After reading this article, you might think that I have gone crazy but I am enjoying it. Not just that, I have been able to dramatically improve my will-power. Here is how I did it and this is my plan to keep pushing my will-power further and further. Just to set the context, I am a restless person by nature and sometime back I also realised that I enjoy pushing myself to limits.
It was April, 2015. Me & my wife were planning a trip to Europe and for some reason I told my wife that I want to quit eating non-veg once we are back from trip. Just for your information, I have been a non-vegetarian all my life & I loved it then. My wife thought it must be one of those zipping thoughts that I keep getting every now and then & I shall forget it by next morning. I never mentioned it again to my wife during the entire trip and hogged non–veg food like crazy. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and mid meal snacks too. Once I landed back in India, I gave up non-veg. This time my wife thought – “Ok, let him try it for a few days. He can’t resist it for long”. Today, more than a year has passed and I feel happy that I did not touch non-veg even a bit. The sense of achievement I got cannot be explained in words. (if you are a foody, you would know what I am talking about).
That was the beginning. I thought, if I can do this, then I can do much more. So this winter, I tried something crazier. I decided to take shower in cold water this winter. I may not be able to do it throughout winters but till now I have been able to. Its already end November with temperatures dipping to 11 degree Celsius. I am happy and glad that I did it.
Now, I have made my own to-do list to check my will-power. Sounds crazy. Right? But here is the best part. I realised it is a mind game and not so much of a physical challenge. If I can learn to control my mind, I don’t need to control my body. If I can win battles in my mind, I can win battles in this physical world easily.
Soon, I realised that a sense of positivity started overpowering my thoughts. Whenever I come across a challenging task, whether physical activity or professional work, even if I have never done it ever in my life, first thought that comes to my mind is “how can I do it” and not that I have not done it till now.
This battle to win over our own mind is the ultimate battle and the only way to win it is by challenging your willpower again and again with tougher tasks. You may not win all of them but some will be won and you shall soon realise that its only and only you who will be the winner, even if you loose a few battles.