Ever wondered why most of the people are not able to keep up with the New Year resolution of following a proper diet routine?
Most of us get excited to start off on a diet routine because we think of the benefits a good diet regime can bring about in us. We start off initially with enthusiasm and follow the diet routine for a while. Then boredom sets in, the enthusiasm vanishes and the next we know is that we are indulging in those extra calories chocolates, cakes etc.
Temptations are something that a human mind can seldom control. Temptations of any kind are a good way to test ourselves especially when trying to follow a strict diet regime. I often wonder what could come in between an individual and his goal that could make it or break it. When I decided to take up some diet or an exercise routine, I knew the benefits of it, I knew how to do it and what to do as well, despite all this awareness something wasn’t right. And, that trigged a a thought in me, and I came to a conclusion that my Will Power was less.
I have realized to achieve a difficult task one needs tremendous will power. And having a will power to overcome difficulties in health is paramount.
Well, do not misunderstand Will Power to your enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is something which leads us to start a process. It is more often than not the initial excitement towards indulging in something you never have. On the other hand ‘Will’ can be described as a desire to make sure you are up to your goal and go through the entire process to achieve that goal. Will is all about motivation. Some people need motivation where they get a push from others in terms of words or actions.
As a personal fitness trainer, I often come across various excuses from people which lead them to go off track. Often people need someone after them to motivate them and encourage them. And, then you have this other set of people who are self-motivated and do not need anyone pushing or encouraging them. Their self-motivation helps them work towards their goal and achieve it.
Before taking an action and after making a decision your will power decides how eager you are to achieve your goal. Be it any goal, the degree of possibility of achieving it has to be decided by you. For some people your goal might sound impossible while for some it might sound simple and easy. The first thing to have a strong will is do not let any body’s opinion influence your thoughts towards your goal.
You can always welcome some inputs from professionals and experienced people. Studies have proven that taking small steps towards a large goal, structured in a sequence, strengthens practical approach and once you know how to approach your goal practically it becomes more easy. This in turn strengthens will. Procrastinating can hamper the will. If you know you have got to do something to achieve your goal just go ahead and work on it and complete the task.
Here are some tips to strengthen your will.
Note down your desires or your goal: Write down your thoughts or goals. Making a list helps as it works as a reminder to keep you on track towards your goal. Make sure your write it down some place where it is easily visible to you. Say for instance a sticky note on your fridge reminding you of your goal or a note on your office soft board or your study which you frequent. Motivational quotes also helps. Today there are apps for motivational quotes that you can download on your tab or phone. I personally keep an image of an idol or quotes as my mobile home screen so every time I unlock my mobile it helps me to stay motivated.
Meditate for five minutes a day: Sit up straight and focus your attention on your breath. When your mind wanders, you’ll be building willpower. When you simply notice that your mind has wandered and you bring your attention back to your breath. When you are aware of what you are doing (e.g., “I’m feeling tempted to scarf that down.”), you’re actually engaging the part of your brain you need for willpower, rather than letting your impulses take over. Meditation gives you practice at engaging your self-awareness; as a bonus, deep slow breathing also helps strengthen your self-control.
Get enough sleep: It’s seven to eight hours of sleep daily for an adult, at least nine for teens, or 10 to 12 for elementary and middle school kids. Sleep deprivation makes us susceptible to temptations and pulls us away from our goals. Self-control requires loads of brain power, and when we are tired, our bodies don’t tend to deliver enough glucose to our brain for it to get the willpower engine going.
Remind yourself what you really want, rather than what you think you should want.
Ask yourself, frequently: How do you want to feel? Then visualize what you will lose if you give in to temptation.
No wonder the age old adage goes as ‘Where there is a will, there is a way.