quotations about willpower
Willpower is trying very hard not to do something you want to do very much.
JOHN ORTBERG, The Life You've Always Wanted
The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.'
CHARLES DICKENS, David Copperfield
Where there's a will, there's a way.
Willpower is not some mythical force that we either have or don't have. Willpower is our decision to use higher-mind thinking instead of lazing around in the clutches of our primal mind.
A. B. CURTISS, Depression Is a Choice
Willpower is essential to the accomplishment of anything worthwhile.
BRIAN TRACY, Getting Rich Your Own Way
You are only as lazy or lacking in willpower as you think you are.
KEN CHRISTIAN, Your Own Worst Enemy
Will, without reason, is a blind man's motion; will, against reason, is a madman's motion.
BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms
The will is the keystone in the arch of human achievement. It is the culmination of our complex mental faculties. It is the power that rules minds, men and nations.
THOMAS PARKER BOYD, The How and Why of the Emmanuel Movement
Willpower is a myth. The problem with trying to use willpower to achieve and sustain a behavioral change is that it is fueled by emotion. And as we all know, our emotions are, at best, fickle. They come and go. When your emotions start running down -- and they will -- even your best-laid plans will fall flat.
PHILLIP C. MCGRAW, Relationship Rescue
Willpower is useful at times. I use willpower to get the garbage out on Friday mornings. But there's a price to pay for relying on willpower. Using willpower is the opposite of using your imagination and of losing yourself in an activity. Willpower reduces any activity to the very low status of "chore."
LESLIE GODWIN, From Burned Out to Fired Up
Great heart will not be denied.
J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Return of the King
You may fetter my leg, but my will not even Zeus himself can overpower.
Most of life's actions are within our reach, but decisions take willpower.
ROBERT MCKEE, Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting
Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI, attributed, Effortless Willpower
Willpower is likely the most important keystone habit there is. Willpower has more of an impact on individual success than intelligence, talent or education level.
P. JAMES HOLLAND, The Power of Habit
The problem with blaming everything on willpower is that when failure occurs, as it often does, you end up blaming yourself for being weak or inadequate. Willpower is not sprinkled on like fairy dust or granted to the few lucky souls born with the right stuff. Instead, willpower comes from the ways people structure things to stimulate the will--where there is a way, there is a will.
GRAHAM SIMPSON, Spa Medicine: Your Gateway to the Ageless Zone
Science is showing us that there are neurological (brain) factors that contribute to self-control and willpower, along with learning and upbringing. And when these brain systems are functioning improperly or become damaged, normal levels of self-control and willpower are impossible.
RUSSELL A. BARKLEY, Taking Charge of ADHD
The higher life begins for us ... when we renounce our own will to bow before a Divine law.
GEORGE ELIOT, Romola
Willpower can produce short-term change, but it creates constant internal stress because you haven't dealt with the root cause.
RICK WARREN, The Purpose-Driven Life
To assert your willpower is simply to make up your mind that you want something, and then refuse to be put off. In short, think about what you want and hold to that thought. Believe in it as a reality, regardless of what may appear to be true. This is willpower in action, and anyone can do it.
PHILLIP COOPER, Secrets of Creative Visualization