Some have it, some don’t. Your best friend at times, your worst enemy at others. That character trait that makes the choice obvious between a couple chocolate donuts and another pound lost. Will power seems to stand between us and our goals, yet befriend this sometimes elusive partner and the path becomes easier.
Simply defined, will power is the ability to control one’s urges, usual over unnecessary or harmful impluses. No one would think of exercising will power over smiling too much, but consider the 20 pounds gained since high school and exercising will power becomes de riguer in your fight to regain your svelte self.
Broken down, will power is all about being present minded and focusing on your target goal, persevering, and staying mentally-on until you achieve the desired results…and beyond through the necesary, continuous maintenance phase. It is that inner strength we draw on to overcome internal mental and emotional dissention. And ultimately, that driver gives us strength to choose our proactive behavior.
Paraphrasing Anthony Robbins, success comes through perspiration or desperation. Hard work or “no choice left” will power. Desire, passion, intention — all those help will power take root and work its magic. Do you truly desire the outcome? Are you passionate about the “why” of your goal? Is your intention right-action or are you trying to change for someone else’s eyes? Examine your motives and if they are true, then hopefully you’ll find will power is a friendly ally.
“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it — but all that had gone before.” – Jacob Riis