Part I Writing
Nothing Succeeds Without a Strong Will
Self-help books and online coaches tell us that we have to use our willpower to “force” ourselves to accomplish our goals and to complete all of our tasks. Forcing ourselves only goes so far, however. Take dieting, for instance. If you want to lose 12 kilos and you think you have to force yourself to only eat cucumbers every day, you’ll quit. It’s the same with smoking or exercising. If your only weapon is willpower, then you’ll probably fail. Ninety-nine percent of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned before the end of January. In my opinion, it’s true that nothing succeeds without strong will, but I have a different definition of the word.
For me, strong will means that I have the power to set my own goals and the intention to complete them. If I want to do something instead of have to do something, I’m much more likely to finish the task. I have to have good reasons to keep me going when times get tough. Therefore, if I want to go on a diet, I’ll choose a diet that I can stick with and have a good reason why I want to do it—to be healthier—not just to lose weight. That way, I’m willing to maintain the new menu. If I want to exercise more, I’ll make a plan that I can live with and I’ll do a sport I like so that I’ll stick with it. True success is about action. When we set a goal, it’s like a race. At first we might have to “force” ourselves, but then the actions should become pleasurable habits that we’re willing to do if we want to get to the finish line.
Cindy Savage has more than 35 years of experience as a teacher, principal and administrator of schools in the U.S., South America and China. In addition, she’s a writing expert with 40+ published novels for young people and 100+textbooks to her credit. Her specialty is training students to write and speak with clarity, enthusiasm and style. She’s taught workshops worldwide, has published hundreds of articles on the subject, including a regular column for the Shanghai Student Post. 【已有很多网友发表了看法，点击参与讨论】【对英语不懂，点击提问】【英语论坛】【返回首页】