Manic Monday ~ If there's a will, there's a way!
October 3, 2016
Have you heard the saying, "If there's a will, there's a way"? Maybe it's a saying you don't pay much attention to as it's used quite often to express a determined individual who is going after something. If we were to truly analyze this statement, you might find yourself putting some real worth into this phrase. I recently took a look at this phrase and pondered what "WILL" really meant. I decided to get the definition and came across the following:
The faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.
synonyms: determination, willpower, strength of character, resolution, resolve, resoluteness, single-mindedness, purposefulness, drive, commitment, dedication, doggedness, tenacity, tenaciousness, staying power.
Control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one's own impulses.
noun: willpower; noun: will power
synonyms: desire, wish, preference, inclination, intention, intent, volition.
Will! If there's a will, there's a way! I find this very true. I find this true with any goals that are set with the idea of having "will." Have you ever set a goal and didn't accomplish it? Maybe it was a lack of "will." What about your lifestyle goals? Have you set some goals? What are they backed up with? Is there "will" behind those goals or a lack there of? Because I do seem to see a pattern with goals that are motivated by determination, willpower, drive, purpose, commitment, dedication, tenacity, etc, (All under the definition of "will"). I see that with those motivating factors, there always seems to be a way to achieve the specific goal. It leads me to think that whenever we set goals, we also need to make sure we have the right mental support. And if we don't, how are we going to get the drive, the dedication, the determination.....the "will"? Well, think about the reward of achieving your goal. Think about the ripple effect it will have beyond just you, but also for your family, friends, and work. Imagine the increase in self esteem, the higher energy levels, the decrease in doctor visits, the endurance, the better sleep patterns, the reduced stress levels, and much more!
Take a moment to think about your "will." Do you have it? If you don't, what's it going to take to get it? My 12-month old son has it....naturally! And what is it with all toddlers? They seem to have this natural will power that just won't stop! This morning I just witnessed my baby son PULL himself up onto one of our counter height dining chairs. From there, he pulled himself up onto our tall dining table! THEN he grabbed the hanging chandelier and was determined to play "swing" with it! This was no simple journey for a 12-month old to get from the floor to an anchor in the ceiling. I am amazed with his determination. He has also accomplished this feat two more times today! His eyes are fixed on that chandelier. It takes a ton of distraction to sway his fixation! But,isn't that true of OUR lives. We are bombarded with distraction so it becomes very hard to fix our eyes on the accomplishment or goal. Maybe we need to take a simple raw lesson from the toddlers. See goals in a way that puts distraction to the wayside.
A renewal of the mind! Think about it, test it, and do it!
P.S. If you need a toddler to teach you, I will rent mine out for a small fee!
Have a GREAT week!
Rachel Zimmerman, Certified Personal Trainer and Life Coach
Wife, Mother, and Friend