A-to-Z 2015 W is for Willpower

Willpower.  You have a free will. Do you exercise it? Grandma always said a strong will can be a blessing or a curse. If you don’t have good character, then it will get you in a lot of trouble. Can you exercise to strengthen your willpower? Grandma showed me that by setting goals that require self-discipline and planning AND holding yourself accountable to achieve them, you can grow your willpower and learn to control yourself better. She didn’t use those words, she showed me. When she taught me to sew, we didn’t start by making a shirt, we started by sewing a button. After that, we moved on to fixing a small rip (I provided many of these :-)) Later, I learned to sew a patch over a bigger rip. It’s like a muscle, use it or lose it. Start with small things and build upon them and you too can improve your willpower.

Quote Crowley on Willpower

Quote Crowley on Willpower

12 thoughts on “A-to-Z 2015 W is for Willpower

  1. Sabina

    Willpower definitely takes practice, and I think it’s an ongoing struggle for a lot of people (including me!). Great post!

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  2. hollykerrauthor

    Love your theme! This is my first year doing A-Z and I’m so using a theme next year!!!! Trying to read as many as I can this week…

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  3. Celine Jeanjean

    I wish I had more willpower. I can be hugely disciplined about some things and then completely fall apart with others. The key, I’ve found, is to figure out your weaknesses and personality quriks, and work around them rather than try to go straight against them (this is a very recent discovery – we’re talking in the last couple of weeks here! 🙂 )

    And your grandma was totally right, you have to start small. I’ll often try the equivalent of climbing everest when I try something new, and inevitably that fails.

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    1. shawn

      Everyone has areas of weakness. Mine are chocolate chip cookies and my wife. I can’t say no to either 🙂 thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Liz A.

    This is the 2nd willpower post I’ve seen today. It’s true, the only way to develop something is to practice it. In small steps.

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  5. chrysfey

    I think my willpower is stronger for certain things than other things. Like I have a strong willpower for rewrites and edits, but not so much of a willpower when it comes to exercising when it’s not walking briskly.

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    1. shawn

      Everyone had areas of weakness. Mine are chocolate chip cookies and my wife. I can’t say no to either 🙂 thanks for dropping by.

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