The Power of Will

If you look up the meaning of willpower, you'll find something along the lines of, "control exerted to do something or restrain impulses." I have had several clients ask me, "How can I maintain a healthy lifestyle, Chris?...How can I find the willpower?" Most people would not prefer the real answer to this question. I have found that relying on willpower alone to get the job done can be both misleading and disappointing. You may find yourself depending on that sense of "control" in order to help you get through a specific stressful situation or temptation, only to find that this may not be a part of your core values...yet ;-)

One of the best ways to gain control and restrain impulses is by doing it the old fashioned way: Hard work and discipline. It is also important to consistently practice habits that will allow you to be ready for action! By being pursuant, you'll find that this sense of control will be a more concrete part of your core value system.

Try to start with a crystal-clear vision of what it is that you would like to accomplish. What is your goal and why? Do the reasons for achieving these goals line up with your core values? What are your core values anyway? What will happen once you attain your goals? These are just a few questions to help you clarify your mission.

Get crazy! Don't be afraid to look and sound insane when someone asks you about it. You believe that you can accomplish this, and that is all that matters. If you were asked to rate how bad you want to achieve this, and you gave it anything lower than a five, on (on a scale of 1-5), go back and clarify further.

Be ready for ANYTHING. Hiccups, bumps, and setbacks are all inevitable parts of the journey. Preparing for all of this both mentally and physically will put you in a proactive, not reactive position. 

Be stern in your decision. Like my good friend Coach Kyle Brown said, "Indecision can lead to mental weakness." Be confident and trust the process.

This is another great opportunity for you to get just a little bit better today. Work on developing the habits that are going to put you in a position to be in control and have the power of will.