Willpower is our ability to make choices whether right or wrong. However, each choice made is always bound to result in an eventual end-product. Each decision has its own consequence. American orator and Congressman, William Jennings, remarked, “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
To illuminate a magnificent edifice, we must install a lighting system. However, the edifice cannot be illuminated until we flick the switch that turns on the lights. Until we do so, the magnificent edifice remains dark. Similarly, each man and woman is a magnificent edifice of God. We are illuminated by God, who has supplied us with the necessary lightning system: intellect, reason, imagination, memory, sense and the abilities to learn, compare, contrast and prefer, which are elements of free will.
Nature and events are like the sources of electricity that illuminate this divine edifice of the human individual. If we do not use our free will to flick the switch, however, we will remain in the dark. Our decision to take or not to take action is our willpower at work and this ultimately affects our destiny.
The real test of any man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him. Man wills and God creates. A building plan has no use unless you start to construct the building according to the plan, so that it becomes visible and serves its purpose. God’s great plan will always be there for us, it is now left for us to grab it by using our free will positively. Our free will is important and using it wisely matters most, for we decide and act according to it and our actions are the results of our decisions. Your decisions shape your destiny.
Frankly speaking, our free will is not and will never be visible. However, such a factor does not limit its existence and cannot render it impossible. For clarity, we all have two physical eyes, but we also can see with our third, inner, eye (our mind). We can see things in this world with the aid of our two physical eyes, but we use our inner eye to see things beyond the physical realm. Our free will is our third eye, which we may call insight; it is an inclination or inner force by which we prefer and decide.
My original teacher, Anthony Robbins, said, “It’s not what is happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.’’ In short, you determine your ultimate destiny.
Out of all of God’s creations, it is we human beings that have the ability to choose what to think, how to feel, what to do and who to become. A fish will always remain a fish. A rose will always be a rose. A bird will thrive as a bird. However, as human beings, we don’t have a clear-cut definition on who to be and what to do with our life. Therefore, it is important we use our free will effectively to discover, develop and deploy our inherent greatness in order to live a meaningful, purposeful and impactful life. Failure to positively use our will power to power our life in the right direction will leave us disempowered and frustrated.
Here’s the truth: you are never a victim of destiny or wronged by fate. However insignificant your free will is when compared to God’s creative acts, it is still the cause of your deeds. God makes huge things out of minute particles and creates many important results from simple means. To paint the picture clearly, God makes a big pine tree from a tiny seed and uses our free will to prepare our destiny. In fact, your choices determine your future.
Despite the weakness of our free will and our own inability to really understand its true nature, God creates our actions according to the choices and decisions we make through it. British author and inspirational writer, James Allen, said, “The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
It is time to harness the power of your willpower and move your life to fast track of success and happiness.
ACTION PLAN: How have your choices and decisions in the past shaped the quality of your life? Moving forward, how can you make better choices and decisions on a daily basis to experience a better and happier life?
AFFIRMATION: I use my willpower to make wise choices and informed decisions. I am blessed and highly favoured.