It’s easy if you try
Many people try for some time and then leave it with depressed mind or with lame excuses for their failures, or blame everyone else and maintain that they are alright. But it is not correct. Have you tried your utmost? There is a story narrated by Swami Vireswarananda, the tenth president of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission.
Once there was a ship sailing in the high seas. A young boy accidentally fell into the sea from the deck. He knew swimming. So he was struggling to swim and kept himself afloat. But there was no help. Though he got exhausted, he was trying to swim and kept himself floating. At last when he was about to sink, a life-boat was lowered and the boy was saved. If the boy had not struggled, or given up his struggle, he would have drowned. So you see, it is necessary to keep on struggling even if there is no sign of success in sight.
One more thing necessary for developing will-power is the positive outlook in life. It goes hand in hand with the most often quoted ‘self – confidence’ of Swami Vivekananda. The man who has faith in himself, has tremendous will – power already. All negative thoughts should be discarded daily and the mind should be given newer and newer positive and encouraging ideas. Each disappointment is a filling station to renew your energy.