Dare To Live Without Limits

Bryan Golden

Determination is the fuel that keeps you going

Determination is an essential component of all accomplishments. Determination is the drive that keeps you going in spite of obstacles and adversity. Determination is your mental adrenaline. When the going gets tough, determination will keep you going. If you feel discouraged, tap into your determination.
The more intense your determination, the more effective it will be. Determination is not casual. It is a deep-seated desire to succeed. A person without determination will give up at the first difficulty. "I'll give it a try," is not a statement made by a determined person. Rather they will proclaim, "I'll get it done."
Attempting to reach a goal without determination is no different than trying to drive a car without fuel. When driving, in order to go up hill you must give it more gas. When facing an obstacle, you have to use determination to overcome it.
Can you imagine an Olympic skier about to start his down hill run telling himself, "I'll just give this a try and see what happens." Of course not. Anyone with that attitude would be lucky to just finish the course.
Every competitive athlete is determined to win. No contestant enters his or her event without the goal of victory. An individual with sheer determination can finish ahead of someone with more natural physical ability.
What about a person starting her own business? If she is going to succeed, she has to be determined to do whatever is necessary. If she just put up an open sign and waits for customers, the odds for success are very slim.
Invariably, it's the determined business owner who succeeds. She puts in the time and makes whatever sacrifices are necessary to make her enterprise prosper. Just like the athlete, the successful business person envisions victory before the doors even open.
A determined job candidate will often be hired over someone with more experience but lacking a resolve to excel. Many employers realize that although most people can be taught job skills it's virtually impossible to instill determination.
As children we are told stories of the power of determination. The tortoise and the hare, the little train engine that could, David and Goliath, to name just a few. As you mature, you forget these lessons.
You allow yourself to get discouraged at the very point where you need to apply more determination rather than give up. Unless you give your car enough gas, not only will you be unable to make it up a hill, you risk rolling backwards.
Especially if you stumble and fall, use your determination to get back up. Don't make excuses. Don't blame anyone or anything. Just get back on track. It's not magic, it is determination. You may have forgotten how to use it, but it's inside you.
On the other hand, it's hard to be determined to obtain something you don't really want. You can't live someone else's life or fulfill externally imposed goals. If you can't muster up any determination you may be on the wrong path or targeting an undesirable result.
There is nothing wrong with changing your direction. If you are not excited about your path, pick another one that you can get more enthusiastic about. Too many people spend their lives in pursuit of the wrong goals and therefore have little or no determination.
So when these people subsequently fall short of success, they conclude they are a failure when in fact they have been chasing the wrong dreams. Without a change in strategy, they are destined to an endless cycle of frustration.
Make sure you are on the right path. Fire up your determination. Keep going and never give up.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper.  2024 Bryan Golden


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