Just Do It: 11 Proven Ways to Increase Your Willpower and Self-Discipline

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Destiny is not a matter of chance. It’s a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”~William Jennings Bryant

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It’s early in the morning.

Your alarm goes off.

Beep, beep, beep.

You open your eyes, feeling groggy and disoriented.

Still half-asleep, you try to figure out what’s going on.

Then you remember.

Last night, feeling particularly inspired, you decided you’d get up early and go for a run before heading to work.

Ahhhh shit.

Your bed feels so warm, so comfy, like a little cocoon.

You close your eyes again. You know you have to make a decision.

You can take the easy way out, hit snooze and go back to sleep…

Or take the highest road, put on your running shoes, and head out the door.

The choice is yours and only yours… What will it be?

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Every single day, we’re faced with countless little decisions like this one.

In these moments, we have to decide between what’s good for us… and what’s easy, comfortable, safe.

Individually, most of these decisions are fairly inconsequential.

But together, they add up. They compound.

And it’s the sum of all these micro-decisions that determines our destiny.

Consistently take the higher road and you’ll achieve your biggest goals, reach greatness, and maybe even change the world.

Take the easy way out too often and you’ll live a life of mediocrity, constantly disappointing yourself… Until one day, you look back in regret, wondering… “What if?”

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Imagine for a second that there was a switch in your brain that would allow you to efficiently smash through your daily to-do list, eat only foods that are good for you, and never skip a workout again.

How would your life be different then?

You, my friend, have the power to develop that switch.

As Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, author of the book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength tells us, “willpower is not a personality trait, a skill or a virtue. Instead, it operates like a muscle. And as such, it can be strengthened.”

How?

By implementing the strategies I’m about to share with you. Use them consistently, and you will acquire superhuman willpower, extraordinary self-discipline, and the ability to get anything done on command.

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Right here, right now, as you’re reading this, you’re at a crossroads in your life.

You can stick to your old habits and patterns, knowing deep down you’re not living nearly at the level you’re capable of…

Or you can use this article as a springboard towards greatness by implementing the strategies it contains.

Today could be the day you start developing superhuman willpower and discipline.

The choice is yours and only yours… What will it be?  

Willpower

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1. Meditate like a Zen Buddhist Monk

Kelly McGonigal Ph.D, who teaches a class on The Science of Willpower at Stanford University, ranks meditation as the #1 way to increase willpower.

She says, “Practicing mindfulness meditation for a few minutes each day can actually boost willpower by building up gray matter in areas of the brain that regulate emotions and govern decision making.” 

I’ve personally been meditating every day for the past 2 years, and it’s the single-best habit I’ve developed since I got into personal development and optimal living.

To find out more about how you can get started with meditation, enter your email below to receive a free copy of my eBook The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Meditation.






You can also check out The Brain Evolution system, which is the meditation audio system I personally use every morning.

2. Take the Magic Pill of Exercise

The more I research the benefits of exercise, the more I see it as a magic pill.

Not only does it increase our fitness and mental performance, improve our mood and sleep quality, reduce our body fat percentage, anxiety levels and likelihood of becoming sick… It’s also been shown to improve our willpower.

In a 2006 study by Oaten and Cheng, participants were given free gym memberships and personalized training programs. The study participants who regularly exercised reported:

Significant decreases in perceived stress, emotional distress, smoking, alcohol and caffeine consumption, and an increase in healthy eating, emotional control, maintenance of household chores, attendance to commitments, monitoring of spending and an improvement in study habits”.

Even 5 minutes a day will make a difference but I recommend shooting for at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week.

Find something you love (ie, if you hate running on a treadmill, DON’T do that), have fun doing it, and work on making it a regular part of your life.

If you don’t like exercising, it’s not because you’re “not made for it”. It’s because you haven’t found the type of exercise that’s right for you.

Keep looking. It’s worth it.

#3 Harness the Power of Accountability

Admittedly, accountability isn’t the sexiest word in the English language. But the concept it represents is extremely powerful.

The idea behind it is that when we’re left to our own devices, it’s easy to come up with excuses not to do something.

I’m tired, I don’t feel like it, it’s too much work, it’s too hard.”

Blah blah blah.

Let’s be real. 99% of it is just excuses our “small self” makes to stay comfortable and avoid stepping into greatness.

The solution is simple: build structures in your life that will hold you to a higher standard and that will prevent you from coming up with excuses.

There are several ways to do this. Here are a few to consider:

Get an accountabilibuddy, a workout partner, work side-by-side with a coworker (or friend), hire a coach, join (or create) a mastermind group, or use the website Stickk.

Whatever specific system you use, the most important thing is that it takes away your ability to procrastinate and make excuses, and that it makes you stick to your plan and highest values.

#4 Set SMART Goals

When someone emails me asking how they could have more discipline and willpower, my first question to them is always, “do you have clear goals for yourself?”

90+% of the time, the answer is no. Oops.

Why is it so important to have defined goals?

Because they give you a clear direction in life and help you connect your daily actions to a greater purpose.

When I was at The Bold Academy, I asked Ryan Ellis, a 28-year old entrepreneur who sold his first company for $169 million what his number one advice for young ambitious people was.

He said, “clearly define your goals, print them out, and put them up on your bedroom wall.”

Simple enough.

When you create your goals, make sure they are SMART:

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Relevant
Timely

For instance, don’t set a goal of “I want to lose weight” or “I want to make more money”.

Instead, it should look more like “I want to lose 10 lbs of body fat by March 1st” or “I want to increase my monthly income by $5000 by June 10”.

Once you do that, taking action and staying disciplined every day will be infinitely easier. You’ll be “pulled” towards the achievement of your goals, and you’ll feel a great sense of purpose and fulfilment.

#5 Unleash Your Inner Conquistador and Burn the Ships

In 1519, a Spanish conquistador named Hernan Cortez made a bold-as-hell, history-changing decision we can all learn from.

He sailed from Spain to South America with a fleet of 11 ships, and upon arriving to the new land, realized that his troops would have to fight the natives in order to claim the land.

His men were tired, malnourished and out of shape from the long journey across the Atlantic. Many of them didn’t want to fight.

Cortez knew they had to do this. He ordered everyone to go on the beach, and once he was the only one left on the ships, he proceeded to burn them all (!).

Now his men had no option to retreat. So they gathered up all their strength and courage, fought, and claimed the land that is now known as Mexico.

Pretty damn bold, right?

Now, how does this apply to you?

If you have a big project to complete, and you’re struggling to discipline yourself, burn your ships.

Engineer a situation that will prevent you from retreating and that will force you to get into action mode.

For instance, before I created The Superhuman Blueprint, I sent out an email on September 1st telling more than 2000 people that the course was going to start on October 8th.

At that point, I had yet to build any of the content or marketing material.

But now I had burned the ships. I had no choice but to get it done. And I did.

Moving forward, I’ve decided to use this strategy for all my major projects, and I highly suggest you do the same. It’s astonishing what we can do when we take away our escape route.

#6 Remove Temptations and Distractions

All humans are subject to temptation—it’s just in our nature.

And in today’s world we’re surrounded by more temptations than ever.

Google gives us access to all the information in the world within a few seconds. YouTube is filled with funny, entertaining, and interesting videos. Our Facebook newsfeed gets updated every few seconds. Our smart phones are full of apps and other cool things.

Knowing this, it’s imperative to figure out a system to bulletproof ourselves against all these distractions.

How?

First, identify what are your common distractions are.

Second, build a structure to mitigate them.

Here are a few of the particular strategies I use:

-Using Freedom, a web-app that allows me to “block out” my internet for a set period of time.

-Using Stayfocusd, a Chrome web-app that allows me to block out chosen websites for certain parts of the day (Thanks to Max Nachamkin from Inner Gladiator for the tip)

-Putting my phone on Airplane mode while working.

-Keeping only healthy foods in my fridge/cupboards.

Once the temptations are removed, you can direct all your willpower to doing great things instead of fighting the urge to procrastinate yet again.

#7 Eat the Big Ugly Frog First

Another discovery Roy F. Baumeister PhD made during his research is that we only have a finite amount of willpower each day.

Our willpower is at its highest at the beginning of the day, and progressively decreases as we go about our business.

Knowing this, we want to engineer our day so as to do our most challenging tasks in the morning, when we are fresh and rested.

In his book The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss talks at lengths about Pareto’s Law (also known as the 80/20 rule) which states that 20% of our input creates 80% of our output.

For more about Pareto’s Law, click here.

Every morning, get clear on what your 20% is. If you’re not sure what that 20% is, it’s generally the most uncomfortable/challenging task you have to do all day. Once you figure out what it is, roll up your sleeves and get it done.

#8 Eliminate Unnecessary Decisions

When asked about his productivity strategies, President Barrack Obama said, “I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing because I have too many other decisions to make.

As Baumeiseter found, every single decision we make during the day dips into our willpower reserves. Therefore, we need to cut down the number of decision we make to a minimum, and focus on the most important ones.

I personally have the same breakfast (superfood smoothie) and lunch (mixed green salad with a chicken breast and a half-cup of quinoa or beans) every day. I never spend more than 15 seconds deciding what I’m going to wear today. And I’m learning to empower my team to take more decisions without seeking my approval.

As you go through the day, try to pay attention to where you are getting hung up in your decision process.

Try to eliminate or minimize all the unimportant, and preserve your brainpower for what truly matters.

#9 Create Powerful Habits, Rituals and Routines 

Building on the last point, creating rituals is a great way to remove needless decision-making from your day.

Once something has been turned into a habit, you don’t even have to think about it. You do it without using any of your willpower.

Every morning, I start my day with the same 60-minute power routine to get me in an optimal physical, emotional and intellectual state.

Each step of the ritual is carefully choreographed for optimal results, yet it requires no willpower on my part because it’s engrained in my ritual.

To learn how to craft your optimal morning ritual, enter your email below to receive a free copy of my eBook How to Supercharge Your Morning.







Look for all the ways you can “routinize” your life, and you’ll gain the double benefit of having better habits while conserving more of your willpower.

#10 Hack Your Mind with the 5-Minute Rule

Our mind can be our greatest ally… and our greatest foe.

The trick is to be aware of its inner workings, both its strengths and its weaknesses, and optimize around them.

One of our mind’s greatest flaws is that it often struggles to get things started. But once we’re in flow, it’s easy to keep going.

If you’re struggling to get started on some work you have to do, or to start your daily meditation/workout, make the following deal with yourself: you’ll do it for just 5 minutes.

Answer one email. Run 1 time around your block. Meditate for 5 minutes.

From personal experience and discussing it with others, I’ve found that 80 to 90% of the time, once we’re in motion, we end up continuing well past the 5-minute mark we had decided on.

This is truly a Jedi Mind Trick we can use on ourselves.

#11 Go for 100% Commitment

Jack Canfield, author of the book Chicken Soup for the Soul famously said “99% is a bitch, 100% is a breeze.

If you really want to do something, commit to it 100%.

If you’re just sorta-committed, there’ll always be a little voice in your head saying “aahh, maybe today I’ll take the day off“. You’ll waste a lot of willpower fighting off that little voice.

But the moment have you that 100% commitment, the game becomes easy. You don’t have to think about it… you just do it!

Conclusion

One of my teachers once told me, “our human spirit is the greatest gift we’ve been given.

That human spirit is what built magnificent cathedrals, explored far-away lands, and created world-changing technologies.

That force is inside of you, it’s inside of me; it’s inside all of us.

And it’s your duty to put it to good use. For yourself, for those around you, and for the next generations.

You, my friend, have been bestowed with some unique gifts, talents and passions. You can do things that no one else in this world can do. Seriously.

And we need you to rise up and shine. To be a beacon of light, love and inspiration for others.

So please take the teachings I’ve shared with you today seriously.

They will change your life. And you, in turn, can go out there and change the world.

Choose Greatness,
Phil

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Posted on : 13, Feb 2013

83 Comments

  • Hey Phil, thanks for the shout out.

    Great article. The biggest advice that I’ve implemented is ‘burning my ships’ so to speak. When I need to get something done, I try to eliminate the option of not doing it.

    For instance, I knew I wanted to interview a couple more people for my podcast..so instead of contacting them and saying “hey, I’m busy this week but let’s schedule it in the future”, I actually scheduled a time in the future so that it would be harder for me to procrastinate. I can’t fall back on my word, so I use that to force me to do it.

    There’s also this alarm clock that I’ve been wanting to get. It’s linked up to your bank account so when you hit snooze, it donates 50 cents to an organization you hate..like the KKK.

    I couldn’t live with myself if I had ‘donated to the KKK’ on my resume. I’d HAVE to wake up.

    Willpower is finite, so it’s important to design a system so that you only have to use willpower for the really important decisions of the day.

    Good stuff.

    Rock on,

    Max

    • Dude that alarm clock is awesome! That’s a great idea.

      Burn the ships is really a meta-strategy.. it amplifies everything else. Really to stoked what you create in the next few months.. I know it’s going to be big!

  • Hey Phil,

    thanks for the article.

    Do you think, that binaural beats improve your willpower in the same way like real meditating does? Isnt it the constant work an awareness that improves your willpower?

    • Hey Toni,

      That’s a great question. When using binaural beats I do constant work on awareness.. Like I would if I was doing a silent meditation.. so basically I’m getting the best of both. Makes a big difference.

    • got the same question like you.

  • Great article Phil! Just what I needed today. =)

  • This is the best article on motivation and productivity I’ve seen on the web so far. All advice is carefully hand-picked, and that’s appreciated. I think #10 will work the best magic for me right now.

    Thank you for all your enormous work, Phil. You are changing the world. Your articles are truly Feel Good articles, because I always feel good reading them. There is something special about your style and your way to address the reader that reaches to my mind and soul.

    • Wow Victoria, thank you so much for those kind words!! Put a big smile on my face…

      Big hug,
      Phil

  • Great Article !
    I have read so much about willpower but it was never concrete advice.
    Your article makes thinks simpler and can be immediately applicable.

    I will read it every Monday to improve my week.
    Thanks

    ps: I couldn’t subscribe to the 2 ebooks of this article as my email address is already used for your blog….

    • Thanks Melanie! REally appreciate it. I always try to ground concept such as willpower, confidence, etc into concrete, actionable strategies… as they say, that’s where the rubber meets the road!

      Can you send me an email at phil@feelgoodlifestyle.com? I’ll send you a copy of the 2 ebooks.

      • phil…first of all thank you for this wonderful article…I have a biggest problem of my life…that’s initiating….it takes too much of time…and you said about 5 min rule..i understood it to some extent…but can u make more easy for me by giving me one more example…its my only problem…so please give a solution…..

  • Thanks Phil, this is so what I needed to read today :)

  • Hey, Phil!
    I have been reading your articles for the past three months and you have no idea how much it changed things for me. I mainly focused on productivity because I was in the middle of final exams and I went from a B+ student to an A+ student. Pretty awesome huh? Now I’m focusing on reaching goals, full potential and well, everything else! But there’s just one problem that’s kinda stopping me from reaching my goal. I really, really hate routines. I like planning long term stuff because I feel like I can just figure out a way to reach it. I dont like following a set of rules for me to follow every single day I just get really bored I hate it. What should I do? Is there a way I can reach my goals without having to follow rules and routines every single day?
    Would love to hear from you
    Your big fan, Leena

    • Hey Leena!

      So excited to hear you’re rocking it at school! This is really great.

      This is an interesting question… Clearly I’m on the other side of the spectrum, I love routines and rituals because they guarantee that I’ll perform at my best.

      I’ve been stumped trying to answer, so I asked a few of my friends here at The Village (www.thevillage.us) and here’s what we came up with.

      #1 Realize that you already have routines in your life, whether you’re aware of them are not. What you do when you wake up. How you finish your day. Where you go to do your schoolwork, etc. We all have them. Now it’s just to see that you can have “default” routines, or great ones.

      #2 Even if you don’t like routines/rules, maybe just focus on the 1 or 2 that will have the biggest impact for you (ie, using the 80/20 rule). Only do those.. and for the rest, let your free-flowing spirit take over.

      #3 Be aware that having routines and rules is something that you can grow into liking… simply because it gives you better results in your life. I’m totally an adventurous guy, I love be spontaneous and do wild stuff.. but I’m well aware that my routines, rituals and rules help me be who I want to be and kick ass more in the world.. So I’m willing to adopt than because I see it as worth it. And once they become establish.. it’s like brushing my teeth. I don’t mind it.. it’s just how I roll.

      Hope this helps! And if you ever come across someone who’s more a free-spirit and who’s have great success in their life.. ask them how they operate I’m sure they’ll be able to help you.

      Have a great day!
      Phil

      • So glad you replied to the issue of not being a routine person. I struggle with this a lot myself. It’s really gotten me down today. I have successfully employed my willpower to stop smoking, take 3 years off drinking, and become vegetarian and then vegan. I’ve also successfully applied the 21 days to develop a habit (in some cases going up to 2 months) for drinking daily lemon water and doing a morning detox. However when it comes to daily meditation, morning yoga, or following a calendar I fall flat on my face over and over and over. I know if I could self discipline myself in these areas (my 20%) then I would see dramatic results. I feel a burning in my stomach just thinking about it however. Since I’ve proven myself very capable in many other instances these ones just must be something much deeper and bigger to tackle. :/

  • Thank you Phil!
    It makes so much sense. I never realized how some things can just be part of us and just go unnoticed! I guess I just need to push myself in the beginning until it just becomes part of me. Just like the cold shower challenge (I have 14 more days to go) It feels really natural doing it now. Thanks for making me realize that.
    I’ve never attempted the 80/20 rule but I read about it in one of your articles and I’ll be sure to give it a try or rather just go for it!
    I guess my whole day doesn’t have to be based on rules and routines but I need to have a couple of important rules I need to follow.
    You helped a lot.
    Thank you, Phil <3

    • … What is the cold shower challenge??

  • Very very good article Phil!!! We may all need to adopt some of these habits. I do meditate and I can’t emphasize how important it is. It will change your mind, thus your world…your way of seeing things, and how happy you feel with who you are.
    I’ll be focusing on the other areas I need to work on, this article will help me! I need some leverage in my life instead of so much work ;-) Thank you! Denis

  • Sometimes you say, hey universe, I need a little nudge and some guidance…and then you click through that link on your fb feed and end up with great info like this. Thanks Phil. :-)

  • Hey Phil, how are you doing?

    Thank you for the awesome article! As finals week approaches I need to remind myself to remain conscious of my actions and restrain myself from distractions. Out of curiosity, what is your morning routine?

    I’ve been observing that the more I get out of my mind and connected with the world around me, the more time I spend doing things that I love– what a concept! And in doing so, the world treats me well in return. I particularly like this quote from The Alchemist.

    “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

    Have a fantastic rest of your day!

    Saludos,

    Erik

  • Dude…

    First off, loved the post, ESPECIALLY the well crafted and creative opener…. Funny enough, I felt with that situation the last few mornings (last few weeks actually) as I have been on vacation from work… Although, it is nice to take a break, it does seem to recharge the batteries to motivate more…

    But I really wanted to comment just to say how proud I am of your progress, your blog and you!!!

    Seems like yesterday we would Skype, you’d ask me for advise… Now I’m dying to Skype with you and rack your mind!!!!!!!

    Get at me soon, all in love, Sal.

  • Life changing! : ) Thank you so much for this article. Absolutely great!!!

  • Absolutely fantastic! Thanks Phil!

  • Really great information, Phil! I can see you are really committed to being the change you want to see in the world. You are an inspiration!

    Alene

  • Wow. This is really encouraging. I liked how you used references from history and from what other people said. I loved how you attached greatness to self-discipline. I noticed you wrote something about how to supercharge your morning. I know a psychologist/pastor named Dr. Cindy Trimm who always talks about “Commanding Your Morning” and she said the same thing. How you start your day affects how you end it b/c the morning leads the day not the afternoon or evening. Thank You for your article. It really helped me change my mindset and improve.

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  • hello Mr. Phil! great article indeed! i really appreciate it!
    but i am so sorry i couldn’t understand the 10th point ” Hack your mind with the 5 minute rule” properly… can you make me understand that please?

  • Hi,

    This is a great article and has made me realize how important it is as in My religion of Islam, All the things you have mentioned from exercises to healthy eating etc are all in Islamic teachings already. Now I know why we do certain things etc.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Great article Phil. Truly life changing stuff written in an inspirational way. Thank-you.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article on Will Power and you really made me think about a few areas in my life that i do need to change and the main thing i will take from this is to make it realistic and it will be achieved!

    Thanks Phil

    Liz

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  • This is a fantastic article on willpower and I greatly appreciate the time you spent assembling this wellspring of solid advice! One thing I did want to mention was on #4, we want to craft our goals is as if we already have them.

    That means writing in the present tense and avoiding the word “want”. The idea here being that as you repeat this goal and regularly see it, your subconscious goes to work for you and if what you’re showing yourself is that you want something, then you’ll get more wanting of that thing.

    There’s a lot of good information about crafting these goals/affirmations online which I would recommend to anyone preparing to set their goals.

    Thanks again for the insightful post!

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    Best article on willpower ever. thanks a lot :)

  • Great article, Phil. I will practice it :) Thanks for writing this precious words…

  • Thanks Phil…Thanks a lot…Great Job…. :)

  • How do i get the beginners meditation ebook after sending email it only contained “on becoming superhuman??”

  • Phil, I’m not the sort of people that post comments on blogs. But I always wanted to do it. Today your tips make me feel ready to change all my bad habits and be the person I want to be.

    best rule, 5-minutes RULE!!

    Thanks man!!

  • I was really inspired by ‘just do it’.
    Thankyou

  • Re:#5 – unleash your inner Conquistador… The point you’re making is very valid. You might want to pick a different example to illustrate it though. I doubt you would advise people to unleash their inner Nazi, and use an example of an SS battalion buckling down to exterminate a race of people. But that’s what Cortez and his peers were doing. Consider reading “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jared Diamond for a good description of a typical encounter between the natives and the conquistadors, in which a few hundred Spanish troops slaughtered over 100,000 unarmed civilians in a few days.

  • Thank u so much sir for such great and useful article. I vl surely implement these tips to make my lif worthy.

  • Hi Phil!

    This is amazing, i really appreciate your article. This is exactly what i was looking for.

    “Its not that some people have willpower and some dont. Its that some people are ready to change and others are not”. awesome!

    Thanks for sharing this.

  • You should shorten your preface…i didn’t have the discipline to read it through

  • Hey Phil,
    Thanks for the great article!!! I tried following your instructions to download your two ebooks, The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Meditation and How to Supercharge Your Morning, but even after subscribing to the weekly newsletter, I didn’t find any links to the ebooks. Could you help me out with that?
    Thanks Again!!

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  • What a great article. It is amazing the way you put things across it reaches my heart and mind. Your article is life changing, I try to read it everyday.

    Thank you,

    ps – I couldn’t subscribe to your ebook ‘How to Supercharge Your Morning’ as my email is already subscribed for your blog. Please suggest.

  • Hey Phil :)

    Man I was truely struggling. I am absolutely run down at the moment, sick as with a cold and headaches. I am writing a sport psychology paper and have it due tomorrow. Reading your article helped me so much, I found a lot of useful techniques to write about and will definitely implement a few myself into my training. I thought it was really inspiring and I greatly appreciated the ideas you shared. It will help me stick to my studies for longer.

    Thanks again, it’s what I needed during this cold.

  • Thanks Phil, Its very encouraging….Will try my best listening to your advise..

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  • Hi Phil, I’m surprised you didn’t mention that willpower diminishes over the day. (Not sure if this was recognized when Kelly wrote her terrific book.) Research by Roy Baumeister and others has shown that we grow tired of having to make decisions as the day wears on.

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  • Great article Phil! Just what I needed today. =)

  • dear phil. i really enjoy reading your articles and tips. i had already subscribed but unfortunately the i didnt get your weekly newsletter. can you please do something regarding this matter. thanks again

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  • Great article!
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  • Burning of ships:- This great act was committed by Tariq bin Ziyad in 711 AD when he attacked Spain, and burned the ships so that his army has no way to go back. He conquered Spain and Muslims ruled there till 1492.

  • its an amazing article , very pleased to read it thanks.

  • Thank you, this is inspiring! What if what drains your emotions and motivations is your spouse? Although it would most likely take me chapters to explain how our relationship has been in the past 3 years. Lets just say he has been sober from Alcohol for about a year and sober of marijuana for 4 months. He does not have a sustainable job and hasnt in 3 years (fired due to his alcoholism) I use the word sustainable because he does photography for our local newspaper but only gets paid 25$ per picture and barely gets 2 pics a week. We have 6 children and I work as much as humanly possible to make ends meet…you know the saying’ ” I live paycheck to paycheck” well…I live paycheck to 2 days after that paycheck! Seriously exhausting. I see him trying but in my opinion very lackadaisical. I know he loves me but at this point things that he did to me while he was drinking (extreme verbal abuse, and no longer does this) I cannot seem to get past, I have seem a therapist but additional visits cost money and because I make “so much money” we cannot get help. At some points I just want to lay down and die, but my children depend on me. Sorry to spill on you, he has cost me all of my friends as well so I only have my children to talk to and this sorta stuff is not the best thing to be discussing with them.

    Thank you again for the article, and I appreciate any advice offered.

  • Hey Phil
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  • Hey Phil
    As a 22 year old man in the joining process of the royal marines I have to say the biggest stumbling block so far has been myself. You have hit the nail on the head with this article. I have had no trouble throughout this period sticking to a training programme and pushing myself but it takes more than that, it takes a certain state of mind. Unfortunately my past has meant my mind can sometimes be my own worst enemy which I have been gradually overcoming, however, those are some solid tips for an all round healthier state of mind. Thankyou for the article :) real eye opener.

    Kind Regards

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  • wow… the contents of your article are filled with self- improvement knowledge… You just touched a part of me… Thanks Phil

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  • Hi Phil, this is truly inspiring and full of useful tips that I can implement into my work and life.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

    To create extraordinary results and live a successful life is definitely not easy.
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  • These tips only works if you already have some willpower or self discipline.
    If you have none, any of these tips are a mountain to climb and you get nowhere.
    I do understand that the title of the article “… Ways to Increase…”, indicates you already have some.

    Also if you are going to burn your ships, beware not to burn yourself with them.

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