Willpower is like a muscle that needs to be constantly trained.
1. One of the first ones is the lack of self-control.
Studies have shown that self-control directly correlates with success. In the 1960’s, Walter Mischel conducted a marshmallow test. In this test he gave a group of four-year-old children a marshmallow. He told them that if they waited 15 minutes and not eat it they would get another marshmallow. He asked these same participants when they were in their 40’s to find out how their life came out. It turned out that those that ate the marshmallow sooner had difficulties in their life, including failed relationships and drug abuse versus the ones that waited. A lack of energy can deplete a person’s self-control as well.
2. We tend to overestimate our ability to maintain willpower.
Do some future pacing to see if you came across the same compulsion, weakness or habit, would be able to restrain yourself?
3. Stress is a big-time energy drainer.
When our blood sugar drops, so does our ability to
4. Negative thinking zaps willpower fast!
Even seemingly strong people are stopped from moving forward due to their self-defeating and negative thoughts. This leads to the same in behavior. Whatever you hold in your thoughts most of the time become your reality.
5. A lack of sleep hurts our best intentions.
Just as losing sleep hurts us physically, it really hurts us mentally. Your brain processes information a lot slower which leads to less thinking. Willpower drops rapidly.
6. A lack of belief.
If you don’t believe you can do something, then you won’t. Willpower won’t help you if you have belief deficit.
7. Worrying about supposed outcomes drive willpower into the ground.
If we think that something is doomed to fail, then we tend to lose our will to go on. I’ve seen this in the Marines and in
I hope these help you to identify those things that stop willpower. Nip them in the bud and your willpower increases. Oh, make sure to eat healthier and exercise regularly. Both help increase willpower too.