Strength of Will
The other night after I was thinking about ways we can strengthen our wills to achieve our dreams, I went into my daughter’s bedroom to give her a kiss goodnight and make sure she hadn’t kicked off all her blankets. She had, as usual. As I was gently pulling up the blankets again, I realized that she has a lot to teach me about strength of will. About a lot of things, but the will part is what I was thinking about at the moment.
She has a very strong will. I’m a person who might have had that kind of strength of will at some point but I lost touch with it along the way, and I’m endeavoring to re-cultivate that wonderful quality within myself now in a positive way.
Hm… Why Does This Upset Me So Much?
My daughter’s strong will used to really trigger me, though. When someone else really upsets us, it’s usually a sign that we’ve repressed some aspect of ourselves to “be acceptable” and the other person is just revealing that repressed part of ourselves to us in all its glory. So, when I have the presence of mind to do it, I take the time to tap on my feelings until I feel better and I can come to a new place of understanding and healing about the issue. Usually, this turns out to be some variation of allowing her to be who she is and allowing myself to be who I am.
Look Around You For Your Best Teachers
As I often say, life is a great teacher of what we need to let go of in order to live in unconditional well-being. And the people we love the most are often our greatest teachers. Lili has been a great catalyst for a lot of good EFT tapping and healing for me over the years. She’s taught me to honor what feels right to me, to take action as I am inspired, and to never give up on something I really want.
She Acts as She is Inspired
She just turned ten. She has always been the kind of girl who gets an idea about something that she wants to do and takes action immediately to do it. I have to be careful sometimes about things I say at the dinner table because if it inspires her, if it gives her an idea of something she wants to do right now, then she’ll get up and enthusiastically start doing it and it takes a lot of effort to get her to wait and eat her dinner first. But I do love that about her.
She’s always been that way; that’s just her natural inclination and who she is. And it does take a lot of strength on my part as a mother not to squash that. Of course there are limits and things I need to say no to, but I do my best to honor her will and support her in doing the things that she’s inspired to do as much as possible.
Keep Breathing and Tapping
I remember a time very clearly, back when she was little and she was getting very upset because things were not happening the way she wanted them to right away, I had this powerful realization that the power of her will was going to take her far in life if I was able to preserve it and honor it and help her channel it in a positive way. This has been a challenge because, for the most part, our culture doesn’t really approve of or support children or adults in having strong wills. We’re finding our way through and doing the best we can, as always. Although we may falter at times, we do pretty well overall.
The Beauty of a Strong Will
Now, at ten years old, Lili is continuing to grow and blossom into a wonderful, compassionate, creative girl who has a vibrant, strong sense of herself and what’s right for her in her life. Her natural tendency is to be clear about who she is and what she wants and to take persistent action until she achieves it, enjoying the process the whole way, knowing instinctively that that’s a key part of living a happy life: enjoying the journey.
Yes, she has a lot to teach me. And I am learning more and more each day.
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I say, Veruca Salt rocks. In case you need a reminder, she’s the “spoiled brat” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You can read my blog post about what I like about her here: So, What’s So Bad about Veruca Salt?
As I’m sure you can tell from that post, I think she’s a great example to follow in lots of ways. Plus, her story shows us how we have all been trained to believe that wanting and demanding that you get what you want out of life is wrong and makes us a “bad person.”
Strength of will, and by that I mean knowing exactly what you want and demanding and expecting it of the Universe and not giving up until you get it, is the key to getting whatever you truly want out of life.
And Veruca has that down.
How to Strengthen Your Will
So, here are some lessons to take from Veruca:
- Forget living to please other people.
- Do what you want to do.
- Demand that the Universe give you what you want.
- And don’t take no for an answer!
Remember that “no” is just a thought, just a word. There is no “no” when you are fully committed to something that you really want with all your heart.
You Can Do It from a Positive Place…
Of course, we can have a strong, vibrant, powerful will in a more positive way than Veruca Salt. We don’t have to rely on other people to be the sole channel for the things that we want. We’re not children anymore. We can focus our wills on what we want and take consistent, inspired action until we achieve our heartfelt goals.
But like Veruca does: we don’t have to take no for an answer. Let yourself discover what you really want, be persistent, and don’t give up until you get it. And that’s how you will build that will muscle so it will be something you can rely on to help you get what you want out of life.
Here’s an Exercise That Will Help
Think about a goal that you want to achieve. And then, let this be your mantra for the day: This is what I want and I WILL get it! I want it NOW!
Say that a few times to yourself and see if you can feel your will getting stronger, your resolve to live a life that truly fulfills and inspires you getting more powerful. I can feel it, can you?
For More Help Building a Strong Sense of Will
I created my Your Inspiring Life self-help program to help us all overcome the inner barriers to achieving our heartfelt goals and help us focus our wills with clear intention and passion on whatever we want to experience and accomplish in our lives.
For me, when I follow the five steps of the program each day, I can absolutely and instantly feel the change it makes within me. With every step, I can feel the strengthening and enlivening of my will to achieve my heartfelt goals.
When I keep on tapping with EFT until I feel my thoughts and feelings shifting to a better-feeling place and I begin to feel inspired to take action, it transforms my experience of myself. Every time I do this, I am freeing myself from another layer of what has been holding me back from embracing the next step on my journey with a strong sense of purpose and will to succeed.
I know from experience that the Your Inspiring Life program really works. It is a great way to develop a strong sense of will so you can live a life that inspires and fulfills you and I really encourage you to check it out and see if it feels right for you.
You can sign up for my free 7-day mini eCourse version of the program in the upper right hand corner of this page.
Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. Have a wonderful day and remember to let your inner Veruca shine through a little bit more each day.
Peace and blessings, Laura
When we were two, we knew exactly what we wanted. We felt an absolute sense of entitlement about everything as well: when we wanted something, we knew instinctively that we had the right to want it and we expected to get it.
So What Happened?
Unfortunately, as we grew older and were socialized as children and adults, we learned the opposite of this. We were taught to deny our wills for the most part and as a result we lost touch with a powerful part of ourselves and our ability to create the lives that we want. We were taught to defer to others: our parents, siblings, teachers, friends. We learned to give up on what we wanted in order to please and pacify others. In order to be loved. In order to be accepted. In order to fit in.
And so, we got confused when later in life we were expected to suddenly be self-directed and know what we wanted to do with our lives and have the strength of will to achieve it.
I Think This Explains A Lot
No wonder there are so many unhappy people in the world doing things that they really don’t want to. Most people have learned this lesson so well that they don’t even know what they really do want. That will muscle hasn’t had much exercise. They’ve got a good strong “please other people” muscle, but that doesn’t get you very far when you spend eight hours or more a day doing something that doesn’t fulfill or inspire you.
We’ve gotten really good at jumping through other people’s hoops and then distracting ourselves from the still small voice within by watching TV or surfing the net with the time we have to ourselves. We seem to have lost the ability to create and choose and command and commit to a path and follow it until we achieve it.
What Can We Do About It?
We don’t have many resources for being trained in developing our wills in this way and it sure isn’t common in our culture. But the strong-willed passion of our two-year-old selves is still there. It may be buried, the muscle may be weak, but it can be cultivated and encouraged to get stronger once again.
In my next post, I’ll give you some ideas that will help you reconnect with that strength of will and begin to re-build you ability to know what you want and to get it.
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Do you remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? That was one of my favorite books as a kid. As I’m sure you remember, there’s a little girl in the story named Veruca Salt who is supposed to be a cautionary character, illustrating a terrible character trait for a child to have which is this: she knows what she wants and she demands that she get it. As soon she discovers that she wants something, she demands that it be hers. In our culture, as the book illustrates very clearly, we call a child who does this a “spoiled brat.”
What I Realized
But, I had a powerful insight last night. I went to bed, feeling a deep feisty determination to achieve an important goal that I have. I thought: I want it now! Universe, give it to me now!
And then, I realized I sounded just like Veruca Salt. I realized that in our lives and in our culture overall, we have been taught not be like Veruca. That being like her is BAD. As a result, many of us feel like our strength of will is not as strong as we would like it to be. For myself, I am capable of getting very inspired and I am absolutely open to my heart showing me new wonderful ideas that I would like to experience and master. However, at times, I find myself losing steam, even on ideas that truly inspire me. Particularly before I learned EFT and meditation, I would let those horrible negative beliefs take over and drown out the inspiration and the will to achieve whatever my heart had been calling me to do.
Which brings us back to Veruca Salt. That girl knew how to get what she wanted.
“Don’t care how, I want it NOW!”
Imagine having that kind of strength of will. I’m telling you, when that girl grows up, she is going to get what she wants in life.
Oh I know, on the down side, there’s that part of her that epitomizes the potentially never-ending feeling of need and dissatisfaction, the seeking outside of ourselves for happiness and well-being. Okay, if that’s part of what she was feeling, then she needs to deal with that in order to be truly, unconditionally happy. (And I can help her with that with a little tapping. 🙂 )
But you know what? I remember that Veruca Salt really enjoyed herself in that chocolate factory. She ran through the Chocolate Room, eating and playing with the rest of them. It’s just that when she wanted something, she expected to get it.
And I know that the book and movie show her wanting lots of material things, which of course we all do. That’s a whole other can of worms… our negative beliefs about whether it’s okay to want lots of “stuff.” What I say is that we are physical beings and it’s wonderful and fun to have things that are beautiful and enjoyable in our lives.
She Shows Us the First Step to Get What We Want
I imagine that Veruca’s also got a strong sense of herself and what she wants to do with her time and her life. I doubt that she would compromise on her vision for her life and she would never take no for an answer. Imagine what she’d say to someone who told her she couldn’t do what she dreamed of with her life. And could you see Veruca Salt spending 30 years at a job that bored her when she grew up? Not likely.
So, what negative beliefs come up when you think about Veruca Salt?
How about some of these to start:
- She’s a spoiled brat.
- She’s mean to the other kids because she pushes to get in first.
- She’s always asking for what she wants and it annoys other people.
- She can’t just be happy with what she has.
- She keeps asking her father for what she wants and she knows he will give her anything if she is persistent enough. And she usually doesn’t even have to be very persistent to get it.
- She is willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants.
- Willy Wonka and the others don’t like her because of this.
Icky. Those are some icky beliefs. If you take a step back, can you see what effect beliefs like these have on us collectively and on each of us personally?
Here’s what I say: knowing what you want and being determined to do whatever it takes to get it is GOOD.
It’s not a bad thing.
We have to be willing to be Veruca Salt! I’m serious. We have to learn to demand what we want, expect it to come to us, and not give up until we get it.
If you feel a lot of resistance to that idea, it’s is time to use EFT to get rid of your limiting beliefs. If you’re not familiar with EFT, I encourage you to sign up for my free eCourse where I’ll teach you how to use EFT and the five steps to living an inspiring life. You can sign up in the upper right corner of this page.
Give yourself permission to demand that the Universe give you everything you want out of life, just like Veruca does. You deserve it.
In my next couple of posts, I’ll go over what happened to us and what we can do to strengthen our wills. You can also subscribe here to my blog to get notified of all my new posts and videos as they go up.
Thanks for reading. And please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think of Veruca Salt.
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