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Will Power

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

There are a variety of definitions for will power; the strength to act, or forbear from acting, in the pursuit of a goal; training and control of oneself and one's conduct, usually for personal improvement ; the ability of a person to exert his/her will over the inhibitions of their body or self; control of one's impulses and actions.
Over the years as I have watched the scales go up and down (more up than down) I have always claimed, "I have no will power".
Then this morning, Pixie posted something of interest: "There are dozens of success traits; but will power is the tool that builds them all. To develop will power or discipline, do one useful thing every day for no other reason than that you don't feel like doing it. In my 40 years of studying psychology, that's the best exercise I've found for developing will power." A quote from Wm. James.
So now I see there is a way to develop will power!! Who would have believed it? I am going to work on that, starting right now. There are lots of useful things that I don't feel like doing so there is no problem there. I will just pick one each day. I have needed this all of my life!! Thanks, Pixie and Wm. James!!

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