How to Be Successful: Willpower

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My last post covered persistence and being persistent takes a good deal of willpower. Sometimes you have to do things you do not want to do in order to reach a long-term goal. E.g. read a certain book to get that university degree. You can postpone the reading again and again, but you now that you have to read it eventually. This is where you need willpower and just do what needs to be done without getting distracted.

Willpower is about focus; if you get distracted you need to exercise willpower to stay on the track. E.g. if you want to fit your bikini next summer then do not get distracted by that chocolate bar. Bring focus back on your long-term goal.

Worrying is one of the worst distractions you can have. E.g. you are reading a book and while reading your mind is constantly thinking about the birthday present you forgot to buy or if you forgot to turn of the oven or if you have enough money etc. It is impossible to focus on what you are doing if you worry. You have to be present here and now; nothing else is more important than what you are doing now.

There are many ways to practice being present and shut out distractions; you can meditate; you can do physical exercising; you can read literature like Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” or you can study a raisin. Just practice your willpower and ability to focus every day.

3 tips to refocus and exercise willpower:

  1. Write your distractions down. If your are working on something and distracting thoughts are popping up, then write them down on a piece of paper and deal with them later.
  2. Make a deal with your distraction. E.g. a friend calls you to chat while you are studying, tell her that you are studying but that you will call back in an hour.
  3. Eat. Make sure that your blood sugar level is high or you will loose concentration.

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