Woo-hoo for 2017! It’s time for the yearly how-I-want-to-be-better resolutions, right?! Unless you’re in the “I don’t do resolutions” club, and that’s totally great too! If you’ve got #goals and like creating your vision for the New Year, you may be feeling some heavy guilt or frustration right now for not following through on your 2016 plan (and maybe every year before that) You could even be scared to have the same resolution in fear of letting yourself down again. You are so not alone!
Temptations surround us, waiting to sneak up, catch us off guard, lure us into their trap and leave us feeling a bit satisfied but more so guilty or disappointed. Why is it that we can have solid goals, a game plan and amazing focus but just a glance at a sweet little cupcake can make us throw our hands up in surrender?
We all have one brain, but two minds. One part of us sees the big picture and long-term happiness while the other wants to feed our immediate gratification. They are both our true self, however a few factors determine whether we live the weaker version or the better version in the decisions we make. This is the daily battle between temptation and willpower.
I like to think of willpower as a muscle; it gets weak when you don’t use it, atrophied and useless. So we need to do some willpower- lifting to pump up those muscles and stay strong in our resolve. Studies have shown that practicing setting small goals and achieving them helps you conquer bigger things you shouldn’t be able to do later down the road.
For example, saying no to a bite of dessert, setting your alarm 30 min earlier for a morning workout, or having a vodka soda (or water) instead of a pina colada can all strengthen your “will power muscle” for bigger things in the future. But sometimes even those small choices can be difficult, so here are some tried and true will power exercises to get you pumped up.
Willpower- Lifting Exercises
Try to add some of these exercises into your daily life and watch your willpower muscles grow. You will find that the better version of yourself will shine through more often, leading you to achieving your goals and the true ultimate satisfaction that is worth so much more than a silly little cupcake!!