Having low willpower can make it harder to get those tasks that need doing done. It can stop us from working out, stop us from eating right and even stop us from quitting smoking. But what exactly is willpower?
According to the American Psychological Association (APA) willpower can be defined as “a basic ability to delay gratification”. This means that those who lack willpower will take the option that provides instant gratification, for example having a cigarette, rather than delaying gratification (feeling healthier and happier once you have quit smoking).
If you struggle with willpower, you are not alone – research has shown that it is often a personality trait. Having said this, further studies suggest that willpower is something that can be learned and increased.
How to increase your willpower
There are certain steps you can take...