We hear a lot these days about the so-called COVID fatigue – the failure of people to do what is right (and they know it) because they just give up trying. They are exhausted or tired of taking the health precautions that are required during a pandemic. They have Coved fatigue. They lack the willpower to carry on.
“Willpower is the basis of perseverance.” Napoleon Hill
We have been threatened, begged and cajoled to wear masks, social distance and wash our hands, all in the attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Yet, many have given up and given in to the virus by becomes complacent (or worse – combative) and deciding to “go on with life”, as if the virus doesn’t exist. We see some on the news telling us, “I’m young and healthy, I think I can beat the virus.” Yet these days the young and formerly healthy make up the biggest percentage of newly hospitalized COVID victims and a significant portion of those dying.
“It’s not that some people have the willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” James Gordon
Perhaps it is that resistance to change that is the culprit; yet, change is inevitable. Change just happens around us and we must make the choice to go along with that change or to fight it. The U.S. Marines have a famous motto – “Adapt, Improvise and Overcome”. That motto recognizes that change is inevitable and that we must be ready to adapt to it and improvise in order to overcome. The COVID pandemic has caused changes that no one wants and which cannot be ignored. The advice that we have been given by health experts is the improvising that s required to overcome the COVID virus.
“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.” Dan Millman
If willpower is the key to successful fighting this pandemic, the key to willpower is that it is not inherent in us, but a skill that must be developed through conscious effort.
“People don’t just find the strength and the willpower they need, they create it.” Anonymous
Perhaps a key to developing (creating) the willpower that you need to get through this crisis is recognizing that you are not in this fight alone. No, I don’t mean that you should look around to see others in this same boat – we see that every night on the news. What I mean is that you are not facing this crisis alone and without help – God is with you. You need only reach out to God for his support and strength to preserver.
We are told in 2nd Timothy 1:7 – “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
So, tap into that strength and resolve every day through prayer. Don’t pray that God make the COVID virus go away. That’s not how it works. Pray instead that God give you the strength and perseverance to do what is right to get though this test of your will.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
Maybe you could add to the words of Isaiah that they will wear their masks, maintain social distance, wash their hands and not get sick. They will adapt and overcome.
Tap into the willpower that God gives you by renewing your resolve through prayer each day. Don’t view the things that you must do during this pandemic as “one more day of inconvenience”; but, rather, as one more way that you can demonstrate the power of God through your actions. Let God give you the willpower to get through this.
Not your will but God’s will be done. Now that is willpower!