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Every day, we are tested. Whether it’s that chocolate chip cookies tempting us from the pantry or a warm bed coaxing us to hit the snooze button, we are forced to decide between what we want to do and what we ought to do.  This is called willpower or self discipline.

Willpower is the ability to overcome laziness and procrastination. It is the ability to control or reject unnecessary or harmful impulses. It is the ability to arrive at a decision and follow it with perseverance until its successful accomplishment.  Self discipline, training and control of oneself and one’s conduct, usually for personal improvement self control, the ability of a person to exert his/her will over the inhibitions of their body or self.  Simply what that means is, it’s up to YOU.  I can’t do it for you, nobody can do it for you.  YOU have to do it yourself.

The ability to resist our impulses is commonly described as self-control or willpower. The scientific community has been trying to understand why some people overeat or abuse drugs and alcohol.  What researchers are finding is that willpower is essentially a mental muscle, and certain physical and mental forces can weaken or strengthen our self-control.

Studies now show that self-control is a limited resource that may be strengthened by the foods we eat.  I know personally, when I nailed down my nutrition and focused more on the foods that I ate, that’s when I started to see results.  That’s when I began to be in control of my body and my daily activities instead of them controlling me.

The possession of willpower and self discipline or their lack, play an important role in everyone’s life.  For example, you wish to start a workout program like P90X or Insanity, knowing how good it is for your health and how wonderful you feel afterwards, but you feel too lazy, and prefer to watch TV instead.  You might be aware of the fact that you need to change your eating habits and exercise, but you lack the inner strength and persistence to change these habits.

Does this sound familiar?  How many times have you said, “I wish I had will power and self discipline”?  How many times have you started to do something, only to quit after a short while?  We all have had experiences like these.  The one’s that are successful are the ones that are able to overcome their lack of willpower and self-discipline.  Sometimes the ability to overcome results from a bad doctors report, an uncomfortable situation in public where your weight was a factor or a family member passing who was younger and appeared healthier than you.  No matter the reason, YOU need to find out what motivates YOU.  Read my article “What’s Your Why?”

Everyone has a few habits they wish they could get rid of, such as excessive eating, laziness, procrastination or lack of motivation. To overcome these habits or addictions, one needs a certain degree of willpower and self discipline.

These two powers help us to choose our behavior and reactions, instead of being ruled by them.  Their possession won’t make life dull or boring. On the contrary, you will feel more powerful, in charge of yourself and your surroundings, happy and satisfied.

How many times have you felt too weak, lazy or shy to do something you wanted to do? You can gain inner strength, initiative and the ability to make decisions and follow them. Believe me, it is not difficult to develop these two powers. If you are earnest and are willing to become stronger, you will certainly succeed.

There is a misconception in the public mind regarding willpower. Most people believe its too hard or difficult to achieve, so they just blow it off as nonsense.  This is completely wrong. This is one of the reasons why people avoid using it, though they are conscious of its benefits.  They acknowledge the fact that the employment of willpower in their life and affairs will greatly help them, and that they need to strengthen it, yet they do nothing about it.

First you have to identify what’s destroying your willpower.  What I’m really trying to say is what are your biggest excuses?  Time, money, family obligations, facilities or just your lack of energy.  If time is affecting your willpower, then make time.  Adjust your schedule, pick 20 days out of the next calender month that you will workout no matter what, find a time that works better for you, it might not be the same time everyday.  Look at me, I workout at 4:30 a.m., I love it, is a great time to workout because there are no distractions.

Maybe money is sapping your willpower.  I got one thing to say, “where there is a will, there is a way”.  I’ve heard that one a million times, but I know too many people who made the commitment, found the money somewhere, and changed their live forever by getting healthy and fit.

Your excuse may be you don’t have a gym membership or you lack the equipment.  No worries, you only need a small space and a set of dumbbells or resistance bands, that’s it.  Some might use the excuse they lack the energy.  No problem, study after study has proven that when you eat healthy and exercise you will get a boost in your energy levels.

The bottom line, given the health benefits of regular physical activity, you might have to ask why two out of three (60%) Americans are not active at recommended levels. There are barriers that keep Americans from being, or becoming, regularly physically active. Understanding common barriers to physical activity and creating strategies to overcome them may help you make physical activity part of your daily life.


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