Hey, you guys! Chuck here!
I had many successes in 2016 and I owe none of it to willpower! If you are already a student of self-improvement then what I’m about to say will be nothing new to you! Every self-help book and guru has addressed the subject of willpower and the fact that it’s a finite resource. Everyday you wake up with a fixed amount of willpower and if you deplete it all over the course of the day, that’s it, you’re done.
Back when I drank I used to exercise a lot. Usually around two hours a day. And then on the drive home from the gym, I would stop at the Citgo and pick up three deuces of Natty Ice (or four deuces of Natty Light, if I felt like taking my time). I lost a lot of weight this way, because when all was said and done my calories in were still less than my calories out. But, how was it that for so long I could have one very good habit and one very bad habit? I wondered how it could be that I had enough willpower to exercise two hours but not enough willpower to stay away from that Citgo on the drive home? That very question shows my misunderstanding of willpower.
Willpower is a finite resource. I used up all of my willpower at the gym. And when I drove past the Citgo, I had none left. If mere weight loss was my only goal, then that system would have worked fine. But, when the reality TV star became the Republican nominee for the President of the United States of America, I realized that I don’t understand any of this and I need to be high-energy if I’m going to live in a universe I don’t understand. Mere weight loss was no longer my goal. I began studying all of the great self-help books and gurus and I learned what they had been saying for years; willpower is a finite resource.
If I was going to quit drinking, then I couldn’t rely on willpower. That would give out at some point. In 2016 I learned to rely on good habits and not willpower! It’s now six months since that initial discovery and I’ve quit drinking, I eat broccoli every day, and I make more money than I spend. All because I’ve developed good habits and I do not rely on willpower!
Here are a few examples of how I will use good habits instead of willpower to attain success in 2017:
- Instead of limiting my calorie intake to 1,500 a day, I will limit it to 2,200.
- Instead of trying to practice music three hours a day, I will practice ninety minutes a day.
- Instead of spending two hours a day in the gym, I will do one forty five minute workout routine at home before work.
These habits will bring about guaranteed, albeit somewhat slow, success! However, if I were to practice music three hours a day and workout two hours a day while only consuming 1,500 calories a day, there’s a good chance my willpower could be depleted before I’ve achieved any success whatsoever!
So get to work developing good habits and resist the tendency to rely on willpower and together we will have many successes in 2017! And if you have any questions or there’s something you would like to see me discuss on this blog, email me at my new high-energy email address firstname.lastname@example.org