My war with willpower: Can one be successful without it?

My war with willpower: Can one be successful without it?

'Just force yourself to do it' is what I will, by default, often tell myself with regard to a new goal or practice that has begun to feel difficult. What's interesting is that seems to lead me to be confronted with how I operate from survival instinct and my personal survival tactic is to freeze. Now, how is that going to go with what I want to achieve? And is there a different way I could go for causing myself to achieve it? 

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