Ep017: Willpower, Discipline and Habit

When you want to make changes in your life, what strategy do you use? Do you count on willpower to aid you in making lasting changes? Do you follow a strict code of discipline? Or to you build new habits into your routine?

In this week’s episode, I share thoughts on all three and which is the most effective for long term, sustainable changes.

Show Notes:

In the show I mentioned that one of our cats was trying to get into the room. As promised, here is a picture of her reaching under the door to let me know she wanted to come in.

Ocarina's paw showing under the door
Ocarina’s paw showing under the door


Ocarina the cat
This is the rest of Ocarina
Mocha the cat
Our other cat, Mocha

I’m not sure if cats process the concepts of willpower or discipline (can you imagine a cat thinking, “I will NOT jump on the counter today. I will NOT jump on the counter today!”) but they do have habits. “Hmmm… is it nap time? Yup! It’s naptime!” or my favorite… when a human walks into the room, they run to their food bowls hoping to get some treats.

Share your thoughts on the differences between willpower, discipline, and habits in our Facebook group or the comments below.


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  1. Jennifer says:

    Thank you! I appreciate your honesty. I appreciate the information you provided. I found it enlightening! I also, very much, appreciate your love of cats.

  2. Hi Jennifer! I’m glad you found the information in this episode useful. I’m going to have to listen to the episode again to find out what I said about my cats. HA HA I do love them!

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