Will Power: What Is It?

When people embark on a ‘weight loss kick’ they often cite a lack of ‘will power’ as their reason for failure.

But what is will power?

In this article I thought I’d give you my take on it:

Will power is not something that you are born with. It’s not something you are given. Likewise it is not something that can be taken away from you.

Will power comes from within. It comes from the intense desire to achieve something that means a hell of a lot to you.

Will power does not manifest itself when your goals are wishy-washy or have no meaning.

Will power does not develop from wishful thinking or when your goals go along the lines of “wouldn’t it be nice if”

So where does the will power come from that enables you to stick to a diet, or exercise program?

Again, it comes from within. Starting a diet, which really should be a change of lifestyle, comes from the desire to change what you see in the mirror, on the scales or the way you fit into your clothes.

However for some people this desire isn’t strong enough as it’s routed in the “wouldn’t it be nice if” category.

Yes it would be nice to be lighter, yes it would be nice to be slimmer and yes it would be nice to fit into your clothes better but unless you absolutely want to achieve those things you’ll always chose cake over carrots or the sofa over squats.

Therefore failure to achieve your goals doesn’t come down to a lack of will power but rather a lack of clarity on why you have embarked on your current exercise or eating regime. If you don’t know exactly why you are doing what you are doing then you can’t start to lose focus and that’s when the excuses pop up.

Excuses are little more than you giving yourself permission to fail!

Don’t do it, know what it is you want to do, make a plan on how you are going to achieve it and then execute that plan.