It’s been said that determination is the doctrine of all things, which also includes our will, and these things are determined by causes. Do you believe that you are in control over your thoughts and actions? The point is that we are all in control of them if we choose to be.
On an ordinary day, when a friend or family member continues to call you on the phone and you ignore that call, letting it going to voicemail. Do you have the willpower to continue doing that for the rest of the day? If you’re determined to complete your work on a Friday so that you don’t have to go back to the office on the weekend, then that would require two things: determination to accomplish your goal and the willpower to not let anything else interfere with you completing your tasks for the day.
Or, take the example of a young woman who is trying to lose weight and has to attend a going away luncheon for one of her best friends. She’s determined and has the willpower to resist ordering high calorie food items, but everyone around the table is ordering fattening foods and then they bring the dessert. If you were her, could you control your willpower to stay on your diet for that day and would you be determined to take any criticism that came your way?
Free will is a choice that each one of us comes into this life with, and most times we’re happy to exercise it. Basically, you could start out every day being determined to accomplish something that is on your to do list. And at times you might have the willpower to push aside other distractions and annoyances that would stop you from completing your task. But, it’s also easy to have determination and willpower for a little while, but then if you’re not in control of your thoughts and the ultimate goal, it’s very easy to slip back into a state of making up your own rules as you go along.
Perhaps, you might wish to consider that any control that you have over a situation is constantly being limited by other factors. So, you could start out the day having a lot of control, but then the minute a problem arises or your environment changes, you can certainly alter your free will.
Just know that when you are conscious of the fact that things are changing around you and your daily goals and determination are also changing, you are the one who can decide which is the best choice for you. The benefit of free will is that you get to decide if you feel like being determined that day or if you just feel like kicking back and taking it easy to see what the day brings.
How is your determination and willpower today?