“Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.” ― William Shakespeare, Othello
Like any muscle in your body, your willpower needs to be exercised, stretched, and worked on. In Vitae Essentia’s article, I have shared, it talks about the psychology around the fuel tank of our will. In a few short paragraphs, I shall add on to this information by looking at it in different perspectives.
If you see willpower as a skill like I do, it requires routine and doing it in a grind. Slowly burning walking towards developing goals. Boosting your willpower set small steps at a time. Over time, without overdoing it, going at your own pace is one method of boosting your willpower.
There are always limits, as your supply of will is only as good as the time and effort practising techniques while putting them into action. Either in self-control or successfully achieving intended tasks, willpower comes from the spiritual and the physical.
The connection between your emotions and the body can make us vulnerable on one hand and make us stronger in the other. When your battery runs out of will, remember willpower is a renewable energy source. Focusing on life management experience needed in changing direction for the positive.
Willpower matters, but you will need other skills to keep you on track. Fluctuating will is not controlled because it is not stable. Forming pure will may be debatable although it is what we should strive for in a growing civilization. As with the new questions we will face, the will power to fight what we call truth is a factor all of us will need to overcome.
“In difficulties lie no chances. You just bear and face that with the willpower to overcome.” ― Ehsan Sehgal
In 1972, developmental psychologist Walter Mischel conducted— almost by accident—one of the most famous experiments of the century. He brought children into a room, one by one, and gave the a single treat. He then told the child that he had to leave the room, but if the child waited and didn’t eat the marshmallow until he came back, he would reward them with two marshmallows. While outside the room, he tracked what the children did. Could they delay gratification and wait for a greater reward? Or would they indulge their impulses once left unsupervised? About a third of the children immediately ate the marshmallow as soon as Mischel walked out. Another third waited for a period of time, but finally gave in and ate it. And then the last third waited the full 15 minutes — no doubt an eternity for a child with candy in front of them.