Below is my post on WILLPOWER. In addition, be sure to see my SPECIAL MESSAGE TO MY READERS about changes in my blog this year.
For many people willpower does not work when trying to change their behavior. Why is that?
One part of our brain tells us do whatever makes us feel good, rewards us, or at least keeps us from feeling bad. Because changing a behavior causes us to be uncomfortable, this part of our brain tells us not to change. To resist this message from our brain we need to make the old habit more difficult or the new behavior easier. For example, if you want to change eating patterns, removing certain foods from the house makes the old habit harder than eating available healthier foods. If wanting to reduce spending, not having credit cards in your wallet makes spending harder than spending only what you can immediately pay for.