Saturday, 4 July 2009

The Power of Will

There are times in our lives when we feel wreckless and depressed because of various circumstances that affect our peace of mind. Consquently, we develop a low self-estime and think that there's nothing really that we can achieve. There was a time in my life when I felt completely useless and unable to resist temptations like surfing the internet, chocolate or simply eating too much and mostly fattening and unhealthy foods. With the help and support of some good friends - one of them is a very successful psycholigist - I started to seek ways to strengthen my willpower and self-discipline. This did not happen from one day to another but it was a slow and gradual progress depending on perseverence - a topic I talked about in a previous blog.
Perseverence helped me to stick to my goal . So I gradually started cutting down on the internet, on chocolate and on food - my three main addictions I was unable to resist to. Physical exercise and meditation kept me going. I went on a diet and lost weight while at the same time I adopted a healthier eating pattern, I stopped bringing chocolate home - I used to consume a bar every day! - and also cut down on the internet for my entertainment. There were times I really felt like giving in to one or more of the above temptations but in the end I managed to control them instead of letting them control me. It was certainly not easy to achieve these goals, it took time but in the end I learned that when there is a will there is always a way.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

there is always much to learn from your blogs, my friend. and i thank u for that. so true... "if there's a will, there's a way" and as they also say, " it's all in the mind". i am happy for you that you were able to resist those temptations and achieve your goals. thanks again for sharing. i wish you a happy week, constatinos... take care always :)

*hug*

summer

Anonymous said...

there is always much to learn from your blogs, my friend. and i thank u for that. so true... "if there's a will, there's a way" and as they also say, " it's all in the mind". i am happy for you that you were able to resist those temptations and achieve your goals. thanks again for sharing. i wish you a happy week, constantinos... take care always :)

*hug*

summer

Constantinos said...

That's very true my dear Summer. It's all in the mind. Certainly it's not always easy to resist temptations and get over various forms of addictions,but, after all, nothing is earned without effort.

Stefania said...

There's nothing you can't do in life once you really set your heart on it. Willpower and determination are the essential ingredients that will help us to achieve our goals. And I am glad to see that your efforts, Constantine mou, were successful in the end.

Anastasia said...

I am , generally, a very determined and strongwilled person and I can almost control my addictions and achieve my goals - smoking being the only exception. Just after Greece, Cyprus goes smokeless as from January 1 2010 although it was said that New Year's Eve will be excepted! Personally, I don't mind at all, I can go outside and smoke. One thing's for sure. I'll smoke much less in the winter and hopefully this will give me the willpower to give it up...well , at least to cut down.

Christina P said...

Not long ago I was really addicted to the Net,to chatting mostly. My whole life depended on whether X or Y was online. Unfortunately, I didn't have the power of will to control this addiction but I did find the strength to ask for professional help and go into therapy without having to give up the pleasure of chatting , blogging or simply surfing the Net. Now I have discovered a great real world beyond my computer and have started a brand new life. Thanks for a great post, Constantine mou. Hugs - Christina P

Constantinos said...

* I agree Stefania. If you really want to achieve a goal, you will find the determination and the will power to succeed.

* Anastasia, I know that you have the power of will to achieve anything you set as a goal. So, I am sure that if only you really want to, you will give up smoking completely. Isn't it a pity to let such a bad habit control your life?

* Christina, I'm glad to hear that you have got over your addiction to the Net. As I've been through that myself, I know what I had missed all that time I used to spent online : sports instead of interactive games, socializing instead of chatting, reading books instead of reading online.

Sophia said...

Constantine mou, the human nature is never perfect, otherwise we would be God. I believe that we can all make peace with our strengths and our weaknesses even if we are not strong enough to get over our weaknesses. No one is perfect!