We all know what it takes to break a habit, right? You just have to have the willpower to do it!
It takes willpower to quit smoking, lose weight, or get that Starbucks monkey off your back! If you don’t have the willpower, you’re told that you are “weak” or “weak-willed”. And you pray for the willpower to make something happen.
Well, what if, instead of trying to “will” yourself to do something good for you, you just had the desire to do it?
What if you just woke up one morning and said, “I am so excited to go to the gym!”? And you really felt excited to go work out? Or you just had NO DESIRE for another cigarette. Wow.
One of my friends quit smoking years ago, and after about 5 years, I asked her, “Do you ever want a cigarette?” She said, “Every day.”
By using willpower, she didn’t smoke, but she still WANTED to smoke.
I myself am a former smoker. Yes, it’s true. And you know there is nothing more sanctimonious than an ex-smoker! I actually quit 5 times before it took. And the reason? I quit because I had the DESIRE. The first 4 times, I only used willpower. And I eventually failed.
You see, when you feel the desire to do something, there is no need for willpower. You don’t have to think about it. You just do what you have the desire to do. You don’t have to will yourself to go to the gym or not to smoke. You don’t have to make yourself go to a job you hate or not to go to Starbucks. (I admit I’m a Starbucks junkie with no DESIRE to quit!)
So where do you get this fabulous thing called desire? Ask.
That’s it. You just ask for it. And you tell Mr. Will Power good-bye, because you don’t need him anymore. Miss Dee Zire has taken over and she feels good!
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