Volition: the power of choosing or determining, the act of making a choice or decision; the exercise of will.

One morning recently I woke up cranky, not my best self. My “lower” mind started searching around for reasons for my mood, things/events that I could use as justification for wallowing in bush league, pity party thoughts. Sure enough, the world is big enough I can always find what I’m looking for, good or bad.

I knew I needed help! So I grabbed a book off my “inspiration stack” (curiously enough, ‘Inspiration’ by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer) and randomly opened it and began reading. Very first sentence: “We have been given the gift of volition, that is we can choose.” That was what I needed: I know “I am responsible for all I see”, I know that I can choose and direct my thoughts to create the emotions and world view that empower me to shape, influence, and create the life I want to live. 

Upward and Onward! Today I will go to bed a better person than when I woke, today I will leave the world a better place (doesn’t matter in how small a way, just that you do something each and every day), today I will help someone along their way, even if it be with just a smile or a kind word.

Closing Quotes

“Reality is how we interpret it. Imagination and volition play a part in that interpretation. Which means that all reality is to some extent a fiction.” – Yann Martel, Life of Pi, b.1963

“All athletic accomplishment begins with volition, that is the DESIRE and WILLPOWER necessary to succeed. Volition affects more than thoughts and feelings, volition affects physical performance.” – Charles Garfield, Peak Performance

“A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.” – Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, Scottish philosopher

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier