By adopting a positive attitude to life instead of giving in to despair, and getting rid of a pessimistic approach to life are ways of developing ichha shakti or will power. This is the real secret of success. None can deny the fact that we want success whatever may be our profession or avocation and the way to achieve success is through the strengthening of will-power.
There are people who are born with sonic inherent gifts or talents; but even such virtuous people may lack this one important quality, that is will power; in such cases all will come to naught and all will be in vain as the person will not be able to put his gifts to the best possible use. Looking deeply into our own lives we may find that the besetting tragedy of humankind is this lack of will power. Even when we know that something is going to help us we are unable to carry it out because we do not have the necessary tenacity. We are unable to avoid harmful things because our samskaras are such that our inborn tendencies prevent us from desisting.
To drive home this point let me use some examples. We all know that we should use pleasant, decent language; that we should not get excited even under the utmost provocation. Psychologists advise that we should keep calm at all times. Somebody abuses me and uses bad language to provoke me but I cannot react. In such a situation we should look inward. A refrain common to everybody is "Many times I got angry and later I regretted it. Let me exercise my will power in future." We know that under trying circumstances we should exercise our will power to the maximum capacity. The formula we have to apply at that moment of extreme anger is: calm down first, try to master your senses, do not give 'expression to your anger. In this way an awkward situation may be effectively handled. We know that often we get into trouble because. we forget to be polite and we lose our temper many times, use bad language and suffer.
We know it is beneficial to lead a moral life. This does not prevent us from committing sinful acts because we cannot help ourselves. For instance, when we go to a temple our mind soars high. We feel elevated. But the moment we do something bad the same mind plunges down.