shows that when your willpower starts getting depleted, having a plan and a goal you are chasing can help mitigate the effects of lowered willpower.

In The Action Solution, I take you step by step through how to set a path for your life and a specific plan to achieve it. I use the same process in my own life – and I am sure it has resulted in maintaining a higher level of willpower and achievement  in my own life

#7: Self Affirmations

Similar to positive emotional experiences, self affirmations have been shown to help replenish depleted willpower.

I like using my start pages.  I built them specifically so I could focus on a single thought and purpose.  My favorite at the moment is value your time

#8: Bonus: Strengthen Your Willpower

Self discipline is a muscle – focus on small tasks that you can control, and your ability to stick to larger tasks will slowly increase. 

Some examples of exercise include straightening your posture and using your non-dominant hand for tasks.

Become Stronger Today

You don’t want to live a life where you are disappointed you couldn’t stick to what you wanted to do – you need to be the type of person who can set their mind to something and make it happen. If you are struggling, deserve more from your life, or are just passing through life unmotivated then you need to take action to change that. I will guide you with the techniques I have used in my own life to take action and get what I want. Take a look: The Action Solution: Advanced Training Techniques to Take Action In Your Life.  It is the result of decades of experience, and hundreds of hours of making dreams a reality for real people – and it might just be the turning point you need in your life… today.

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By Sid Savara
Published April 12th 2014
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