I found "Motivation Lecture: Impulsivity & Self Control #1" to be a great opening for the course. I think it's important to develop an understanding of your own willpower and self-control method. Everyone has a different and unique way to go about this, therefore I have attached a link that leads to a few articles and videos that address motivation for self-control and for changing bad habits. The speaker provides appropriate steps to take in order to achieve and succeed from these practices.
Instead of wondering if you will feel like working out today, take the decision making out of it by stating where, when and how you will implement that habit. The speaker addresses “The Failure Premortem” which is a quick exercise to notice what is holding you back. Picture yourself in six months from now. Imagine you have failed to achieve your most important goal. Ask yourself, what caused you to fail? What happened? What challenges did you face? What happened that took you off course? Once you can answer those questions and lay them out in front of you, you can begin to develop a plan to succeed. Give your goals a time and place to live in the world. Furthermore, practicing this plan will allow us to flip the switch from habits that control us to developing self-control and self-care goals.
I thought I would share a favorite quote of mine from the link: “Self-control- or the ability to subdue one’s impulses, emotions, and behaviors in order to achieve longer-term goals- is what separates modern people from their ancient ancestors and the rest of the animal kingdom… The ability to exert self-control is typically called willpower. Willpower is what allows people to direct their attention, and it underlies all kinds of achievement, from school to the workplace” (Psychology Today).