Willpower 101: How to increase yours

"It's not that some people have willpower and some don't... it's that some people are ready to change and others are not." -James Gordon

Are there things you want to change in your business (and life), but things stay the same week after week, month after month and year after year? It's not that you're a bad person, you just don't seem to get around to doing what you know needs to be done.

Why is that? Why is it that we don't act on what we know to be right? Is it laziness? Is it lack of motivation? Maybe.

But, I would say that it's a more insidious issue. Lack of willpower.

For some, it takes a crisis to change. For others, "being sick and tired of being sick and tired" is the straw that breaks the camel's back.

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready." -Paulo Coelho

Tip #1. Uncover your motivation. Sometimes the incentive to act is pain. Other times it's the promise of pleasure. What is your incentive to finally buckle down and take action?

"Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great." -Niccolo Machiavelli 

Tip #2. Seek out short-cuts, strategies and tips to make it easier! Sometimes the thing that needs to change is monumental and you're afraid at how difficult it's going to be or how long it's going to take.

"Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while." -Jack Welch 

Tip #3. Know that change leads to change. Initially your actions may cause a bit of chaos in your business, relationships etc. Mitigate the uncertainty by anchoring yourself with spiritual practices or stress reduction techniques (they're really one in the same).

"The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
-Barbara Sher
Tip #4. Just do it. I know it sounds cliche, but the fact remains-- you just gotta do what you have to do.

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” -Meister Eckhart

Tip #5. Get help. If you need support and accountability, ask for it. Closed mouths don't get fed. 

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