Many of us have been taught to believe that we have to develop and build willpower. To add another duty to our growing list of responsibilities, especially when “having great willpower” does nothing for the average person at any given moment. There are hidden secrets of willpower that aren’t given the credit they deserve for helping us create success.
Anyone with great willpower knows that he already possesses the thing(willpower). So it would only be natural that the next question to answer would be, “How can I access it?”
Accessing the secrets of willpower can only be done with proper training of the mind, which is accomplished through the changing of beliefs, since changing beliefs means changing habits, and doing both of these take active focus and concentration on what it is that we want. With our beliefs come feelings, and feelings make beliefs true. All of these things zero in on accessing willpower, because willpower is the power to do things at will, or because you “willed” it.
What Does it Mean to Access the Secrets of Willpower?
These seven steps help you to access willpower.
What this means is that through mental training we can tap into willpower, one of the body’s unseen natural forces.
Atkinson says,” The mind is the instrument, and the supply of willpower is proportionate to the fineness of the instrument through which it manifests.”
Exhibiting self-discipline is a benefit of having access to the supply of willpower. Strong character, timeliness, effort, and all of the benefits of being able to access willpower are clearly on display and you can name several yourself, can you not? The power to “do” at will. Active functions like doing the opposite of the bad habit that is keeping you in a certain place that you don’t want to be in. Passive functions are the habits that make us the person who we are, the character that is the magnet for everything our world is made up of at the current moment.
How Can These Secrets of Willpower Help Us?
Winning/success is a matter of creating opportunities. Creating opportunities is a matter of active functions. Opportunities must be created for one to win. One cannot win without the opportunity to achieve victory. Victory in itself is a matter of being completely ready for the opportunity that was created. The more opportunities that are created through accessing willpower, the more you give yourself the opportunity to win.
Those with weak access to willpower would say, because of their character and habits, that chance is king and they have no control of anything that happens to them, and if they do, there’s not much they can do about it. This would also mean that “taking responsibility” cannot be done without the willpower to make responsible decisions.
Power in itself is the “ability to do.” By believing in your “I AM” you can access the “will.” This would mean that you can choose to DO what you WILL. To use willpower is to believe in your own ability to choose to do as you please, which for many is a mixture of teaching and education from childhood through adulthood in the form of feedback loops and news media consumption.
Applying the Secrets of Willpower
To begin to access your own willpower and tune your mind to tap into the unlimited power source at your disposal:
- Tap into your “I AM” and say the phrase several times a day, if not once on the hour: “I am using my willpower.” This should especially be done whenever you find yourself avoiding responsibility,doing something difficult, or in tasks that can help you achieve your goals and accomplish those things that are responsible for you as you take on the state that you desire.
- We all know how easy it is to do the thing that agrees with us. We pat ourselves on the back when we do the easy thing. The hard thing is doing something that doesn’t feel so good. So do something that you know you should do, the “disagreeable task” at least once a day. For some people that’s working out. For others it may be eating better consistently. Others, reading or writing a page every day, or at regular intervals. Teach yourself to do hard things.
- Do both of these every day for a month and track your progress. Note how you feel when you use your willpower to do the disagreeable task, and what happens over the course of every day for 30 days. Let this be your guide moving forward, as you move from active function to making the use of this technique habit, and then moving forward to higher and higher levels of fine tuning the instrument of the mind for tapping into your willpower.