Does it surprise you that lack of willpower is the Number 1 reason why we don’t follow thru? In fact most people view lack of willpower is a barrier that prevents them from achieving notable goals. Willpower contains two really life altering words that when put into action can make big changes in your life.
Definition of willpower can be broken into 2 components…
the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.
synonyms: determination, willpower, strength of character, resolution, resolve, resoluteness, single-mindedness, purposefulness, drive, commitment, dedication, doggedness, tenacity, tenaciousness, staying power
the ability to do something or act in a particular way, energy to complete action
“the power of speech”
synonyms: ability, capacity, capability, potential, faculty, competence
the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.
Because willpower requires energy, you can actually lose your ability to have willpower as you get tired. The secret is to maximize your agency over your energy to make willpower work for you. The trick is to exercise your willpower muscle to make it stronger so you have an increase in willpower energy. Some good suggestions to make increase your willpower… acknowledge and anticipate your levels of low willpower, try to do something hard and work to an increase of previous levels, and last, drink orange juice or something else that will increase your glucose level (it is the key ingredient your brain needs for increasing effective self- control).
We all have willpower and we all have the ability to tap into our own reserves and increase our willpower.