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What Do People Will?

motivation cycle in 6 steps


Fundamental Drives & Motivations

“Nor, again, can the will be right without a right attitude of mind; for this is the source of will.” —Seneca

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” —Albert Einstein


9 Options or Choices for What to Will

The options you focus on determine the purpose and value of your life.

  1. The will to power (Nietzsche) is the ego.
  2. The will to superiority (Nathaniel Branden) is self-esteem.
  3. The will to pleasure (Freud) is the body.
  4. The will to meaning (Viktor Frankl) is the soul.
  5. The will to contact (Virginia Satir ) is the heart.
  6. The will to service (Alfred Adler) is community.
  7. The will to consciousness (FitzMaurice) is the self.
  8. The will to life (Schopenhauer) is health.
  9. The will to believe (William James) is thinking.

Luck or Good Fortune

  • There might also exist the will to good fortune.
  • This might also be called the will to have good luck.
  • Perhaps the Irish have this “will” since they often attribute their good fortune to “The Luck of the Irish.”

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