The capability of conscious choice and decision and intention; is called the will; “the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt”– George Meredith. In other words, we all exercise the will to do things at our own volition. Every one of us has the will to do something.
The power of choosing; the faculty or endowment of the soul by which it is capable of choosing; the faculty or power of the mind by which we decide to do or not to do; the power or faculty of preferring or selecting one of two or more objects; is the will.
If you want to achieve something meaningful with your life, develop a strong desire for it. If you want money, develop a strong desire for money. When you have the will to achieve something, nothing can stop you. Nothing can stand in your way; only the sky is the limit.
God gave each and every one of us the determination to succeed. To succeed you need to have the desire; the determination; the resolve and the will to take action. The will is what powers you. It is what drives you to continue taking action, that is why they call it willpower.
The strength of your mind should always be kept at an optimum level. To achieve this you need to feed your mind with the right material. You need to have the right mental attitude for every situation that you encounter. If you want peace in your life, your mind must always be thinking peace.
The most common mistake most people make is not possessing what they want, in their mind. You will not achieve personal development if your mind is not thinking about personal development. Your mind is the centre of all creation. You are who you are because of what you think about most of the time.
How can you enjoy happiness if your mind is always thinking negatively? change your mind and you will surely experience change.
Do Not Limit Yourself
The biggest obstacle to your progress is yourself. Often times we obstruct ourselves from reaching our full potential. We give up when we are faced with challenges. But do you realise that the darkest hour is just before dawn?
When you are about to hit Gold that’s the time when things look like they are crumbling down. It is usually the darkest of periods. But I have learned that that is actually the time to hold on even more. It is time to persevere.
Look, to reach your full potential you must move from the bottom to going up. You must move from being a doubter to being a believer. Personal growth demands that you learn the ropes from the bottom up. You do not start climbing a tree from the top.
If you climb from the top, the only other way to go is either sideways or down. If you are going sideways it means there is no growth taking place and of course, downs means you are falling.
I have learned that before every growth level there are challenges to be overcome. These challenges are a test of your character and the will to persist. They are building you for what is coming next. However, you need to know how to navigate through them.
In my life, I have struggled with so many things, but I have not allowed my struggles to hold me down from pursuing my personal objectives. I have pledged to do everything I can to achieve my personal objectives.
In dark times I always ask God to help me change the things I can change. This way I concentrate my energies on my I can change and allow God to do the rest. He is always faithful. “The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves” – Herbert N. Casson.
Celebrate Your Small Victories
We all have experienced success in one thing or the other. The key to staying focused on your goals, which is the bigger picture, is to celebrate your small victories. If possible document them and make a reference to them every now and again.
This will always help you stay motivated and encouraged to work extra hard to experience the feeling of success again. I have found that completing a task on time is very fulfilling for me. Am very happy and proud of myself every time I produce an article for this website.
That nice feeling of having to complete a task drives me to even do more. Yes, I know that sometimes I get bogged down with other things, but I always look forward to being inspired to writing again.
Success is made up of the small victories that we pick up along the way. You should learn to give yourself a pat on the back when you have achieved or completed a task that you set out to do. Completing the small tasks leads you to your main goal.
“If I had to select one quality and one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick persistence and determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, Here comes number seventy one” – Richard M. Devos. Always remember that when you have the will, the sky is the limit.