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6 Ways to Develop Greater Willpower and Discipline

Self-control. Willpower. Determination. Perseverance. Doing what you need to do, day after day, with total focus and resolve...that's how you succeed. And that's why we all want to develop greater willpower and self-control. Willpower, determination, and resilience help successful people keep working hard to achieve their long-term goals.

But how exactly do you develop greater willpower and self-control?

Wishing and hoping don't work--but taking advantage of the science of self-control will.

The following is from Belle Beth Cooper and Buffer, a social-media management tool that lets you schedule, automate, and analyze social-media updates.
David Hain's insight:

Delayed gratification and impulse control are key success indicators. Here's what you need to know, even if only to choose when to break the rules!

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5 Habits of People With Remarkable Willpower

Willpower is not something you either have or you don't.


Sure, some people may be more self-disciplined than you. Some people may be better at resisting temptation than you. But that's probably not because they were born with some certain special something inside them--instead, they've found ways to store up their willpower and use it when it really matters.


They have remarkable willpower not because they have more of it, but because they've learned how to best use what they have.


Here's how you can, too.


Via The Learning Factor
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Be clear about what is important and foc us your willpower on that.

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4twenty2's curator insight, May 20, 2014 4:31 AM

Willpower - its all about getting the hardest things out of the way when you are at your mental peak, keeping in mind your long term goals and taking breaks to refuel your sugar levels.  Doing all these things will help you have the stamina to tackle the hardest of tasks without resorting to "I'll start tomorrow" 

donhornsby's curator insight, May 20, 2014 8:30 AM

(From the article): Create reminders of long-term goals. You want to build a bigger company, but when you're mentally tired, it's easy to rationalize doing less than your best. You want to lose weight, but when you're mentally tired, it's easy to rationalize that you'll start tomorrow. You want to better engage with your employees, but when you're mentally tired, it's easy to rationalize that you really need to work on that proposal instead.

 

Mental fatigue makes you take the easy way out--even though the easy way takes you the wrong way.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, May 20, 2014 8:06 PM

Some good tips to work on your willpower - remove temptation and reduce your choices.