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We each have a personal responsibility to make most of ourselves here and now.
Our will-power, no less than our other powers, is given to us for intelligent development. As we realize this divine responsibility, we shall see vital importance of willpower and make an increasing effort to build it for high and definite ends. "The education of will," says Dr. Morell, "is really of far greater importance, for shaping destiny of individual, than that of intellect; and it should never be lost sight of by practical educator.
The fatal habit of procrastination should be fought persistently.
You must do things promptly, clearly, and systematically! Instead of permitting ideas, plans, and goals to lie about mind in confusion, like scattered papers on an untidy desk, they should be classified, "pigeon-holed," and put into their proper places. Then take them one at a time; give them due consideration, and complete them in a satisfactory and orderly fashion. Doing things gradually in this way, strengthens will-power and, at length, renders it capable of great achievement.
To begin is often half battle. Don't say "I shall start tomorrow," forgetting that "tomorrow" never comes. For many people, procrastination has conspired to fritter away a whole lifetime in needless and unproductive tasks - due not to lack of ability, but due to weakness of will-power. Goethe says: "Seize this very minute. Whatever you can do or dream - you can begin it."
It is surprising how difficulty yields before a strong and earnest will-power.
A little more resolution and effort, a determination "to do or die," and seemingly impossible is accomplished. "Where there is a will, there is a way," is still true. No one should allow temporary failure to disarm or discourage him or her. A "too easy" success would hardly be worth winning. It is realization of difficulties overcome, of opposition conquered, and of great heights scaled that bring satisfaction to mind and joy to heart of victor.
If you have read this far, then you definitely realize that developing your will-power is a fundamental requirement for increasing mighty power of our self-confidence.
-How strong is your desire to acquire this great power? -Is it strong enough to lead you carefully to read more suggestions and to put them into actual practice? -Will you enter upon this study with intense earnestness and perseverance? -Will you make reasonable sacrifice to achieve this great end?
Your answers to these questions will largely determine what your success will be. In fact, I have come to believe that without strong will-power and self-confidence, it will very difficult to be very successful at anything.
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