The Inverse Relationship Between Habits and Willpower

It’s hard to keep up willpower for any length of time. Yes, we can stick to a low-fat 1,000 calorie diet and go hungry for a week or two, but eventually, our willpower fades. And yes, we can do exercise we hate for a while… until we run out of willpower. Does this sound familiar? I know it’s personally happened to me quite a number of times. But what about getting up to take the kids to school every morning, brushing our teeth or going to work every day. Those may not be our favorite things to do either, but we do them daily without the risk of running out of willpower. That’s because they have become habits. They are so ingrained in what we do and who we are that we do them without even considering skipping a day…

3 Steps to Creating New Habits

Last week we finished the series on Setting and Reaching Your Goals.  One of the key factors in reaching goals is to make your behaviors that are necessary to reach the goal a habit.  We all have times in our lives where we intentionally want to change our behavior for the better and create new habits for ourselves. This could be getting in the habit of eating healthier and drinking more water. We can start by choosing healthier foods at the grocery store or making smarter choices when we eat out. Or it could be becoming more active and going for a daily walk. Or it could be work-related, or spiritual. There are so many areas in our lives that could be improved and made easier if we created new habits. Getting into the habit of doing something is often easier…