Willpower… and how to keep going

Have you ever been in that position, you know, you want to do something or even have to, but you sometimes just can’t be arsed as it requires that bit too much mental and physical capacity. For me everyday! Mainly, when I get out of the bed in the morning I think is it really worth trying to be fit and wake at 6am. Then I remember I have a choice in the matter and that getting up early and working out or being productive makes me feel amazing and is a habit that for me should be reinforced.

The funny thing about willpower or motivation thoguh is it comes very easily when it involves things we’re most excited about overcoming or accomplishing something. It’s when it’s breaking old habits and establishing new ones, taking you out that comfort zone, that’s when it’s hard.

No way in hell did I cut sugar out of my life in one fell swoop, I still haven’t, had a cake and then some this afternoon (birthday allowances, ok!). But making small changes or small bits of progress to a goal is the best way to make new habits. By cutting down the sugar I had in my life bit by bit, progressively I felt so much better and could tell, and it wasn’t too hard. You’ll have more motivation to do something if the thing you want to do isn’t the equivalent of conquering the world in one day. For metaphor sake keep up the battle one day at a time, keep making small wins and gains.

I don’t know your goal, but break it down, tackle it in easy steps and make a change you can easily implement and know it’s going to put you one step closer to your goal.

Every heard the proverb ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’? Very true. But try this one. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour…’

Lay that damn brick. Surround yourself with people who encourage you to and keep you going. Ignore the haters, where willpower fades is when self doubt comes into play. Follow those inspirational role models on social media and hang out with the people that make you smile, but keep going.

You’re one brick closer to that better you.


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