Self Mastery… Day Seventeen – Willingness

26 January, 2011

This is my 28 day Mastery of Self diary. It contains thoughts and lessons from the initial course I took in June 2010 and the re-cap in January 2011. I will start each daily post with some quotes pertinent to the daily topic, then the lesson quotes that stood out for me at each itteration of the course plus some other observations that may be of interest/help. You’ll find my overview of the whole course here and Libby’s site for extra info and sign up here.

“I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Must faith be exactly that, the willingness and ability to believe in the face of a lack of evidence? If one could find the evidence, would then the faith be dead?” – Clifford D. Simak

“The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.” – Barbara Sher

2010 course – I am willing to accept by choice in spite of reluctance, resistance, circumstances. I am open to new perceptions. I am teachable.

2011 recap – Strong desire and purpose creates willingness. Masters voluntarily and gratefully surrender their free will to a Greater Power.

Creating the space to sit and ask for guidance is a continual battle between my do, do, doing mind and my desire for a pure connection to my Higher Self. So many years of practice believing my mind is quite a ‘habit’ to break. I want to remember that this is PERFECT in this moment. I will not fight my mind I will accept it and in that acceptance I will be free… and in that acceptance I show willingness. Phew…

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Howard January 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I am willing to surrender my free will to the will of my Greater Power in every moment. This has given me the ability to be decisive in very uncertain times and to perservere when the 5 senses were giving me no hope. I know this is a key concept in the fulfillment of my purpose.


Libby January 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

I agree, IN SPADES, Lisa! I pass my will over to the Greater Power like a hot potato when the going gets tough!!

I’ll definitely come up with “my plan” but I’m willing to hop on a better plan in a heartbeat. As I like to say, that’s where the smart money is. It’s brilliant to hitch our wagons to a BIG star!

One of my favorite quotes, “Not my will, but Thine…” It’s served me well, if I may say.


Anthony January 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I had a mental block on this ‘skill’. Willingness felt like a ‘doing’ rather than a being. Thank you Lisa for your comment. I believe it has helped me release this…

I will work on your idea of surrendering my will, willingly to the will of God. Any more will?

Malcolm suggested that Willingness allows us the ability to ‘tap in’. I like that…


Libby January 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

Pain as a motivator is “plan B.” Effective, but not optimum.

Strong desire and purpose as motivation is “plan A!”


L. Kae January 27, 2011 at 12:32 am

Since “Will” actually refers to you (“am”) and “ing” means action then I define willing as mySelf in action :-)
“I will secure a career I love that supports my financial need and uses my natural talents, skills, and abilities”
“I am willing to secure a career…….


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