When we’re working to strengthen our bodies or
improve upon a specific skill, we’re often told to
put more effort into it. And by effort, we generally
think of two things:
a. Physical effort or oomph
b. Will power
We understand what greater physical effort is. But
“will power?” That’s a different story. Especially in
today’s day and age when we’re told NOT to exert
our will – or to use will power.
We’re even advised, and rightly so, in a battle of
will power vs. imagination, your imagination will
So what gives? Is there a time and place for the
will, or for will power?
There is. But the time and place for it is only to get
you launched. You use your will to give instructions
to your imagination. You use your will to tell your
imagination how much energy to put into something.
After that, the will doesn’t have much use.
Trouble is, most people think the key to success is
using will power all the time. It’s not. Your will is to
be used from time to time – not ALL the time.
Those who teach will power are generally
fatigued and drained. They use their will so much
they have little energy for anything else. Not only
that but the energy they have is of a lower grade
than the person who knows how to breathe real
life and real power into his imagination.
When you see a master in a sport or martial art,
you aren’t watching someone who has mastered
his will. Instead you’re watching someone who
used his will to master the use of his creative
You do not break bricks through the force of your
will. You break them through the power of your
imagination mixed with the life force in and around
Same goes with making money, improving your
career, and so on.
You can always tell who is “trying to hard.” You can
feel the stiffness of another’s speaking or writing from
across the room. Those who over-use their will are
mechanical, even robotic. Those who have mastered the
use of mental imagery are able to flow through the same
job with an energy and exuberance few understand
A perfect example is the young child who just learned
to walk. Within a short period of time the little guy is
running the adults in the home wild. The child is not
using his will. He’s creatively alive. The adult, on the
other hand, is using his will to keep up with the child,
and he is fatigued in short order.
The child is using, without being taught, a “zero-resistance”
approach to life. The adult is “resisting” an obligation and need
to follow the child.
Big difference in orientation toward life.
It highlights the idea of being childlike. Fuel your desires and goals with an
initial shot of will – then let the imagery take care of itself and stop forcing
things. In mental work, effort defeats itself. Learn to ‘work’ without working
at all. That is true mastery.
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