Will to Succeed
By Peter Aursnes
We all have six intellectual faculties: memory, perception,
imagination, reason, intuition, and will. The problem is not
necessarily that people don’t use their intellectual faculties;
rather, it’s that most people aren’t even aware of their existence.
If you are unaware of the fact that they even exist, you are not
going to be able to fully appreciate and utilize the power they can
Your intellectual faculties are the muscles of your mind. And
just as it is important to challenge the physical muscles of your
body—to provide resistance in order to make them stronger—you also
have to test your mind to make it stronger, to make it grow. You
have to utilize your intellectual faculties in order to keep them
Your intuition is very important in decision-making. Your
memory, perception, and imagination are responsible for how you view
and interpret your past, present, and future. Your ability to reason
lies in the conscious mind and gives you the ability to choose. This
includes the ability to determine whether or not you are upset,
glad, sad, or anything else.
And finally, we have will. When faced with a difficult
proposition, most people ask themselves, “Am I able?” In reality,
the question you need to be asking is: “Am I willing?” You must be
able to concentrate your efforts on the task at hand in order to
reach your ultimate goal. Your will is what focuses your energy.
When you hold an image in your mind, it’s your will that helps you
stay focused and keeps out any disturbances and anything else that
can distract you.
If you want to succeed at anything in life, you must have the
will to do it. Keep the following tips in mind as you focus on
developing your will.
Control Your Thoughts:
concentrate and focus on something, you give it energy. Your will is
the instrument that focuses your energy. If you want your dreams to
grow, you must nourish them with positive energy. This takes will
and determination. You have to use your intellectual faculties so as
to not be affected or influenced by the outside world. Other people
will always share their opinions with you on every matter, whether
they are knowledgeable on the topic or not.
Family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, radio, TV, and
newspapers will all compete for your attention, eagerly throwing
opinions in your face. It’s your responsibility to be confident, in
having discovered your purpose, to withstand such distractions. When
you take control of your thoughts during these times, you develop
the will to stay on course. You have to be able to weed through the
negative and corrosive influences of such things that will endlessly
attempt to prevent you from reaching your goals.
Stay True to Yourself:
will is a strong and capable force. Remember to use it inwards and
not outwards. This means that you do not want to develop a bad habit
of trying to use your willpower to force others to do what you want
them to do. Just as you have your own course, they have their own
course. You must respect this. The key to your success lies in what
you do and not on what you can get others to do. You do not
want to be in the business of manipulation.
Wallace T. Wattles has written about this in his book The
Science of Getting Rich (Wattles 1910). The premise is that in
order to get what you want, to live on purpose and to gain a
fulfilling life, it is important to understand that you do not have
to apply power or force toward any other person in the process. Your
success is not contingent upon how much pressure you can apply to
others or upon how readily you can reshape others’ views, opinions,
or actions. Your success is dependent upon you and
your actions. You are responsible for your own future. In fact,
forcing others to do things only tends to defeat your own purpose.
Be Future Oriented:
pursuit of your goals, in trying to accomplish your mission, always
look ahead. You aren’t going to have much of a chance marching into
the future toward your goal if you are doing it while constantly
looking backward. “Let the dead bury the dead” is an oft-used
expression that actually originates in scripture. While you can
interpret this saying many different ways, in this context, the
point is to go forward and do what you can about improving your
You cannot do anything about your past, so you should
concentrate on pursuing your purpose into the future. In order to
keep looking forward, you have to focus. Use your will. Whether you
are happy with your past or not, you cannot change it. Concentrate
your efforts on those things that you can change. If you focus on
the past, you are taking valuable resources away from your efforts
toward fulfilling your purpose and making a better future.
Define Your Own Success:
There is only one person that can define success: you. This is not a
competition, and there is no benchmark. Benchmarking is more often
used as a way to level the playing field. It is not helpful to you.
You want to set goals, but there is no reason for you to measure
your success in comparison to what others are doing or achieving.
Your success is defined and determined by you and you alone. When a
company sets a benchmark, what they are inadvertently doing is
imposing limitations by setting a restrictive realm on what is
possible based on what has been done before. You need to set your
sights on your purpose, vision, and goals. The parameters as defined
by others should not be of major concern to you.
Become an expert in your field as defined by you. Success is
entirely an internal matter. If you have set a goal, and you are on
your way to achieving that goal, then you are on your way to
success. You should be happy when others are successful, when they
achieve success according to their definition. Again, this is not a
competition. There is no shortage of success to be had in this
world. It is not a scenario where if someone else succeeds, it
lessens your chances for success. One person’s success is no more or
less valuable than anyone else’s success. There is equal validity to
everyone’s specific goals.
Internalize your goals. If you have not fallen passionately in love
with your goals or your ideas, then you will not develop the
necessary will to achieve your dreams. You must be committed. If you
are not committed to your purpose, then what chance do you have of
breaking through the barriers that will inevitably block your path?
There will be very strong forces that will work against you. Expect
it. Many of these forces will come from within you. You are in
control, but you must have a strong will and strength of mind to
withstand the barrage of resistance that will come your way. Without
a strong will and a depth of purpose, this is a battle that you are
destined to lose. A strong will is essential to overcoming the
obstacles and challenges that you will most certainly encounter
along the way.
Be Willing to
When your will
to reach a goal has reached the highest levels, you can find a way
to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles that might be in your
way. You are capable of extraordinary things and can reach a level
of accomplishment and fulfillment that you might have previously
never even thought possible. Sticking to your goals, and having the
will necessary to keep you on the path to greatness, is the key
ingredient that separates those that actually live a life of
fulfillment from those that only talk about it.
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