5 Ways to Increase Willpower


Whether sticking to a diet, saving for retirement, or remaining faithful in your marriage, willpower can help you have a beautiful brain, or the lack of it can completely ruin your life.

Here are 5 strategies to boost your willpower and self-control:


Whether sticking to a diet, saving for retirement, or remaining faithful in your marriage, willpower can help you have a beautiful brain, or the lack of it can completely ruin your life. Click To Tweet

1. Do not let your blood sugar get too low.

Low blood sugar levels are associated with poor impulse control. If you want better willpower, have frequent smaller meals that each have at least some protein and healthy fat.

2. Get enough sleep.

Less than 7 hours of sleep at night has been associated with lower overall brain activity and less willpower.

3. On one piece of paper write down the specific goals you have for your life, relationships, work, money, and health.

Then every day ask yourself, Is my behavior getting me what I want? Focus and meditate on what you want. Your mind is powerful and it makes happen what it sees.

4. You have to practice willpower.

Willpower is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. This is why good parenting is essential to helping children develop self-control. If I had given in to my kids every time they wanted something, I would have raised spoiled, demanding adults. By saying no, I taught them to be able to say no to themselves. To develop willpower, you need to do the same thing for yourself. Practice saying no to the things that are not good for you, and over time you will find it gets easier

5. Balance your brain chemistry.

Issues such as ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, and past concussions decrease willpower. Getting help for these problems is essential to being in control of your life.

Today’s Practice: Where are you struggling with willpower in relation to your health? Practice strategy number 3 above in relation to it today.

In Change Your Brain Every Day [ADD LINK TO PRE-ORDER PAGE], psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist Daniel Amen, MD, draws on over 40 years of clinical practice with tens of thousands of patients to give you the most effective daily habits he has seen that can help you improve your brain, master your mind, boost your memory, and make you feel happier, healthier, and more connected to those you love.

If you want to join the tens of thousands of patients at Amen Clinics who have already learned how to change their brain every day and have a better life, speak to a specialist today at 888-288-9834 or visit our contact page here


  1. Wise words – I will put them into practice.

    Comment by Ruth Duffield — January 18, 2023 @ 5:02 AM

  2. This is true, and it can ruin your life if you don’t have it. 2004 I ruined my life, 2023 I still mourn for what might have been. Very lonely, isolated existence

    Comment by Bobbi JC — January 18, 2023 @ 6:48 AM

  3. My daughter had a frontal lobe injury 15yrs ago, taking away her initial and executive function skills. Now at 35, while still smart, very depressed and has no ambition to do anything. I’m 65 now and feel I’ve tried everything. I’m very sad and on disability myself and can’t afford your help. I wish you would see us gratis

    Comment by Lorri Petrucci — January 18, 2023 @ 7:38 AM

  4. What about poor people who doesn't have the money to pay

    Comment by Selma Silcott — January 19, 2023 @ 4:40 AM

  5. Very true need to practice this, I struggled for 7 years did not graduate from nursing school because I could not say "no" to a person. I wish there was a grant or some kind of funding your clinic to patients like me and others who desperately need the help but can not afford.

    Comment by Danika — January 19, 2023 @ 8:48 PM

  6. I experienced a stroke on January 9, 2014. I'm doing well, but my memory, focus, and concentration are off. Need help and/or suggestions.

    Comment by Renoda A. Youngblood — January 25, 2023 @ 4:47 PM

  7. excellent advice!

    Comment by Doug Morris — December 6, 2023 @ 6:37 PM

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