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Focus on Willpower To Achieve Your Goals

If you’re one who finds that you give up too soon on a goal, it may be that you’re attempting to do too many things at once, or you’re setting unrealistic goals, in unrealistic time frames. On the other hand, if your goal is related to weight loss, it may be down to a slight lack of willpower and a struggle to resist temptation. As my grandfather once told me, he could “resist everything except temptation”. Psychologist Steven Breckler talks about a few simple strategies here on how to focus on willpower to achieve your goals.

Focus on one goal at a time. The more goals you have, the less likely you are to achieve them, because every goal has its own set of self-control needs and depletes your mental energy reserves, Breckler says. “Research suggests focusing on one goal at a time and making progress on achieving that. If you are trying to exercise self-control in many areas of your life, you may deplete your mental reserves quickly. That’s the kind of exhaustion that’s the enemy of self-control.

“Reduce temptations. It’s easier to be successful if you’re not bombarded by temptations, Breckler says. If you’re trying to reduce your credit-card debt, then take only cash with you when shopping. “It relieves you of the burden of exercising self-control.”

Set short-term, realistic goals. Trying to lose 25 pounds can be daunting, but shooting to lose five pounds may be less so, Ducharme says. After you lose a few pounds and your pants are a little less tight, you may be encouraged to keep going.

Whether you’re trying to lose a few pounds or clear credit card debt, focus on will power to achieve your goals by adopting these techniques set forth by Steven Breckler. I believe you should reward yourself too once you’ve achieved that small goal, before you go onto the next.


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