Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 24 July 2018
Well, here a few things you need to know about willpower, and how wishing for more is like wishing money grew on trees.
Willpower is not an all or nothing phenomenon. A lot of us think that if we have willpower we should be able to make the right decision all the time. This is not true.
We also think that willpower must be a genetic gift. Also not true.
Will power is a finite resource that you shouldn’t rely on to change behaviour.
Will power is controlled by our prefrontal cortex. As we make more and more decisions throughout the day we end up with decision fatigue and willpower is depleted. That’s when autonomic behaviours kick in. These behaviours are controlled by the brainstem or our “lizard brain”. This is the part of our brain focused on keeping us safe and avoiding any changes, regardless of whether they are good for us or not.
So if we shouldn’t rely on willpower, what should we be doing if we want to make lasting changes in our diet, exercise routine, or any other healthy habit?
Here are 5 habit changing techniques to will help reduce your need for willpower:
Now I would love to hear from you! Have you ever used the willpower excuse? What did you do to help change your behaviour? Leave a comment below and I’ll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!
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