Today I want to ask you, do you think you lack willpower?
The reason I ask is because over the years literally thousands of my clients have told me the reason that they can’t get to their healthy body weight goal, or write their business plan or quite smoking or earn their black belt or you fill in the blank is because they lack the resolve. They don’t have any willpower.
While I’ll listen but after a little while I’ll usually say something like, “that’s B.S.!”
After a few moments I’ll add, “Let’s think about this. You told me you have a job right?
“Yeah, right”, they’ll answer.
“Do you ever have any problems getting yourself to go to work?”
“No, unless I’m sick I always go to work.”
“So you have enough willpower to go to work, right?”
Usually by now they’re nodding their head and sheepishly saying, “Well, I guess so.”
“So, why do you go to work?”
Now they’ll tell me all the reasons they go to work. To pay their bills, to save money for their kids’ college, to take a vacation.
Then I’ll say “That’s Great! Then you don’t have a willpower problem, you have a motivation problem. The reason you can’t do this other thing is because you don’t know your source, your why. You just don’t have the motivation to accomplish your goal.”
That goes for all of us. Without a big why, everything is hard. So today’s assignment is if you’re struggling with the “willpower” to accomplish something, ask yourself, “Why is this important to me?”
Write down your source, all your “why” reasons for doing whatever it is you want to do. Doing this one little step just might be all you need to motivate you to stop making excuses and getting things done.
It’s that simple.
Let me know how this works for you.
Until the next time, this is Professor D wishing you only success!