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The Willpower Recipe

Your circumstances in life are defined largely by the choices you make.

That said, I think it’s fairly safe to say that whenever you have to make a decision you will always be presented with the right choice and the easy choice.

But knowing what constitutes the right choice isn’t enough to help you make a decision. Think about it, we know which foods will harm us yet we continue to eat them. We’re aware that procrastination doesn’t help us in the long-term, yet we do it anyway.

Like I said, we don’t need more information. 9 times out of 10 we already know the solutions to our problems.

Not making the right choices is what prevents us from the lives we want.

But making the right choices requires willpower. In fact, you need willpower to do anything meaningful.

Get out of bed, give a speech, exercise, eat healthy, confront a fear, enter into a relationship, stay in a relationship… the list never ends.

There are probably hundreds of things you could do to build your willpower. Here are 2 that I can tell you will work for sure:

1. Do something you dislike doing

(Exercise, wake-up early, apologise when you’re wrong, etc)

2. Don’t do something which you normally do

(Wasting time, eating unhealthy foods, listening to gossip, scrolling aimlessly though social media feeds, etc.)

Procrastination is a habit. Unhealthy eating choices are habits. Emotional outbursts are a habit.

Every time you tweak your willpower by practising one of the two exercises above, you free yourself from the enslavement of meaningless (often destructive) habits.

Learning to manipulate your willpower will strengthen your ability to make the right choice. And in the end, that’s all that matters.

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