"For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13)
The guidance of the Spirit is generally by gentle suggestions or drawings, and not in violent pushes; and it requires great childlikeness of heart to be faithful to it. The secret of being made willing lies in a definite giving up of our will. As soon as we put our will on to God's side, He immediately takes possession of it and begins to work in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.
-- Hannah Whitall Smith in Christian's Secret of the Holy Life