Willpower

082The inner determination to carry out one’s decisions, wishes or plans

Never, never, never quit. Winston Churchill

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Gandhi

The intensity of your desire governs the power with which the force is directed. John McDonald  

  Having strong willpower is very desirable. Most of us will admit we have less than we need. We need more self-discipline, purpose, motivation and determination to live more productive lives. It would be nice to be totally in control of whom we are and where we are headed.

Mostly we know what we should or should not be doing. We have good intentions, but have problems following through. We mean well, but lack strength of will and cannot quite do what it takes. We are “weak-willed”. Our will is the source of drive, self-control and self-discipline. We need these to allow us to skillfully manage and direct ourselves. Those who have developed strong willpower have big advantages, abilities to direct their energies and activities in controlled and disciplined ways. Weak willpower means limited control over our desires, temptations, shortcomings, and how we manage our daily activities. The weaker our willpower, the more we will have problems getting it all together.

We can learn to develop and strengthen our will. To become our best requires continuous development of a sufficiently strong will. Lack of willpower prevents us from progressing very far in developing an efficiently strong will. This also prevents our progressing very far in personal growth and development. Those short of willpower are handicapped; not likely to achieve or accomplish nearly as much as their potential would allow.

What do we do to acquire more willpower? If it were easy to do, we would be on top of our game and in absolute control of our lives. Developing willpower takes dedication and commitment. We have to train our wills; engaging in activities requiring motivation, discipline, determination and persistence. Athletes and the military are good examples of this. They train, focus, endure; starting simple an incrementally building on their successes. They develop a no quit attitude. It requires conscious and determined decisions to focus on the tasks at hand, and then having the self-discipline to follow through. Having strong will power is not accepting “no”, “I’ll try” or other less than committed responses for their answers. It does not accept excuses, it demands results.

Those who have trained and developed their willpower are those who keep moving ahead. They are able to focus their sights on their goals. Then they commit and systematically move forward. They have the extra “umph” that it takes to get things goals and tasks done.

 

Challenge: Strengthening willpower requires exercising conscious mental control, not giving in to subconscious programming. Throughout the day, make conscious decisions to do the right or best things. Do not give in to the easy or convenient. Eat less, drink more water, exercise, read, watch less TV, maintain your temper, speak kindly, help others, waste less time and do some detailed activities. Such things help to develop your willpower.

Wisdom: There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell

Spiritual: (NIV)

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

We are not intended to merely exist, vegetate or be on vacation. We are here for a purpose and a reason. What we do may be small and hardly noticeable, but God knows what we are doing. God designed us with something in mind. Our live is a journey. It consists of the good, bad and the ugly, all the desirable and undesirable things we do and all that happens to us. It is God’s intention to use all things to grow us into the best we can become.

Prayer: Help my will to listen to your will. May your will become my will. Help me to let go and let You.

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