Most of us struggle with willpower and that isn’t a bad thing. We seem to lack the strength to walk away from temptation which IS the bad thing. It’s unfortunate we indulge in things that are bad for us, can cause negative side effects, sabotage our goals and ultimately create unnecessary guilt. It’s really bad when our lack of strength ends up not only hurting ourselves but those around us. Why do we do it? Because it feels good NOW. It tastes good NOW. We want “good” NOW. We want instant gratification and immediate pleasure but we ignore thinking about the consequences.
The next time you need “willpower” just ask yourself this question, “Is this good for me, later?” Ask yourself how will you feel afterwards and will it benefit your future. Ask yourself does it help you meet your goals and are you proud of yourself. Even better, if you were being recorded – would you like to watch yourself in that action? I know its a lot of questions, contemplation and requires thinking but guess what, you might just find the will to do whats good for you later versus whats good for you now. The strength doesn’t come fast. It takes continuous working of the mind just like it takes continuous working of the body to build strength. The more you do it, the stronger you will get and the better you will feel now AND later about yourself.