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Wonders of Willpower

  1. 1. ““Wonders ofWonders of Willpower:Willpower: How to Achieve ItHow to Achieve It & Nurture It”& Nurture It” By Taha Ghayyur
  2. 2. The Marshmallow Test
  3. 3. Why Willpower? Strong Predictor of Success or Failure
  4. 4. Why Willpower? "A man's measure is his will" - Ali bin Abi Talib
  5. 5. Why Willpower? “Will is character in action” - William McDougal
  6. 6. Why Willpower? “People don’t lack strength, they lack will” - Victor Hugo
  7. 7. Why Willpower? “When the will is ready, the feet are light” - Proverb
  8. 8. Why Willpower? “Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes” - Chinese Proverb
  9. 9. Why Willpower? “Willpower is the art of replacing one bad habit for another” – Michael Garofalo
  10. 10. What is Willpower? 1.It is the inner strength to make a decision, take action, and handle and execute any aim or task until it is accomplished, regardless of inner and outer resistance, discomfort or difficulties.
  11. 11. What is Willpower? 2.It bestows the ability to overcome laziness, temptations and negative habits, and to carry out actions, even if they require effort, are unpleasant and tedious or are contrary to one's habits.
  12. 12. What is Willpower? 3.It is the rejection of instant gratification in favor of something better. It is the giving up of instant pleasure and satisfaction for a higher and better goal.
  13. 13. Willpower in the Quran Sabr (Patience) 4. Istiqamah (steadfastness) 2. Irada (intention) 3. Azm (firm determination) 1. Taqwa (God- consciousness)
  14. 14. Willpower in the Quran 1. Taqwa: • Initial Motivation • Power to resist • Protection from evil & sin • Self-Restraint • God-Consciousness & Piety • Mentioned 151 times in the Quran • At least 10 benefits: Source of success, companionship with Allah, reward, status in Akhira, protection
  15. 15. Willpower in the Quran 2. Irada: • Initial Motivation • Desire, Intention, Wish • Mental planning “Those who do wish for the (things of) the Hereafter, and strive therefore with all due striving, and have Faith,- they are the ones whose striving is acceptable (to Allah).” (Al-Isra 17:19)
  16. 16. Willpower in the Quran 3. Azm: • Long-term Motivation • Determination & Resolve • Purposefulness & Action Plan • Requires Trust (Tawakkul) in Allah • 5 Great Prophets of Azm “Therefore patiently persevere, as did (all) messengers of inflexible purpose ...” (Al-Ahqaf 46:35)
  17. 17. Willpower in the Quran 4. Istiqamah: • Long-term Motivation • Steadfastness • Requires Patience (Sabr) • Direction: Straight Path • Special People of Allah “Those who say, "Our Lord is Allah", and, further, stand straight and steadfast, the angels descend on them (from time to time): "Fear ye not!" (they suggest), "Nor grieve! but receive the Glad Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss), the which ye were promised!”(Al-Fussilat 41:30)
  18. 18. Willpower According to Prophet Muhammad “The strong person is not the one who can wrestle someone else down. The strong person is the one who can control himself when he is angry.” (Bukhari)
  19. 19. How Does Willpower Work? Willpower = Moral Muscles More Exercise -> Stronger Muscles -> Stronger Body More Challenges -> More Self-control -> More Willpower
  20. 20. How to Challenge Your Willpower Daily • Don’t play your favorite video game for a day or two • Read non-school related book 15 minutes daily • Drink water when thirsty, in spite of your desire to have a soft drink • Walk up the stairs, instead of taking the elevator • Get down from the bus one station before your destination, and walk the rest of the way. • Resist the temptation to respond to rude behaviour • If you are addicted to chocolate or ice cream, don't have any, for a day or two • Fast from Facebook, Twitter and SMS for a day • Try to pray your Salah on time, specially Fajr • Take initiative to do someone a favour
  21. 21. How to Develop Strong Willpower? 6 Essentials for Willpower to Nurture: ACT or DIE A ttitude (Positive Outlook) C onsistency (Commitment & Patience) T aqwa (God-Consciousness to Resist) D iscpline (Pro-activeness) I hsan (Improvement & Evaluation) E nvironment (Friends & Support of Jamah)
  22. 22. How to Develop Strong Willpower? Willpower (Personal Motivation) Changepower (Community Support) Tawfiq (Ability & Blessings) Powerful Results Successful Muslims Extraordinary Leaders Movement of Positive Change Vibrant & Healthy Society
  23. 23. The Willpower Instinct, by PT blogger Kelly McGonigal Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg Changing for Good, by James Prochaska, Carlos DiClementi, and John Norcross Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success, by Meg Selig Change or Die, by Alan Deutschman Resources on Willpower

Editor's Notes

  • In the 60s a sociologist called Walter Mischel was interested in how young children resist instant gratification; he offered them the choice of a marshmallow now, or two if they could wait 15 minutes. Years later, he tracked some of the kids down, and made a startling discovery.
     
    Mischel's findings have recently been confirmed by a remarkable long-term study in New Zealand, concluded in 2010. For 32 years, starting at birth, a team of international researchers tracked 1,000 people, rating their observed and reported self-control and willpower in a different ways.
     
    What they found was that, even taking into account differences of intelligence, race and social class, those with high self-control – those who, in Mischel's experiment, held out for two marshmallows later – grew into healthier, happier and wealthier adults.
     
    Those with low willpower, the study discovered, fared less well academically. They were more likely to be in low-paying jobs with few savings, to be overweight, to have drug or alcohol problems, and to have difficulty maintaining stable relationships (many were single parents). They were also nearly four times more likely to have a criminal conviction. "Willpower," concludes Baumeister, "is one of the most important predictors of success in life."
  • Surah Fussilat, verses 30-32
    Surah Al-Ankabout, verses 1-3
  • Umar asked Ka'b the meaning of 'taqwa,' as Ka'b was renowned for his deep understanding of the Qur'an Al Kareem.
    Kaab (R) then inquired from Umar (R), whether he had walked through a thorny bush path with his cloak. Umar (R) replied that he had done so on numerous occasions. Kaab (R) asked Umar (R) to describe his movements through this thorny path. Umar (R) replied that he moved very cautiously, so as not to tear his clothing. Kaab (R) said that was the description and the meaning of Taqwa.
    The path that inculcates and embraces a character of Taqwa is one that must be carefully and cautiously treaded. On this path one must be completely aware of oneself and one’s surroundings, to be disciplined with the correct action and behavior which will achieve one’s closeness to Allah.
  • - Hadith about Niyyah (intentions)
  • - Hadith about Niyyah (intentions)
  • - Hadith about Niyyah (intentions)
  • Hadith about controlling tongue and private parts
    Hadith about fasting
  • -Ask for examples
  • Commitment & Patience - The word 'Sabr' patience or its derivatives has been mentioned in the Quran over 100 times. Three types of Sabr: In obedience to Allah, staying away from disobedience, and in hardships that you don’t control
    Consistency: The best (act of worship) in the sight of God is that which is done regularly." – Bukhari
    Willingness to change for the better (bad habits) – “First we make our habits, then our habits make us” – Charles Noble
    The Prophet told his close companion: “By Allah! Whoever gives up something for the sake of Allah, Allah will replace it with something better than it!”
    Surround yourself with friends who are sincere and helpful: “A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look (carefully) whom you choose to befriend.” [Ahmad]
    Positive attitude / Optimism – focus on past and potential successes. “After every darkness comes dawn” – Khabbab bin al-Arat
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