What is it that gives us that willpower that we so desperately need?
Whether it is to keep out of the cookie jar, force ourselves out of bed at an ungodly hour to help our babes, hit the treadmill or just clean the house that has spun out of control. What gives us that inner drive, what deters us from unhealthy temptation, keeps us going?
Do we stay out of cookies so we can fit back into the favorite jeans? Is it true that nothing tastes as good as thin feels? (That’s what I keep telling myself!)
Is it as simple as that? Pure vanity insanity that provides willpower?
Is it undying primal love that can motivate us out of bed with a raging headache and 4 hours sleep. Must be there for the kids. If that is true, why are some of us able to do it and not others? Must come down to willpower!
Cleaning the house. Ug. The only good reason to do that is to create a safe, loving, healthy, warm environment for my family. Ok Maybe that is good reason.
Maybe willpower is not so much a choice as it is a gift. Isn’t it harder to exercise willpower when you are stressed? When the bills are piling up? When the baby is sick? When you are having an “ugly” day? When your kids are sad..or you are? It is easier to control, to be strong when all the stars are aligned, when everything seems to be going right.
I thank God every day for my family. I believe they are the main reason I have willpower. It comes down to love. I was raised by two strong loving parents. I have an incredible husband who supports me in every way. I am blessed with two spirited and beautiful girls who force me to get up with a smile. I count my blessings. I count myself as one of the lucky ones.
My blessings have helped to set me in the right direction. They have given me a more positive outlook on life. I am learning to love myself. Until you can do that, you can’t possibly have any willpower. I am not strong 100% of the time, but the love from my family and for them does make it easier for me to exercise my gift of willpower.
Today I can brag that I am loved, and I have willpower.
So I am intrigued, what gives you willpower?