I agree with all the answers above, I have another effective way. As a child, my mother once told me to do something: “you just don't have willpower,” then the phrase angered me, hurt me, and I proved to her that I have willpower. Years go by, and I always remember this phrase of my mother, and every time I kind of prove to her that this is not so. I think this method can work with any authoritative person for you. Try it.
being busy really helps. I would not say that it develops willpower, but it distracts and helps to achieve goals where it is needed: ")
At times I go on a diet, because of stomach problems, and I don't eat either sweet or starchy foods, and I really like the latter. So I just take, buy a delicious and very lovely cake, put it on the table in the kitchen, I for the entire time of the diet I go around him, eat-the diet is in vain, if I don't eat-it means the will is stronger. So over time, I hardened my will, run at 9 am? Yes, please? You want something sweet, but you can't? I won't touch it.
1) Concentration training. It is corny, sit down to do business and try not to be distracted.
2) Rid yourself of information noise. Chats, tapes, skype, mail, YouTube - while working in the furnace.
3) Healthy lifestyle, nutrition, sleep.
Better to train mindfulness. Then the concept of willpower will disappear from your life. I associate it with eternal frustration, resting on it we get only one problem and suffering. Come on her. Many people who are researching, for example, the problem of dependence on something in their books are always repeating - do not rely on your willpower - you will lose. I think this is an important truth.
I'm distracted by something else. I try not to think and not take a long decision. Another very important question is what specifically needs to train willpower. It's one thing to control food. A substitution, deceiving your own body, fantasizing that all the cakes on the counter are plastic and not real, do not go hungry to the store, etc. Another thing: the hall, for example. If you have to get there: then really don't think why you don't want to, or, on the contrary, remember how good it is after training. If it's about work: then there are some nuances, which are more aimed at breaking down a task into many small tasks that do not require willpower to complete :) In general, conscious control (willpower) can and should be applied in “dishonest” ways, remembering that the brain always chooses the least resistance path in decision making. It is also important to bring automatic actions to a conscious level. And vice versa, translate good habits and attitudes into the unconscious. But there are a lot of methods, mental traps too :) In general, I recommend the book "Willpower" by the publishing house MYTH, this is the coolest thing I've read on this topic.
My way is to think less. Too lazy to go to the gym today? Do not think about the reasons why you are lazy (tired / did not get enough sleep), get up and go. Can't finish the task for work? You take it and you do it. Can't bring yourself to diet and this pizza smells so bad? Don't think about food, just don't eat what you can't.
So I quit smoking, without nerves and breakdowns. I went to the gym and removed the roundness. I'm not doing my work on the last day, and spread evenly for the entire period until the deadline.
Try it, you might like it.
I had one interesting way to train willpower.
It consisted in the fact that I simply abstract from something, and when I reach what I started to train willpower for, I return what abstracted. It sounds rather complicated and probably stupid. In simple terms - I don’t eat chocolate until I wrung out 45 times. I don't listen to music until I take out the trash.
There is another option, when I just tell myself only the advantages of what my "will training" leads to. For example: "I will push out 45 times, I will become stronger", "I will clean the room and will finally be able to listen to music!" Oddly enough, it helps me.