A Little Something Personal

I’ve been writing about making changes, New Year’s resolutions, and willpower, hopeful that I can inspire others to stick with it when the going gets rough. Today I want to share a little about my personal journey this January.

Wellness and balance. Those are my goals for 2019. I came out of the gate strong and during the 3rd week of the month I felt especially proud of the progress I’d made. Then something completely unexpected happened. A leak near our water meter meant we went 4 days without running water at our house. You may have experienced this. It sucks.

Almost immediately I noticed an ENORMOUS desire to stress eat. I wanted sugar, sugar, and more sugar. And wine. Two no-no’s on my wellness plan. Even when I could keep those cravings at bay I found I just wanted to eat. Anything. The stress was trying to take it’s toll but I was determined.

Not having water changed how and what I could cook. All my meal plans for the week went down the drain. I had to improvise in a way I wasn’t used to at all. How do you cook, but not use very many dishes or pots, and not need water for what you cook? Stress level – 11.

The first day I was sure I’d starve. At the end of day two I gained some confidence. I’d make it longer that I thought I could and I hadn’t caved. It took every bit of willpower I could summon but I did it. I stuck to my plan. Yes, it was hard. No, I wouldn’t want to do it again. The takeaway for me is that my will is strong. I can accomplish anything even in the face of unexpected circumstances. Quitting isn’t an option.

Bring on February and the rest of 2019. I’m ready for whatever the year brings!

Namaste,

Melissa

Willpower

How strong is your willpower? We all have it in some measure, we just don’t use it all the time. We have kind of a love/hate relationship with this mysterious force. When we set and then work to achieve goals, willpower can play a large part. If we stumble or fail it’s easy to blame willpower.

When you think of willpower as a tool it’s an asset. Keep these things in mind:

  • Willpower is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. So flex your willpower often and notice the results.
  • Willpower is a practice and it must be practiced daily. Maybe all day. A misstep early in the day doesn’t make the entire day a fail. Get back to the practice of willpower and turn the day around.
  • Willpower is strongest in the morning. If your goal is related to accomplishing one thing a day, do it early for best results. This applies to workouts, starting or finishing a project, meditating, etc.
  • Since willpower can diminish throughout the day, plan for it. You may need fuel for your body or rest for your mind to accomplish things later in the day. Know your weakness and plan around it.
  • Willpower is contagious. Find people with strong willpower and hang out with them. It’s ok to temporarily avoid the person who saps your willpower until you feel stronger.
  • Share your goals with others. When you say them out loud you create a system of accountability. Someone is bound to ask about your progress and you’ll want to give a good report. Accountability can strengthen willpower.
  • Don’t let a set back derail your plan. You’re human – you mess up, you move on. Learn from your willpower hiccup and start over.

Believe in yourself, tap into your willpower, and learn to use it to your advantage as often as possible. Be willing to try and try again. Don’t give up. You’ve got this!

Namaste,

Melissa