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place to buy it if it’s not there. Can’t get up in the morning? Purchase “Clocky.”
It’s an alarm clock on wheels that will jump off your night stand, beep, and “run
away” so that you’ll get up and stay up. Feel you can’t save for retirement? Set up
automatic deposits into a retirement savings account – right from your paycheck.
Research shows that people can cut two percent of their paycheck without noticing. Want to work out more? Set up a date to meet friends at the gym so you’ll
go there, while you refer to yourself as an exerciser, of course! Or, consider an
activity tracker. I have to say my “FitBit Zip” has galvanized me to make sure I
walk at least 10,000 steps a day, and I’ve lost nine pounds in the last seven weeks.
I really didn’t think I’d be motivated by this little gadget, but I am.
• Pay for your “sins.” Check out the intriguing site stickK.com.
This free site, developed by behavioral economists at Yale University, helps you
develop a “commitment contract” so you’ll meet your goal, such as losing weight,
quitting smoking, or exercising more. You can also customize your goal. The
kicker? You can put money on the line to increase your chances that you’ll meet
your goal. If you don’t meet it, your money goes to a charity. Second kicker? You
can set up your contract so money will go to an “anti-charity” if you don’t meet
your goals. For example, depending on your views about guns, your anti-charity
could be either the NRA or the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.
• Breathe deeply. When temptation rears its ugly head, the simple
act of taking a few deep breaths can reduce stress, which is a big contributor to
wreaking havoc with our willpower. Meditation also reduces stress and increases
• Reframe the way you talk to yourself. Use positive
affirmations, such as these from affirmation expert Che Garman: “All my habits
are under my complete control,” “Exercising self-control gives me an immense
feeling of accomplishment,” and “I acknowledge my resistance and move forward
anyway.” It really helps.
• Get more Zzzs. Sleep deprivation negatively affects the pre-frontal
cortex, the part of the brain involved with cravings and the stress response. How
much sleep is enough? Noted sleep researcher Daniel Kripke says between 6. 5 –
7. 5 hours per night.
• Move more and eat better. Yes, it turns out that exercise,
with its release of feel-good chemicals called endorphins, and nutritious foods
can also boost our willpower.
• Don’t tell yourself “No,” tell yourself “Maybe
later.” Knowing you can change your mind about something in the future
makes it easier to resist in the present. So, saying “Maybe I’ll eat that donut to-morrow,” might allow you to push away temptation today.
“Willpower is the power to take action while the mind searches for excuses,”
says Che Garman. By incorporating some of these eight suggestions into your
daily life, you can increase your willpower, and resist that first marshmallow so
you’ll end up with two.
Jan Cullinane is an award-winning retirement author and speaker. Her current
book is The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement (Wiley/AARP).