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How to Increase Willpower and Be Mentally Tough

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/15-ways-increase-our-willpower.html

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How to Increase Willpower and Be Mentally Tough
Everyone has something they'd like to change. The desire for self-improvement and progression is innate. It is in our DNA. Unfortunately, when it comes to change, old habits are hard to break, and it seems that we fail more often than we succeed.

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Protein rich meals

The brain is a decision making muscle and needs to be sufficiently fed to provide the necessary willpower.

Eat meals at regular intervals. The meals should contain healthy proteins, vegetables and complex carbohydrates, to avoid the glucose rush.

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Slow and steady

Willpower can be increased, but it is a slow and gradual process (just like increasing muscle mass).

Real change requires one small start at a time.

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Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate

Sometimes we are in a position where we need to make a quick decision, and it feels tough.

Take a bite of dark chocolate to help boost your willpower.

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Adequate rest

Adequate rest

Rest reduces the body’s need for glucose, and it allows our bodies to make better use of what we have.

Self-control requires brainpower, and when we are tired, our bodies don’t deliver enough glucose to our brains.

An adult should sleep for 7-8 hours a night.

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Avoid temptation

Steer clear from “danger spots” where temptation is present and willpower is necessary.

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Develop good habits

Develop good habits

Good habits strengthen our willpower because they build self-discipline and self-control, and they spread to other areas of our life.

Start with something as simple as making your bed. This can have a positive effect on your willpower.

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“To-do” lists

Making endless lists that cannot be completed leaves us worrying more than doing.

Make sure your "to-do" list is manageable.

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Take frequent breaks

We can “run out” of willpower and end up making poor decisions if we don’t allow ourselves to take breaks.

Rest from time to time. You will feel refreshed, have more willpower and produce better work.

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Meditate

When we become “mindful,” we are also engaging that part of our brain that we need for willpower.

Take 5 minutes and detach from the chaos around you.

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Limit Alcohol Intake

Alcohol impairs judgment, reduces self-awareness, and impedes willpower.

Be mindful of how much you’ve had to drink when making decisions.

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Plan in advance

Having a pre-determined plan can significantly increase your willpower when presented with temptation.

Do you have a plan to deal with your temptations? Write out an action plan even if it is very simple.

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Remember the purpose

When you consistently remind yourself why you are doing this, your willpower increases to stick to your plans.

Figure out what you are trying to accomplish. What will you lose if you give in to your bad habits?

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Do the opposite

Every time you change your routines, you are exercising self-control.

Start with small changes. When you succeed in making small changes, you develop the ability to take on much larger ones.

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Choose a reward in advance

Our brain is hardwired to pursue positive rewards. Determine a reward in advance for making a change.

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Anticipate roadblocks

Anticipate roadblocks

When you anticipate roadblocks in advance, you will have a stronger willpower to deal with them.
Consider what roadblocks may arise in your path.

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Do the most important things first

Willpower is limited. It is highest early in the day but decreases as we make more decisions. Most self-control failures happen at night.

Do the most important things first. As the day goes on it will only get harder to face big challenges.

Don't Use Willpower

Research shows we don’t use much willpower when something is a habit.

Build new habits by manipulating your environment so as to make what you should do easy and what you shouldn’t do hard. Remove the cookies from eyesight and put your running shoes next to the bed.