Vince Lombardi, legendary American football coach, said: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Commenting on Lombardi’s words Tony Robbins, self-help author, writes: “This quote is about the next step up in ability, and that is the will to do so. It’s about the will to do another lap, another set of sprints, or the will to win the game despite the score. That is what separates those who do what is necessary from those who are just doing it because it’s fun. That doesn’t mean you can’t do something for the fun of it, but the question arises when it ceases to be fun. What do you do then? Do you have the will to do what it takes?”
One of the great contributors to the success of great leaders is their response at these significant defining moments. Whether it is a moment of extreme fatigue, the challenge of an unrelenting workload, or the simple enticement for a moment of quiet time when something needs to be done now, with quiet, almost sacred resolve, they call on their will power and move forward. It is this magnificent singular act that differentiates them from those who chose a lesser course of action. Robbins defines this as: “It’s the willingness to make sure you keep your focus and conserve your momentum, and never, ever, ever give up. It’s the ability to force yourself to get up early or stay up late to work on it until you get it right. That doesn’t take strength, nor does it take knowledge, although they can help. What it takes is will.” Zig Ziglar, author and motivational speaker, reminds great leaders: “You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.”
Great leaders heed this haunting voice from within that reminds them of their life’s purpose. The next task before them, like the many more after them, is part of their path, and no one else but them can accomplish them. They own their magnificent destiny, and they lovingly embrace the power of their will. They remember the words Honore de Balzac, 19th century French novelist: “There is no such thing as great talent without great willpower.” Let your will give wings to your dreams and become more than you ever dreamed you could be.