Willpower is often talked about as the make or break of dieting.
Previous research suggested that we had a limited number of decisions that we could make in the day. This is the reason Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg have wardrobes of the same coloured suits and t shirts; they can save the decision making for the important business stuff.
However, more recent research –which is still ongoing; suggests that how much willpower we have is down to how much willpower we think we have.
It appears that this continuing rise in mind-set is incredibly relevant when it comes to willpower.
Carol Dweck is a Professor of Psychology and has previously written about this in her book Mindset. Her theory is that people with a fixed mindset limit their potential by being unable to believe that they can increase their capability in things like intelligence or confidence. People with a growth mindset believe that they can achieve whatever they want with a strategy, clear goals and hard work.
This then leads us back to our will power and our beliefs about it as well as our beliefs about our ability to lose weight or run 5k for example.
We need to be able to believe that we are capable of resisting that slice of cake, we are capable of losing weight and keeping it off and we are capable of running 5k or whatever else it may be.
Do you believe that you are capable of achieving your goals?
Maybe if you have failed before you think that it is because you aren’t able to do it? Hey, I failed my driving test twice but I passed eventually! There are plenty of people that faced this situation but we didn’t give up and we succeeded eventually.
The same can apply to anything. If you have spent years dieting and then falling off the wagon you may believe that this will happen every time you try to lose weight.
STOP! YOU ARE CAPABLE OF ANYTHING YOU JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE YOU ARE! And then of course you have to put in the necessary hard work to achieve it.
But your first barrier is you and your mindset.
Start believing that you do have plenty of willpower to say no that extra glass of wine; once you have done that once you have your previous experience to remind you that you have done it before so you can do it again.
Believe that you are the sort of person who loses weight and keeps it off.
You can run 5k-you just need to build it up over time and you will get there.
Just believe that you can!