Willpower is a battery

Willpower is a battery.

Have you ever noticed that you have more “motivation”, “discipline”, and “willpower” when you’re:

  • Well-rested
  • Not stressed
  • Well-fed
  • Happy
  • After you have exercises

How many times have you tried relying on willpower and discipline - then ended up failing when things got tough? Well, that’s because your willpower battery was low.

Students who succeed understand this and they use two strategies:

  • Take action to increase their willpower battery. They ensure that they do their most important work when they’re well-rested, well-fed, happy, and after exercise.
  • The second thing they do is that they set up systems that do not rely on willpower. For example, if you have to rely on willpower to write your scholarship essays, it probably won’t happen. But if you schedule a time with your parents to sit and write an essay, you don’t need to rely on willpower because your parents will expect you to be there.