Personal success is about achieving the goals and dreams we have. We all define success differently and varies as the dreams vary from person to person. The main ingredient that is more important than skill, passion and intelligence that will help you achieve your dreams is Determination.
What is determination? Determination to me is about pursuing your dream and having the faith and belief to see it to completion. People make New Year’s Resolution without much determination from the outset and as time passes, the resolution is dropped. Others also have goals to get out of debt, own a business, write a book etc. but the most important thing a person needs to make things happen is by having the determination to see it through.
I really enjoy reading and watching biographies on successful individuals and have learned that it is determination sets these individuals apart from everyone else. Most of the time, people who have succeeded usually say, “I am just a regular person, just like you”. On the surface this is true but it is the way they are wired, they are determined and when obstacles come in their way, they look around and find solutions to make it happen. For example, Conrad Hilton (Founder of Hilton Hotels) initially wanted to be a banker and was determined to be a successful businessman. His determination to build a successful business steered him towards the hotel business when the bank he was looking to buy, changed the price he strolled to a nearby hotel and saw that it was filled to capacity. Realizing that he could be a hotel business person and be successful at that, he changed his direction and acquired hotels in Texas and is now a worldwide brand. His determination for success led him in different directions, but when obstacles was present, he still kept an open eye out for a way to be a successful businessman and was determined.
HOW TO BE DETERMINED
Determination is an inner trait that comes natural for some but for others, when faced with challenges or hard times, it is easy to quit and give up. To install determination into your psyche and character, you must innovate the way you think. If there is something you want, such as a goal, from the beginning you must commit to see it to the end and to find the ways for you to reach that goal. It is easy to make numerous goals, but it is just as easy to quit them as well. Pick your goals carefully, and be sure once you set forward with a goal, the only time you will quit is when you reach your goal.
The way you think and the thoughts that crosses your mind will either prevent you from reaching your dreams or goals because it is easy to quit or when things are tough, negative thoughts could cloud your mind and convince yourself that it will never happen. If you are determined to see whatever it is that you have set out to do, you must acknowledge these thoughts and move pass them as you work towards completing what you set out to do. So to be determined, you must install determination into your mind and actions.
Determination is the termination of your goal and the only time your goals and dreams should be terminated is when you reached what you have set out to do. Worthwhile goals and dreams can be difficult to achieve and may take some time, but it is determination that will help you as you set to reach your personal success.