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Since I begin my exercise journey, one of the hardest things for me to do was to get in the swing of a regular exercise routine. I like early morning workouts, but some days I just don't want to even get out of the bed. As soon as that alarm on my phone goes off, I'm swiping it to shut it completely off.
For the last couple of weeks, I have been in a serious funk that I'm still not completely out of. Since I decided to pursue entrepreneurship full time, things have gotten just a little rough and it doesn't seem like they're going to get much better any time soon.
When I decided to take this journey, I knew it wasn't going to be easy because nothing worth having is easy to come by. I don't have it in my to give up because giving up is never an option, it's too easy to do. Like the saying goes "when the going gets tough, the tough gets going," and I consider myself to be very tough and am willing to keep on pushing. You never know how close you are to your breakthrough if you just flat out give up. Most of the time you're so close that's why things seem to get a little harder.
During times like these it's hard to find your willpower. Black Enterprise has compiled a few ways for you to tap into the willpower that is inside of all of us. Take a look at these tips:
1. Don’t run on empty.
Willpower uses mental and physical energy. Research shows that exerting it actually causes drops in blood glucose. And, being hungry andtired can be a worst-case scenario when it comes to our ability to use willpower. That’s why you’ll have an easier time making good choices if you eat healthfully, don’t skip meals, and stay rested.
2. Pave the way for a smooth ride.
By planning ahead, you can reduce the number of decisions you face each day. That way you’ll have willpower when you really need it. For example, it might help to:
3. Keep your eyes on the road.
Staying focused and calm can be a boon to willpower. One way to do this: Practice mindful eating. That means slowing down, savoring every bite—and hitting the brakes before you feel full.
4. Brace yourself for rough patches.
Of course, stress can bump self-control right into the ditch. If you’re struggling, try to focus on what you can do. And, tell yourself not to worry about things you can’t control.
And, don’t go it alone. Ask for support from others. When we feel disconnected or lonely, it can be difficult to stay strong and motivated. Share your goals with friends and family. And, celebrate your successes with them, too!
5. Shift into park.
Here’s one final tip for the road: When faced with an unhealthy temptation, stop for a minute. Ask yourself: Does this choice support my health goals?