Struggling with New Years Resolutions, goal setting, and even average daily tasks can be extremely difficult. Usually people attribute their perceived “inability” to accomplish these goals and tasks to absent motivation and willpower. In reality, willpower is not a limitless resource, but we’re here to show you how to achieve these goals without depriving yourself of your willpower and motivation!
Hey everyone! How are New Year’s resolutions going? I can guess that maybe things are getting a little monotonous or difficult for a lot of you. If that’s the case, you’re not alone.
According to an article I read the other day about 80% of New Years Resolutions will fail by Februrary! That’s a lot of potential down the drain people!
I know I’m still going strong with my resolution to take a green juice shot every morning. But even with that easy of a goal, I almsot forgot to take mine yesterday! But, with our help and a little bit of info, you can keep on your merry way and accomplish those resolutions!
To accomplish goals we need to utilize a little something called motivation and will power. People seem to think that motivation is intrinsic and will power is this capability of some and absent from others. I used to be one of those people, until I learned a little secret that allowed me to start accomplishing goals, like running my first 10k over two years ago!
During grad school I kept hearing so much from my patients about “I just can’t do it”, “I’ll stick to it for a week and give up”, and “I’m just not able to do this.” It was so frustrating to see them so frustrated. So, like any good grad student, I decided to do some research.
It turned out that there was a groundbreaking study done on this very phenomenon: willpower fatigue.
In the study, a group of experimenters presented one group with radishes to eat and one group with fresh baked cookies to eat, and a very difficult task.
The experimenters told the people in the groups that they would be allowed to stop the task at any point. Funny enough, they observed that the group that wasn’t allowed to eat the cookies stopped the task approximately ten minutes earlier than the group that was allowed to eat the cookies.
Having to exert willpower to not eat the cookies drained them of such a significant amount of willpower that they had to stop the difficult task earlier than the group (cookie group) who did not have to exert any willpower before. Can you guys relate?
So, after this super famous study, psychologists began to suggest that will power is like a muscle: it fatigues and has to be rested. We’re here to help you find some ways to replenish your will power!
Meditate with a cup of tea in the morning sans social media, TV, etc.
Decrease overall stress by meditating in the morning and switching your cup of coffee for tea! High caffeine levels can increase levels of stress.
Get a good night sleep
Brains have trouble functioning properly when running on sleep deprivation. So get in that good quality sleep! Check out this sleep hygiene article for some ideas on how to improve sleep!
Cook a healthy & heart warming dinner
Take a fifteen minute break mid-day
If you’re a go, go, go person I encourage you to stop, stop, stop! Imagine lifting the same muscle group 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you did, eventually you’d notice negative effects on your cognitive abilities, fatigue, and decreased work performance? Replensh your willpower by taking a break, maybe with some yoga!
Ok, I know this one can be difficult and I’ll do a whole other post on setting boundaries. However, if you feel bombarded by demands, requests, and feel like you have no time for yourself you need to set boundaries. Just say: “I really care about you, but I need fifteen minutes to myself. I’ll call you when I’m done.” Linda and I do this all the time with each other. If we didn’t set boundaries we’d drive each other up the wall! And because we set limits, we have a wonderful mother-daughter relationship!
If you can relate to this, let us know. Tell us how you relax and how strong your willpower is. We love to hear from you!
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