The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
– Vince Lombardi
Will, or the drive to do something is an ability that every people are capable of having but they are yet to discover it. Will power is the ability to defeat laziness and procrastination. It is the ability to reject harmful impulses. It is the ability to arrive to a decision and follow it with perseverance until its successful accomplishment. It is the inner power that overcomes the want to indulge in unnecessary and useless habits, and the inner strength that overcomes inner emotional and mental resistance for taking action. As they say, it is one of the corner stones of success, both spiritual and material.
In the conditions when one wants to alter behaviors, willpower is the most useful process. Everyone possesses some addictions they wish they could overcome, such as smoking, excessive eating, laziness, procrastination or lack of assertiveness. To overcome these habits or addictions, one requires to have will power and self discipline. These two makes a great difference in everyone’s life, and bring inner strength, self mastery and decisiveness.
These days, the question of how to have willpower arises with the powerful influence of media. Commercials have attempted to position their products as a substitute to willpower. They start by telling you that willpower doesn’t work and then attempt to sell you something “fast and easy” like a diet pill or some wacky exercise equipment. Often they’ll even give you an assurance of impossible results in a dramatically short period of time.
But actually, willpower does work. Willpower is a meditation of force. You gather up all your energy and make a massive thrust forward. You attack your problems strategically at their weakest points until they crack, allowing you enough room to maneuver deeper into their territory and finish them off. To be capable to apply willpower, one should first choose an objective. Then, create a plan of attack, and finally, execute the plan. An effective method for developing and improving these abilities is to do certain actions, which you would rather avoid doing due to laziness, procrastination, weakness, shyness, etc. By doing something that you do not like doing or are too lazy to do, you overcome your subconscious resistance, train your mind to obey you, strengthen your inner powers and gain inner strength. Muscles get stronger by opposing the power of the barbells. Inner strength is achieved by overcoming inner resistance.
To have willpower is never easy. It takes time for you to fully attain this capability. Moreover, practicing your capacity to have willpower in trying to do the things that you hate to do. In your everyday dealings with things such as having to wash the dishes, cooking a healthy meal instead of ordering fast food, and having to wake up in the morning to run a mile or two, you can live out willpower, resisting the temptation and evil caressing hands of laziness.
Additionally, in more serious cases such as quitting drug use, the first step is having the willpower and determination to change and quit the bad habit. In rehabilitation centers, patients are trained and encouraged to practice their willpower and take control over their lives, over their addiction.
Willpower by the word itself is such a powerful thing. When people have willpower, they will be able to do the things that in the first place they are very unwilling to do. It is like with willpower, you are fighting your resisting mind.