Willpower Is Not Enough

How Leaders Manage


To have willpower is to control one’s natural impulses and actions by exhibiting self-control and self-discipline that enables someone to do something despite the difficulties involved.

Imagine this. You are in a boat in the middle of the ocean.  It has an autopilot that is set for a particular location. Once it is set all you have to do is let it go and it will head directly to the location that it is set for.  When the wind or current knocks it off course, the autopilot makes adjustments and corrects itself.

If you change your mind and decide to head to a different location, you could grab the wheel and physically force it to head in the new direction from where the autopilot is programmed. By pure willpower you could overcome the autopilot but you would feel constant resistance. Your arms would eventually tire of the stress. You would…

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