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14 Ways on How to Improve Willpower in Islam

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Everyone must have a dream. But, whatever your dream, you will be not succesfull without a sheer willpower. So, it is very important for you.


Making your dream come true is related with laziness. But if you have a will, the laziness can be defeated. You should instill and grow a sheer willpowerin yourself. Insha Allah, your dream will be come true.

Willpower is the firmness of someone in holding a principle to reach his goal. In Qur’an, willpower is called as azam. In Surah Ali Imran verse 186, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala describes the purpose of willpower.

لَتُبْلَوُنَّ فِي أَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنْفُسِكُمْ وَلَتَسْمَعُنَّ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا أَذًى كَثِيرًا وَإِنْ تَصْبِرُوا وَتَتَّقُوا فَإِنَّ ذَلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ

“You will surely be tested in your possessions and in yourselves. And you will surely hear from those who were given the Scripture before you and from those who associate others with Allah much abuse. But if you are patient and fear Allah – indeed, that is of the matters [worthily] of determination.”

So that, willpower needs an ability to hold on wishes and postpone happiness to reach a goal. It also needs an ability to control mind, feelings and bad wishes.

You can get willpower and reach your goal, if you continually attempt to live without temporary pleasure. Besides you must have willpower, your goal can be reached, if you have to tawakkal, too.

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Indeed, there are some ways how to improve willpower in Islam. Here they are.

  1. Be patient

Someone who have willpower will be not easily tempted, although a big test comes to him. As the word of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, which reads :

فَاصْبِرْ كَمَا صَبَرَ أُولُو الْعَزْمِ مِنَ الرُّسُلِ…..

“So be patient, [O Muhammad], as were those of determination among the messengers…” (Q.S. Al-Ahqaf : 35)

See also : How to be patience in Islam

  1. Do good deeds

Sheer willpower cannot take someone to his goal, if it is not accompanied with good deeds. Because good deeds can make someone believe that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala will always help him. That is a message from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala in Surah Luqman verse 17, which reads :

يَابُنَيَّ أَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ وَأْمُرْ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَانْهَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَاصْبِرْ عَلَى مَا أَصَابَكَ إِنَّ ذَلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ

“O my son, establish prayer, enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong, and be patient over what befalls you. Indeed, [all] that is of matters [requiring] determination.”

See also : Benefits of good deeds in Islam

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  1. Do tawakkal

By tawakkal, someone will always thankful to Allah Subahnahu Wa Ta’ala, if he has reached his goal. It also makes someone to be patient and keep positive thinking to Him, if he gets failure. As the word of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala below

….فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ

“And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].” (Q.S. Ali Imran : 159)

  1. Never give up

One of keys to reach willpower is doing it continuously and never give up. Sheer willpower must be also companied with endurance. So that, do everything that can be your way to reach your goal.

  1. Use your imagination

When you get failure, try to find another ways. Use your imagination and your creativity. Imagine what you can do to reach your goal. Do not stuck in one method. A method looks like food. It must be expired one day.


  1. Be yourself

All ways or method will not success if you become someone else. Because one day you must be tired if you always pretend and lie. So, it can kill your wish and your sheer willpower.

  1. Think of something else

If you get bored, it is normal. Because you do same thing every day to reach the same goal. Think of something else to improve your goal and ways to reach it. If you find your inspiration, it can lift your spirit.

  1. Need a new habit

When you are always lazy to do something, it means that you must force yourself to change your habit. For example, you are always awake day, you should force yourself to wake up in the morning. Sometimes, sheer willpower must be pushed by force, too.

  1. Always remember your goal

The best way to improve willpower is sacrificing temporary pleasures to reach long term pleasures. Finally, you will get pleasures as “A better life” or “A stable financial situation”. But, it will be better, if you feel real pleasures. So you can learn to train your willpower.

  1. Lose habit to enjoy temporary pleasures

This is an essence of improving willpower. If you give up with impulsive desire, realize that it is only a temporary pleasure. If this habit is contradictory with your goal, you will regret later.

  1. Be careful with stress

You have to be careful with stress. Whatsoever your goals, stress can hinder your willpower. Stress can be caused by your job or your everyday events. So, try to do ways how to cope with the stress, such as do exercises, take a rest and sufficient sleep.

  1. Find ways to avoid temptation

Sometimes, the best way to fight temptations is to avoid. If your willpower is not enough strong to lose impulsive habits, try to lose its chance. You have to avoid people or environments that can trigger your impulsive desire. This way cannot give long term solution, but it can help you in the difficult situation or if you are just beginning.

  1. Give a gift to yourself

If you reach a progress, you should give a gift to yourself. This giving will not chance your willpower, but it can help you to reach success. So, it will be better if you give a gift to yourself as a motivation because you have a successful to reach a progress.

  1. Do prayer

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala said :

“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah].” (Q.S. Al-Baqarah : 45)

From that verse, if we have a willpower, we should do prayer and be patient. Seek help to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. So, insha Allah, He will ease the way to reach our goals.

Thus, the article about 14 how to improve willpower in Islam. By doing the ways above, insha Allah, you can reach your goal. Because sheer willpower has growth in yourself. Although your way to get your goal is difficult, you must believe that there is always a help from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. [Adsense-C]

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