How to Improve Your Willpower and Achieve Your IAS Dreams

People do not lack strength; they lack will. – Victor Hugo, French writer


You have set out to become an IAS officer. You’ve made plans, bought all the books, prepared a study schedule and set up the alarm for early morning the next day. You go to bed all excited about starting your IAS preparation. The next day morning, your alarm goes off. You open your eyes. You feel stuck to your warm and soft bed. You remember that today is the day you have to start your IAS studies. In your mind, you go, “Oh no! I have to get up.” The very thought of getting up makes you feel super-tired. Then you can do either of the two following things:

  1. You jump out of bed. Freshen up and get ready for your UPSC exam preparation.
  2. You hit the snooze button and go back to sleep.

If you choose 1, you are on your way to clearing the very demanding IAS exam. If you choose the second option, you know where you are heading. Discipline in life is key when it comes to achieving your dreams, whatever they may be. Life is full of such decisions. You have to choose between what is good for you and what is easy.

In order to succeed in any endeavor particularly something as daunting as the USPC exam, you must have the willpower to force yourself to do what is not easy. You have to convince yourself to tread a path filled with stones. This is not easy to do. Read on for a few tips on how to improve your willpower and crack the IAS exam.


Meditation is one of the most powerful tools to enhance your life. This can improve your willpower, and help you reach your peak in terms of productivity and performance. Engage in meditation for at least ten minutes per day. It works like magic.


Willpower is a test of mental strength. But it is equally important for you to have a healthy body. Body and mind are complementary to each other. Exercise and keep yourself fit so that you have the mental strength to carry out what your mind envisaged.

Set goals

Goal setting is key in achieving anything. Having goals in important to develop willpower as you will constantly ask yourself, “For what am I doing this? Why should I wake up so early in the morning?”

Be accountable

Accountability is a powerful tool to get things done. If we are left to ourselves, without a sense of being responsible for our own actions, we would hardly achieve anything. Why did we finish homework in lower classes in school? It is because we had to face our teacher the next day.

If you want to clear the IAS exam, do not come up with excuses. Remember there are no reasons for failure, only excuses.

Remove temptations and distractions

Most of the time, our willpower weakens in the face of distractions and temptations, like our favourite program on TV, a social media post that we must read, etc. Make sure these are removed from our time and place to study. Keep a set time for them and do not waver from this.

“It’s not that some people have willpower and other don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.”  –  James Gordon

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