Willpower or Want-power?

Willpower is not enough.

In our efforts to change, willpower only takes us so far.

I’ve found that willpower diminishes throughout the day.

I start the day with good intentions. I employ my willpower in the morning and I eat muesli with fruit. By the end of the day my willpower-tank empties and I’m eating chocolate with cake! 

I need more than willpower to experience significant transformation and lasting change.

How about adding ‘want-power’ to your willpower?

Want-power draws on your deepest desires.  

What kind of person do you really WANT to be?

What do you really WANT to achieve with the one life you’ve been given?

What kind of legacy do you really WANT to leave?

Want-power creates a mental picture of what you deeply desire, sets a tangible goal and motivates you to achieve it, even when your willpower starts to wane. 

I WANT to be healthy, so I create an exercise routine that helps me fulfil that desire.

I WANT to be a good husband and father, so I prioritise time with my family so that I can fulfil that desire.

I WANT to be close to God, so I employ rhythms that help me draw near to Him and fulfil that desire.

I need to identify what I really WANT. I need to be honest with myself.

Do I really WANT to change, or do I really WANT comfort?

Do I really WANT a different future, or do I really WANT the status-quo?

Willpower is not enough. 

Discover what you really WANT.

Form those deep desires into a mental image of your preferred future. 

Add some want-power to your willpower…

…and see the transformation begin!

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Pastor Duncan Clark

I love being married to Helen. I love being dad to Ben, Hannah, Daniel and Ruby. I love being the Senior Pastor of Coventry Elim Church (www.elim-coventry.org.uk) I love that I get to run, read, lead and loads of other great stuff!

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