Health & Success Through Will Power | Motivation Essays

July 10, 2018
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Listen to episode 281 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Health & Success Through Will Power. Edited and adapted from “How to Develop Your Will Power” by Clare Tree Major.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Will Power by Clare Tree Major, published in 1920.

THE human Will may be termed your power to direct your own actions. You are the master of your own destiny when you yourself, the Self, holds the reins.

However, you have three forces to conquer — three forces which must serve you or destroy you. You must control your physical, emotional, and mental attributes. These are your tools, the forces with which you must work to draw from the world the experience you need to make your life complete. Now, what these experiences may be, each person will decide for themselves, but there is but one driving force, the controlling Will.

As a child, the tremendous soul which the world knew as Theodore Roosevelt found itself in a frail, delicate body absolutely incapable of demonstrating the characteristics of its owner. But this same soul refused to inhabit a frail, delicate body as a man, and by sheer persistent will power, built up for itself a physical personality so superior to that of the average man that to mention Roosevelt’s name brings to mind immediately a physical magnetism and power so dominating as to seem a fitting representation of the great man that he proved himself to be.

Roosevelt radiated energy, the energy of dominant WILL. You should think of Will as a force in itself — as really nothing but a force. It is pure energy. It does not choose your way of life (your reason, or intellect, does that). It does not desire things (your inclinations, or preferences, present to your mind for choice the things which cause desire).

Your Will is purely the energy which you use to make these selected desires become your own property. It is the power which the Self (you) sets in motion to obtain that which your intellect and desire approve as the thing you should have.