How To Develop Amazing Willpower And Inner Strength

How To Develop Amazing Willpower And Inner Strength
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“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” — Calvin Coolidge.


If you are going to be successful in any field you are going to need willpower. You will need to break away from where you are at, overcome inertia and achieve escape velocity!

The term escape velocity was originally coined with reference to rockets blasting into orbit – they needed enough power to escape the earth’s gravitational pull. In a similar manner, getting a new business off the ground, setting up automated profit generating systems or getting ahead financially requires really strong focus and dedication – a very strong push – to get the business airborne.

Where does willpower come from?

What motivates you? If something doesn’t inspire you, it is very difficult to make yourself do it. Every step becomes heavier, everything requires more effort. Yet if you know that you have to do something in order to get to things that you want badly, you will find the willpower to do what is necessary.

As the saying goes: “There are no lazy people, only people who are not motivated enough by the goals they have set themselves.”

And where do goals come from? Dreams! Ultimately, willpower comes from dreams. They are the “light at the end of the tunnel”, the thing that keeps you going.

Therefore the first step in gaining willpower, amazingly, is to dream a great dream – one that truly inspires and motivates you. From this place will come the desire to achieve, and the energy to overcome obstacles.


“If you can dream – and not make dreams your master” — Rudyard Kipling

It is often difficult to dream clearly – because of the conditions society places on us, attempting to dictate our desires.

We are supposed to want this, or that… and often in order to be socially accepted we must appear to have the right set of desires and be made of the right stuff.

In many cases, people’s real dreams are pushed out of them by society in one way or another.

You do not have to want what other people want. Be free to dream your own dream and to imagine the future that you, personally, really want.

Also, desire is often manufactured in us by companies trying to persuade us to buy things. We are presented with powerfully seductive imagery which works on our emotions, constantly telling us that we really want or need certain things in order to be happy, appreciated, loved.

So, in short, it is very important to either stay in touch or to get back in touch with our real dreams. Ask yourself this: What would you do if you absolutely knew you could not fail? Make a list. Go big. These are your “real dreams”. Deciding that you are going to go for your real dreams, and focusing on them will give us the inner strength we need to make them happen. The drive. Whereas if you are not clear about what you are doing and why, you will not be able to summon the reserves to push with all your will.

Dreams should be “unlimited”: One of the blocks that many people experience, is that they set limits on their dreams. They say “I’ll never achieve that.” and then fall into apathy, or a kind of subtle despondency which is carried around as a heaviness and lack of enthusiasm. But what would you do if you knew you could not fail?

The Importance Of Goal Setting

Set yourself a clearly defined goal. The commitment you have made will force you to be creative, to work harder and to be more economical than you would have done if there was no defined target.

The concept here is that if you have to come up with a certain amount of money every month, you will come up with it. If you HAVE to get a certain project finished by a certain date, you will do it – whereas if there is no deadline, the work will “expand to fill the time available”.

A very simple way to do this is to “pay yourself first” – allocate a certain amount of money every month to asset investment. You could do this via standing order – so that the money is automatically debited (i.e. to your savings account) and therefore the money will need to be made! This is your commitment and your goal. It should be enough to push you and make you sweat just a bit – but obviously not so much that you are hurting yourself.

Another form of commitment might be a commitment to finishing a certain project, and not letting up until you have done so.

A clearly defined goal is a tremendously valuable tool to make something happen and get results. Rather than just telling yourself that you will do something, it gets much better results to put yourself in a position where you have to do it.

Resist Temptation

Another thing you will need to learn is to resist temptation. The mind is a trickster, and always loves to take the easy option if at all possible. It will tempt you by creating any excuse not to get down to your work and the things you should really be doing… and unless you are hyper-vigilant, you will find yourself drifting into easier, less demanding tasks – or even taking the day off!

The best way to resist temptation is to be very goal oriented, and to work on the most important task that you should be doing at any one time.

Other writers on this topic have mentioned using a technique called the “success six”, where you write the six most important things to do on a piece of paper… but I am not necessarily in favor of this. It does get some results, but you may or may not have six tasks of primary importance that need doing!!

I simply make a list of all the important tasks that need doing, and concentrate on doing the most important one of all at any given time. Tasks naturally order themselves and press for your attention. It is very important to be focused on the tasks that will actually get results and to prioritize these.

As to which tasks are the most important – this can sometimes be a challenge to figure out. The main point here is that certain actions lead to real results, and other actions do not lead to much of importance. Resist the temptation to work on whatever seems easy or pleasant, and work on the things which will bring the greatest benefit. Such work will not necessarily be nice, or comforting – but will be the work which gets the results.

Managing Discomfort

Training of the willpower requires an understanding of what I call “management of your level of discomfort.” If you are learning a new skill of any kind, you are faced with the task of doing something that is difficult, and therefore uncomfortable in some way. Your mind will “react” against this discomfort and try to find ways around having to do the work. You have to be determined and have willpower in order to persist. Yet you must also “balance” the discomfort – you don’t want to be so frenzied with willpower that you injure yourself or make yourself sick through pushing too hard or “over-training” – so it important to manage the level of discomfort and push yourself consistently and sufficiently to achieve success, but not so hard as to cause yourself harm.

Just how much discomfort is “the right amount” is something that doesn’t seem to be taught commonly; but it can safely be said that the majority do not push themselves hard enough. Peak performance in any field is not a line which goes up into infinity – it is a curve. On the one side of this curve is laziness, poor focus, inattentiveness and lack of determination. On the other side is desperation, over-training, grasping for success and calamity. If you have specialist sports training, this would be one of the tasks of the trainer, in order to maximize performance while preventing injury.

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