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7 ways to know your willpower

The 3 types of willpower are,“I won’t” power, “I will” power, and “I want” power. The “Won’t” power is being able to resist temptations. The “Will” power is the force to help you reach the goals that you have set for yourself. The “I want” power is what reminds you of your long term goals that you need the most. Knowing this, here are seven ways to check yourself.

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1. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

If you are a highly sensitive person, try to do an activity that calls upon your inferior function, preferably an activity you have not tried before, that wouldn’t be too hard for you to execute.

2. Find Your Passion

Those who have passion (internal motivation) for the activity can persist longer than those who just have willpower. Passion begins with enjoying what you do. Remember that interests must be triggered again and again. Find ways to make that happen, but you need to have patience because the development of interests takes time.

3. Lead with Purpose

Those who have purpose (external motivation) can persist even longer than those who have passion. Purpose is the backbone of your work, it states that your work matters. You must open your eyes and see that your passions drive your purpose in life.

4. Why you do things

It is arguably more important to recognize and know the “why” behind your doings, rather than just knowing what you are doing or how you are doing it. Knowing the “why” provides the most solid foundation for reasoning and allows for a stronger “will” based power.

6. Having a Fixed Mindset is Holding You Back

You can approach the world either by thinking that hard work and perseverance will make you better (that is having a growth mindset), or that you have only a certain amount of innate talent (that is having a fixed mindset). People with a growth mindset perform better at school, sports, work, and relationships than those with fixed mindsets. Simply learning about the growth mindset can dramatically improve the way you approach challenges and improve your life. Start fixing yourself now by watching Dweck’s TED talk and reading her book.

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