Some say they have it, some say they don’t. Sometimes we can have more willpower in some things and not in others. Essentially we all have the same amount of willpower, it’s how we choose to exercise it that’s different.
Studies of willpower shows that while we all have the same amount, it is a set quota each day and it gets used up as the day goes on! We have more willpower in the morning to either resist something or carry out a goal but as it gets depleted through the day we are more likely to give in or give up.
The good news is that it gets reset each morning!
So how does it affect your wellbeing?
When we criticise ourselves we don’t feel good. When we say we can’t do something we feel constricted and build up tension in our bodies. This we know is not good for our health and wellbeing as it build up toxins. When we are more forgiving of ourselves, whether our willpower is flowing freely or not, we will feel less tense, more relaxed and have a better sense of well-being.
Make a note of when your willpower was particularly strong? What was happening then? Was it something you really wanted to do or were you trying to avoid something you class as bad? What time of day was it? If willpower runs out as it gets used up maybe use it for the things you are trying to avoid in the morning and for the more positive things in the evening.
If we get a new quota each day we can really stop beating ourselves up for giving in to something that day because you get to have another go at it tomorrow!