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Willpower

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strong-willpower-best-medicine“You are what your deep driving desire is; As your deep driving desire is, so is your will; As your will is so is your deed; As your deed is so is your destiny.”

I paused at willpower thinking that it must be the ingredient that I am missing. I have been questioning why things just seem to happen when I merely think about them but not when I actually put forth an effort into their affect. If things happen without my effort and do not with my effort, then what is willpower the real problem?

When starting to look into the word ‘willpower’, I came across a page by Steve Pavlina. The following is a summation from his page:

“Willpower is a concentration of force; you gather up all your energy and make a massive thrust forward. Willpower provides an intensely powerful yet temporary boost. It burns out quickly, but if directed intelligently, it can provide the burst you need to overcome inertia and create momentum. Willpower is the spearhead of self-discipline.”

Is it possible to be a walking power booster and not know it? Charles E. Henderson, Ph.D. says that willpower is a myth. He states that,

“The concept of ‘willpower’ pits the conscious mind against the subconscious mind. In any conflict the subconscious will always triumph, therefore the concept of willpower is largely meaningless. Any notion of overcoming subconscious resistance with conscious will is a myth.”

So how does one tap into the subconscious mind to find, understand, and grasp hold of the deep driving desire in order to create the deed? In IslamToday.com, Ahamed Ameen wrote,

“People need to develop their willpower before they can put their convictions into practice. It takes willpower for a person to do something arduous, even if he thinks it is for his own benefit. Likewise, it takes willpower for him to shun temptation, even when he knows that indulging such temptations will be harmful to him. You can advise him all day long if you like, but it will do no good if the one receiving your advice is weak-willed.”

Is it possible that some are born with a much stronger will than others or is it a matter of nurturing over nature? Personally, I say both. We are all born with the will to survive and overcome adversity, it is through our nurturing and other environmental factors that our will either weakens or strengthens. With the knowledge that everything moves in cyclic circles, knowing ones destiny is bound to make one know the deed that will be thrust forth by the will that occurs from our deep driving desire. And in the middle from our desire to our destiny, lies our power to will!

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