If you struggle with a form of addiction, distraction or procrastination, you know that it can be hard to find the willpower to succeed. Most people feel like they have no willpower – in control one moment but overwhelmed and out of control the next. Many feel guilty about letting themselves and others down.  Others feel at the mercy of their thoughts, emotions, and cravings, their lives dictated by impulses rather than conscious choices.

In todays article we will Learn How To Beat Cravings And Urges In 3 Simple Steps listed below:

Step 1: Learn How You Fail

The best way to improve you self-control is to see how and why you lose control.  Knowing how you are likely to give in doesn’t, as many people fear,  set yourself up for failure.  It allows you to support yourself and avoid the traps that lead to failures. For example, over optimistic dieters are the least likely to lose weight because the fail to predict when , where and why they will give in. The foundation of our self-control is self-knowledge.

The truth is: part of you wants one things, but your future self would be better off if you did something else. When these two selves disagrees, one version of us has to override the other. The part of you that wants to give in isn’t bad – it simply has a different point of view about what matters most at that given time.

One of the ways we can learn how we fail is describe our competing minds. What does the impulsive version wants? What does the wiser version of you wants? Some people give their impulsive mind a name, like ‘the sugar monster’. Giving a name to the version of yourself can help you recognise when it is taking over.

Step 2: Train Your Brain For Willpower

Ask your brain to worry, and it gets better at worrying. Ask your brain to concentrate, and it get’s better at concentrating. Not only does your brain find this easy, but it actually remodels itself based on what you ask it to do. You can very easily train your brain for self-control. For example, leaving your favourite chocolate out on display, or other forms of temptation could work, but there is an easier way is: Meditation.

Neuroscientists have discovered that when you ask your brain to meditate, it gets better not at just meditating, but also at a wide range of self-control and self-awareness. Overtime your brain can become a finely tuned willpower machine. You could start by breath focus, in where you simply focus your attention on breathing for 5 minutes a day. This form of meditation has shown to reduce stress and teaches the mind to handle distractions.

Step 3: Pay Attention To Your Willpower Levels

Willpower is a biological instinct, like stress, the evolved to help us protect ourselves from ourselves. There will be times when our behaviours slips and we give in. The worst thing one can do is be to hard on themselves. Instead, you must realise how normal it is to have the inner voice telling you what you should do, or shouldn’t do.

Willpower works likes a muscle. The more you work on developing your willpower, the stronger it will become, and vice versa. Self control can drain throughout the day. You should pay attention when you have the most willpower, and when you are most likely to give in. Do you wake up with willpower and then it steadily drains? Or is there another time of the day when you find yourself recharged and refreshed? You can can use self-knowledge to plan your schedule wisely, and limit temptations when you know you’ll be the most depleted.