Train the Foundation of Success: Willpower
Willpower is a powerful force within our bodies. It’s ability to prevent us from going into starvation mode or even overindulging in food are two of its most useful abilities. However, it can only last so long before it starts to wane away and eventually disappears completely. When willpower runs out, we become susceptible to temptation and ultimately succumb to the temptations of drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.
The key is knowing how much willpower you have left and then using it wisely. A lack of will power can lead to some pretty bad things such as losing your job or getting into trouble with the law.
When you’re faced with a decision, whether it’s buying something at the store or deciding what to do next, one of the first things you need to consider is how much willpower you have left. If you don’t have enough willpower to resist temptation, then it’s not worth resisting. You might as well take whatever choice is presented to you because there isn’t any point in trying anyway.
However, if you have enough willpower to resist temptation, then it’s time to employ some tricks to help keep your willpower levels up.
Understand Your Willpower Gauge
Your willpower is represented by a meter in the top left corner of your screen. It starts out green, but as you make decisions and choices, it starts moving towards yellow and eventually red which is completely exhausted.
The important thing to know is that your willpower gauge isn’t endless. It has a limit. As you continue to make decisions and choices, the meter starts depleting until it’s completely empty. You’ll start feeling drained at this point and become susceptible to all sorts of temptations.
Your goal is avoid depleting your willpower completely and to keep it as high as possible. It’s not always easy, especially when you have a lot of important decisions to make. There will be a lot of times where you’ll be tempted to just sit back, relax, and let the chips fall where they may.
However, if you want to succeed in life and accomplish your goals, then you have to make the important choices whenever they come up. Otherwise, you’re never going to get ahead in life and you’ll never reach your goals.
To keep your willpower gauge high, you need to practice self-discipline. The more self-disciplined you are, the more often your willpower meter will be in the green.
In addition, there are other things you can do to keep your willpower meter in the green as well. Most importantly is getting a good night’s sleep. Make sure that you’re getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night because this allows your mental recovery to take place.
Another thing that can help is to eat healthy foods. Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and nutrients that help your mind recover from difficult decisions. Proteins are also very helpful because they help your mind sustain a high willpower level for a longer period of time.
One of the worst things you can do is to let your willpower run low and then try to make a bunch of important decisions in a short amount of time. If this happens, there’s a good chance that your willpower will deplete faster than you realize and you’ll find yourself in a situation where all you want to do is lay down and take the easy way out.
Fortunately, if you’re disciplined enough, you can keep track of your willpower levels as well as those of everyone you know. You do this by inviting people to Be The Judge!
Be the Judge! allows you to keep up with your friends’ willpower as well as your own. If you maintain high levels of self-discipline and willpower, then you can help your friends maintain the same. You can also help them get back on track if they’ve somehow depleted their willpower.
To get started, simply go to Be The Judge! and start adding people that you want to keep track of. As you add people, their willpower levels will be displayed on your screen so that you can see them at all times.
Now that you understand the basics of Be The Judge!, it’s time to invite your friends to join! Share your screen with them and get started by tapping on the “Invite Friends” button.
Good luck, and may your choices lead you to righteousness.
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