Sometimes after a particularly difficult time, after having struggled with something for so long, one can suffer a loss of will-power, which makes it difficult for you to continue addressing the challenges in your daily life. Here are some ways in which you can re-discover the will necessary to overcome obstacles.

  • Focus on the end result. Sometimes we lose the will to continue tackling a challenge because we lose sight of the final result, and all the work seems like it’s not worth it. Take a pause just for a minute to go back to why you’re tackling that challenge and think of the end result, and what will happen after. Sometimes all that’s needed is a little motivating reminder.
  • Do something else (new) you can be proud of. It may be the case that you don’t have the will to tackle a problem because you think you’re unable to do anything about it, so prove to yourself that you can do something you’ve never even tried to do before! Taking up a hobby may also be a great stress-reliever, and may help you tackle your problems more positively and more efficiently.
  • Talk to someone. Regain will-power by finding positive ways through the problem. As the old adage goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. In practical terms, this may help because it will encourage you to articulate your problem, which is a great first step to addressing it: a problem you can’t even talk about could become a problem you don’t believe you can tackle. Also, two heads are better than one, and solutions may present themselves from sharing them with someone who has a different point of view.
  • Do something fun (but arrange to tackle the problem after). As above, sometimes losing the will to tackle a problem may result from not getting enough reward in return for all the effort you’re putting in. In which case, reward yourself by doing something you find fun! Try not to make this reward too much of an escape from tackling the problem: reward yourself and reassure yourself that your problem isn’t the most important thing in your life, but make sure you return to tackle the problem after.
  • Make a plan of action, and break the problem up. Losing will-power may result from believing that an issue is too large for you to tackle. Counter this by breaking down your problem into several constituent parts and plan to complete each part in a generous amount of time. This may help you find the will-power to begin tackling your problems, and, as you solve each part of the problem, so you may be encouraged to keep working towards your final goal.
  • Know when to quit: If lack of will power is linked to not wanting to continue with a project or task, stop and reflect. This feeling may be a guide to take a different course.

Above all, if things get too difficult to continue tackling your issues, the important thing is to pause, take a step back, and reassert your control over the situation. Follow these tips and finding the will-power may not be as difficult as you thought!


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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.


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