The answer: It’s not willpower you lack, its motivation.
Think about it for a moment. When was the last time you were really motivated to do something, I mean really excited……….
Now answer this question, how much willpower did you actually need to help you achieve it? My guess is probably not much.
You see, you only need willpower to push you when your motivation is low, when you don’t really want to do something. Our willpower is designed to kick in when we lack motivation and make you do it. So if you want to achieve something don't rely on your willpower it will always feel like a battle, instead focus on kickstarting your motivation. To help here’s my 3 tips.
3 tips to kickstarting your motivation.
1. Know your values – everyone has their own set of unique values. One successful way to feeling motivated by any task is to find out how it fits with your values. Here's how: pick a task which you love and ask yourself "why is this important to me", ask yourself "and why is that important to me" do the same thing 4 or 5 times and you'll discover what your core value for that task are e.g. to make a difference, honesty, pride, sense of importance, value etc.
(If you need help discovering your values give me a call 07712 445651, my Discovering your Values session lasts an hour and you'll leave with a top ten list of your values and an understanding of how to use this list to find motivation in every task you do.)
2. Know the reasons why – Everyone’s reasons for losing weight are different, what are yours? Don’t just come up with what everyone expects you to say, ask yourself what really means something to you? Next, make it real.....what will it feel like, look like and be like when you’ve achieved it. Often we lack motivation because we’ve set ourselves the wrong goal based on something that we don’t actually care about. Be honest with yourself and choose something which motivates you.
3. Think in small steps – The big picture is often daunting and the thought of having to complete such a big thing knocks your motivation down to nil. Think only of the next few steps, concentrate on achieving just that bit because that feels easier to accomplish and you’re always more motivated to do something easy.
Remember: If you’re relying on willpower your goal isn’t motivating. Find the motivation and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to achieve.
Until next time.
PS. If you’d like me to help you discover your values give me a call 07712 445651.
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