How to Increase Your Willpower

Do you struggle with willpower? There are a lot of areas in our lives that require willpower: diet, exercise, budget, prayer, and so many more. Danielle shares ideas on how to help you increase your willpower.

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Ideas to Help with Self-Discipline in Different Areas of Your Life

Make a plan to make it easy.

Remove sources of temptation and, as much as possible, set yourself up for success by planning ahead to make your new habit a no-brainer. 

Do one thing at a time.

As tempting as it is sometimes to give ourselves an “extreme makeover,” taking on too many changes at once will overwhelm you and you will give up.

Replace it with something.

Think about what need or desire the thing you are trying to give up fills for you and replace it with a more positive and healthy version. Maybe go for a walk when you are bored instead of scrolling Instagram. 

Make sure you are taking care of yourself.

If you aren’t getting proper rest, nutrition, exercise, and prayer, you will find yourself depleted and exhausted with no willpower to accomplish your goals.

Track your progress.

Keep a journal, use an app to track your exercise, or mark the days on the calendar. Look for a way to track your progress and get motivated by seeing how far you’ve come.

Seek out support.

Join an online group or share your goals with a close friend who can be an “accountability partner” for you. Learning from and sharing with others who have goals similar to yours will motivate and encourage you.


You knew this one was coming, but like we said at the start, we need God for every good thing we might ever accomplish in life. Ask God for the grace to stay strong, avoid temptation and grow more and more into the person he made you to be.

Listener Question (30:49)

At the end of today’s show, Danielle shares some listener feedback from Patryce who recommends the book Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear. A very appropriate book for this week’s topic. Thank you, Patryce!


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Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean is the author of many books on Catholic marriage, motherhood, and women’s spirituality, and a well-known Catholic podcaster and media figure. In all of her efforts, Danielle encourages and celebrates all women on their unique vocational paths. She is the host of the Girlfriends podcast as well as the author of Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Woman’s Guide to Catholic Motherhood, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, and You Are Enough.

Danielle is a dynamic retreat leader and an engaging speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 26 years and together they have 8 children.

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