Thursday, February 13, 2014

Will power - the greatest human strength

"Will is the attitude of the mind which is directed with conscious attention to some action." Self discipline/control  is essential to will power to achieve goals. Self discipline  is the ability to control one's emotions, behavior and desires in order to achieve some goals. Willpower is the ability to control oneself and determine one's actions. Willpower is the inner strength (mental faculty) that  enables you to carry out one's decisions, wishes or plans. This  essential skill has a supreme effect on your ability to achieve goals or every day tasks. A volition is the willing power in action. The will may be regarded as both static and dynamic.One is said to be possessed of a strong will (static), when he is capable of exerting his mind with great force in a volition or in a series of volitions. The quality of his will is manifest in the force and persistence of his volitions or his acts.  The manifested will then becomes dynamic; his volitions are the actions of the mind in self-direction. The will is not only a dynamic force in mind, it is also secondly,but also a power of persistent adherence to a purpose.

Definition of will and will power

‘Will’ is the ability to make conscious choice. Will power is the inner strength (mental energy) that enables one to make decisions and determine one’s actions.  When there is will power, there is firmness, decisiveness, determination, assertiveness, persistence and the power to push oneself towards goals and achievements. The better definition of will power is “the power of self-direction.” 

Dimensions of  will power.

  1. ability to resist temptations.
  2. ability to do right things with right speed.
  3. the awareness of one's life goals and desires.

Implementing the power of  will 

  1. Select your objective 
  2. prepare a plan of action
  3. execute the plan with trust.

Benefits of will power

The cultivation of dynamic will is essential to a successful life. The will power connects the thinking with taking action. The will power furnishes perseverance to achieve either short-term or long –term goals successfully. The will power is the mental strength which provides assertiveness and courage to say ‘no’ or ‘yes’ without fear or shyness. It helps to overcome laziness and procrastination. It aids to overcome negative habits and enables one to do difficult things.

Final thoughts

The will power is the motivation to exercise will. In other words, willing is matter of mental states. Self-discipline is the companion of will power. The will power and self-discipline resemble two powerful engines that supply anyone with inner strength, energy and power. The will power concentrates one’s focus and is the spearhead of self-discipline. Vince Lambardi said, “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.” A Chinese proverb quotes, “Great souls have wills, feeble ones have only wishes.” In general will power originates from physical, mental and moral health. The will power grants oneself with endurance and perseverance as well as the ability to deal with inconvenience, hardships or obstacles. 

Quotes for reflection

"Character is power."  -Booker T.Washington.

"Thought is the wind,
  Knowledge  the sail and 
  Mankind the vessel."  -Augustus Hare.

"The will to win, the desire to succeed,
  the urge to reach your full potential...
  these are the keys  that will unlock the door to 
   personal excellence." -Confucius.

"There is no such thing as a great talent
  without great will power."  -Honore de Balzac.

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