Are you pretty good at goal setting but still struggle with follow-through?
And you really do understand the importance of examining your thinking, right? But, ARG! It just doesn’t seem like it should be so hard to stay on track!
Maybe you are relying on straight willpower rather than inner strength!
What’s the difference?
Glad you asked!
Willpower is a force that comes from outside of us. It drives you toward your goals based on who we think we should be rather than who we really are. Willpower keeps our goals outside of ourselves too. External goals can sometime even become fixations or reasons for self-criticism. Who needs that? Counting calories or fat grams or number of exercise minutes can go that way.
Willpower works like the carrot that keeps the horse moving. All movement is tied to the potential of getting that thing that is always dangling out of reach! How frustrating and how discouraging! And if you manage to snatch up that carrot, what new external reward will willpower require to keep going? A bigger carrot? And then an even bigger carrot? And then the monster of all carrots? STOP!
We all get to choose our thoughts and our responses to those thoughts. If you take the time to frame your thoughts about your healthy lifestyle as one of daily self-care based on purpose and self-image, your purposeful fitness efforts will be rooted in a more lasting big picture perspective. For example, you could tell yourself; “I am a person who values her health and lives life based on her values.”
It is who you are.
It comes from a place of inner strength which isn’t something that can be taken from you once you get in touch with it.
The mind-body connection builds inner strength while also strengthening your body.
One feeds the other.
One is the other.
Remember, any improvement is part of a process. Long term progress is always better than any quick fix.
This is your life we’re talking about!