LESSON VI. THE TRAINING OF THE WILL TO DO
The Will To Do is the greatest power in the world that is concerned
accomplishment and no one can in advance determine its limits.
The things that we do now would have been a few ages ago impossibilities.
Today the safe maxim is: "All things are possible."
The Will To Do is a force that is strictly practical, yet it
is difficult to explain just what it is. It can be compared to electricity
because we know it only through its cause and effects. It is a power
we can direct and to just the extent we direct it do we determine
our future. Every time you accomplish any definite act, consciously
or unconsciously, you use the principle of the Will. You can Will
to do anything whether it is right or wrong, and therefore the way
you use your will makes a big difference in your life.
Every person possesses some "Will To Do." It is the
inner energy which controls all conscious acts. What you will to
do directs your life forces. All habits, good or bad, are the result
of what you will to do. You improve or lower your condition in life
by what you will to do. Your will has a connection with all avenues
of knowledge, all activities, all accomplishment.
You probably know of cases where people have shown wonderful
strength under some excitement, similar to the following: The house
of a farmer's wife caught on fire. No one was around to help her
move anything. She was a frail woman, and ordinarily was considered
weak. On this occasion she removed things from the house that it
later took three men to handle. It was the "Will To Do"
that she used to accomplish her task.
Genius Is But A Will To Do Little Things With Infinite Pains.
Little Things Well Done Open The Door Of Opportunity For Bigger
The Will accomplishes its greater results through activities
that grow out of great concentration in acquiring the power of voluntary
attention to such an extent that we can direct it where we will
and hold it steadily to its task until our aim is accomplished.
When you learn so to use it, your Will Power becomes a mighty force.
Almost everything can be accomplished through its proper use. It
is greater than physical force because it can be used to control
not only physical but mental and moral forces.
There are very few that possess perfectly developed and balanced
Will Power, but those who do easily crush out their weak qualities.
Study yourself carefully. Find out your greatest weakness and then
use your will power to overcome it. In this way eradicate your faults,
one by one, until you have built up a strong character and personality.
Rules for Improvement. A desire arises. Now think whether this
would be good for you. If it is not, use your Will Power to kill
out the desire, but, on the other hand, if it is a righteous desire,
summon all your Will Power to your aid, crush all obstacles that
confront you and secure possession of the coveted Good.
Slowness in Making Decisions. This is a weakness of Will Power.
You know you should do something, but you delay doing it through
lack of decision. It is easier not to do a certain thing than to
do it, but conscience says to do it. The vast majority of persons
are failures because of the lack of deciding to do a thing when
it should be done. Those that are successful have been quick to
grasp opportunities by making a quick decision. This power of will
can be used to bring culture, wealth and health.
Some Special Pointers. For the next week try to make quicker
decisions in your little daily affairs. Set the hour you wish to
get up and arise exactly at the fixed time. Anything that you should
accomplish, do on or ahead of time. You want, of course, to give
due deliberation to weighty matters, but by making quick decisions
on little things you will acquire the ability to make quick decisions
in bigger things. Never procrastinate. Decide quickly one way or
the other even at the risk of deciding wrong. Practice this for
a week or two and notice your improvement.
The Lack of Initiative. This, too, keeps many men from succeeding.
They have fallen into the way of imitating others in all that they
do. Very often we hear the expression, "He seems clever enough,
but he lacks initiative." Life for them is one continuous grind.
Day after day they go through the same monotonous round of duties,
while those that are "getting along" are using their initiative
to get greater fullness of life. There is nothing so responsible
for poverty as this lack of initiative, this power to think and
do for ourselves.
You Are as Good as Anyone. You have will power, and if you use
it, you will get your share of the luxuries of life. So use it to
claim your own. Don't depend on anyone else to help you. We have
to fight our own battles. All the world loves a fighter, while the
coward is despised by all.
Every person's problems are different, so I can only say "analyze
your opportunities and conditions and study your natural abilities."
Form plans for improvement and then put them into operation. Now,
as I said before, don't just say, "I am going to do so and
so," but carry your plan into execution. Don't make an indefinite
plan, but a definite one, and then don't give up until your object
has been accomplished. Put these suggestions into practice with
true earnestness, and you will soon note astonishing results, and
your whole life will be completely changed. An excellent motto for
one of pure motives is: Through my will power I dare do what I want
to. You will find this affirmation has a very strengthening effect.
The Spirit of Perseverance. The spirit of "sticktoitiveness"
is the one that wins. Many go just so far and then give up, whereas,
if they had persevered a little longer, they would have won out.
Many have much initiative, but instead of concentrating it into
one channel, they diffuse it through several, thereby dissipating
it to such an extent that its effect is lost.
Develop more determination, which is only the Will To Do, and
when you start out to do something stick to it until you get results.
Of course, before starting anything you must look ahead and see
what the "finish leads to." You must select a road that
will lead to "somewhere," rather than "nowhere."
The journey must be productive of some kind of substantial results.
The trouble with so many young men is that they launch enterprises
without any end in sight. It is not so much the start as the finish
of a journey that counts. Each little move should bring you nearer
the goal which you planned to reach before the enterprise began.
Lack of Perseverance is nothing but the lack of the Will To Do.
It takes the same energy to say, "I will continue," as
to say, "I give up." Just the moment you say the latter
you shut off your dynamo, and your determination is gone. Every
time you allow your determination to be broken you weaken it. Don't
forget this. Just the instant you notice your determination beginning
to weaken, concentrate on it and by sheer Will Power make it continue
on the "job."
Never try to make a decision when you are not in a calm state
of mind. If in a "quick temper," you are likely to say
things you afterwards regret. In anger, you follow impulse rather
than reason. No one can expect to achieve success if he makes decisions
when not in full control of his mental forces.
Therefore make it a fixed rule to make decisions only when at
your best. If you have a "quick temper," you can quickly
gain control over it by simple rule of counting backwards. To count
backwards requires concentration, and you thus quickly regain a
calm state. In this way you can break the "temper habit."
It will do you a lot of good to think over what you said and
thought the last time you were angry. Persevere until you see yourself
as others see you. It would do no harm to write the scene out in
story form and then sit in judgment of the character that played
Special Instructions to Develop the Will To Do. This is a form
of mental energy, but requires the proper mental attitude to make
it manifest. We hear of people having wonderful will power, which
really is wrong. It should be said that they use their will power
while with many it is a latent force. I want you to realize that
no one has a monopoly on will power. There is plenty for all. What
we speak of as will power is but the gathering together of mental
energy, the concentration power at one point. So never think of
that person as having a stronger will than yours. Each person will
be supplied with just that amount of will power that he demands.
You don't have to develop will power if you constantly make use
of all you have, and remember the way in which you use it determines
your fate, for your life is moulded to great extent by the use you
make of your will. Unless you make proper use of it you have neither
independence nor firmness. You are unable to control yourself and
become a mere machine for others to use. It is more important to
learn to use your will than to develop your intellect. The man that
has not learned how to use his will rarely decides things for himself,
but allows his resolutions to be changed by others. He fluctuates
from one opinion to another, and of course does not accomplish anything
out of the ordinary, while his brother with the trained will takes
his place among the world's leaders.
Source: The Power of Concentration, by Theron Q.
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