Want to have more willpower?

Here's how..

Okay, so does any of this sound familiar..

  • You want to become an early riser, but once your alarm clock goes off,  you hit the snooze button, and go back to sleep..
  • You think that it would be great to hit the gym and shed those  few extra pounds before the summer, but after a long way of work, you end up in a  couch in front of the TV…
  • You decide to eat healthier, but you find yourself  ordering a meal at McDonald’s, with extra large portion of fries..

Yes? You are not alone. Most of us say to ourselves “I wish I’d have more willpower” on a regular basis. However, is it really possible to increase your  willpower, and if so, what’s the best way to go about it?

 Your brain on willpower

We often tend to think that willpower is some abstract character quality. Wrong. Willpower is a physical function of the brain.

Pre-frontal cortex, the part of your brain right behind your eyes and forehead, is where your ability to control your impulses resides.

It’s extremely important to understand and accept that willpower is a physical function of the brain because this knowledge will help you to have more willpower. How?

You see, more often than not, your lack of willpower is not a result of some character flaw, but a sign that, for some reason,  your brain is working against you..

Good news are that..

 Willpower is like a muscle! 

Roy Baumeisteir, a psychology professor at Florida State University, is the person who made the most schocking discovery in the history of willpower research.

For the last 15 years, he has been asking people to exert their willpower in a controlled environment – resist sweets, ignore distractions, endure pain, control their emotions, and so on..

In a study after study, no matter which particular tasks participants were asked to do, their willpower deteriorated over time.

Moreover, it turned out that, say, trying to control one’s emotions didn’t just lead to lashing out, it also made people more likely to splurge on things that they didn’t need, as if all acts of willpower were drawing from the same source of strength that gets depleted over time.

These observations led Baumeister to an interesting hypothesis: what if our willpower gets depleted with each successful act of self-control?

Today, dozens of studies done all over the world support the idea that willpower is limited resource, and we can run out of it entirely if we use it too much.

In fact, our willpower, or should I say, our prefrontal cortex, is much like a muscle: it gets tired when used and it can give out completely when exhausted.

However, much like a muscle, your prefrontal cortex can become  “stronger” through specific exercises..

How to have more willpower?

There are things that impair the normal function of prefrontal cortex and leave you will-powerless  - I call them willpower threats. 

There are also things that improve the normal function of prefrontal cortex and make you more will-powerful – I call them willpower steroids.

Your best bet  if you want to have more willpower is to get rid of the former and and focus on practicing the latter.

Think about it: when you want to have more money, you can either cut expenses or earn more, but the optimal approach is to do both, isn’t it? It’s exactly the same with willpower, which, like money, is a limited resource.

                                     Best decision you will ever make?

The research on the topic strongly supports the idea that  one’s willpower is one of the best predictors of one’s success in life, by pretty much any measure you can think of!

People who have more self-control are healthier, their relationships are stronger and more satisfying, they make more money and are more successful at their careers. It’s not surprising that those who have more willpower are also happier.

In fact, here’s what Roy Baumeister, the guy who has been doing research on willpower for the last 15 years, has to say:

Psychology has identified two main traits that seem to produce an immensely broad range of benefits: intelligence and self-control. Despite many decades of trying, psychology has not found much one can do to produce lasting increases in intelligence. But self-control can be strengthened. Therefore, self-control is a rare and powerful opportunity for psychology to make a palpable and highly beneficial difference in the lives of ordinary people”

Your willpower affects all areas of your life. How healthy you are, how attractive you look, how much you earn, how far you go in your career,  how your relationships play out, how happy you are..  Could making a commitment to increase your willpower be one of the best decisions that you will ever make?

In “How to have more willpower” you will learn..

You don’t need to spend hours and hours reading tons of scientific papers in order to learn how to have more willpower.

I’ve compiled all the main findings of scientific research on willpower into one short e-book “How to have more willpower”:

Willpower3d medium2 useful metaphors that will help you to understand how willpower works                   and drop misconceptions that are keeping you from having more of it.

- 5 willpower threats that you encounter in your daily life that leave you                         with less (or without any) willpower (+ what to do about them).

- 3 willpower steroids, specific exercises that are simple and don’t require                       much time  that  will help you to systematically increase your willpower (+ tips                  on   how to incorporate them in your daily life).

This short e-book explains the  findings of years and years of scientific research                 on  self-control in an easy to understand  manner and outlines practical steps that             you  can take to have more willpower.

 

What could you achieve if you would have more willpower?

 

What people say about “How to have more willpower”

“In my rather stressful life I always struggled making decisions and I couldn’t figure out why. Agota’s book made me aware of a few very easy to fix leaks in my every day life that improved my willpower significantly. If you have a girlfriend, a business, a 9-5 job and other private developments and your willpower is depleted, let her lend you a hand by reading this intriguing book.”
Rob, co-founder of RoomieTown
“If you are tired of plain theory and  are eager to get that willpower you’ve always wanted, Agota’s book provides real action steps. I was sold after  first 5 minutes of reading the book. Now you choose yourself – plain theory or real action steps”
James Richman, content strategist at 1stWebDesigner
“Well researched book on what drives our willpower and how to best upkeep it!”
Martins Lorencis, arm-wrestling champion
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