14 May Willpower
Self motivation and willpower is a mental muscle that can be trained just like any other muscle. Here are six easy steps to willpower success.
- Rise and Shine…You are more likely to slack off or give into temptation as the day progresses. Why? Because making decision after decision can deplete your willpower. If you want to be sure to fit in a training session, schedule your workout for early morning when you are at your strongest mentally and motivated. Do you struggle to get up early? Simply reset your body clocks slowly by setting your alarm clock back a little every day.
- Set a Schedule…Once you are up early have your schedule for the day (including food and activity) written in a visible part of the house. Having your plan for the day written down makes it harder for you to simply change your mind if your motivation wanes. Write out your plan and stick to it.
- Recruit Supporters…Hanging out with people that have similar goals or are highly motivated can help you find your own motivation. Willpower can be contagious, so essentially you are helping each other out. Develop a buddy system and never miss a workout again!
- Feed your Willpower…The more you munch on healthy food the more self control you have. Why? Your brain needs fuel and nutrients to function and when it’s firing on all cylinders it is more likely to consciously make intelligent decisions for your health. Also the more nourished you feel the less likely you are to be seduced by junk food. Ensure you never become famished by having healthy snacks prepped and ready to go!
- Take away some decisions…Strengthen your willpower by taking away some decisions. Studies have shown that people with the greatest willpower often use it the least. Feel like you have decision fatigue when it comes to what to eat? Reduce decisions and boost willpower by having the same brekkie and snacks for the week. Creating discipline by taking away extra choices means you aren’t distracted, you know what you have to do. Often when you are distracted by decisions you choose what is easy and available rather than what is best.
- Adjust your Motivation…Working out to lose weight? Reconsider your motivation. People that train with the sole purpose of losing weight often spend less time exercising than those that are active because of other reasons. Make sure you know your motivation or ‘why’. Without a clear ‘why’ your discipline will eventually waiver.
Fitness takes dedication, hard work and sacrifice. But the rewards are worth it. Set goals, write them down and achieve them, only then will you appreciate the benefits of you discipline and willpower.