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Willpower Warriors - prepare, protect and empower yourself

Sound like a job for “future me”?

Most of us know a little bit about what we need to do when it comes to keeping ourselves slim, healthy and fit.

Most of us know that drinking too much booze, smoking and spending too many hours scrolling through social media each day is bad for us!

So...

WHY do we do it?

To help me answer this…I did a bunch of research and I was extremely excited to find that my main lady crush (Health Psychologist Kelly Mc Gonigal) actually created a school at Stanford University called the “Science of Willpower”. She created it to help answer this exact question (it’s like we're connected…if only I wasn't years behind her in my knowledge journey).

She has even written a book called the “The Willpower Instinct” and it is the BOMB. If you make it to the bottom of this article and want to learn more about this kind of stuff…check it out!

There are a few theories as to why we don’t just get our booty into gear and do what we should do. One of these theories (which is dominant in psychological and neuroscience literature), is that we have two minds/selves:

a “present-self” (P) who is more interested in immediate gratification, the more instinctual self - the one who wants that Ben and Jerry’s

a “future-self” (F) who is more mindful about what is going into your body and mind and what will happen in the long run.

There are some people that have these 2 minds overlapping a lot…and some that don’t at all.

There are also people that tend to think that their “true-self” is the present self. Whilst writing this blog...I realised that I am one of these people...