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Mini Habits Update 3

Will power beats out motivation. Try that.
As promised, here's another update from the book, Mini Habits

My last update on Mini Habits talked about author, Stephen Guise's, views regarding the negative aspects of using motivation as the driving force behind accomplishing goals. He said motivation is temporary, because it is based on how we feel at any given moment and feelings constantly change. As I read further, he goes on to say that "motivation works sometimes, so it’s tricky to evaluate."

Will power, he says, is more consistent because, 'you can improve your ability to take action despite feeling resistance due to emotional trauma, lack of confidence, bad moods, or low energy levels. And if you rely on motivation, you will have a difficult time sticking to a schedule' (p 43).

What do you think?

I tend to agree with Guise, because there are certain things I don't want to do everyday, but I have to force myself to do them. My motivation is sometimes zero, but that's irrelevant when it comes to getting things done. I chose to push through -- getting things done is a choice.

I love watching super athletes, because they've been conditioned to push themselves to their breaking points and even beyond if that's even possible. I know they're not always motivated to push past their pain, but they understand the importance in what their doing and where they want to go. Their will power is through the roof. We can learn from them.

I would imagine anyone who achieves anything great has those same tendencies too. That's why I think Guise hit on to something when he wrote his book. Good for him. And good for some of us too, because we can do the same thing. We can be super whatevers as long as we know we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. That's what I say to myself every now and then.

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