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    Vocabulary: willpower and determination

    Among human aptitudes that can become assets or liabilities (real qualities or flaws), WILLPOWER is in a good place.



    Having too little, or "lacking willpower" is mostly considered a weakness. Having "too much" is often called "stubbornness"  or  "obstination", which can lead to an excess of pride or of ambition... Therefore, a difficult balance may be quite hard to establish... 


     The will to do sth 

     To have an iron will                   

     To be iron-willed

     To impose one's will on sb               Self-willed  
     To be willing to do sth  Willingly
     To volunteer to do sth A volunteer





    - To have the will(power) to do sth

    - To have a lot of willpower / to have a strong will / to have a will of one's own

    - with the best will in the world

    - He is strong-minded



     To intend to do

     To mean to do sth 

     To aim to do 
     Measures aimed at                     To be intent on doing sth 
     Intentional  Deliberate
     Done on purpose To have the best of intentions       


     A plan/ programme of action A plan 
     To plan sth/ to do To make plans for
     A target/ an objective An aim/ a goal/ a purpose             
     A resolution 

     To make a resolution

     To make a resolve

     Resolute/ purposeful/ steadfast   

     To resolve to do/ that

     To determine to do/ that

     To be determined to do To insist on doing/ that
     To be insistent Insistence
     To be willful/ stubborn Obstinate/ obstinacy

     To persevere/






    On the contrary, some people, LACK WILLPOWER and MOTIVATION: 

     To lack willpower 

     To have a weak will 

     To lack the will to do sth 

     To be reluctant to do

     To show reluctance to do            

     To be unwilling to do sth 
     Reluctance  To do sth against one's will                  
     Irresolute  Unintentional 




    - I didn't mean to do it 

    - To make the resolution to do sth

    - As stubborn as a mule / pigheaded

    - To have it all one's own way


    It is certain that MOTIVATION and WILLPOWER are important conditions  to reach "SUCCESS". I know you have a lot! The test will show you if you have enough !   

    Go for it! Thanks for working with me!  


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    1. When we were young, our father kept his will on us all, that’s why we were very shy in front of him.

    2. I’d help you with your maths exercise, but to be frank, you’d better do without me. I’m no good at maths!

    3. The teacher asked for to help him and a group of students rushed to his rescue!

    4. I know you didn’t hurt, but you did and should apologise.

    5. As his insolence was , I couldn’t stand it and punished him.

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    7. He showed no at all and accepted my offer instantaneously.

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    9. “You shouldn’t resent him, but believe him when he said he hurt you. Just forgive him.”

    10. If you don’t place the near enough, I’m sure I’ll miss it. I’m no good with a bow and arrows.






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