- The automatic will
- The overriding will
- The educated will
What is an automatic will?
It is your will that has been hijacked by a habit or an external stimulus.
What is an overriding will?
It is the will you use to overcome the tremendous pull a habit or an external stimulus arouses in you to act by using the associated automatic will
What is an educated will?
It is the automatic will associated with a habit or a recurring stimulus that is educated to respond differently
It is important to examine our actions and check which of these wills are acting. Most of the people have their will subordinated by impulses, habits and strong external stimuli.
It is important to use your overriding will and train and educate your automatic will to respond differently.
The more educated will you have the more your life will go in the direction you want it to go.
Example: You have this great urge to smoke. The urge comes from your habit, the stimulus-withdrawal symptoms of nicotine acting upon you, and the external stimulus of your friend offering you a cigarette. Your automatic will overpowers any thought of avoiding to smoke and you yield.
You have two alternatives:
One alternative is to use your overriding will and say no. This requires tremendous energy and your overriding will needs to be strong enough, by constant use, to do so. It will be difficult to use only the overriding will because at some point it may be exhausting to do so.
Another alternative is to use your overriding will and say "NO" and then educate your automatic will to respond differently.
You will decide and teach your automatic will the following:
- Your automatic will be taught to avoid situations that are conducive to smoking
- Your automatic will be taught to say no to your friend, explaining him that you are giving up smoking
- Your automatic will be taught to throw away the cigarette with one puff, even if you yield to smoking
- Your automatic will be taught to substitute cigarette with say coffee or tea
The point I am trying to drive at is that your will need to be educated to deal with the strong pull of a habit or an external stimulus.
The strategies I have provided, with respect to smoking, need not work for you; What you need to do is develop your own strategies to get rid of smoking.
You can apply this powerful approach and set things right in your life. Once you educate your automatic will it will behave differently
Remember: Educated Will + Skill + Educated Will directed environment is the formula for success.
Try it out and do share your experience here.
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