‘D’ Is For Determination

By: D. A. Slinkard

We are now to the letter ‘D’ as we venture through the alphabet in the year 2022. We have already dealt with the topics of: Attitude, Battlefield of the mind, Commit, and now we come to the next letter of the alphabet and our word is “Determination.”  I wanted to take the time and look up the definition of this word and the Webster’s Dictionary states, “The act of determining or deciding. Absolute direction to a certain end.”

I really like the last part of the definition because we need some absolutes in our life. Too many people are going about their life drifting out of control with no certainty in their life. The only certainty they have is they are uncertain. If a person is to have success in their life, they are in desperate and dire need of absolute direction with their life. Where are you headed?

When a person has the determination to succeed in life, they have an opportunity to achieve what others only dream about. It is not easy to find success; it is not easy to find the discipline to stick out the battle. We see many people who suffer defeat because they have a lack of determination when it comes to achieving their desires and goals in life.

The question becomes: How does a person increase their determination to get positive results in their life? I wish this answer was an easy one, but truthfully, it differs from person to person. You must find what motivates you, what drives you for achievement, and then you must be willing to pay the price to achieve the desired results. To put it simply, you must define what success is for yourself, and you must keep your expectations high.

The word determination is going to take a level of focus that most people are not accustomed to doing. We have so many distractions around us, and though we have the usefulness of technology, too often our technology makes us useless. When a person determines where they want to go in life, what they want to do, what they want to achieve, they have an opportunity to place their focus specifically on these desired results. This is the breeding ground of determination. Knowing what you want to achieve, knowing how you can achieve it, and knowing what it is going to take will help almost anyone be able to elevate the determination in their life.

Will it always work out picture perfect? Absolutely not. However, when we fail to achieve the desired results, we need to have the determination to get an education. I have been guilty of this in the past that when I get lackluster results instead of learning from it, I find myself being discouraged. When a person faces too many discouragements in life, they typically find it easier to just quit and give up. You have one shot at today. You have one shot at tomorrow. You have one shot at life. What will you achieve? What expectations will you set for yourself?

The success we have tomorrow will directly be impacted by the actions we take today. The actions we take tomorrow will directly impact the success we have next week, next year, and even beyond. The difference, though, is we must act now, and we cannot delay. We must have the determination to say, “Today, I will take the necessary actions to achieve greatness in my life.”  It is good to have a vision of what you want to achieve, and even better to have a plan of how to achieve it; the actions you take today will lead you to the goal or it will lead you away from it.

I have found that most people have a plan, but typically that plan goes out the window the moment they face an obstacle. Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” This is when the difficulties and realities of life sink in, and we must face the realities of the obstacles in our present situations. There will be times in your life when everything will go your way, and other times you will seemingly fail over and over again. The funny saying is, “Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug.” But please know, it does not have to be that way. Determination will go a long way in life, but you must have specific solutions now on what you will do to achieve success.

By: D. A. Slinkard

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