Blog #645 Willpower – part II

Victory through Willpower


This is my second day looking at the link “15 Ways to Effectively Strengthen Your Willpower”

(And, thinking of my friend – now in Australia – Krys Zyak – definitely strong in willpower and success)

So, can you get up and go now?  Can you celebrate victories? Can you accomplish your goals?  Can you win at Life? (And … can you take cold showers?)

-6 Just keep running

Long distance runners talk about ‘running into the wall’.  They gotten to a point where their body says “Stop” – but they aren’t at the end of their run (or marathon).  The plan is to “just keep running”. Your brain can conquer your body. Just keep running. Whatever is going on in your life – just keep keeping on!!!  You have gotten so far – don’t stop now!!! [Aside, there were times getting my PhD that I ran into the ‘wall’. Stop, give up. I’m so glad I didn’t stop!!!]

-7 Get up an hour earlier

Get up an hour earlier.  Use that hour to meditate, to pray, to prepare for the day, to get brain in sync with your body.  (That also probably means – get to bed an hour earlier. You can read about the final score of the Final Four game tomorrow – it isn’t going to make any difference in the outcome of the game by staying up for the conclusion!!!  That is – I didn’t stay up for the last of the Virginia versus Texas Tech final men’s basketball game. I hear it was a good game, but I can catch the highlights on ESPN if I wanted to!!)

-8 Write down your goals and keep track of progress

I have written a lot over time about goals – especially SMART goals:  Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Write your goals down – review them frequently.  Do you want to lose weight, but post-it notes on your bathroom mirror (and on the inside of your outside door).  Keep track, review them. Make them part of YOU. Make your goals specific – not just ‘wants’ and ‘dreams’. Have you seen the various signs for United Way or other fundraising events?  They look like thermometers keeping track of progress. You can do that too.

-9 Say ‘NO’ OUT LOUD

I also have written about Warren Buffet’s Secret word [hint – it is two letters long – and starts with an N and ends with an O].  NO I can’t help you move this weekend!!! NO, I don’t want to be the Scoutmaster for troup 5. Even if you say it to yourself, you are planting those thoughts in your brain.  NO, NO, NO!!!!

-10 Make your goals public

Maybe not real public – like renting a billboard to display your goals, but with friends.  It keeps you accountable. Let’s use the weight goal “I WILL be no higher than 200 pounds by May 31st, 2019”.  Let a few others know so they can cheer you on. Have somebody be your coach – accountability coach who will ask you “Did you reach your goal this week, this month?”  Who wants to answer your weight-loss accountability coach with ‘no, I didn’t. The donuts just jumped off the plate and into my mouth.

Do these sound reasonable?  Are you ready to run your marathon?  Are you ready to really get fit? Are you ready to tackle climbing Mount Everest (or … Sleeping Giant)?  Build your willpower up.

There are five more reasons in the article, and I’ll look at them tomorrow!!!



Posted by Bruce White

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