Posted by: David D. Daggett | April 27, 2016



            Do you have it or not?  If not, you better figure out how to get it.  If you do, you must continue to nurture it and develop it.  Willpower reveals the strength of your character.  Whether you call it willpower, or persistence, determination, tenacity, drive, or a host of other descriptors, it is probably the most important trait to develop on the road to success of satisfaction and fulfillment.

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Willpower – Solo interval work

           Photo Credit – Herbert Krabel

Willpower is just like a muscle.  The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.  Willpower isn’t some glamorous one‑time accomplishment, but rather the daily discipline that leads to long term accomplishment.

Resisting temptation is a main ingredient to developing willpower.  It may be foregoing a dessert, or resisting to hit the snooze button on the alarm.  Don’t sacrifice the glory of the future for the pleasure of the moment.  In fact, turn it around and relish the success and pleasure of the future as opposed to the temporal passing momentary sacrifice.

The ability to exercise self-control on an ongoing basis over the long term is what separates those who succeed and those who utter the worst of words “what might have been…”  Self-control is a building block of willpower that always pays dividends.

Choosing worthwhile goals can help keep us on track with our willpower.  In fact, success in life in large part is determined by the pursuit of worthwhile goals.  Or course, this spills over into all areas of our lives including fitness, profession, family, and spiritual aspects.

One of my favorite quotes is from Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

The good news is that the discipline of willpower is a habit that can be developed and that becomes self-perpetuating.  Once we set our worthy goals, just like an Ironman on race day, we just keep putting one foot in front of the other no matter how difficult or how tough with our eyes focused on the goal.

Make it worthy of willpower,


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