Develop stronger willpower [Who’s been told this?]

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I’ve said this one a million times.

Ish.

Willpower isn’t the answer.

Despite what we might tell ourselves.

“I just need more willpower” is something I’ve genuinely heard many thousands of times over the years.

When I ask people who are interested in joining what they feel they need the most help with from us, they nearly always answer “Willpower” (or “Motivation”).

And I get it.

That’s the message put out there by most.

That willpower is what’s needed.

But, by definition, willpower is only needed for stuff you don’t want to do.

You don’t need willpower to eat your favourite foods, drink your favourite drinks, watch your favourite programmes, do you favourite activities or spend time with your favourite people do you?

You just do them because you want to do them.

If anything willpower is the best tool for making yourself want to quit something.

It has it’s place here and there, sure.

But if that’s the only approach…………

Essentially forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do…………..

It ain’t gonna last.

Willpower is, at best, a finite resource.

It runs out.

That inner child in us rebels.

No one likes the feeling of being controlled or coerced.

Being made to do something we don’t want to do.

Even if it is by ourselves.

We’ll rebel eventually.

The knowingly sub-optimal approach that you enjoy (at least sufficiently) and, therefore, do…………..

Will always beat……………

Hands down…………….

That theoretically better approach that you don’t enjoy and, therefore, don’t do!

Our workouts are knowingly sub-optimal.

They’re pretty good, sure.

But the local FitPros who like to tell everyone that their Sessions are better than ours are probably right (in one way, at least).

But………. they look incredibly hard and as boring as sin.

For me (and most people that come to us) anyway.

I’m sure some love them.

And that’s cool.

But if that was the only option, I’d have stopped working out many, many years ago.

So, if willpower isn’t the answer, what is?

What could we do that we enjoy (at least sufficiently) that takes us in the right direction (whatever that is)?

Could we just reframe the same (or similar) situations in a way so that we do enjoy them?

If we don’t enjoy “doing exercise” (who does?) could we enjoy “going for a Session with people we like to see, unwinding and increasing our energy for the coming day and week”?

If we don’t enjoy “being on a diet” (who does?) could we enjoy “eating in a way that makes be feel better and gives me more energy”.

Or something similar.

And those three better questions we could ask?

1. Am I enjoying this?

2. How could I enjoy this more?

3. Why am I avoiding what enjoy more of?

——- Perhaps the greatest question you could ever ask is “Why haven’t I applied for this programme yet? And “What’s stopping me? www.myrise.co.uk/apply

Much love,

Jonpower Charpower Willpower Hallpower

About The Author

Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.