Willpower and stubbornness are close relations. One attribute you want. The other you don’t.
Stubborn people steadfastly hold onto ideas and, right or wrong, will not be persuaded to see any other point of view. You could argue that this is misdirected willpower.
When it comes to forming new habits, willpower is what you need. With willpower you can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to yourself and mean it.
If you feel that you lack willpower, take heart. Willpower can be exercised. Start small. Make a short-term commitment and stick to it. Then increase the time and difficulty of the commitments. Your willpower will strengthen.
Following is a list of commitments. Add to this list, please. Pick something – one item that you want to instil into your life – and work on it.
Promise yourself that you will stick faithfully to this commitment and use your willpower to ensure you do. Don’t accept any excuses from yourself. Don’t wait for New Year.
Never make Resolutions. Make Commitments.