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012: How to Retain your Willpower, Right through ’til Bath Time

Willpower is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets


Do you wake up in the morning with good intentions?

Today’s the day that I’m going to start running.

Today’s the day that I’m going to get my paperwork in order.

Today’s the day that I’m going to cut out chocolate.

But come the evening, you’re completely shattered, the kids are driving you crazy, and low and behold, none of it has been done, despite your good intentions.

And you feel like you’ve failed yourself again.

The good news is, the only thing that stands between you and your goals is willpower.

It’s not that some people have it and some people don’t.


We all have willpower. And it’s a skill you can develop.

In this weeks episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about willpower and the determination to succeed.

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Please leave a comment:

Tell us in the comments. What erodes your willpower? What do you keep planning to do, but keep putting off?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

EXPERIMENT: Stanford Marshmallow experiment

ARTICLE: Blame it on the Brain in The Wall Street Journal (which mentions the healthy vs. unhealthy snack experiment)

PROFILE: Roy Baumeister, social psychologist

PROFILE: Tony Robbins, motivational speaker and self-development author

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Lisa York

Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, being kind to herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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5 replies
  1. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Thanks Shonta. I hope continue to serve you as best I can.

  2. Shonta
    Shonta says:

    Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Very helpful info specially the last part :) I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this particular info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  3. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Have you considered setting up something to divert your attention if you are snacking at the wrong time? For example, if I crave chocolate, I brush my teeth because I no longer feel like eating it.

    I also posted this video in the show notes of 007: Nourish from within | Mandie Spooner . I’m sure can use this technique with other foods.

    It’s great that you’re integrating walking into your day. I do the same by walking to and from school, rather than having a set aside a specific time to exercise.

    Good luck Dina!

  4. Dina El Messidi
    Dina El Messidi says:

    I enjoyed this episode as always.
    What erodes my willpower? Food. I just love food, I forget myself then I have to remind myself I need to stay healthy & watch my diet.
    Excercise as well, I need to stay fit. I walk an hour a day, but some days I just don’t have time. I should make time.
    Thank you Lisa xx

  5. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Hope you enjoyed todays show. Tell me:

    What erodes your willpower? Mine, in a word, is chocolate! It just tastes too good.

    What do you keep planning to do, but keep putting off? For me, it’s filing. It’s so tedious, and there’s so many more exciting things to do.

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