Willpower (closed)

How important is willpower?  Can it solve all problems? How can you improve your own willpower?

  • “Nothing is impossible.” Originally from the Bible: “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
  • “Impossible is nothing.”  – Adidas slogan Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Men can do all things if they will.” – Leon Batista Alberti
  • “All things must; man is the only creature that wills.” – Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
  • “In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless.” – Aleister Crowley
  • “Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.” – Dan Millman
  • “Nothing is easy to the unwilling.” – Thomas Fuller
  • “Just do it” – Nike
  • “The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.” – Robert Frost
  • “Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.” – Chinese Proverb
  • “Willpower is useful at times. I use willpower to get the garbage out on Friday mornings. But there’s a price to pay for relying on willpower. Using willpower is the opposite of using your imagination and of losing yourself in an activity. Willpower reduces any activity to the very low status of ‘chore’.” – Leslie Godwin
  • “Willpower is a myth. The problem with trying to use willpower to achieve and sustain a behavioral change is that it is fueled by emotion. And as we all know, our emotions are, at best, fickle. They come and go. When your emotions start running down—and they will—even your best-laid plans will fall flat.” – Phillip C. McGraw
  • “To assert your willpower is simply to make up your mind that you want something, and then refuse to be put off. In short, think about what you want and hold to that thought. Believe in it as a reality, regardless of what may appear to be true. This is willpower in action, and anyone can do it.” – Phillip Cooper
  • “Will, without reason, is a blind man’s motion; will, against reason, is a madman’s motion.” – Benjamin Whichcote
  • “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee
  • “There is not great talent without great will power.” – Honore de Balzac
  • “Gongfu is an ancient Chinese term describing work/devotion/effort that has been successfully applied over a substantial period of time, resulting in a degree of mastery in a specific field. Although the term is synonymous in the West with martial arts (though it is most over rendered Kung Fu), it is equally applicable to calligraphy, painting, music, or other areas of endeavor.” – Andy James

“You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your deep, driving desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
– Upanishads

Sources: From the websites http://www.notablequotes.com, http://www.psychologytoday.com, http://www.egreenway.com



  1. I think that willpower is really important to us in our daily life.If we don’t have willpower, our lives will become boring because we don’t have power to try new things.Also,we can overcome many difficulties and problems.

  2. I think willpower is important to human being. Willpower is a power which pushes a person to achieve a goal. If we do not have willpower, we will easily give up when facing difficulties. Willpower could support people to keep working. It could encourage a person to pursue his or her dream. It could help a person to perform a job out of his or her limitation.
    The scientists and the inventors can invent many things to improve our quality of life because they have enormous willpower inside themselves. Marathon runners could run for a long time. They possess well-trained physical fitness well as willpower. Therefore ,willpower is important to succeed in a task.
    Willpower cannot solve all the problems. Problem solving basically needs knowledge, wisdom, patience and willpower. When someone faces problem, his or her knowledge and wisdom play the dominant role in problem solving. But with willpower, one will not give up easily during problem solving.
    If we want to improve our willpower, we should volunteer to solve difficult problems. Through solving difficult problems, we need our willpower to persevere. Even though we fail to solve the difficult problems in the end, our willpower has already been raised.

  3. In my opinion, I think that we have willpower is a very important thing if we want success. Although willpower cannot solve all the problems, if we have willpower, we will have determination to solve our problems. After you trying hard to solve the problems, all difficult problems can be solved easily.
    Willpower is expecially important to the patients and someone who wants to give up some bad habits. For example ,my neighbour had cancer last year. He fervently loved his life. He didn’t want to leave his family and friends. Therefor, he had a strong willpower to heal. Lastly, he healed after one year.Through this case, I can know about the importance of willpower,impossible is nothing!
    In daily, we need to keep on encourage ourselves and belive we have abilities to solve problems. So that our willpower can be increased.
    Hui Hiu Ching Amy 2D(6)

  4. Willpower, just like money, it cannot solve all the problems but you can never break frustration without it. Life is a test for willpower while people have stronger willpower mostly succeed. We use and enhance our willpower throughout our whole lives.

    Willpower indicates that how large a setback you can withstand. Shakespeare has said that hope is the only thing to cure tribulations. It is the same as willpower. When you fight in a war, willpower is the most advanced weapon. When you work, willpower is more useful than knowledge. When you are in love, willpower makes you and your lover everlasting. Therefore, willpower plays an important role in our lives.

    However, how to improve our willpower? We should always tell ourselves that we need to try no matter what difficulties come to attack. We should try our best. If we still fail, ask someone to help. There is nothing that has no solution. Seocndly, learning from some famous people and philosophers is a good way too as there must be some reasons making them succeed. We need to learn to make success chasing after us but not chasing after it painstakingly.

    To sum up the above, willpower is the water, oxygen and food of lives. It can be even more powerful than books and treasure. But how to look for it, it differs when comes to different people. Some may be able to find it when so young.But some may find it after getting into troubles.
    2D Thomas Y. (38)

  5. Although someone may have a better talent than the others, if he/she don’t have willpower, his/her talent will not be useful as talent can only show its use when there’s willpower. Also, I think we can only get willpower from getting experience of life as we cannot get them from books or other people. Even though it may not be useful to solve every problem, for example, let somebody who is nearly die to recover, we still need to gain willpower so that we can finish our goals.

    The ways that I think is good to get willpower are getting experience of life and to think about that ‘I must finish ______’ to force you to know that you need to finish that thing by using your willpower

    Henry D. 2D(18)

  6. If we want success, willpower is one of the most important things we need during the process we seek success. Jeremy Lin is a very good example. Although he faced many challenges when he was following his dream, he didn’t give up and even practised harder. Finally, his hard work paid off and became an international basketball star. In other words, if we don’t have willpower, no matter how clever we are, we still can’t succeed.
    Altough willpower is momentous, it can’t solve all problems. In our lives, maybe a little fortunateness can be a key to lead us to success. If we face difficulties of study, help from others is also needed. We can’t just rely on willpower or we will just be besieged.
    Lily T. 2D(14)

  7. I think willpower is something like what we called dream. The more we are willing to done something, the more willpower we will put in.If a person don’t have willpower or dream, he/she won’t have the aim of life. Although success also need our application, no success could be gained without our willpower. Without willpower, we won’t think it is necessary to done something perfectly, then we won’t sucess.
    Although willpower is important, it isn’t the only thing we need to become successful. Only daydreaming can’t achieve any dream. We need to really participate in it and never give up, there will be one day we success it.
    To improve my willpower, I will increase my interests about my dream. Also, concentration is important for success our dreams.
    Without willpower and application, no dream can come true.

  8. Is there anyone in the world do not have neither a dream nor an ambition? Probably no .Without any doubt, I have dreams too.
    As much as you desire to achieve something; as much as effort you should put; as much as will power you should summon.
    Of course, will power can never drive you to the top of the world directly. Meanwhile, it becomes your mental supporter whenever you were down and seeming to give up on the halfway.
    Other than achieving goals, imagine that you were a victim of a natural disaster, how can you ever persist and hold on till the light and hopes without bearing willpower in your mind?
    “ Never say never.” A quotation from the famous singer, Justin Bieber, tells us that willpower and persistence can change impossible dreams into tangible fact.

    (meaningful lyrics(y))

  9. I think willpower is extremely important in our daily lives, although it does not literally do anything to help us succeed.
    For example, the vegetables in the hospital. Their brains are damaged and their consciousness are lost. They are in coma and are not expected to wake up anymore. However, there really are some cases that the patients woke up, just like miracles. This unthinkable phenomenon is all due to the patients’ willpower.
    On the other hand, once we have willpower, we will continue to try and refuse to give up. I believe that if effort is paid, one must be able to accomplish one’s goal. It is just the time needed that really concerns. But, if one decided to give up, one will never be able to reach one’s goal.
    Although willpower is so powerful, we can not totally rely on it. Just with willpower and lack actions, things can’t be done. That’s why willpower has to work together with actions.
    With only either one of them, failure is the only destination.

  10. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
    – Vince Lombardi
    I agree with this sentence.Yes we can see that the successors do have a strong willpower,like Thomas Alva Edison,who invented light bulb,as to gain success.So I think that willpower is important to different aspects in our lives.
    I think willpower is a concentration of force.We need willpower to face problems or to achieve your goals.Though some people’s willpower are not very strong,they can build it up by forcing themselves to solve difficulties on their own.With willpower,we don’t have to count on others and depend on them but to be independent.

  11. Will, a powerful thing in our mind. If we can control and use it, our life will not be the same.
    Like Lee Ka Shing, his success is depended on his willpower. He fought with problems and difficulties. Finally, he won the match and became a rich man.
    ‘Nothing is impossible’ but considers to your willpower. Like, if you want to give up smoking, but you don’t have perseverance, you can;t give up smoking.
    I think if we want to success, we need not only willpower such as your study altitude and the lucky that you have.
    We can learn willpower from these explorers.These explorers with legendary experience depend on their outstanding willpower, know this gate of the earth where we lived after opening people, has opened the main road for the development of the human civilization. From the explorers, we not only can obtain many relevant geographical knowledge of exploration, but we can also learn how to strengthen calmly, be brave to sacrifice and see clearly the dogged spirit that the goal persisted.
    I think enhance your willpower can help you to success and solve most of the problems in your life 🙂

  12. When we are trying something new, we cannot be sure that we can get success in the first try. Therefore, if we do not have willpower, we will give up trying the second time when we failed in the first try. This is why we need willpower and why it is so important for us.
    Although willpower is very important when we want to achieve something, it does not mean that we can solve all the problems if we have willpower because success is not only related to willpower, but also related to other factors like our attitude towards it and our techniques.
    Famous scientist Thomas Edison had also fail for more than 2000 times when he was inviting light bulbs, but he did not give up. He was very proud of himself instead of being shamed of himself. At that time, he said, ‘I didn’t fail. I just found 2,000 ways not to make a light bulb.’ After reading this sentence, I realized that failure is actually not valueless, it also provides experiences for us to improve and also the later generation will not follow our wrong ways so that they can find the solution in a shorter period of time. I think it is good for us to think that our failures are also valuable for us and the others. We can enhance our willpower in this way.Hope that my advice can help you to improve your willpower!

  13. Among the above quotes, this one was the first one that caught my eye—“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.” – Dan Millman
    I believe that everyone has willpower. Undoubtedly, willpower is one of the most important things to keep me going through my life. Without willpower you can’t accomplish anything because you don’t have the drive to do it. Willpower makes you want to push yourself and try hard on what you do. Even when you face obstacles, your willpower can encourage you to get up and keep going. Although you can’t earn success every time, it helps you get closer and closer to your goals. This definitely doesn’t mean that you don’t need to try. Relying on willpower doesn’t lead to success. In my opinion I believe willpower just lets you know that you have something to support you to get up when you go through hard times. A person with strong willpower and who is willing to try hard at the same time will be the one that gains most success.
    When I face obstacles, I always tell myself that you are not alone. Everyone faces obstacles in their life. A lot of people are more unluckier than I am because they may face more hard times in their daily life. For example, poor people suffering from hunger, or unfortunate people that have gone through accidents. These people can still accomplish a lot, so why can’t I? I believe this can improve my confidence and willpower at the same time, which makes me become a stronger person and ready to face other difficulties in my life.

  14. I think willpower is extremely important for me although it cannot solve all the problems in my life. I think it is important because it can push me when I feel some problems can hardly to solve. I will try my best after thinking this word—willpower. It encourages me to do everything as perfectly as I can. Sometimes, it seems that I fail to do so. However, I will not give up.
    If we set our goals but do not have willpower to do so, we won’t be success. After I achieve my goal, I will set another goal. To achieve my goal, I need to have more and more willpower. Through the process of achieve my goal, my willpower will improve also.
    I alway say “Nothing is impossible” to myself to remind me that “I can do it!” instead of “I can’t do anything for myself”. I can do things well just because of willpower. I hope that I can think things in a more positive way forever and further improve my willpower.

  15. For me, I think willpower is an important thing in my life although it does not make everything success. It pushes me to do things and makes my goals and wishes easier to achieve. If a person does not have willpower, he cannot do things well. We can reach our targets only if we are willing to do and do not give up easily. For example, when you go hiking and you feel hard and toilsome, it depends on your willpower very much to finish the walk.
    “No pain no gain”, this slogan also impresses me very well. When I first started learning drawing, I found it very difficult especially in learning the painting skills. I have thought of giving up but then my teacher told me “no pain no gain, no one can get success if no efforts are put”. I love drawing very much actually and this pushed me to continue learning. And now, I always keep this slogan in my mind. When I meet some difficulties, I would use it to remind myself and continue fighting with my problems.

  16. “Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.” As this sentence say that,we need willpower for success or reached our goal.If we want to do one thing success,we need to overcome apathy,doubt or any fear.That’s mean we need to have stronger willpower.We need to keep the mind of willpower although we don’t know it will success or not.Willpower is important for us to do anything.
    But actually willpower can’t solve all problems.It is just a sence to do thing more zestful.And encourage ownself not to give up.Willpower let us can reach the goal more closer and closer.
    I’ll be more concentrate to do anything to improve my will power.Hope that I will reach my goal soon.
    Janice 2E(8)

  17. ‘Willpower,willpower,willpower….’
    Miss Lee likes to talk about willpower in lessons . Actually , what willpowers is?
    Willpower is the ability to control oneself and determine one’s actions. Everybody have their willpower. We all need it in life. For example , athletes need it to keep on training , extremely the long-run athletes. Another example , a person who is fat will need willpower if she/he want to be thinner.
    Do you think willpower is important?
    Yes, I do. Willpower is useful in all aspects. If someone gets stronger willpower , he will be more successful usually. Why? It’s because when someone gets stronger willpower , he will try harder to do what he wants to acheive .
    Sometimes willpower can be controlled by ourselves . That means it’s a belief. Believing in ourselves. Believing we can do our best .
    Willpower is equal to self-control sometimes . When we can control ourselves well , such as our laziness.
    And now , I’m going to do homework without using computer.
    Training willpower!!!!!!

  18. I think willpower is important. Though it cannot help us to solve all the problems we met, if we don’t have any willpower, we would never be succeed in any field. For example, if a student don’t have enough willpower in studying, his academic results may propably dropped because he may always wants to do something else when he is studying. But if he has willpower, he may easily to tell himself to focus on his study first and then to do other things.
    Actually, I think everyone in the world has willpower. Why I say that? That’s because when we are in danger, we always tell ourselves not to give up. Yesterday, I watched a TV programme. It was about a woman, who has two kids after married to her husband, but her husband had tried to kill her twice in a month. The woman is still living in the world after her husband tried to murder her twice because she had a strong willpower. She wanted to survive in this world because she has two kids. That is the reason why I said everyone in this world has willpower especially when we are in danger. Our willpower usually appears when we really want to do something and worth paying anything to do that. Therefore, I think if we want to improve our own willpower, the only thing we need to do is do anything wholeheartedly so that we will not think other thing when we are wholeheartedly doing something.

  19. I think that willpower is quite an important thing to human-beings. Willpower, which means that how patient you are and the ability to control yourself and determine oneself’s action. Willpower can support people to work and they can even encourage people to believe themselves so that their confidence can be further increased and they will have more power to do their works. Therefore, it is an important thing to support people to live with confidence and patient.

    Can willpower solve all the problems? Actually, I don’t think so. Although it cannot solve all the difficulties that we meet in our daily lives, it still helps us a lot. The person who is not patient enough and wanna give up when he or she face some problems, willpower support them to continue their actions. This can make them become more successful and their lives will be more wonderful than before. Their confidence can be also increased as well.

    I think that we can set a target for ourselves and the goal must be reachable. Then we can try our best to work for the results. We should try to solve all the problems that we meet and we can remind ourselves that we should not give up. We should keep on working and we will have a better results. Thus willpower can be improved during we work for the goal.

    Willpower is actually an abstract thing but it create a better and more amazing lives for people.

  20. Willpower,something we must have in our life. It supports us to get over the problems and difficulties. Willpower is an encouragement in our mind but it can’t help us to solve the actual problems. By the way,it can provide some positive thinking for us to face our life and it’s useful too. The Boble says,’Nothing is impossible’.If we have willpower in our mind, we can chase our dream more successfully .
    By having willpower in my mind, I can be more closer to my dream. I should encourage myself more oftenly so that I can chase my dream and achieve my goals.

  21. “Willpower cannot guarantee success, but success cannot be gained without willpower.” I saw this slogan in my primary school and it inspired me a lot. To me, willpower is important though it cannot solve every problem in our lives. Having willpower does not mean every goals can be reached, but willpower makes the goals easier to achieve.

    I do have goals and dreams like the others. It might not be sensible if I said willpower is like a magic but I believe so. It pushes me towards my goals. Whenever I believed that I can do it, I insisted to do what I want to do. I still hope that I can achieve my goals with my willpower in the coming days. 🙂

    Natalie Choi 2E (06)

    1. Willpower, a word that Miss Lee teaches every student in the begining of form 1. Willpower is very important in our life. It helps us to overcome difficulties and problems. Having willpower, our chance to sucess is halfway through. However, having willpower doesn’t mean that we will sucess. We still need other things to lead us to sucess. For example, a man goes to a marathon, he has the willpower to run the whole section, but did he win? No, he didn’t. Many people are faster than him to finish. However, the meaning of sucess is different to everypeople. Maybe some people think that I am sucess when I finish running the whole section. Some may think that sucess means to win in the marathon. To sum up, willpower may not decide our final result, but without willpower we will certainly lose.

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