Like many of us, you have probably criticised yourself for having absolutely no willpower; wishing you were strong-minded enough to say no to that chocolate, asking why you don't have enough self-control to walk away from the cake counter. You probably think that just gritting your teeth and shouting NO at yourself is the best way to deal with these situations but that's not necessarily the case.
Trying to resist these powerful urges might seem like the best solution. To build an iron willpower that not even superman could breakthrough...but what about another approach; that of the subconscious mind.
No, we're not talking sitting on a couch spilling your innermost thoughts. It's more about thinking how your mind influences your decisions.
We are all creatures of habit. Our subconscious mind adores repetition, so once a habit makes its way in there, it can be rather tricky to get it out again. Think about something you do, perhaps every morning you go to the same coffee shop, order the same drink, eat the same muffin and sit at the same table. I bet if you went in one day and your coffee wasn't available you would feel put out, robbed of something you felt you needed.
So now you find yourself on a weight loss plan that doesn't include your favourite Double Caramel Latte with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles and the white chocolate blueberry muffin. So what do you do?
This is when it's time to break the habit, and to do so, the trigger. Find a new coffee shop or replace the coffee shop altogether with a walk or another activity. By avoiding the trigger 5 times, you can over-write your programme and break the habit. That's one week...that's all. Doesn't sound too hard now does it.
So the next time you are beating yourself up for lack of willpower, stop and think 'how can I change this habit' and then put your energy in to developing a more focused mind-set.