Alphabet soup for the soul vol.2 -“W”

W is for Will

“The kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10, King James Bible

Willpower. Do you have it? If you answered No, fear not because it can be developed over time.

When we have willpower and dominion over our bodies, we can do almost anything in this life.

One way to do this is to teach your body how to automate positive actions that improve your life. Improving your life this way is akin to training a dog to sit and stay. Over time, a repeated behaviour will automate a conditioned response with practice, and eventually, the body will naturally take this action.

For example, if location has energy and time has memory (and it does), this means that by doing an activity at the same time and in the same place every day, we begin to tell our body that every day at 8 am we will go to this location and do this thing.

In essence, we begin to develop an intentional pattern instead of unconsciously repeating patterns placed inside of us by the countless archetypes we have encountered throughout our lives. Once you cultivate and grow your will, you will power yourself through the things that seemed difficult in the past.

The repeated practice of training your body will allow you to craft a life of mastery. In doing so, you won’t be a follower of the crowd. You will not eat the cookie when you are on a diet. You will have control over your thoughts as they arise in your head. You will be able to have a thought, see the idea, than watch that thought pass on without having to act impulsively or contradictory to your values and beliefs.

It comes down to keeping promises to yourself, once again proving that the way we speak to ourselves is critical.

If you are the girl who gets complimented for having a lovely dress and then says something like “it was on sale” or “yours is nicer,” these are the kinds of statements that go against the will of someone with personal mastery. Instead, just say thank you and leave it at that.

I am not suggesting that others are not better at certain things than we are. I suggest that we take our own mastery to the next level with the power of will.

If you have the will to survive, you are the ultimate survivor. If you have the will to finish the race or to do the hard thing that you don’t want to do but know it will make you better than you are a master over your domain.

We often see a competitor ‘will’ themselves to victory in sports. They may seem down and out. Battered, bruised, and broken, but their will was never in doubt, and that is why even when their gas tank is on empty, they somehow ‘will’ themselves through the pain of defeat.

The greatest thing about the power of will is that it is a teachable skill. Once installed as a habit, then no one can stop you. So, my only question to you is, Do you have the ‘will’?

Published by Hdavey Thoreau

"How vain is it to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live"

7 thoughts on “Alphabet soup for the soul vol.2 -“W”

  1. β€œOver time, a repeated behaviour will automate a conditioned response with practice, and eventually, the body will naturally take this action”

    Have you considered, perhaps, that you’re confusing willpower with discipline? I have the willpower of a potato. But I have the discipline to succeed without it. Just a thought. Nice, thought provoking post.

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    1. Hi Jim,

      Thank you for your comments.

      Ive never thought of willpower and discipline the way to described it, but I like it.

      I suppose they are almost one in the same and that developing willpower takes the same mindset as developing discipline.

      The main point is that both are teachable skills that can be worked on over time by taking small daily actions.

      Thank you Jim,

      Have a great day!


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  2. Great post Hdavey (as all your Alphabet posts are) and great point you make…We can learn will power, the power of your will…which when said that way..makes us believe we can improve it, and make it ours!!

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