Do You Recognize the Power of Will Power

by Jayne Kopp on April 9, 2011

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Will Power is Many Things

Have you ever thought about the power of will power?

Initially the “cause” of writing this post occurred at 5am, however the “importance” of writing it hit me in the face like a frozen fish at 7 am. (yes “Seven” AM)!!

You see, I do have will power (most of the time), and though I am painfully aware of it’s importance, sometimes I subconsciously choose not to exercise it. This morning was a prime example. :-(

Lately, I have been as busy as a “one armed paper hanger” and there feels not to be enough hours in a day. I know I’m not the only person on the planet who feels this way… so I’m really not complaining. Besides I after am sure you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Yesterday, being Friday, after packing the kids lunches, getting them off to school, I worked all day, talked to a couple of clients and cleaned the house. By the time 3 pm came I felt like I had been run over by a steam roller.

I thought to myself as I went to retrieve them: “self, tonight you’re not working… you’re just going to have some fun with the kids”… that’s exactly what I did.

I must admit, It was very difficult not to go and sit at my computer from time to time, but I exercised my will power to stay away. :-)

Instead, we went out for Pizza, came home and had a Hot Tub. They did their reading and went to bed and by this time I was knackered myself too.

I thought “OK, self, get and early night in bed… BUT get up SUPER early (like 5am) and get your post up and perhaps write another before everyone else is awake”…. (notice my well intentioned plans?) I then went to bed.

This morning rolled around and I did indeed open my eyes at 5am, looked at the time (on the ceiling… I have a projector clock)..I then thought “ok, good. Its 5am, get your tushy out of bed”…

Then I thought… “Oh just 5 more minutes” :-)

Then I thought “c’mon … will power”…

You can see where this is going right? :-|

7am I open my eyes after what “felt like” 5 minutes!!

I had lost two productive hours and consequently I am furious with myself.

This is a minor example of weakness I’ll admit, but increasing your will power pays dividends by not only benefiting all parts of your life, but can protect you from personal disappointment & feeling like you want to smack yourself in others!

Using will power comes into play when you are building your own business and striving to reach your goals too.

Sometimes we don’t feel like certain tasks, even though we know we should.

The trick here is to focus on the end results and how far ahead of the game you would be if you just exercise more self discipline.

Same with increasing will power when trying to break a bad habit. Sometimes it’s more to do with adopting good habits in order to override the bad.

For example, if you are working towards losing weight, you are going to have to develop strong will power to resist some yummy foods and choose healthier ways of eating instead.

You might decide to exercise daily, and while this is not always an exciting thought either, it’s a good habit to get into and the benefits will pay off both internally and externally.

Developing strong will power also improves productivity. Changing a few dally habits and creating a better routine can pay off big time.

For example, I close my email now for a few hours in the morning. Having it open was too tempting when I heard the ‘notification bell” go off. It would cause me to break off and check to see who had sent me a message. Inevitably, I’d respond… therefore blowing 10+ minutes of productivity.

I also keep my cell phone in another room as of late. It is close enough for me to hear it ring (in case it’s important i.e.; to do with my kids, or a partner, etc) but far enough that I won’t hear the ‘text message’ notification. Otherwise I’d be texting back… and so on.

Another good habit I’ve adopted is to tidy up first thing in the morning before I sit down to start my work day, even though I’d rather just dive in. This way the thought isn’t nagging me knowing I should be getting things in order. I know it’s done and I can concentrate.

Will power is really self discipline. It forces you to do the right thing or refrain from doing the wrong thing!

Actually, with that said, there are many different ingredients that go into will power: Self discipline as I’ve mentioned, focus, determination, self control…all play a part.

A strong will is necessary for many things.

I’ve found in business though, the sheer will to carry on when things don’t feel so rosy gets you over the bumps and proves beneficial in the long run.

Having an accountability partner or coach forces you to improve your will power too as we never like to be seen as having a lack of it.

It doesn’t matter what part of your life your are working on. Personal, or business… it’s just a good thing to pay attention to.

Never underestimate the power of your will power!

If you need help building it up, contact me…. That is if you have the will power to follow through! :-)

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Steve Nicholas April 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Great post, Jayne! I know that feeling all too well ;-) Today, after I got home from the race and gave my wife a massage as a “thank you” for driving me to the race and cheering me on waiting for me at the finish line, I decided to take a nap because I was running on about five hours sleep, and I’ve been really tired this week because of insomnia. I set the alarm to sleep for an hour, and the next thing I know, it was almost two :-O I’d been better about not hitting the snooze, but I think that I might have to start putting the alarm clock out of arm’s reach to force myself to get out of bed.

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Jayne Kopp April 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

Hi Steve, I am glad you can relate. I think sometimes real will power is the issue, other times we are just plain knackered!!

I think in the cases where we are ‘tired’ we have to try to learn to ponder the consequences of either staying up late… or in your case know what the after effect might be of running a race! LOL Insomnia is of course something we can’t blame ourselves for. Thankfully I don’t battle with that too often.

I admire your will power Steve. I know how hard you have trained.

You nice of you to give your wife a massage! :-)

Jayne

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