Determination Principles 101
Principles of Determination
Vince Lombardi quoted, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”
We all have goals that we want to achieve. Whether it's losing 10 pounds, getting fit or writing a novel, these accomplishments add value and purpose to life.
It's one thing to state those goals and revel in the possibilities of reaching them. However, it's quite another to actually take the necessary steps towards reaching those goals.
One of the factors that separate those who wish and those who do is determination.
What is Determination?
A determined spirit is the ability to endure despite challenges and stop at nothing to reach personal goals. It's fueled by passion and a personal sense of self-discipline to accomplish something good.
Examples of Determined People
J.K. Rowland - Famously known for the best-selling Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowland seems to have it all. Successful books, movies, and a newly established amusement park dedicated to her character! What more could a person ask for?
While J.K. Rowling is sitting high now, she battled debilitating circumstances that could have broken her spirit. She faced homelessness, divorce, and depression all while trying her raise her child.
What led her to achieve this insurmountable success? Determination. She was determined to overcome these challenges and write here dream novel to change her circumstances.
Oprah Winfrey - This billion-dollar mogul was once told she was "unfit for television news." She was fired from her reporting job and left with nothing. Did that stop her from pursuing her dreams? We all know it didn't.
She hosted one of the most successful talk shows of our century and now holds the title as one of the only female billionaires. Without her determined spirit, who knows where she would be.
Principles of Determination
Determination is grounded in the principles that encompass this characteristic.
Persistence – “I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail, I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.” - Og Mandino
A persistent attitude is necessary for reaching success. In other’s words don’t quit! Many give up too soon. Keep going until you reach your goal. To stay focused on your goal be clear on you WHY and persist until you succeed.
Patience - “He that can have patience can have what he will.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Good things don't happen overnight. Because of this, developing a patient attitude is necessary. This will help you to stay focused and not get bogged down with results.
Positive Mindset - “Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” – Steve Maraboli
If you want to achieve a goal, you have to understand how to overcome challenges with a positive attitude and mindset. This requires innovative thinking and a positive attitude.
Self-Discipline – “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” ~LOU HOLTZ
When you work on building your self-discipline in all aspects of your life, you’re going to end up happier, more successful, less stressed and physically healthier too.
There are many reasons why being self-disciplined benefits your health, your standards to up, you eat better, you move more, you sleep better, you stay on track with your goals, and you will begin to think before you act, meaning you will begin to think things through, match the situation with your values, and then make a choice based on that knowledge, you tend to make better decisions which benefit your health by staying focused on your goals and actions required for your success.
Why is determination important?
Determination is what separates the dreamers from those who take action. It is the motivating force behind reaching success. If you have a goal, stop at nothing to achieve it. Don't allow distractions or challenges to knock you off of your course. Rather, keep going and you will soon reap the benefits of your efforts.
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