I was listening to the wireless yesterday on the way down to RISE Towers.
The news shared a story about some research some Swedish scientists are currently crowdfunding to pay for.
They intend to give anti cancer drugs to 30 volunteering men…….
To lower their testosterone……..
To see what impact that has their inclination to commit pedophiliac type crimes.
While another 30 will be given a placebo to compare to.
They currently have “several” volunteers and are looking for more.
And they were at pains to make it clear these volunteers have not actually committed any form of pedophiliac behaviour.
Ignoring the ethical debate that surrounds such research and its potential application………
I thought it was interesting that these guys, who haven’t done anything, have volunteered.
These appear to be men who are having certain thoughts which worry them.
And are concerned enough about that to take steps to address it.
They’ve realised that just relying on will-power alone might not be enough of an answer.
That trying harder to do / not do something might not lead to the result.
And they’re putting something in place so that willpower isn’t the deciding factor.
Before I make the parallel you knew was coming……….
I’m clearly not making any direct comparison between you and any type of pedophiliac behaviour.
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The parallel, of course, is that willpower isn’t a reliable long term method for you either.
If you really want to eat certain foods and don’t want to exercise……….
You can force yourself to behave a certain way for a while………..
But that willpower is a finite resource.
It will run out.
It’s why so many options in our industry have a degree of success for the first month or two.
But very, very little long term success.
The key is to do one of two things;
1. Address and challenge those opinions, beliefs, thought processes and habits.
They can change over time.
It’s not easy, of course.
But, I will bet you my left ear, it will lead to more long term success than the willpower route.
2. Put something in place so that willpower isn’t the limiting factor
- Do your food shop online rather than tempting yourself by wandering up and down the aisles
- Even get someone else to do it and you do theirs
- Plan eating out options ahead of time – Google menus and pick location and choice before you go
- Join somewhere where you’re swept along with the collective momentum of a group of like minded people on the same journey (cough ## myrise.co.uk/briefing-meeting ## cough ##)
You get the point.
Relying on willpower is only a short term answer.
Long term, lasting results (which we assume you want) come from some thing different.
Jon ‘Ulrika’ Hall and Matt ‘Sven’ Nicholson