Why Willpower Doesn’t Work + What To Do Instead — Ep. 81

by | Jan 22, 2021 | Podcast

We often, perhaps without even realizing it, lean on willpower when it comes time to make a change in our lives, whether it be with our health, wellbeing, financial situation, self-care practices, or any other area of life. If you’re serious about the changes you want to make in your life, willpower alone isn’t going to get you there, my friend.

In this episode, I talk about why willpower doesn’t work and what steps you can take to reach your goals and desires without them backfiring as soon as life gets in the way. 

“Trying to use your willpower is like painting over a hole without patching it up first. You’re just trying to cover up a situation that hasn’t changed…that still needs work.” – Shawn Mynar

“You have to change your intrinsic core subconscious programming with awareness… You have to get a little bit curious with yourself in why you do what you do.”  – Shawn Mynar

“It’s a heck of a lot easier to reprogram your mind if you know what your current ‘program’ is!” – Shawn Mynar

“Consciously make the decision to change and shift your subconscious mind.” – Shawn Mynar

*NEW*: Refer to the timestamps below to skip to the section you’re interested in!


00:01 – Unstuck Biz updates

04:34 – Personal and Life Updates + Addressing the Primally Pure situation

23:08 – Introducing willpower and what is it about

24:28 – The definition of willpower

24:85 Why willpower is not working for you

31:09 Samples on how your subconscious mind would be in harmony with your willpower

40:36 – What you can do work around willpower




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Hey there, I'm Shawn!

I’m obsessed with nitro cold brew, 90% dark chocolate, and helping coaches and practitioners build a business they love. With nothing but a passion for helping others and the desire to never have a boss again, I quit the corporate world and built my own million dollar coaching business over the past decade. Now, I help others do the same.