Are you the type of person who has a lot of willpower to see a project through to its completion or do you feel your willpower is lacking? While many people think that some people have more willpower than others this is not true. Everyone has the same amount of willpower, what is different is the way you choose to use your willpower.
Now that we are almost two weeks into the new year, resolutions are falling by the wayside. It is easy to blame a lack of willpower for the choices you make and for giving up. Have you ever heard yourself say, “I just don’t have the willpower to follow through?”
The real question is: Are you willing to apply that way of thinking to your own New Year’s resolutions this year? Or are you willing to take more decisive action and make your resolutions become a reality?
To make your New Year’s resolutions successful, you must have the right mindset and belief that you can actually achieve your resolution. This is one reason why it is so important to set resolutions that are attainable. Wanting to run a marathon in a year may not be possible if the last time you exercised was 5 years or more ago.
Instead you want to set a resolution you can envision in your mind and actually see yourself doing by the end of the year. Mind you, no one says your New Year’s resolution has to take you the entire year. Your resolution may be to lose 10 pounds which could be done in two or three months! And no one has ever said that resolutions can only be set when the calendar reads the 1st of January.
Try sitting down, closing your eyes and seeing yourself having accomplished your goal. If you want to lose weight, picture how you will feel when you see a healthier, slimmer you in the mirror.
Use this tactic each time you feel your motivation lacking so it can help you refocus and stay on track. You may also want to create a physical picture board as well, this is great for resolutions involving lifestyle changes. A picture or story board allows you to see how far you have come, instead of focusing on how far you still have to go.
Learning how to increase your willpower is going to be a huge step in helping you successfully reach your resolution this year. To do this you want to start learning to think in a more positive way. Try to look at the bright side of things instead of the downside.
Surround yourself with positive thinking people. I am sure you have heard about how good things always seem to happen to successful people. Success breeds success so celebrate your mini-wins and create even more success.
Shifting your mindset is not going to happen overnight, it will take a little time and effort on your part to achieve. Just always remember that nothing is impossible if you truly want something to happen. Work at it and you will see the success and reap the rewards.
Remember that goals may change over the course of time and you can adapt as necessary. Nothing is written in stone so you can make adjustments as you go along. At the end of the year, you will feel proud that you stuck to your New Year’s resolution and accomplished your goal.