We’re wrapping up our 3 part series on why you’re not losing weight or seeing results from your workouts today.
Today’s reason is a big one. Of all the reasons you’re not losing weight or seeing results this one may have the biggest effect on your success.
Reason #3: you’re relying on willpower.
Willpower is a fascinating subject to me and it’s one that I’ve been studying in depth in preparation for The Sisterhood’s future Monthly Mission.
What comes to mind when you think of willpower?
Wish you had more of it?
Some people have a lot of it, other people don’t?
What I’ve learned in my research is that willpower is widely misunderstood.
If you’ve been relying on willpower to help you avoid the office treats or to get that workout in after work, there’s a good chance you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Many of us think of willpower as something that’s always available to us.
But the truth is, willpower is a finite resource and in order to effectively use it, we must be aware of when it is strong and when it is lacking.
As Gary Keller says in his book “The One Thing”:
“Think of willpower like the power bar on your cell phone. Every morning you start out with a full charge. As the day goes on, every time you draw on it you’re using it up. So as your green bar shrinks, so does your resolve, and when it eventually goes red, you’re done. Willpower has a limited battery life.”
Clearly, solely relying on willpower to eat well and stay consistent with your workouts won’t work. And you probably know that by know if you’re feeling frustrated with your lack of progress.
So what can we do?
We can set up our lives in a way that supports our goals and intentions so that we don’t have to rely on willpower to see results.
– Find an exercise plan that excites you so you don’t have to come up with a plan each day on your own.
– Meal plan at the beginning of the week so that you’re not left choosing takeout because you’re tired and unmotivated at the end of the day.
– Commit to exercises classes or online programs with a cancellation policy so that you have ‘skin in the game’ and it’s not as easy to skip out.
– Get adequate rest so that you can start your day with a “full battery”.
– Seek out a coach or accountability partner to fill your “willpower tank” when you are running on empty.
What to do right now…
Think about when you feel like you have the most willpower and when you have the least.
Come over to my Facebook page and tell me about it!
If this series has resonated with you, consider joining us in The Balanced Life Sisterhood.
The Sisterhood provides the structure and plan you need to see real results. The Monthly Missions are centered around building new habits so that you don’t HAVE to rely on willpower to lose weight or reach your goals.
In addition you receive new workouts, new recipes, program discounts, product discounts and so much more just for being a monthly member.