How to Build Your Will Power & Focus? Here are 5 practices you can start today!
In today's time we have so much that exists around us, that it is so easy to get distracted by it. We have social media and businesses that provide instant gratification to our problems. We build a habit of living a life where solutions to our external problems are a snap of a finger away (not literally but you know what I mean). And everytime we let ourselves get distracted by it, we are building a habit of doing so which affects our will power to be our true self and put our focus to where it needs to be in our life.
So here are 4 practices you can do to rebuild and strengthen your willpower and focus as they go hand in hand.
1) Re-collect your thoughts, experiences, lessons, future visions, and goals
This is where you acknowledge what made you who you are to day and be where you are now. And from here out, where are you going? Where are you heading? Knowing your future visions and goals allows you to know where to even put your focus. So everything you do now and every decision you make is in alignment with your values and achieving your future vision and goals. This process makes it easy to distinguish what decisions to make and where to put your focus in different situations; because if it doesn't align with your future vision or help you achieve your goal, then why focus on it? This exercise also builds your will power because it takes a conscious effort to think through these things. Most of the time we live day by day going with the flow and getting distracted by things where we use distractions to avoid our problems which builds that habit of being distracted and being avoidant leading to lack of focus and will power. So really take the time and effort to think through and process all that you have been through in your life, identifying the struggles, the lessons, how you grew from it, and what made you who you are today and how you got to where you are. And from where you are now, where are going next and what are you after?
Take your time on this one. Place yourself in a space you feel comfortable whether it's sitting or going on a walk or doing something you enjoy. Let this be a time to ponder this question... What got you to where you are now? What struggles and experiences have you gone through in life that made you who you are to today? What things have you learned from those experiences and paint the picture in your mind of the growth that you went through and how you have changed for the better throughout your life. What made you who are you? Meaning all the habits you picked up along the way and how that affected what decisions you have made and where you put your focus? Think about where you will end up if you keep doing what you are currently doing in life, and you do it everyday, where will you end up in 5-10 years? Is that where you want to be? If not, where do you want to be, what do you want to see in your life, what do you want to have in your life, and what do you want to feel in your life? What goals or goal do you want to accomplish in life? What do you see yourself as in the future? If you feel good to write your inspiration and ideas down, do so. Create a picture of the vision you have for your future. Be detailed, as the more detail the more that goes into affecting your motives and why you put your focus where you put it.
2) Break down your goals into daily tasks
When you break down your goals into daily tasks, you make it easier to know what to focus on each day. Your vision and goal gives you a reason to stay focused on those tasks each day & gives you a motive to work through any struggles such as lack of focus or will power (getting back on track). Without a goal, without a focus, and without a motive in what we do, it is much harder to stay focused and work on our will power because we don't necessarily have a reason to do so. We become lost looking for distractions we think are answers. We need to reconnect with ourself and know thy self so we can walk a path we know we are meant to walk and know which paths to take to get to our goal. By knowing ourself, we have a life map to help us stay connected with directions and knowing where to go and having a foundation to have as we experience our journey in life.
Take time to process what steps and plans you need to put in place in order to lead up to achieving your long term goal and future vision. What do you have to do everyday toward achieving your goals? Write these steps down and break it into daily tasks that you can keep track of everyday as you work on this.