How important is having willpower?  What does willpower say about one’s success in life?  Willpower is what determines if we are a driven individual able to restrain from things that are unhealthy or not beneficial to our lives.  Before going any further, let’s take a look at the definition of willpower in our Webster Dictionary and the Daily Wisdom Word Meaning.

Willpower-Control exerted to do something or restrain impulses.

Daily Wisdom Definition of willpower-The ability to resist temptations and push forward with things that show long term gratification.

It is hard to maintain self-control over every temptation in our life.  When I was younger, fulfilling a career, raising children and working out every day, seemed to have more to motivate me to having more willpower.  I think our amount of willpower can sometimes be related to the long-term gratification we get, and how important something is to us.

Having strong willpower when there is long term gratification, but it is being done for yourself, says a lot about our character.  It is not easy to resist certain things in life.  Ironically, most of the things we find ourselves getting tempted with are things that provide immediate gratification.  

There is a book called, “Willpower-rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength” by Psychologist Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney.  This book made it to the New York Times bestseller list and is a popular book as of today.  When you read this book, you will understand much more how far willpower can take you.  

True athletes are made, not born.  They can have all the talent in the world, but without willpower, they cannot be self-disciplined enough to be successful.  This is how important a role willpower can play in ones life.  I believe it is the key to success and failure. A Lack of interest and having interests.  I have lived my life both ways, and am now overweight when, until now, without the restraint I once trained myself to have, I am overweight.  I feel willpower has everything to do with that.  I find myself thinking about doing things and telling myself I will do them, expending energy on the thought of doing it, rather than actually doing it.  

It is amazing also, what willpower has to do with time management.  I watch my daughter, very much like me when I was her age, and she finds time to run her dog, run herself, work out on her lunch break, be an amazing mother, because of tenacity and willpower.  Think about where your at in life, and ask yourself how much of a role willpower is playing in taking you where you want to be.  Nothing in life is for free.  However, the formula to getting what we want, is not rocket science.   

How important do you feel willpower is?  How much of a role has it played in your life?  Scroll down to the bottom of the page, where it says, “Join the discussion”  and leave a comment about willpower, write a poem about it, or create/write down a famous quote about willpower.  You will be amazed at how power-ful WILL can be.  

Samantha Leboeuf/DWW

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