It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. –James Gordon, M.D.
As you might remember from a recent post, last fall I gave up drinking Diet Pepsi. Now I am in the process of giving up chocolate. I say “process” because it’s an ongoing decision. Some days I do well and some days I slip up a little bit. What’s somewhat surprising to me is that the longer I go without it, the less I want it. Since Jan. 1, I’ve only had two setbacks. Once my daughter handed me a Ghirardelli chocolate when we were riding in the car. To be honest I think I ate it before I even thought about it. The other time was this week when I was freezing and decided that one cup of hot chocolate would not send me reeling back into chocolate-dependency. Both times, afterward I thought “Why did I even do that? What’s the big deal? I would have been just as happy without it.”
Last night I was having a conversation with a good friend about giving up pop/soda (whichever you call it in your part of the country). She couldn’t believe my “willpower”. Couldn’t believe how I “strong” I was that I could put up with having such bad headaches for the 10 days while my body was going through withdrawals. I don’t see it as willpower or strength. In my mind, I was simply ready to change! Now when the opportunity comes up, the thought that runs through my head is: I do not drink pop. or I do not eat chocolate. It’s just a simple statement but a powerful reminder to me that this is a choice I have made. And, so far it has worked pretty well.
When I make a positive change in my life, it’s really hard for me not to desperately want that same change for the people I love. So this quote is an excellent reminder that we’re not all on the same page or willing to make the same changes at the same time. :)