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August 5, 2014

What is the greatest Human Strength?

If I asked you to name your greatest personal strength, what would you say?  Anyone I have ever asked, no one – I mean no one- has EVER answered “Willpower”. 

Researchers who have surveyed more than 1 million people around the world, said this comes in dead last among virtues.  Conversely, when people were asked about their failings or reasons for major problems personal and professional, will power and self-control was at the top of the list. 

They have come to realize that most major problems, personal and professional center on failure of self-control.  I wish to focus on just one example of this finding, which is failure of self-control in procrastination at work.  Procrastination can destroy your career.  In our industry, it contributed greatly to the epidemic of risky loans and investments that devastated the financial system.  It also contributed to the millions of sales that never closed in real estate……and most likely many other industries. We have more temptations than ever.  Your body by show up to work on time, but your mind can escape at any instant through the click of a mouse or a ring of a cell phone.  We put off our job by checking Facebook, surfing gossip sites, playing video games or just talking with fellow workers. 

There is great reason to be bullish on self-control.  Lots of us have succumbed lately to new temptations and there are plenty of unexpected challenges ahead.  Our willpower has made us the most adaptable creature on the planet.  It is what makes each of us strong. 

Get Sleep, eat right, stick to a plan, exercise – these will help you strengthen your willpower.  The more willpower you possess, the better your life will be. Scientists report that our willpower lessens throughout the day.  Think of it has a muscle.

The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. 

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