Making better choices requires discipline, mindfulness, and willpower

Yesterday, we discussed the difficulty our mind and ego presents when we try to make the best choice possible.  Temptation can be a huge player in that process! However, mindfulness and discipline go a long way to making better choices and helping you achieve your optimal state of health. Achieving these states need not be as difficult as it may seem.


The reality of temptation


Speaking of temptation, it is real!  When you’re tempted, you do lose sight of your goals. In an experiment involving four-year-olds, those who were the best at avoiding being tempted actually turned their back on the temptation (in this case, cookies).  If  you can, avoid temptation—this will make picking a better choice easier.


Mindfulness: The discipline you need to make better choices


Mindfulness and discipline

Use mindfulness to bring discipline to the decision process. Be focused on now.  Focus on what you what to accomplish in this minute.  


Mindfulness and your personal rules/values

If, after focusing on the present moment, you are tempted to break a rule that you have set for yourself, try and observe why. Discover your hidden motivation to break the rule, so that you can go back and make a rule that “fits” better.  Everyone has had the experience to do something that we know better than to do. This very human experience even has a name—an akratic action.  Use mindfulness to examine these actions so that you can refine your rules, behaviors, temptations and situations to help you model better behavior going forward.


Willpower and mindfulness

I started talking about how energy and maintaining self-control is energy-consuming.  Studies show that if we display willpower on one count, then are called upon to show willpower again, the second occasion will be more difficult, the third even more so, and so forth.  Also, our ability to withstand challenges to our willpower grows weaker throughout the day. We lose energy as the day goes on.


Being mindful can help us determine whether we are a victim of our circumstances, or a victim of ourselves. When you find yourself saying that you couldn’t possibly go on, try to think of a scenario where you could go on—for example, if you would receive $10,000, could you go on then?  Use this visualization to be accountable to yourself…understand yourself… What really lies between you and making better choices?


You can make the change!


Dr Joe Dispenza says your personality dictates your personal reality—you can make a change.  We are going to explore how we can change our mind and make it matter!


If you’re accelerating your aging by the choices you’re are making, take stock of both why you are making them, as well as what you can gain by trading in morbidity for vitality. Be mindful in the present for a better future.

Contact me to learn more about improving your resiliency and resisting temptations.  Let’s make a plan to upgrade your vitality today!

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