When it comes to making a change in your life, whether its to not smoke weed anymore or getting into better shape, having the willpower to stick to your goals is key to being successful. Just like a muscle, your willpower needs to be developed and strengthened. It doesn’t have to happen overnight and it actually won’t happen right away but it is definitely something that you do have the power to control and achieve your goals of no longer smoking marijuana, or just getting to the gym on a regular basis.
Here are some tips to help you to develop a stronger will
1. Make a Plan
Before you can ever hope to be successful at giving up a habit like smoking pot and making a change in your life, you need a plan. This is your road map to help keep you on track and help you remember where it is that you are trying to go or what you are trying to do and can help to set you up for success before you even start.
2. Set Realistic Goals
Lets face it, we all want to make changes but sometimes the difference between what we want to achieve and what we actually are willing to do to achieve our goals can lead to creating unrealistic goals. When you do do this then you are setting yourself up for failure before even starting. Instead at the beginning set realistic, smaller incremental goals. This gives you something to work towards and when you actually reach your goal then it helps to positively reinforces the idea that you can achieve what you set out to do. Then once the goals start to become easier, its time to start to stretch out your willpower so that you are always pushing yourself just a little bit harder.
3. Build Positive Habits
When you are going through a stressful period of growth where you are trying to remove a negative habit such as quitting weed, then it is vital to also be introducing good habits that you enjoy and also help to relax you. Build in and set aside time for fun and relaxing activities. It doesn’t matter what it is, just make it something that you enjoy and always feel better after having done.
4. Use the Power of Imagination
When you harness the power of your imagination then its just one more tool that’s on your tool chest to help develop your will. When you can imagine and vividly see yourself overcoming the temptation to get high and smoke a joint, then you will just be adding to the power to say no and stay strong.
5. Have a Support Group
A support group can have a huge impact on keeping you on track and not falling off the wagon. It can be your friends, family, a local support group, or an online community like this website but the bottom line is that the more people you have on your side then the greater the likelihood that you will be successful. One thing to keep in mind is that it is important that you only try to enlist the help of people who will actually be supportive. If you are trying to get your stoner friends to help be your support group for giving up smoking pot then they might be be as receptive to you wanting to make the change as say, a local marijuana anonymous group for example.
6. Avoid Being Around Tempation
It may seem like it goes without saying but when you are trying to make a behavior change it is a good idea to try and avoid placing yourself in a situation that presents you with more temptation than you can handle. Make sure that while you are still going through the process of ingraining a new habit you don’t set yourself up to fail before the new positive habit becomes permanent.
7. Reward Your Progress
It is vitally important to make sure that you are rewarding yourself for making progress. After you have set a goal and then attained it, do something to reward yourself. It can be watching a funny movie, eating an ice cream cone or anything else that you will enjoy. The important thing is that you give yourself something to both reward and mark your success.
8. Forgive Yourself if You Stumble
We are all human and on your road to becoming free from smoking weed, you may stumble and give into temptation. If that happens then it’s not the end of the world and you have to be able to forgive yourself and get back on track. Everyone fails, everyone stumbles but the difference between people who fail and people who succeed is that successful people get back up after they fall down and get back on track. A failure is only a failure if you let it keep your from continually working towards your goal, instead, brush yourself off and keep on working towards your goal.
9. Take things one Step at a Time
Just like climbing a mountain, you will never reach your goals over night. You have to focus on taking things one step at a time. Don’t let the big picture overwhelm you and keep your goals in mind and remember that it takes constant work on a daily basis to achieve meaningful change. If you don’t let yourself become overwhelmed and take many small steps then before you know it you will be where you want to be.
10. Don’t Give Up
This last one may seem obvious but I feel it needs to be stated. Ultimately whether or not you are going to be successful comes down to how much you actually want to be successful. There will always be struggles and pitfalls but the only way to reach your goals is to want to succeed more than anything. It’s not always going to be easy, especially when you first decide to stop smoking weed it is going to be hard at first but you have to keep in kind that the only way to reach your goals is to put in the effort.
There you have it
I hope that you enjoyed these ten tips to help to grow and strengthen you willpower. These tips apply not only to quitting to smoke weed but also to all areas of your life. Remember, if you want to make positive changes in your life then it’s not always going to be easy and especially at first it will be difficult and uncomfortable. However the long term benefits of being a better, stronger and more successful person far outweigh the initial struggles you experience.