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The Surprising Truth About Willpower

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The Surprising Truth About Willpower

A lot of people ask us about willpower because they think they don’t have enough of it.


Here’s what’s wild about that: it turns out, the fact that they think they don’t have enough willpower might be why they don’t have enough.


Say what?


Back in the 1990s, scientists came up with a theory called “ego depletion,” which basically says that willpower is a limited resource.


And, if you’re tired, stressed, or have made a ton of decisions during the day, you’re more likely to run out of it.


Which sets you up for skipping your planned workouts, ordering takeout instead of eating a healthy home-cooked meal, etc.


BUT… new research suggests that ego depletion may only apply if you believe in it.


So, if you believe you will run out of willpower, you probably WILL.




But this is actually really good news.


It means you can take back control (and personal responsibility!) over your actions — and stop “relying” on willpower!


One way to do that: the next time you feel like you don’t have willpower, go into PROBLEM-SOLVING MODE.


Ask yourself: Why do you feel like your willpower is slipping?

  • Is it a schedule problem?

  • A planning problem?

  • Are your expectations too high, too soon?

  • Are you tired?

  • Are you stressed or upset?


By identifying the root cause of your "lack of willpower", you can address the real issue and find a solution that works for you. It could be as simple as getting more rest or planning ahead for healthy meals. Or, it might require a more significant change, like re-evaluating your schedule or expectations.


Whatever the case may be, remember that you have more control over your actions than you might think. Don't let the idea of limited willpower hold you back.


Instead, focus on problem-solving and taking actionable steps towards your goals. You might be surprised at what you can achieve with a shift in mindset and a bit of strategy.


If you’re ready to focus on the simple steps to achieve your BIG goals, our San Jose personal fitness trainers are here to help!  We've helped 1,000's of men and women just like you find sustainable, simple routes to their goals.  Fill out the "Request More Information Now" box above to receive your free consultation with our caring San Jose personal fitness trainers OR call us 408-371-1212 to connect.  We're looking forward to talking with you!


Committed to your success,

The Method3 Fitness Team


Method3 Fitness is conveniently located in San Jose.  Our team of personal fitness trainers serve clients in Los Gatos, Campbell, Willow Glen and other surrounding Bay Area cities.  

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