What does the snowball effect really mean?
The snowball effect means we’ve been building on this habit for a while so the likelihood to continue it is higher and higher with each moment we’re contemplating this habit. If we want to give up sugar, we can’t just say “I’m giving up sugar” and expect everything to magically shift in our lives and sugar to just disappear.
Even though the power of intention is astounding, it can’t replace a much bigger and older momentum of eating sugar, cooking with sugar, friends inviting us for a slice of cake at their place, and so on. There’s quite a lot of sugar in our lives, isn’t it? Especially around the holidays.
But you see, if we’ve developed a sugar eating habit, we can also develop a no-sugar eating habit. And if we can, then how come it’s so difficult? How come we give up on these resolutions after just a few days?
Well, because there is a big force of habit in eating the sugar, and there is no force of habit in not eating the sugar. So what we must do in this case is intentionally become more aware of the sugar in our lives and intentionally make new choices regarding this subject.
We can’t stop the snowball from rolling down the hill. But we can build a new snowball for a habit we actually want to have, and eventually it will do its thing. And whether we believe it’s the Law of Attraction taking over or the laws of physics, at some point soon, the new snowball will begin rolling down the hill on its own and we’ll have a new, sugar-free life.
The guilt of the old snowball
Here we are, with our unwanted habit rolling down the hill, when we read, see, or hear something that contradicts our habit. We hear sugar is bad for us all the time, so how come we don’t just stop eating it? Shouldn’t this just be a willpower thing?
You have to remember that once we become aware of something better out there – and there is always something better, it’s the premise of our environment – it’s quite easy to start feeling guilty for our snowball effect choices. We can’t will ourselves into stopping this now powerful snowball, we can’t fight the laws of our environment.
In the same time we want to make better choices, but we feel powerless to this old habit and the grip it has on our lives. So we become caught up in between wanting to develop a better habit, and sticking – inadvertently – to the old one.
Here’s the thing though: you see, while guilt is a natural emotion in this situation, we must make an intentional decision to dedicate more and more of our focus to the new habit we are wanting to develop. And guilt is an emotion related to the old, unwanted momentum, which means by feeling guilty, we actually keep adding more to our old snowball.
So while we understand guilt is a natural emotion, we must also understand and remember that we can’t change the past, but we can make better choices in our present that build on a new, wonderful, wanted snowball.
So each time you’re thinking “Oh no, I’ve just had another slice of cake,” make a deliberate intention to give yourself more time to decide before you say yes or no to cake. You see, the old snowball makes it very easy to continue saying yes to sugar because we’ve already been doing this for a while. A long while, really.
All you have to do now is remind yourself you’re building on a new habit and you need a few extra seconds to contemplate whether you find it more important to eat the cake or to keep building on your new momentum.