Control Your Body… and Your Mind Will Follow

By Doug Spence / March 25, 2018

Let's face it, sometimes our willpower just isn't enough. Okay, most of the time it really sucks and fails us. And we try over and over to stop those bad habits. 

We try to out power ourselves. Our habits that we have developed over may years. 

What if there was a way to snap ourselves out of these bad habits practically in an instant. 

I promise you if you try what I recommend in the next few paragraphs, you will be surprised at your own reaction. Even though you think you know how you will respond. 

So how do you begin stopping a bad habit?

You use your body to make yourself do something you wouldn't normally do. 

It is much easier for us to control our bodies than our minds. But what we don't always realize is the powerful influence our bodies have over our minds, and therefor, our feelings too. 

I dare you to try this pose and see if you don't feel great after!

Notice the palms facing upwards. The head tilted to the sky. 

This position is like flying free as a bird. 

But what does this have to do with habits?

Victory Pose

Well, let's say you have the bad habit of eating chips in the evening while watching TV.

What do you think would happen if you took a handful and chucked them in the garbage? 

Sure you could still have as many as you like afterwards. Nobody is stopping you from eating them after that. But your mind has witnessed you doing something out of the ordinary.

And your mind wants to know why. 

So what does it do. It starts to create logical justifications for why you just did what you did. You will be shocked and how inventive you mind becomes it telling you why you just did that. 

And those next few bits of chips become a little bit harder to eat. You almost have to use willpower to start eating them again. 

I challenge you to give this a try with any of your vices. Crush a box of cigarettes, throw out half of your chocolate bar, what ever it is, and give yourself permission to have more afterwards if you still want some. It's a small investment to start making positive changes in your life. 

Share your experiences in the comments below.