How do you develop will power?

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Registered: 06-25-2008
How do you develop will power?
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 9:18am

How do you develop will power? Is it a form of self-discipline or some other trait? Can you acquire it or are you born with it?


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Registered: 01-17-2013
Sun, 09-15-2013 - 9:42am

I personally think it is a form of mental training and self-discipline. I don't think some people are just born with more will power than others. I think that is just something those of us tell ourselves when we struggle with it.

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Registered: 07-13-2001
Wed, 09-18-2013 - 4:39pm

(Sorry for taking so long to get to this question.  I've been having MAJOR computer problems.  Oy.) 

This is a tough one.  I wish I could say it was something we were born with -- then I could just claim that I was born "willpower deficient" - and use that as my excuse for all kinds of things.  Wink  I think it's probably true that some people are more strongly tempted by some things than other people -- making it necessary for them to use more willpower in some situations than the average person needs to use.  As to how to develop strong will power, I have the feeling it's like a muscle -- the more we use it, the stronger it gets.

What do you think, Brenda?

:) - Karen