Don’t Rely on Willpower: Why Changing Your Environment Takes You Farther

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” 

~Jim Rohn~

        Willpower alone is not enough for us to change. I guarantee you that no matter what, your intention will not carry you through 100% of the time. This is nothing against any of us—or even a comment on how much drive a person has. It has much more to do with biology and the brain. If we have done something over and over again and again, we create that pattern in our brains. This means that even if you are very determined to do something differently, it can feel like the fight of your life to go against the way you’ve trained your brain.  If you’ve ever tried to change an ingrained routine or a habit, you might already know this from experience. In that moment, you will likely revert to your most common or comfortable response. This is even more common when under stress, since we tend to seek familiarity and comfort in moments of tension...

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What seeds are you sowing? Building habits for a more fulfilling and effective life. 

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

~Galatians 6:9 (ESV)~

        Have you ever thought about habits as a gateway to your dreams? Maybe that sounds strange, but think about it. There are aspects of your life and personhood that you want to change, as all of us do, in order to continue transforming into our glorious best selves. There are actions that you want to take, and even build into your life. Your future self, that dream self, can be reached one action and habit at a time. But it can take a lot of effort to always muscle the willpower it takes to make good choices. It is a better economy of time and energy to weave the things you want to do into your routine, so that you don’t even have to think about them much.

        But I want to encourage you to step away from the obligation-based “doing” of it all, and imagine your life as a garden. Every choice...

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