Why Willpower Won’t Work!


imageThe biggest mistake we can make is to set a goal and try to use willpower alone to achieve or accomplish this goal.  For many years, seminar leaders, experts and coaches have been teaching us to set goals and take action toward those goals everyday. Great concept, the problem is it doesn’t work.

Our subconscious mind, which controls our habits, is actually stronger than our willpower. However, most people are using willpower to create new habits, which takes a lot of energy, a lot of discipline and a lot of focus, and goes against many years of programming. The problem with this is you’re not in the habit of that new habit. Willpower is like a light switch. Imagine walking into a dark room, you flip the light switch on, but it has a spring that automatically turns the light off. In order to keep the light on, you would have to hold that light switch on. Your willpower is the same way, it’s only on when you turn it on and, for most people, that’s a minute or two a day. Most of the day, we do the same thing over and over and, therefore, have the same habits everyday.

The new way to set and achieve goals effortlessly is to delegate your success to your environments. Here’s the catch. When I say environments, most people think of nature, plants, etc. or their physical location. These are types of environments but most people are unaware there are actually 9 different environments controlling our success. These 9 environments are conditioning us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to be Happy Healthy and Wealthy or to be Unhappy, Sick and Broke. Therefore, if you become aware of the 9 environments and learn how to change the environments to pull you into your goals instead of using willpower and force to push you toward your goals, life would become simpler and goals would become easier to accomplish.

Here at Mäni’s, our mission is to provide building blocks in the lives of our employees, customers, and not yet customers, in living a life balanced in eating, drinking, exercising, working, and playing.  So, how is your eating, drinking, exercising, working, and playing going?  Is it balanced?  If there are changes that you would like to make?  If so, what can you change in your environments to delegate your success to your environments?  For example, if you want to exercise more, hire an awesome fitness trainer like Garrett Cooke.  (He is the amazing fitness trainer and nutritionist who helped us design the 400 calorie menu).  Do you want to play more?  Think about who are the people you spend most of your time with.  Do they like to play?  Probably not!  Who do you know that does like to play?  Stop reading this and call them right now…  How about the information you surround yourself with?  Is it supportive and uplifting?  A woman I was coaching couldn’t believe the change in her energy level when she limited the amount of news intake in her life. 

This blog is a part of your environment.  Use it to support the change you want to make.  Write a comment about the change you are going to make in your environment.  Then come back later and update the blog with your progress. 

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