The Power Of ‘NO’


That’s one of the most powerful words in existence; just two letters in the English Language. You may not even need to vocalise it. Moving your head sideways a couple of times or waving your hand a certain way, will bear the same weight as saying it.

But for many people, it is one of the most difficult words to say. The reason is very simple. Behind every No is an expensive, hard-to-find commodity known as Will Power.

It is way more expensive than money can afford, way too dear to be transferred from an individual to another, way too fragile to be handled without the utmost care. My youngest sister made me understand will power in the way she fearlessly wielded it, calm but firm to the bones.

As long as the earth remaineth, it is IMPOSSIBLE that pressures cease to come. You will be buffeted on every side. Your resoluteness in whatever you set out to do will be tested. Peer pressure will wrap its palm firmly round your neck.
Nay-Sayers will visit you. They will clothe themselves in cloaks of care and sympathy.

“We care about you. We care about you.” their lips would say, while their hearts echo “Where do you think you are going, leaving us here?”

Will Power is one attribute you have to develop, dear young person. It doesn’t come in a day, because you have to grow it, feed it, and nurture it. Will power is that courage that makes you move against the tide in spite of the fears in your heart, the many voices in your head, and the sneers of the public.

You do not need long speeches to get out of a toxic relationship. All you need is Will Power. The guts to look that young man or woman squarely in the eye and say “We are done here.”

You do not need the backing of the entire world to start your business. All you need is Will Power.
No will power, no self-restraint. Hardly a recipe for success. Friends, let’s feed the strength of our will today. Be upwardly persistent, and by that I mean doggedness in doing what is right, for there is such a thing as being downwardly persistent, which thing has led millions to their early graves.

There is a reason God said to Joshua, again and again: “Be thou strong and very courageous.” Again I say, be upwardly persistent.
Strengthen your will power today.





Credit: Uju Okorie