In order to make progress in any aspect of life, it is essential to develop your will power and your personal strength. Often, however, when you decide to develop your willpower, you may resolve to do dramatic things, but this can actually cause problems for you, because if you can not yet do what you resolve, then you will find that your strength and your willpower are being damaged rather than developed. If you sincerely want to develop personal strength and willpower, you should first learn to keep yourself open and be an observer of yourself until you observe that your willpower has become dynamic. Instead of making such dramatic resolutions, simply make yourself open to observing yourself and decide to experiment in observing yourself.
—Swami Rama