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How To Master Willpower To Achieve Your Goals

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As a coach, I have always been fascinated by the concept of willpower. It’s the one thing that can make the difference between success and failure. Willpower is the key to achieving any goal that we set for ourselves. It is the mental strength that allows us to resist temptation, overcome obstacles, and push through challenges. In this article, I will share some insights into the science of willpower, common misconceptions about what it is and isn’t, and strategies for building willpower.

Understanding Willpower

Willpower is the ability to resist short-term temptations and impulses in order to achieve long-term goals. It’s the power to say no to something that may bring instant gratification, but which does not align with our future vision of ourselves. It’s not just about resisting temptation, though. It plays a crucial role in our daily lives.

For example, it takes willpower to wake up early, exercise regularly, eat healthy, and avoid distractions. By making small changes in our daily habits, we can strengthen our willpower and make progress toward our goals.

Research has shown that willpower is a limited resource that can be depleted by the end of the day. Glucose levels in the brain play a significant role in willpower because it is theorized that glucose is an important source of energy for activities involving self-control. When glucose levels are low, willpower is weakened, and when levels are restored, self-control typically improves.

That’s why it’s important to fuel your brain with healthy foods that provide a steady supply of glucose. It’s also important to avoid activities and substances that reduce glucose in the body like alcohol.

Strategies for Building Willpower

There are several strategies that can help us build our willpower:

Break It Up!

One of the most effective strategies is to break down our goals into smaller, manageable tasks. This helps us avoid feeling overwhelmed and makes it easier to stay motivated. By taking small actions, we can slowly but surely work towards our goal and eventually achieve it. Additionally, breaking down goals into smaller tasks allows us to track our progress and celebrate when we reach our milestones!

Get Zen

Another strategy is to practice mindfulness meditation, which has been shown to increase willpower and self-control. Mindfulness meditation requires that you focus on your breath and the present moment rather than worrying about the future or ruminating on the past. This allows you to gain perspective on your thoughts and feelings, which can help you make better decisions and stick to your goals.

Make It a Habit

Habits and routines are also powerful tools for building self-control. By establishing healthy habits, we can make self-discipline a part of our daily lives. This can include things like waking up at the same time every day, setting aside time for exercise, and planning our meals in advance. Over time, these habits become second nature, making it easier to stay on track and achieve our goals.

Plan Ahead

Obstacles are a natural part of the journey towards our goal. The key is to anticipate and plan for these obstacles in advance. For example, if you know that you tend to snack on unhealthy foods when you’re stressed, you can plan to have healthy snacks on hand instead. It’s also important to have a support system in place, whether that’s friends, family, or a coach.

Use the Buddy System

Accountability is another powerful motivator for achieving our goals. By sharing our goals with others and setting up a system of accountability, we are more likely to follow through on our commitments. This can include things like setting up regular check-ins with a friend, joining a support group, or hiring a coach.


In conclusion, willpower is essential for achieving our goals. By understanding the science of willpower, breaking down our goals into smaller tasks, establishing healthy habits, planning for obstacles, and setting up a system of accountability, we can unleash our inner strength and achieve anything we set our minds to.


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