Eliminate negative influences
Have you ever felt the sting or hurt when someone you thought supported you, and they actually didn’t? You are not the first one to be criticized. People criticize what they do not understand. If you come from a long line of farmers and you have big dreams to be a “hot-shot lawyer”, expect some backlash. If your friends are all planning to work in the same field, but you choose another, I bet you dollars to donuts that at least a few of them will look down on you. Cut them loose if you have to. There is no way a negative influence has ever made a person successful (except in defiance of that said influence). Listen only to constructive criticism that helps you learn and grow as a person.
Seek out those who you resonate with
You may think you have achieved great willpower, but nothing can push it ever higher than surrounding yourself with those who are similar to you. In times of sheer doubt, they can fish you out of your pit of despair. When you achieve the little goals, they will revel with you in your glory. When they are down for the count, it will be your job to push them back up. What you can accomplish alone will be amplified when you put great minds together. To have someone always there to drive you forward makes you feel as if you’ve promised them to endure what lies ahead.
Realize defeat, but never accept it
Those who know defeat know willpower. After their long line of defeats they will always say, “But the day I was about to quit, I decided to try one more time…” There will always be days when defeat rears it’s head, but that doesn’t mean you should accept it. Even when it seems as if you are making no headway, stop and think about how far you’ve come. The effort you put in beforehand has made you who you are now. Learn from your defeats, but act immediately afterwards to redeem yourself.
It has been said that confidence cannot be faked; that you must fake it until you make it. This is not the case with willpower. You cannot fake effort or willpower. All the hardships, all of the constant forward trudging: it’s all real. As long as you keep acting positively, and keep trying, you can be sure to achieve anything you put your mind to.
These words should not exist in your vocabulary.