We constantly strive to get as much as possible and do everything that is possible. But now we suggest that you look at things more realistically and understand what is possible, and what you can not achieve with your will power.
Repeat after me: my will power is limited.
Psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson argues that our willpower is not always able to cope with such a difficult task – to resist temptations. Heidi believes that it is not always necessary to rely entirely on our willpower.
Psychologist Roy F. Baumeister and writer John Tierney, wrote the book “Willpower: re-discovering the most powerful human ability.” They believe that will power can be compared with muscles. And, like muscles, willpower can be trained.
Despite the fact that our willpower is really not unlimited, there is good news: you can train your will power. Here are a few simple tips to help you do this.
1. Do the most difficult things in the morning
Experts believe that one of the best ways to deal with unpleasant and difficult things is to do them first, right from the morning.
We all know that our energy, and with it our will power, during the day, is declining. Therefore, if you set yourself the task of dealing with all difficult affairs in the morning, without delaying them in a long box, you will avoid the most widespread and beloved human decision – just to score on something you do not want to do.
2. Have a snack
This advice may seem paradoxical for those who train their willpower in order to lose weight.
But if you eat something that contains a little sugar, this will activate your brain, which in turn is an important condition for your willpower to be stable.
Baumeister and other researchers from the University of Florida conducted a study and found that when the participants in the experiment tried to activate their self-control, they had a lowered blood glucose level. In the future, all the following tasks in which they also needed to activate their willpower, people performed inefficiently, with less productivity.
But when participants included in their diet a drink containing glucose, it was much easier for them to control their willpower.
In order to prove their theory, the researchers used sugar-containing drinks, mostly various lemonades, but eventually came to the conclusion that the food that is rich in proteins and complex carbohydrates better than the drinks activates the brain.
3. Praise and encourage yourself
Scientists from the University of California found that self-compassion is an important step towards self-improvement. And researchers from the University of Illinois argue that what a person says to himself is of great importance.
According to these studies, if you yourself encourage yourself, it will greatly help you increase your own productivity.
So the next time you need moral support in order to cope with a difficult task, just say to yourself: “I will do it.”
4. Calm down
To say “calm down” is the most ineffective way to get someone to really calm down. But if you want to train your willpower, you really need to be calm.
When we experience great stress, we fall into the state of “autopilot”: we act instinctively and do not think logically. And this means that we push back the mind and will power to the second plan.
So do not let the stress take over you. Breath-exhalation and a glass of water are the surest and easiest way to calm down.
5. Sleep more
Numerous studies prove that if a sleepy person is driving a car, it’s like he would not be drunk.
According to the Road Safety Fund, sleepy drivers are responsible for one of the six car accidents with a fatal outcome.
If a person deprives himself of sleep, the state of his body is equivalent to that of a drunk person. Believe me, in this state you will hardly be able to do anything useful or take any important decisions.
Not only will you physically feel broken, you also will not be able to cope with stress, and any little thing will be able to get you out of yourself.
So, in view of all the negative consequences, which entails lack of sleep, the conclusion is one: in no case do not deprive yourself of a healthy sleep.