Yes, agreed. Using sheer willpower is a good way and can often work. There are two issues with the approach though
- You need a different amount of willpower depending on the situation. For example, at the end of a productive day in the office, when you still have a caffeine high and the gym is in the office building itself, its easier to go to the gym as opposed to say waking up at 6 am on a Sunday and drive a couple of miles to go to the gym. This makes it very difficult to adjust your willpower accordingly and tough for your mind and body to get used to it.
- It has been proven that willpower is a limited resource and can get easily depleted. So if you end up using a lot of will power early in the day it will lead to you not being able to function as efficiently for the remaining part without getting a lot of rest. I will cover that in more detail in a subsequent post. But the more you exert your willpower the more emotionally drained you become, which is why I would not wholly advise it.
I hope that gives some insights into why I chose the approach that I wrote about.