Willpower in the New Year

For many, the turning of a new year is symbolic of new beginnings. A time when we can assess what we have and haven’t accomplished and set new intentions on a fresh calendar. For those who are setting resolutions, they may find that setting a resolution is easier said than done. These resolutions, or long-term goals, can fail for a number of reasons: the goal wasn’t in manageable pieces, it was the wrong goal, there were unforeseen obstacles, or the effort wasn’t there.

As you enter the new year with new intentions, keep one word in mind: willpower.

The dictionary definition of willpower is: The strength of will to carry out one’s decisions, wishes, or plans. Whether your goals for the new year include weight loss, more time spent with family, learning a new skill, or getting out of town more often, summon your willpower when you feel the potency of your goals weaken. When obstacles get in your way, think about the reward on the other side and tap into your willpower for a boost.

In 2009, Dr. Ken Kamler gave a TED Med Talk on one of his six trips to Mt. Everest that turned out to be the deadliest in Mt. Everest history. In the video below, Kamler shares his journey and the story of one man who had an incredible will to survive.


As you set your resolutions, also set aside time during the year where you can assess and reflect on your progress. If you should get off track, find your resiliency and your willpower and to get back on track. I wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to sharing more with you in 2012.



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