Which is Better – Willpower or Imagination?
The more I talk to people the more I hear that one of the most powerful of all the self-motivational tools is WILLPOWER. On the other hand, if your talk to a psychiatrist, you’ll soon realise that IMAGINATION will always hit WILLPOWER for six. In other words, you want to canvass more in order to sell more, and earn more, and in the process use every bit of WILLPOWER you can muster, in order to develop the courage you need to get started on that one special project.
After an hour or two your IMAGINATION takes over, and says to you,
“It’s too hard”,
“It’ll take up too much time!”,
“You should be doing what you know best”,
“You’ve got better things to do”,
and pretty soon, your WILLPOWER is shot to pieces, doubt-ridden and generally in tatters.
WILLPOWER can only work effectively through an effort so strong and so constant, that whatever you attempting to do becomes easier. That easier result however is recognised in time as being achieved purely through habit fuelled by constant effort. Remember, you need to repeat a task for 21 days for it to become a habit.
On the other hand your IMAGINATION will always be working overtime, dreaming up new ideas. Then once you start working on that idea, it can turn against you, unless you firstly resolve that what you need to accomplish is more important than either failing at it, or giving in to it.