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How do you Develop Willpower?

Are you developing willpower?

As a leader, willpower is key to making sure you stay consistent with your actions.  Being  role model to others is a tough job and in order to stay on top of your game in front of your peers, you must have the willpower to consistently do what is right.  Below are some tips I have compiled for you to focus on when discovering your willpower.  Enjoy.

  • Make and keep promises. To yourself as well as to others.  Your word must always be considered by others to be gold.  Once you have lost the ability to keep your word (promises) to others, you have become one step closer to losing your group.  What is the last promise you kept?
  • Write down a daily list of goals. For me personally, I have done this every morning for the last three years and it holds me accountable for what I wish to accomplish that day.  This helps with willpower because it will help develop solid internal behaviors when it comes to getting things done.  Do you have a list of daily goals?
  • Plan appointments with yourself. These are different from goals, tasks, or “to-do’s” in the sense that these cannot be broken.  An appointment with yourself to exercise is a great example of something you cannot break.  Don’t miss it.  Just don’t.
  • Have an accountability partner. There is something very powerful about having an outside party keep tabs on your development.  It creates a sense of accountability that you would otherwise not have if you are tackling your life alone. Have a weekly call with them and give them updates on your progress.  Who is your accountability partner?

Did you know?  Coach Jim Johnson is still active in the basketball world.  Last week, he held a basketball clinic for local CYO coaches of grades 3-12 in Rochester, NY.

Life Tip# 37:  It takes 21 days to change a habit of moderate complexity

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