Willpower. Self Control.
Just do it?
The beginning of the year is a prime time to resolve to start or restart new habits and lifestyle changes. I’m sure you’ve been thinking about one, whether you made it public or not. A fresh start. A reset. A new you.
Do you have what it takes to go from “hope” to “habit?” Can you move from “resolution” to “reality?”
And I’m sure that willpower and self-control will enter the discussion.
- Try not to eat another…
- Snooze or get up…
- Limit the time you spend on…
- Can’t I just skip it today…
So what is willpower? And is it the same as self-control? Let’s explore.
What’s Your Marshmallow?
You may have heard of “The Marshmallow Test.”
The premise is simple: You can eat one marshmallow now or, if you can wait, you get to eat two marshmallows later.
Place them in front of a preschooler and leave the room. What happens next?
This video/article from CNN finds that “the techniques that children showed to delay gratification would have a profound effect on them for decades.”
Compare how you do with your goals vs these preschoolers and their marshmallow temptation. 🙂
Willpower Is A Broken Approach To Thriving And Success
Willpower is the ability to resist short-term gratification in pursuit of long-term goals or objectives.
I’ve often thought I was really good at that. I think I have the mental toughness, self-discipline, and sheer grit to muscle through just about anything.
But maybe I’m approaching things wrong?
“Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve your relationships, be happier, write a book, or start a business — willpower won’t help you with any of these things.”
Godly Self Control vs “Just Do It”
How much “self” is there in “self-control?” Can’t you just muster up enough grit and hustle and accomplish whatever you set your mind to? Is there a spiritual component to willpower?
“Fundamental to the Christian view of self-control is that it is a gift. It is the fruit of the Holy Spirit.” This article explains how “Godly self-control says no by faith in the superior power and pleasure of Christ.”
The Fierce Fruit Of Self-Control
(3 min read)
Want more Scriptural references to self-control? Scripture For Self-Control (3 min read)
You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to make today worth remembering.
-Meredith Willson, The Music Man: A Musical Comedy
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