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When Willpower Doesn't Work, Focus on Triggers

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“You” are just 10% of your whole brain! It doesn’t matter how much willpower “you” have, that’s like trying to fight someone who is 9 times as strong as you.


So are you ready to try something other than relaying on willpower over and over again?


Noticing your Triggers.  What are you triggers???


One trigger can be certain people.

It doesn’t matter how much willpower you have, if somewhere in the back of your mind (i.e. subconsciousness) says that you should behave X way to this person when this person behaves in Y way, you will most likely behave X way.


If “X” happens to be negative behavior, the best thing you can do to not lose even more control, is by distancing yourself from this trigger.

Again, willpower doesn’t work.


Because as emotions rise, our willpower decreases!

triggers are things in the environment that increase the probability for you to perform certain actions and/or have certain thoughts and feelings.


Simple version: triggers cause you do to certain things

If willpower doesn’t work, what does?

What does work, like said in the example above, is removing certain triggers. Again, an emphasis on “certain” triggers, because not all triggers are bad.


You are trying to do a project that requires a lot of concentration and focus but you have your phone beside you.  It keeps flashing or pinging with messages and it’s causing you to lose focus. Maybe the phone doesn’t trigger you, maybe it’s something else – but the idea is to be aware of your triggers.


What do you do to improve your focus? Remove the trigger.

Ask yourself a few questions,


  1. What is willpower? control exerted to do something or restrain impulses.
  2. What are triggers? Can you name some of your own triggers? And what to do about them?
  3. When does willpower “work” and when not?


Please share this blog post with anyone who is ready to end the emotional and stress mindless munching, nighttime snacking, cravings that are sabotaging their goals and just wants another way besides controlling food and exercise without giving up the foods they love. 


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I’m a wife and mum, personal trainer, fitness/pilates instructor, Behaviour Change Specialist, Nutrition Coach, Pain-Free Movement Specialist, author of Cookie Dough in the Dark, creator of Vibrant Living Membership - your ONE STOP shop for movement + nutrition + mindset..... among many other things!!  I’ve had many issues dealing with the scale going up and down, a muffin top that wouldn’t disappear, emotional eating binges that did not involve carrots and struggling with insecurity! Through all of this I just wanted to feel normal. I wanted to be happy like everyone else!

In my teens and 20’s I wanted the quick fixes, the magic pills, the fairy dust – whatever I could get my hands on to make me a lean, happy and sexy machine. Yup, found out it doesn’t exist. I wanted to cry!! I was so frustrated. I felt like I was going around and around until I was completely exhausted and back at the starting point. And when I talk with other women they feel that way too. So, I delved further into holistic health – the emotional, mental and physical – wrote a book, and have been in this field for many years helping 1000’s of women.

I discovered that by being smarter, not working harder, I could get the results I wanted and also for my clients. It started with some really small shifts that I will share with you over time. With this new knowledge, I felt ALIVE, VIBRANT and COMFORTABLE in my own skin. And my clients felt this way too!

My mission is to continue to help women step into the body they WANT. To feel confident & sexy, in control of their food choices and have their clothes fit just as they should while having the energy to live a VIBRANT life.


Ready to elevate your health? As a certified Behaviour Change & Nutrition Coach, I'd be happy to chat with you. Contact me at [email protected].


Healthy Hugs,


Founder of Vibrant Living and The Willis Method

I look forward to seeing you inside the 5 day stronger to the core challenge

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