It was one of those mornings where I didn’t want to get out of bed.
I really don’t feel like working today.
And I definitely don’t feel like going to the gym.
Maybe it’s the cold ass weather. Maybe it’s because my sleep hasn’t been great lately. Or maybe it’s because I’m simply human.
Whatever it is … I felt it this morning.
Yet, here I am … typing away. Getting to work. And planning to hit the gym later.
According to the American Psychological Association, people rank “lack of willpower” as the number 1 reason they don’t achieve their goals.
I find that to be particularly interesting because most people don’t truly understand what willpower is and how it’s used.
There are 3 distinct divisions of willpower or self control that all need to be present.
And all 3 happen in different regions of the brain (all within the prefrontal cortex).
There’s WILL power – like … I WILL get my ass to the gym. I WILL do some work today.
There’s WON’T power – like … I WON’T hit the snooze button. I WON’T grab the cookies in my cabinet right now.
There’s WANT power – like … I WANT to build some muscle. I WANT to heal my gut and feel better.
All 3 are required. All 3 can be improved. All 3 are like muscles that can be trained, grown, and come with a plethora of health benefits.
Psychology research suggests that willpower and self control are directly correlated with greater happiness and life satisfaction.
Fortunately, there’s a pretty clear step by step process on how to increase willpower and self control.
However, I’m not going to cover that today because that’s way too much to write and I already get pushback that my emails are too long.
Although I will be breaking all of it down very soon (like before the end of the year) so if you’re interested, I’d just pay attention on here or in the FB group.
What I will say is …
Awareness and observation are a major piece of the puzzle.
Identifying the decisions that you’re making that are in alignment with your goals.
And identifying the decisions that are not in alignment with your goals.
Here’s why this matters … when asked how many decisions about food individuals made in a day, study participants guessed an average of 14.
In reality, the answer was closer to 250.
That’s over 200 decisions that were being made in a state of total unawareness.
Simply observing and identifying the decisions you’re making on a daily basis (whether they are in alignment with your goals or not) will be a huge driver for your success.
Do you have the willpower to take advantage of a great opportunity?
Here’s an example …
Currently, we have a Black Friday promo going for our coaching program.
You can essentially get coached for the rest of the year at no cost if you join coaching. Plus, we will cover 3 months of your gym membership (or credit you that amount if you’d prefer). Plus, we’ll send you a supplement bundle for your Neurotype. And we’ll give you MyFitnessPal premium for the year.
To make it even more interesting, we have a financing option where you can break down your payments as low as $100/mo and that’s with 0 interest.
Oh, and to make it really really interesting, we offer a results and money back guarantee so you don’t have to worry about it not working.
Seems like a no brainer … but not so fast.
An opportunity like this is going to touch on all 3 components of willpower.
I WILL take advantage of this opportunity. I WON’T believe my own excuses about why I can’t do it. And I WANT to feel more confident in my own skin and show up as the best version of myself for my family.
If there’s a break in any of the components, which are all happening in different regions of your prefrontal cortex … you will freeze. You’ll punt on the opportunity.
Those who have developed more awareness, willpower, and self control will take advantage of opportunities and follow through.
It’s the subtle difference between achieving exactly what you want to achieve …
And living in a constant state of frustration.
The beauty is this … you don’t need to have it all figured out right now. You just need to take the first step.
You simply need to know that this decision aligns with what you ultimately want.
And then, through the work we do with our clients, you’ll develop and strengthen all 3 components of willpower and self control to live your life more in alignment with everything you want to accomplish.
Will you still make poor decisions? Of course.
Will you struggle at times? I can guarantee it.
But you’ll be gradually moving forward and will feel better than you’ve ever felt. You’ll have more and more confidence with everyday decisions. And you’ll ultimately be able to graduate and have the ability to maintain your results and/or accomplish anything else that you decide you want.
Here comes the first willpower test …
If you want to take advantage of the Black Friday promo … you’ve got another few days to do so.
It will require scheduling a call with my team so we can make sure it’s a good fit to work together.
WILL you take that step?
Here’s the link to schedule …