Each of us has within us a will. No one knows where it is located or how it works exactly.
But it is why you can consciously choose to do things, things that may seem inconsequenetial to you like raising your arm or using your fingers to type as I am now.
The choices to do these actions happen with such habit of will that we barely notice that they are conscious actions.
First we have an intention and that intention becomes something we will to happen and it is so. I think achievement of anything we desire in life works like this. The strength of your will determines the degree to which you achieve.
The good news is that your will can be developed and strengthened like a muscle through consistent exercise and practice.
Establish a daily habit that’s a bit scary and a bit of a stretch goal for yourself.
For example, I’m establishing a daily habit of writing around five hundred words every morning after I meditate and journal and as soon as I sit down at my desk. It may not sound like much but it’s a daily commitment that scares me a little bit. I don’t know if I’ll be able to maintain it everyday forever.
For example, what if I’m traveling and I don’t have my laptop with me. Or, I just don’t want to have my laptop with me. Am I really going to hand write 500 words? I don’t really know how I’m going to handle that yet.
But what I do know is that this writing practice will help me develop a skill that is useful to me and others while strengthening my will. (Not to mention I enjoy it.) When I’ve concretly established this habit then I can take on other more challenging habits.
Our will is what allows us to do things that we want to do. When the will is connected with a clear and compelling vision and a clear purpose we become virtually unstoppable as to what we can create in the world. The will can be stimulated by these elements to.
It’s much easier to exercise and develop our will when we have compelling reasons why behind our intentions. Postivie ones are helpful to have. If our intentions are born out of fear or some manifestation thereof we might have a strong will to do something, but we probably wont be very happy.
So before establishing a habit that you want to work on daily to strengthen your will, check your intentions. Where is the desire to do that habit coming from.
Let’s take physical exercise.
If you decide you’re going to develop a daily exercise habit are you doing so because you just want to feel better and look better and be healthier?
Or, are you doing it because you have something to prove or feel that being fit is the way to being a whole, worthy, and well-liked person.
The latter motivation might not be so healthy.
So watch out. Know the intentions that underlie the application of your will to achieving something.
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