Friday, April 24, 2009

Will Power vs. Real Change

What is it that makes the difference between will power and real change? Will power is when you do something (or don't do something) for no other reason than that you think is good for you or that you think you should do it. You don't really want to do it. You don't really enjoy doing it. You do it because you decide it's what you need to do. That seems simple enough. It can even work for a while.

Eventually, however, will power breaks down. Something in you rebels, you stop doing that good-for-you thing and you revert back to your old behavior. Real change is when something in you clicks and you want to do the good for you thing. Maybe you don't love doing that thing but, you believe in it so completely that you feel compelled to do it. Will power is good for one time deals. Real change is good for the long haul.

The question is, how do you create real change? The key is to find your reason. Know why you want to do whatever it is. Know it not just intellectually but, on an emotional level. Whether you create the emotional connection of fear of not doing it or joy of doing it or both, create that connection.

On those occasional days when you're tired or extra busy and you want to blow off the thing you promised yourself you'd do will power can be enough to get you to the gym or keep you away from the grocery store for that day. When you realize your slipping is becoming more of a pattern then you can revisit the power of that emotional connection to get you back on track. On second thought, why wait for slipping to become a pattern. Try renewing your commitment everyday by focusing on the emotion of it, the passion of the decision you've made to take care of yourself. That is the power of real change.

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