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Think about the last time you failed when trying to form a new habit. Did you blame failure on willpower? Do you think you need more willpower to be successful?
If so, you’ve got it partly wrong.
Yes, willpower is important. Clearly, we need the willpower to follow the courses of action we set for ourselves. Yet, willpower alone is not sufficient to get us to form those habits. According to our psychologists at Dishya Educare, willpower is like a muscle and it can be depleted from doing tasks that require the control of impulses.
This is why habits can’t be formed from brute force alone. You’ll fail if your method relies solely on your willpower. You’re human, and sooner or later, you’ll have a day where you’re feeling tired and lacking in energy.
The same goes for motivation — it also is important, but definitely not enough on its own.
You need to have a reason for your habit change, but more importantly, you need to keep that reason in mind. Not just the cue, and reward, but the big-picture goal that you can receive from having changed your habit. However, motivation will not get you out of bed at 5 in the morning so that you can meditate, neither will willpower. What will help you is a mindset and systems. You need to have developed a proper framework to deal with these situations.
You’re a creature of habit. Embrace your inner animal and automate your life.
There are three keys to eliminating the need for that kind of willpower:
– Simplify –
This means everything. Identify the top three things that stress you out and ask this question: “How can I make this easier on myself so it won’t be so stressful?”
The answers might surprise you. You might find yourself saying no to more things, creating boundaries, embracing routine and consistency a bit more, or even – gasp – asking for help instead of trying to do everything yourself.
– Get the enjoyment factor on your side –
One of the biggest reasons willpower runs out so quickly is that many of us call on it while forcing ourselves to do something we don’t actually enjoy. When we choose things we like doing, we’re much more likely to stick with them.
Remember this: Some movement is always better than no movement. Also, don’t underestimate the power of positive vibration on your physiology. The hormones your body releases when you’re enjoying yourself are different than the hormones when you’re not enjoying yourself – and the effect they have on your body to make a difference. And that’s not even mentioning the mental and emotional aspects.
Finally, consider whether you’re the type of person who prefers solo time or spending time with others more, and factor that into your choices.
If you hate doing things alone, try out some classes and invite people to go grocery shopping with you or do weekly cook-ups together. If you’re more independent or appreciate the time to yourself, do that – soak it up, make a ritual out of it and prioritize the time to yourself.
– Get motivated –
This is one of our favourite topics to change people’s mindsets about. A lot of goals are actually demotivating in the long term. The best question to ask yourself as you set a proper goal is, “What’s something I want to be able to do in or with my body that I can’t right now?”
The answers will be much more exciting than “lose 10 pounds” or “fit into my skinny jeans.” And once you get some answers, go deeper and ask yourself: “Why?” What you’ll get are those soul-level goals that actually get you out of bed in the morning, instead of New Year’s resolution-type goals that are usually just surface level.
Willpower has been pounded into us by the health and fitness industry for so long that most people rejoice when we say it stinks, and they give themselves permission to finally kick it to the curb. If that’s how you feel right now then connect with us now, and tell us which of our three tips you plan to implement first and why.
Hint: Choosing one at a time and then moving onto the next will be easier than trying to overhaul your lifestyle overnight.
Be nice to yourself. Be Happy | Be You (:
"Its not that some people have willpower and some don’t, its that some people are ready to change and
others are not"