It seems as though willpower has many different levels. It can mean self-control or a strong determination.
I’ve met people who have an amazing willpower. Also, I’ve met people who say they have no willpower and eat sugary foods, drink too much alcohol, and never exercise.
But really, it would take massive willpower, for someone who was raised to eat and exercise wisely, to have bad habits.
The way I see it now is that willpower exists. There is no lack of will, or willingness.
But, I think there is human willpower, at many different levels, and then there is the divine willpower.
I’ve always wondered what the will of God is. How is the will of God different from the will of people?
I think the will of God is grounded in love, whereas the human will is grounded in fear or ignorance.
I remember when I caught myself using my own willpower to eat certain foods, so I wouldn’t get fat. But why doesn’t my will work all the time? Why don’t diets work very well? Because they aren’t grounded in love, but a fear of food and fat.
I’ve also caught myself determined to get a story before my co-writers do. I ask, Why? Is it for self-glory? That’s not a very good motivator.
Willpower motivates us, to either do something or not. The will of love motivates us to do what is right for the reason that rightness exists.