You’re Never Beaten Until You Concede
“Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching.” — George S. Patton Jr.
Quitting smoking. Losing weight. Starting a business.Writing a book. Making more money. Becoming debt free.
For anything you want to achieve in life, the steps to achieving it are easy to search for, come up with, write down on a napkin, and follow.
Yet every day, people break one promise after another…they continue to smoke, gain weight, remain fiscally irresponsible and stay at a job they dislike.
Every day, they concede victory by caving into weakness…succumbing to temptation…indulging in excuse making…and they wind up doing the exact opposite of what they say they want to do.
How on earth is this possible…and what can you do to break this chain and start enforcing your will over anything that stands between you and your goal?
THE AKRASIA EFFECT
Human beings have been starting and stopping projects, setting but not achieving goals, intending but not following through on resolutions…and procrastinating for centuries.
Not one of us is immune to this behavior pattern.
The problem is so timeless, in fact, the Greek philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle developed a word to describe this type of behavior: Akrasia.
Akrasia is the state of acting against your better judgment through the weakness of will. It’s when you do one thing even though you know you should do something else.
Akrasia is what prevents you from following through on what you set out to do.
It’s the loss of self-control and absence of personal power which prevents writers from writing, painters from painting, runners from running, and coaches from coaching.
In my book, it’s a beast of a problem that warrants a bigger, stronger and dominating beast of a solution.
BUCKLE UP because here it comes…
Precisely because Akrasia is the state of acting against your better judgment through weakness of will…it’s in your best interest to learn how to strengthen and enforce your will over any form of behavioral or psychological weakness.
So what is this thing called will or willpower…how do you use it to overcome the damaging effects of Akrasia and start bending the world to your will?
WILLPOWER IS YOUR SUPERPOWER
Willpower is an undeniable declaration that you are going to succeed…it is the ability to give yourself a command…a direction, a target and then to do what it takes to secure it.
There is no command as great nor any words as powerful as the words…
There is undeniable strength, conviction, depth, solidarity, decision, focus, confidence, and sheer determination in the loud, ringing tone which punctuates their delivery.
The words “I WILL” send an advance message to your mind and to those within earshot.
“I WILL” is a message of endurance…of triumph over adversity…of victory in the face of great resistance…of the strength, will, and personal constitution to stare down Akrasia and persevere until the end.
I WILL change my life.
I WILL lose this weight and get in excellent physical shape.
I WILL be financially independent and debt-free.
I WILL set the right example and raise excellent kids.
I WILL get through this better, stronger and smarter.
I WILL not be defined by this.
I WILL turn this around and emerge victorious.
I WILL keep punching…I will not be denied victory.
Make no mistake about it…goals and dreams are not won passively nor through defensive posturing. You conquer obstacles by attacking and overcoming resistance forces.
In the absence of willpower…without the ongoing enforcement of will, the most complete collection of talents, the best education money can buy and the most honorable intentions in the world are wholly worthless.
BEND THE WORLD TO YOUR WILL
When it comes to execution, you cannot wait for the mood or feeling to hit you…that’s nothing more than a cop out…that’s the sign of a coward.
You accomplish nothing that way and if you are truly in it to win it…your mind and your will must know that it’s time to get to work.
Every morning is destiny’s way of telling you to rise and shine…that your purpose is not yet done, and that there’s still important work to do.
Every day will present you with opportunities to advance your situation…as well as obstacles that are armed and ready to test your character and resolve.
Therefore, mentally prepare yourself to bend the world to your will. Pounce on every opportunity and determine in advance that nothing can stop you from reaching your goal in the same way that no force can stop the sun from rising or the tide from advancing.
Most people fail to achieve their goals not because a lack of desire, but because of a lack of will.
It’s for that reason why you must always keep punching…challenging yourself to enforce your will…pushing yourself to overcome all resistance forces…and putting one very determined foot in front of the other, until victory is secured.
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Gary Ryan Blair is creator of the 100 Day Challenge…a radical approach to goal achievement and self-reliance that shows people how to achieve 10X size goals by applying the methods and best practices of growth hacking.