Willpower is the inner strength
that prompts you to make decisions, take action, and handle goals and tasks,
regardless of inner resistance, discomfort or difficulties. Willpower manifests
as inner firmness, decisiveness, determination, resolution, and persistence.
possession of willpower and self-discipline or their lack, plays an important
role in everyone's life. For example, you wish to go for a walk, knowing how
good it is for your health and how wonderful you feel afterwards, but you feel
too lazy, and prefer to watch TV instead. You might be aware of the fact that
you need to change your eating habits or stop smoking, but you don't have the
inner power and persistence to change these habits.
this sound familiar? How many times have you said, "I wish I had will
power and self discipline"? How many times have you started to do
something, only to quit after a short while? We all have had experiences like
has a few habits they wish they could get rid of, such as smoking, excessive
eating, laziness, procrastination or lack of assertiveness. To overcome these
habits or addictions, one needs a certain degree of willpower and self
discipline. Their possession makes a great difference in everyone's life,
bringing to the fore inner strength, self mastery and decisiveness.
of Will Power and Self Discipline
Will power is the ability to
overcome laziness and procrastination. It is the ability to control or reject
unnecessary or harmful impulses. It is the ability to arrive at a decision and
follow it with perseverance until its successful accomplishment. It is the
inner power that overcomes the desire to indulge in unnecessary and useless
habits, and the inner strength that overcomes inner emotional and mental
resistance for taking action. It is one of the corner stones of success, both
spiritual and material.
Self-discipline is the companion of
will power. It endows the one possessing it with the stamina to persevere in
whatever he or she does. It bestows the ability to withstand hardships and
difficulties, whether physical, emotional or mental. It grants the ability to
reject immediate satisfaction, in order to gain something better, but, which
requires effort and time.
Everyone has inner, unconscious, or
partly conscious impulses, making them say or do things they later regret
saying or doing. On many occasions people do not think before they talk or act.
By developing these two powers, one becomes conscious of the inner,
subconscious impulses, and gains the ability to reject them when they are not
for his/her own good.
These two powers help
us to choose our behavior and reactions, instead of being ruled by them. Their possession
won't make life dull or boring. On the contrary, you will feel more powerful,
in charge of yourself and your surroundings, happy and satisfied.
How many times have you felt too weak,
lazy or shy to do something you wanted to do? You can gain inner strength,
initiative and the ability to make decisions and follow them. Believe me, it is
not difficult to develop these two powers. If you are earnest and are willing
to become stronger, you will certainly succeed.
In this article, you will find some
exercises and techniques for developing these abilities. These simple, but
effective exercises, can be performed everywhere and at any time. Go slowly and
gradually, and you will see how you get stronger and your life start improving.
There is a misconception in the public
mind regarding will power. It is erroneously thought to be something strenuous
and difficult, and that one has to exert and tense the body and mind when
expressing it. It is a completely wrong concept. This is one of the
reasons why people avoid using it, though they are conscious of its benefits.
They acknowledge the fact that the employment of will power in their life and
affairs will greatly help them, and that they need to strengthen it, yet they
do nothing about it.
Will power gets stronger by holding
back and not allowing the expression of unimportant, unnecessary and unhealthy
thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions. If this saved energy is not allowed
expression, it is stored inside you like a battery, and it becomes available at
the time of need. By practicing appropriate exercises, you develop your powers
the same way, as a person who trains his/her muscles in order to strengthen
Will Power and Self Discipline
An effective method for improving these
abilities is the performance of certain actions or activities, which you would
rather avoid doing, due to laziness, procrastination, weakness, shyness, etc.
By doing things that you usually do not like to do, or feel too lazy to do, you
overcome your subconscious resistance, and train your mind to obey you. As
muscles get stronger by resisting the weight of barbells, so inner strength is
attained by overcoming inner resistance.
are a few exercises:
1) You are sitting in a bus or train and an old man or
woman, or a pregnant lady walks in. Stand up and give up your seat, even if you
prefer to stay seated. Act so, not just because it is polite, but because you
are doing something that you are reluctant to do. This is an exercise in
overcoming the resistance of your body, mind and feelings.
2) There are dishes in
the sink that need washing, and you postpone washing them for later. Get up and
wash them now. Do not let your laziness overcome you. When you know that in
this way you are developing your will power, and if you are convinced of the
importance of will power in your life, it will be easier for you to do whatever
you have to do.
3) You come home tired
from work and sit in front of the T.V., because you feel too lazy and too tired
to take a shower first. Do not succumb to the desire to sit in front of the
T.V, and go and take a shower.
4) Do you like your
coffee with sugar? If you do, then for one whole week drink it without sugar.
Do you drink three cups of coffee each day? If you do, then drink only two cups
a day for one whole week.
5) Don't read some
unimportant gossip in the newspaper, even if you want to.
Don't say that you cannot practice the
above exercises, because you certainly can. Motivate yourself, by thinking
about of their importance, and about the inner power and strength that you will
gain. Remember, the purpose of the exercises is to develop inner strength, not
making life difficult for you.
If you practice weight lifting, running
or aerobics, you strengthen your muscles, so that when you need to move or
carry something heavy, for example, you have the strength for it. By studying
French each day, you will be able to speak French when you travel to
France. It is
the same with will power and self-discipline; by strengthening them, they
become available for your use, whenever you need them.
of Possessing Will Power and Self Discipline
You need these skills to control your
thoughts, improve your concentration, and to become the boss of your mind. The
stronger these skills are, the more inner strength you possess.
Being the master of your mind you enjoy
inner peace and happiness. External events do not sway you, and circumstances
have no power over your peace of mind. This might sound too unreal for you, but
experience will prove to you that all the above is true.
These skills are vital for achieving
success. They give you more control over your life, help you change and improve
habits, and are essential for self-improvement, spiritual growth and
Practice the exercises presented here
earnestly and persistently and your life will start changing.
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to the development of a positive mind as well.
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