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Willpowerful

Willpowerful

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Sometimes I beat myself up for having trashbag willpower.

If Curt comes home with a milkshake, you better believe I am going to have a sip, or two, or three, of that bad boy. Milkshakes might not be your thing—for many it’s alcohol, fast food, afternoon banana loaf or trips to the gym.

Whatever the case, despite our best intentions, we give in to our impulses and feel a sense of guilt about it.

But why? Why do we put this pressure on ourselves and then beat ourselves up when we don’t succeed? How can we avoid this cycle of willpowerlessness?

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What is the definition of willpower? 

Control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one’s own impulses.

I don’t think that willpower is something that deserves praise. Self worth is not defined by an ability to show restrain,  so don’t let that shit get ya down.

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Hacking willpower

Willpower isn’t the real issue—poor planning, situational stress and decision fatigue is to blame for a shortcoming in willpower. The more stressful your life is, the more decisions you have to make and the more you have to exert restrain in a day…the more fatigued your ability to make sound decisions.

Here are a few tips to hack the need for willpower and feel better about yourself at the end of the day.

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Make decisions in advance.

Don’t give yourself options. Make a plan that you will wake up early and go to the gym rain or shine and stick to it. When you are in a position of making difficult decisions, that process can be affected by many factors. Making plans in advance helps cut down on decision fatigue.

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Be the early bird. 

Willpower is like a jar of peanut butter. It starts out full, and then Kpups gets her mits on it and it dissapears. Wait what?

Ok, maybe willpower is more like a bathtub that gets drained throughout the day. Make your toughest decisions early on, cross things off your list and you are more likely to find success. Get.Shit.Done.Early.

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 Know your why.

I know this is lame, but it’s important. If you cannot conclusively say ‘WHY’ you need to show restraint or ‘WHY’ something is important to you…then you won’t be succesful. Success lies in the why.

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Eat.

You want to avoid eating unhealthy shit…then eat healthy shit. This seems SUPER obvious, and it is, but when you are hungry you will make garbage life choices. Don’t let yourself get hungry, don’t forget to eat, make this a priority. Low blood sugar decreases your ability to make tough decisions. If you’re running on empty physically, you’ll also be running on empty mentally.

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Sleep. 

Everybody says it and that’s because it’s true. Sleep is undoubtedly the key to success in life. When you are tired, your ability to make functional decisions and exert will power decreases. Do what you can to make sleep a priority. If you’re a new parent…I’m sorry about your luck.

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 Have compassion. 

Would you belittle someone for slipping up and failing to exert self control? If you said yes…you’re a dick. If you said no, then you are a nice compassionate person and you should treat yourself with the same respect. Research dicatates that self-compassion is more beneficial than negative self-talk. If you slip up, be kind to yourself and get right back on track.

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