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15 Things You Need to Know About Willpower

How to develop willpower.

Do you feel you don’t have enough willpower?

You’re not alone.  Almost everyone feels they lack self-control.  And feelings of hopelessness when it comes to personal resolve have only intensified because temptations have multiplied in modern times and dog us at every turn.

In their New York Times bestseller, Willpower:  Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength (affiliate link), Roy Baumeister and John Tierney reveal that one-fourth of our waking hours are spent resisting urges.  That puts our personal struggle with self-control into perspective, doesn’t it?

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How to Fight Distraction and Make Your Goals Happen

There’s such highly charged collective energy around positive change at the New Year.  We’re all eager to get healthy habits in place, set exciting goals, and make our dreams come true.  Anything seems possible.

But how do you stay accountable a few weeks later when that starry-eyed energy wears off, you’re faced with the day-to-day drudgery of making your goals happen, and distractions tempt you at every turn?

According to U.S. News, by the second week of February, 80% of us have failed on our resolutions.

For me though, it’s not about impetuous resolutions made in response to holiday indulgences.  I put considerable thought and energy into creating an annual strategy for my life and my tiny business.  I’m dead serious when I set those goals even if I’m simultaneously naive and overly enthusiastic.

Here’s the hitch for me. It’s easy for me to be accountable to others.  It’s a million times more difficult to be accountable to myself — to my own dreams and aspirations.  The fact that I no longer work for anyone else and thus don’t have to do anything, makes it all the more harder for me.

In a recent heart-to-heart, these words mysteriously slipped out:  “I don’t want to be accountable to myself.”  Where was that coming from, especially for someone who demonstrated a high level of responsibility for most of her life?

This illustrates to me how our fears and resistance run deep.  If we want to make our goals happen, we need a mix of the right tools, the inside story on willpower, and the courage to look deeply within at the sources of our own self-defeating patterns.

Today, I’d like to share some of the ways I plan to stay accountable this year, hopefully all year long, not just in January or part of February.  I’ll also offer a few questions to help you look at deeper issues that might be holding you back from changing bad habits or achieving your dream. In my next post, I’ll focus on 10 things you need to know about willpower.

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Make a Resolution to Listen to Your Heart

What's the most important resolution you can make? Heart-Centered Living | Listen to Your Heart | Follow Your Heart #heart-centered #listentoyourheart

I’m delighted to share a guest post today from Courtney Carver, the author of the just published Soulful Simplicity, How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More.

It’s that time of year when we are supposed to resolve to be better, thinner, more productive and other things that we seem to re-resolve every year. What if this year were different? What if this year we rejected all of the ways the outside world tells us that we are supposed to be and instead, decide for ourselves?

This year, make a resolution to listen to your heart.

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12 Top Personal Growth Posts – Always Well Within 2017

Was 2017 as intense for you as it was for me?  It turned out to be one of the most challenging years of my life.

I know challenges can help us grow if we know how to work them. Still, I’m eager for respite.  How about you?

Because I’m going to relax or spend time in my creative nest for the rest of December, I’m sharing my annual “best of Always Well Within” post now.

This year on the blog, instead of just going with my flow, I especially focused my writing on the topics you favored in my last reader survey:

  • Self-Kindness, Self-Acceptance, and Self-Love
  • Intuition and Heart-Centered Living
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Spiritual Practice
  • Emotional Healing and Emotional Balance
  • Stress Relief and Relaxation and Ease

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How to Capture Your Most Important 2017 Life Lessons (with Free Workbook)

Personal Year End Review

Each year I share a series of compelling questions to help you capture your year-end life lessons and confidently move into the new year.  This simple practice of year-end reflection and integration can be a powerful way to become more aligned with your true self each and every year.

While it might seem early to start on your personal year-end reflection, I personally like to plant the questions like seeds in the back of my mind and let them naturally germinate for awhile before I start journaling about them.

You can use these questions as writing or journaling prompts and dig deeply. Or you can work with them lightly to paint an impressionistic picture of your year.  There isn’t one right way.  One word answers are fine if that’s what suits you, or you can pour your heart out if that will help you make the most of the year.

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11 Sure Signs You Need to Strengthen Your Boundaries

11 sure signs you need to strengthen your personal boundaries

Personal boundaries are essential for a happy, healthy, and meaningful life.

You need clear personal boundaries to:

  • Make good choices
  • Stay aligned with your values, goals, and personal mission
  • Keep out of danger
  • Avoid unhealthy relationships
  • Foster honesty, understanding and respect in all your relationships
  • Set limits with yourself so you’re not run by false beliefs and unhappy personality patterns
  • Allocate your money and resources wisely
  • Take good care of your physical health and emotional well-being

And those are just some of the ways personal boundaries can help you.

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