Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If You're Waiting On Willpower, You're Crazy

So many folks rely on willpower to get them through difficult situations. Whether it’s losing weight, slowing down on drinking, easing away from a relationship or changing their behavior at work they think, “I can tough it out.”

Unfortunately, willpower is not one of the stronger resources on which you can rely. Everyone who’s ever tried to lose weight know how easily willpower slips away when we’re tired or stressed or Mama says, “A second little helping of pie never hurt anyone."

However, add some knowledge and skill to the mix and you can equal exceed your power of will. The multiple authors of Change Anything point out that there are six categories of knowledge and skill, in addition to will, that can help you, as the book says, change anything.

I won’t go into all of them now, maybe on another day, but here are three that can help:
- Make good things closer and more convenient and bad things harder and farther away.
- Change the cues that prompt you to exhibit behavior you’d like to change
- Decide who in your life is an accomplice (they enable negative behavior) and who are friends (coaches and fans).

Those simple tips can help you change anything in life and you aren’t relying on willpower to resist what can be very difficult challenges.

What do you want to change?

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