I think we all struggle with willpower in one area or another. For some, it might be addiction, to perfection, to drugs, to spending money. For me, I sometimes lack the willpower to finish something.
When it gets really boring in the last hour of work.
When I don’t want to think through a cohesive blog post.
When I don’t allow my body to appropriately recover from a run.
These are all sources where I lack willpower.
When it comes to running, I usually can muster the grit to get out there are start. Then it becomes the best part of my day. However, I sometimes don’t close the deal. I don’t get enough rest. I may run too much. I don’t eat the best foods or foam roll enough. I don’t finish the job.
At work, during this time of year it gets slower and towards the end of the shift I find myself getting antsy. I find myself thinking about all the other things I could be doing or if I should go home early. It is quite a conundrum because I want to make money, but I also have other things I could do instead (work on my van, bike, other jobs etc.)
Blogging, well, sometimes I just don’t have a conclusion to write and don’t want to think about it.
I’ve been reading The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal and it has empowered me to actually try to fix these issues. Whenever I get antsy at work, I stop, breathe deeply and think WILLPOWER. Seriously that’s what I do. I think remind myself of the money, and that the other things I think I could be doing will get done later. Doing this has also encouraged me to start using Google Calendar, where I allot time for those other things. This makes me believe I will do them and won’t forget. When I get antsy, I pray. I pray for a calm mind to get through the boring and tell myself that being bored is a skill. I need to be able to be bored.
When it comes to running, I put confidence in the people guiding me. I do what they say. They think, I listen and block out the part of me that thinks it’s not enough. I consciously find times to rest. I have built foam rolling into my day. Again, I block out time for it, not an obscure “I’ll foam roll tonight.” I do my best not to overthink food, but get enough in. I try, but I do not obsess. I pray that all things work for my body and I thank God for that.
In conclusion, my willpower will grow as I continue to be mindful of what I am doing, decreasing my multi-tasking, assuring myself I’ll get things done, or I won’t and most times that’s ok, and praying.