When it comes to goal setting, we know how to make the goal by using the SMART goals principles (see previous post), reframe our thoughts (see previous post) and to take action by using tools like the 5-Second Rule (see previous post). However, Roy Baumesiter, PhD, explains that there are three necessary components required to reach your goals.
Firstly, he states that you need to establish the motivation for the change and set a clear goal. Secondly, you need to monitor your behaviour toward the goal. Thirdly, he explains that willpower is the necessary and critical part to achieve your goal.
Sounds easy enough right? The first two components appear tangible and doable. However, what is willpower defined as? In an article by the American Psychological Association, they explain that willpower can be commonly referred to as determination, drive, resolve, self discipline and self control. However, most psychologists characterize willpower as: the ability to delay gratification, resisting short-term temptations order to meet long term goals, conscious and effortful regulation of the self by the self, and a limited resource capable of being depleted.
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