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Wonders of will power

How does one achieve strong will power? Austerity or self-control enhances it.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 20:10 IST

When I was studying in school, there was a science teacher - tall and well-built. The subject, and his personality, used to have an overpowering effect on me. Since he was very good in his subject, he was much in demand for giving tuition. But he had a very strict principle: he would not go to anyone’s house; money was not a consideration.

It so happened that the owner of the industrial complex (our school was part of it) had a son, who was weak in science. The owner sent for our science teacher and asked him to help his son. The son refused to go to the teacher’s house and the teacher refused to go to the student’s house. I admire the courage and willpower of our teacher.

How could he refuse to obey his employer? Fortunately, the owner was not an unfair man; he accepted the refusal with good grace. How many of us would have risked our jobs? Only strong-willed persons could take such risks. Strong will give us many benefits: this teacher earned the respect of one and all.

How does one achieve strong will power? Austerity or self-control enhances it. Good association and good guidance strengthen it. One should keep a mental balance in both happiness and distress additionally one should be very active and very useful to others.

Even small, insignificant lapses can damage the psyche. Accordingly the confidence level goes down. Sensuous temptations are the biggest enemies of willpower: one needs to be very, very aware of how easy it is to give in to loose habits of thought, speech, self-indulgence and greed. The last is our worst enemy and needs careful monitoring in our daily life and long-term goals. It ruins willpower. If we give top priority to having a strong willpower, we can attain it.

First Published: May 06, 2006 15:12 IST