2 Tips to Use Your Willpower to Dig Yourself Out of Problems

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As a human being, you are destined to be troubled with problems for as long as you live. If you don’t have problems, you’re not living – so be grateful that you still get frustrated!

However, that doesn’t mean you must keep getting caught up in problems without being able to dig yourself out. You must develop the skill and capabilities to solve your problems and live a better life.

One of the key skills of problem solving is the power of freedom, also known as willpower.

Willpower is what defines you as a human being. Animals and other life forms don’t have willpower like you do. Willpower means you are free to choose what you want to think, say and act. From this freedom of choice, you can create many things in life that only humans can.

A simple Google search returns the definition of freedom as (among several):

“The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.”

This means that you as a human have the power to determine your own life, regardless of how external necessities (or fate) are. You have the power to dig yourself out of the problem – the power to solve it and create a better condition for yourself.

Therefore, when you exercise your power of free will, you can create the outcome that you want. When you don’t use it and instead fall victim to “fate”, you will live a life of mediocrity, only wishing that one day you will get lucky and life will give you a winning lottery ticket.

How to exercise your willpower

The American Psychological Association helps to define willpower as:

“… the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.”

From this sentence, you can conclude that simply resisting short-term temptations is an actionable form of exercising willpower. When you can resist these temptations, you can stay on track and reach where you want to achieve. When you don’t resist (or you cave in), you often feel guilty about yourself and have to start from zero again.

Resisting temptations isn’t an easy task, but it is doable. Like many other tasks that are hard to do, you can start with a small commitment before moving on to the bigger ones.

I have an example from my personal life that illustrates the use of willpower. I am not a sporty person, and I don’t really like physical activities (if I can avoid them, I will). However, if I don’t do exercise, my body tends to fall sick easily so my day to day workflow is disturbed.

Therefore, exercising is an important thing to do, but how do I get the willpower to do it?

The answer is: start small. I did an online search and found a popular workout that only takes seven minutes to do. The workout is designed to train as many muscles as possible, so it’s a heavy workout even if it’s a short one. This way, I can get the exercise I need without spending too much time on it.

Since I know it will only take 7 minutes (a definite amount), I can generate the willpower to do it. This is one more tip if you have difficulty practicing willpower: have a definite amount. For me, it’s a seven minute routine, but for you it could be saving $50 every week to pay off your credit card debt.

Those are the two tips that I can share with you today.

Use them when you are trying to dig yourself out of a problem in your life. Remember, if you only fall victim to “fate”, then you are no better than an animal that only follows its instincts (and can’t create a better life). Use the power of choice, your willpower, to resist short-term temptations.

Start small and work towards a definite amount and you will reach your goal in time.

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