Kelli here to discuss the power of “I will,” also known as willpower.
But first, why am I talking about willpower?
Willpower impacts all areas of our lives.
We rely on willpower to save money, exercise, diet, quit smoking or drinking, and to achieve our goals.
Most people admit they lack willpower in at least one area, if not more, of their life.
So what it willpower?
According to the APA (American Psychological Association), most psychology researchers define willpower as the ability to delay gratification, resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.
It is the willingness to say “yes” to things like exercise, eating healthy, going to bed on time, and “no” to eating too many sugary foods, being a couch potato, and putting off work that needs to be completed until the next day.
Why are we all seeking more willpower?
People with greater willpower are:
- Manage stress better
- Make more money
- More satisfied in relationships
How can I strengthen my willpower?
- Be aware. You make more than 200 decisions each day. However, most of those are made on autopilot when you’re not fully present or aware of the decisions you’re making. When distracted, you are more likely to give into temptation.
- Exercise. When you exercise, you often eat less junk food, eat healthier foods, watch less TV, save money, and procrastinate less.
- Decrease stress. When you’re in a calm and relaxed state, you’re able to successfully ignore distractions, delay gratification, and cope with stress.
- Be self-compassionate. When you’re kind to yourself, you have greater motivation and self-control. Self-criticism leads to shame and guilt, which actually decreases willpower. Self-compassion increases willpower.
What do I do now?
In my health coaching practice, I help clients strengthen their willpower so they are motived to achieve their health goals.
If you’re ready for willpower and motivation, click herenow to schedule a time to talk with me 1-on-1.
To your health!