Thank you for this…lots of good stuff here that really resonates with my experience.
There is one thing I would like to see you address in a future article…
I believe you are correct in saying that if you are having to rely on will-power then there is a part of you that is still not convinced or committed. So, in your opinion, what do you think are the best steps to take when you realize that you haven’t really committed fully. In other words, how does move from uncommitted to committed? In my opinion, that is the really challenging question to address.
This summer I have been reading “Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline” by Cheri Huber. What she calls “compassionate self-discipline” has nothing to do with forcing yourself to do something that some part of you doesn’t want to do, and everything to do with awareness and presence. Practicing the teachings contained in this book has radically changed my experience and definition of what it means to make a decision/commitment, and correlates with much of what you say here. I highly recommend you take a look and incorporate these ideas into your book!