Episode 060 – Habits and the Myth of Willpower

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Today we’re revisiting an interview I did with Jim Fortin, Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming as well as a certified Master Hypnotist. When it comes to fitness he believes that the key to creating actual, lifelong change is not through with willpower but instead using mental development to reshape your habits and attitudes.  We talk about why you have to be gentle on yourself to change your habits and try new things.

We discuss how we become the stories we tell ourselves, why grabbing an extra sweet doesn’t mean we’ve failed our resolutions, and the pitfalls of relying solely on willpower when it comes to getting in shape.

The Finer Details of This Episode:
  • Breaking down our relationship with our habits.
  • Why people who make fitness-based New Year’s resolutions give up on them so quickly.
  • Taking a closer look at the mental associations that create bad eating habits.
  • How little solutions lead to bigger outcomes more effectively than large-scale solutions.
  • Why people see innocent slip-ups as reasons they’ve “failed” their resolutions.
  • Jim’s encounter with a pharmaceutical sales representative and how it taught him that our fitness is product of how we think of our “story.”
  • Understanding and working with the body’s natural healing capacity, including the surprising benefits of self-hypnosis.
  • The downsides of relying solely on willpower for achieving your fitness and nutrition goals.
  • “95% of what we do, day in, day out, is habit.”
  • “If you trip along the way, it doesn’t mean anything other than that you tripped.”
  • “You have to be the outcome in your mind first.”

Jim’s homepage – https://www.jimfortin.com/

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