“You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”
The possession of willpower and self discipline or their lack, plays an important role in everyone’s life. We wish to go for a walk, knowing how good it is for our health and how wonderful we feel afterwards, but we feel too lazy, and prefer to watch TV instead. We might be aware of the fact that we need to change our eating habits or stop smoking, but we don’t have the inner power and persistence to change these habits.
Everyone 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. Having these makes a great difference in our life, bringing to the fore inner strength, self mastery and decisiveness.
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.
These two powers help us to choose our behaviour 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.
Will power gets stronger by holding back and not allowing the expression of unimportant, unnecessary and unhealthy thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions.
Developing Will Power
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. By doing the things that you usually do not like to do, or feel too lazy to do, you overcome your subconscious resistance. As muscles get stronger by resisting the weight of barbells, so inner strength is attained by overcoming inner resistance.
There are dishes in the sink that need washing, and we postpone washing them for later. Get up and wash them now. Do not let our laziness overcome us. When we know that in this way you are developing our will power, and if we are convinced of the importance of will power in our life, it will be easier for us to do whatever we have to do.
We come home tired from work and sit in front of the T.V., because we 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.
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.
Don’t read some unimportant gossip in the newspaper, even if you want to.
If we motivate our self, by thinking about of their importance, and about the inner power and strength that we will gain. Remember, the purpose of the exercises is to develop inner strength, not making life difficult for us.
If we practice weight lifting, running or aerobics, we strengthen our muscles, so that when we need to move or carry something heavy, for example, you have the strength for it.
We need these skills to control our thoughts, improve our concentration, and to become the boss of our mind. The stronger these skills are the more inner strength we possess.
These skills are vital for achieving success. They give us more control over our life, help us change and improve habits, and are essential for self improvement, spiritual growth.
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.”