Secrets of Success – Power of Determination

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Determination in life, and in business, is a combination of tapping into our unstoppable desire to succeed and knowing how to consistently focus time and energy on going positively forward. As we’re going for our hopes, dreams and goals the power of determination can help us find solutions and eliminate self-doubt. 

In part two of our three part Secrets of Success series, we’ll be exploring the power of Determination. 

When I think of determination, I’m reminded of the popular children’s book The Little Engine That Could:  

A little railroad engine was employed about a station yard for such work as it was built for, pulling a few cars on and off the switches. One morning it was waiting for the next call when a long train of freight-cars asked a large engine in the roundhouse to take it over the hill “I can’t; that is too much a pull for me,” said the great engine built for hard work. Then the train asked another engine, and another, only to hear excuses and be refused. In desperation, the train asked the little switch engine to draw it up the grade and down on the other side. “I think I can,” puffed the little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great heavy train. As it went on the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, “I–think–I–can, I–think–I–can.” It reached the top by drawing on bravery and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, “I thought I could, I thought I could.”

YourDictionary.com defines determination as: a firm intention; the quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose. 

Claude M. Bristol, author of the classic book The Magic of Believing, wrote about determination this way: “It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles.” 

How do you define determination? When you think of being determined, what comes to mind? Do you think of determination as being emotional, spiritual or physical? Or, is it a combination of all three? 

Question: Can someone develop unstoppable determination? 

Answer: Absolutely, “yes!” The key is discovering and tapping into your personal and professional desire to consistently go forward, until your goal becomes reality. Harnessing the power and passion of your compelling “why” can make the difference between giving up and triumphantly achieving your goals. 

Ask yourself these three questions:

1. What motivates me to succeed? What provides me with the greatest joy/purpose/motivation to succeed? What in my life is so important that I will not give up until this goal is achieved? Write out in detail the powerful “why” that it is so significant for you. 

2. Is this motivation to succeed powerful enough to keep me going, even when the going gets tough? On a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the highest, how important is it to surround myself with this joy/purpose/motivation? Is this motivation compelling enough to create a burning and unstoppable desire to succeed? If the score is 9 or above, this joy/purpose/motivation is a powerful and compelling “why.” 

3. How will tapping into this feeling of joy/purpose/motivation, propel me to keep going consistently forward?  How will focusing on this joy/purpose/motivation produce an unstoppable desire to overcome unforeseen challenges and keep me motivated toward my goals? Write out in detail what makes this joy/purpose/motivation so emotionally powerful for you. 

The power of determination takes hold as soon you create an unstoppable “I think I can,” mindset and attitude. Are you ready to harness the unstoppable power of our second Secret of Success, which is the Power of Determination?

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