Where there’s a will, there’s a deep seated reason for the “way”. For the will to be strong, the reason needs to be deep. An athlete in training will find a way to keep pressing through if their goal is to qualify for the Olympics and they are close to reaching their lifelong dream. Someone newly diagnosed with Type II Diabetes will find a way to balance their eating and their blood sugars if their desire to feel good, not decline rapidly in health or even lose limbs or organ function is reason enough. A nursing mom like myself will find a way to not eat a trace of dairy if her baby is struggling with digesting it and is hurting all day. A family will change the way they eat if it helps their little brother not have seizures any longer.
Willpower is a highly used word that often insinuates a unique discipline for a small amount of the population. I beg to differ. We all have the power available to will something into place. We all have weaknesses tugging at our heels that could cause us to trip. Where you get the power to overcome the weakness biting at your feet has a lot to do with the reason WHY you are drumming up the will to do something in the first place. If you are looking to lose weight, find your reason WHY you want to lose weight to drive your will. Write down your reason and then write down the emotional response to how you will feel when the goal is reached and how you will feel if nothing changes. Even marketers know this trick. Play on the natural emotional response to kick the will into gear.
If you’ve been there and done that, you may have to ask yourself the question of why you don’t place value on your personal goals as high as you would if it affected someone else. You may have to contemplate how reaching your goals DOES affect others. You may have to solidify more belief in your worth. Your health is worth it because you are worth it. Where there is strong will, there is a strong reason driven by a deep belief in the value of the goal and a validity in your dreams and desires.
The take away thoughts:
1. What do you want?
2. Why do you want it?
3. How will you feel if you get it or don’t get it?
4. How will reaching that goal affect those that you care about?
5. Do you believe you’re worth it?