Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:
Will Doesn’t Have to Be Struggle
You may have to persist when you are trying to hold onto an idea or a goal you wish to manifest. But persistence doesn’t necessarily involve a struggle. The exercise of will should be a calm, persistent focus that doesn’t allow a feeling of resistance. The exercise of will should not have to be a battle.
If you feel a struggle when you exert your will, there may be old habits or false beliefs that you need to let go of. The sense of struggling to hold an idea is a signal to you that you are simultaneously holding an equal, opposite idea about what you want to manifest and that’s why you feel the struggle. When the energy of two equal and opposing ideas are given the same attention, you will naturally feel a conflict.