Willpower is NOT the ability to say “NO.”
It’s the ability to say “Not right now.”
One of the biggest reasons we give up is we feel that it takes too much energy to resist whatever temptation we face. The thought of “going without” for long periods of time is daunting, overwhelming – and quite frankly – depressing.
The solution is to realize that willpower does not have to mean “forever,” it can simply mean “for the next few minutes.”
If you’re tempted to give up on your goals because you don’t feel you have the strength to stick with your plan, simply make a commitment that you’ll stick with it for the next ten minutes. That’s all. Most of the time, you’ll find the urge to give up passes in a few moments and before you know it, you’re back on track.
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