Developing Will Power and Self Discipline
Most people admire and respect strong individuals who have
won great success by manifesting will power and self discipline.
People in all walks of life, who with sheer will power, self
discipline and ambition have improved their life, learned
new skills, overcame difficulties and hardships, reduced their
weight, rose high in their chosen field or advanced on the
The truth is that everyone can reach high levels of will power
and self-discipline through a practical method of training.
These inner power are not reserved for a few special people.
Will power and self discipline are two of the most important
and useful inner powers in everyone's life, and have always
been considered as essential tools for success in all areas
of life. They can be learned and developed like any other
skill, yet, in spite of this, only few take any steps to develop
and strengthen them in a systematic way.
What is will power?
It is the inner strength to make a decision, take action,
and handle and execute any aim or task until it is accomplished,
regardless of inner and outer resistance, discomfort or difficulties.
It bestows the ability to overcomes laziness, temptations
and negative habits, and to carry out actions, even if they
require effort, are unpleasant and tedious or are contrary
to one's habits.
What is self discipline?
It is the rejection of instant gratification in favor of something
better. It is the giving up of instant pleasure and satisfaction
for a higher and better goal.
It manifests as the ability to stick to actions, thoughts
and behavior, which lead to improvement and success. Self-discipline
is self-control, and it manifests in spiritual, mental, emotional
and physical discipline.
The purpose of self-discipline is not living a limiting or
a restrictive lifestyle. It does not mean being narrow minded
or living like a fakir. It is one of the pillars of success
and power. It endows the inner strength to focus all the energy
on a goal and persevere until it is accomplished.
Both of these abilities are required for daily actions and
decisions, and also for making major decisions and attaining
major success. They are needed to start and continue studying,
building a business, losing weight, bodybuilding and physical
exercises, maintaining good relationships, changing habits,
self improvement, meditation, spiritual growth, keeping and
carrying out promises and for almost everything else.
One of the most simple and effective methods to develop will
power and self-discipline is by refusing to satisfy unimportant
and unnecessary desires. Everyone is constantly confronted
and tempted by an endless stream of desires and temptations,
many of which are not really important or desirable. By learning
to refuse to satisfy every one of them, you get stronger.
Refusing and rejecting useless, harmful or unnecessary desires
and actions, and behaving contrary to your habits, sharpen
and strengthen your inner strength. By constant practice your
inner power grows, just like exercising your muscles at a
gym increases your physical strength. In both cases, when
you need inner power or physical strength, they are available
at your disposal.
Here are a few examples:
- Don't read the newspaper for a day or two.
- Drink water when thirsty, in spite of your desire to have
a soft drink.
- Walk up and down the stairs instead of taking the lift.
- Get down from the bus one station before or after your destination,
and walk the rest of the way.
- For a week go to sleep one hour earlier than usual.
- Sometimes resist the desire to eat ice cream.
These are only a few examples of the many exercises that can
be conducted in order to develop will power and self-discipline.
Exercises like these add to the storehouse of your inner strength.
By following a systematic method of training you can reach
far, have more control over yourself and your life, attain
your goals, improve your life, and gain satisfaction and peace
Remez Sasson writes and teaches about spiritual growth,
meditation, positive thinking, creative visualization and
mind power, and issues a biweekly ezine, "Consciousness and
Success". He is the author of two books, "Will power and Self-Discipline"
and "Visualize and Achieve".
Subscribe to his ezine: http://www.successconsciousness.com/ezine.htm
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