Self Control Or Will Power ?

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Troublesome-Dieting-350x264.jpgWill power and self control  go hand in hand.   The  dictionary defines will power as “energetic determination,”  or the power of one’s own will. There is no need to control because you’re simply doing it yourself.   In modern times has come to mean “the ability not to eat an ice cream every time you see one.”

Self-Control is often imposed upon oneself by oneself or others based on some form of morality where one has an opposite polarity of for example a desire to do something that’s defined as morally bad. So self-control is the deliberate act of suppressing one’s urges and desires.

In the beginning both self control and willpower are important  for establishing good health habits and most people know nothing about it.    Later on the will power reigns supreme.

Acquiring willpower is not something that is taught in public schools or discussed in many homes, and – outside of sports – it is seldom a theme in popular culture. Like spinach or protein or water,  willpower is a thing that we know we should have more of, but don’t.

So what happens? We make New Year’s Resolutions and break them. We work out to get the perfect body, but end up wearing a huge T-shirt to the pool. We try to make it to lunch without drinking soda and fail. Beer? Five, please.

Then we blame ourselves for being failures, but the truth is we’re not failures. We’re willpower amateurs in a world of professionally-packaged temptation. It’s us, with zero training, against a $15 trillion economy that gets better at selling us things and capturing our attention every day.

Then we blame ourselves for being failures, but the truth is we’re not failures. We’re willpower amateurs in a world of professionally-packaged temptation. It’s us, with zero training, against a $15 trillion economy that gets better at selling us things and capturing our attention every day.

Want to eat right? Want to hit the gym regularly? Get a proper amount of sleep? Finish that passion project?  Want to ignore the ice cream?

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You need more willpower. The good news? You can get it. Willpower is something you can study, understand, use and strengthen.  Here’s how

  1. POSTPONEMENT OF DESIRE – You can, for lack of a better word, trick yourself into better behavior.

Postponement gives the brain a cooling-off period that leads to more snack no’s than yesses.   The postponement should not be specific. In other words, you shouldn’t say, “I’ll eat that entire Chocolate Cake in 30 minutes.” You should say, “I’ll eat the cake at some point later.”

  1. FLEX YOUR MUSCLES – When you feel your willpower slipping flex your muscles.  When you  tighten your muscles, regardless of which muscles tightened, it demonstrates a greater ability to withstand pain, consume unpleasant medicine, attend to disturbing but essential information and overcome tempting foods.

The researches theorize that the body primes the mind.

  1. USE MENTAL IMAGERY – Mental imagery, used by athletes worldwide, is another willpower hack. According to Harvard researchers, people who do a good deed or who imagine doing a good deed are better able to perform tasks of physical endurance.

In a strange twist, those who envisioned themselves doing something bad had more endurance than those who envisioned themselves doing something good. In this case, researchers believe that the mind primes the body.   So next time you’re jogging and getting tired, picture yourself on a heroic quest to save the princess—or murder her father, the beloved king.

  1. MODIFY YOUR ENVIRONMENT – You can also trick your brain by modifying your environment. People eat and drink more out of bigger containers. So train yourself to use smaller plates and glasses.

And then tell me how you paved your way past that giant slice of pizza.

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Source:

livestrong.com

psychologytoday.com

quora.com