Most likely you’ve came across exercises on willpower like sitting without moving for 30m, or looking at the hands of a watch for 15m or counting all the matches in a matchbox.
These, among others, are the traditional exercises on will power that you can find on New Thought books like William Walker Atkinson and Frank Haddock. And if you have tried them, you’ll inevitable realize how BORING they are.
I mean it’s not a big stretch of imagination to think that counting a box of matches or looking at a hand of a watch is certainly an extremely boring activity.
Most likely you said to yourself after doing it: “Well I can certainly push through it and do it until the end, but they are very boring, I won’t be repeating them again.” Or you may even repeat them a few times, but certainly not on a consistent basis to grow your willpower.
Once you convince yourself that you can push through the boredom and complete these exercises, you think your Will power is very strong and the exercises are not necessary.
Yet, the true value and goal of these exercises is far from completed and understood. Pretty much anyone can pull enough will power to sit through 20 or 30m of boredom. Sure it’s not fun, but anyone can do it and have done in the past for sure – especially if you ever been to school or long business meetings.
You don’t develop will power to sit through this, just your ability to be bored during this time. Same thing with the exercises, so you can sustain 20 or 30m of boredom, good for you. You just proved to yourself that you can do what most teenagers do everyday at school for several hours.
Once you understand that it’s not the success in this exercise that matters, it’s not being able to do it that matters – since we can all do it – then what’s point of this? What’s the point of sitting through this terribly boring exercises?
It’s not even the point of being able to do them everyday, since for this reason you might as well choose a more productive activity to force yourself to do everyday like exercise or running.
The point of this training is in controlling your state. We can all go through them, but we can’t all go through them consistently with an empowering state, truly connected with our Will.
A teenager in school finishes his boring class with a dull mind, a mind that is not active or powerful but just bored, and happy the classes are done so he can start doing more fun activities. If you finish these exercises with the same kind of mental state, then as you can imagine the will exercises didn’t had a good effect in you.
After you finish these Will exercises, you need to feel much more powerful and empowered due to the persistent use of the Will, and not feel bored out of your mind. If this doesn’t happen you are not accomplishing the goal of these exercises. It’s pointless to just go through it. You must really do them empowered and not disempowered and forced. You are not forcing yourself, you are choosing to apply your Will to this. And because of this, your mind rewards you with a very empowered state.
Like most people who reads through these exercises, I also didn’t understood them at first. They were just boring but I kept on doing them to prove to myself I could do them. Still, at some point, you just know you are able to do this the rest of your life, but what’s the point? Nothing truly changed! So why waste any more time?
It was only much later, after connecting the dots on all kinds of situations and old books, that I understood their true meaning and why what I’ve done for hundreds of hours was nothing more than a waste of time.
If you are not doing them using your Will, using or developing a powerful state from the beginning to the end of the exercise, and finishing it up feeling more empowered than you were before, then might as well not do them and go do some fun activity instead. You would be wasting your time.
The true goal of these exercises is in controlling your own state. It may be terribly boring at the surface, but inside you should be brimming with power. For this to happen, obviously it requires a solid inner voice control, a non leaning approach to the exercise, and a true connection to the source of your Will. You’ll need to change your state from a bored out of your mind, into a powerful one using all these approaches.
With inner voice control you reflect away all the negativity and power drainers that is happening inside of you in your mind’s voice.
With a non-leaning approach to the exercise you develop the present state and being help up by the expectations.
And with the connection with your true will you can dissociate of the illusions of the emotions of boredom while connecting with your true power inside.
All these topics are fully covered in the 10 Steps to Inner Power course. And you can now apply them and train them with just any simple exercise of will power like counting the matches of a matchbox. Just something as simple as this can be a powerful way to enter an empowered state when done right.
When done wrong, it’s a terrible waste of time and just a way to be bored, not much different than being in a boring lecture or business meeting. The control your internal state is the difference between this being a waste of time or a powerful exercise.
So it’s a powerful test to know how much inner power you truly have: when you can CONSISTENTLY do these will power exercises and always end up with an empowered state, much stronger than you were before, you can say that you’ve reached the goal of these exercises.
And btw consistently is not just doing it once of twice. It’s a daily practice while each day, finishing the exercise more powerful than you were before and bring this state to the rest of your day. If this is achieved, you have accomplished its goal.
When you do this on a daily basis, you’ll have to fight off your daily moods, of not feeling good, or being sad or angry. Hence the consistency of the exercise and not just being it a once or twice activity when you’re feeling full of power anyway. This will beat the point of the will power exercise. If you already full of power and motivation, then it’s not a big effort is it? But if you’re moody for some reason, you really don’t feel like it… This is where you’ll need your full inner power to control your state.