The Power of Determination

I often talk about the importance of taking action toward
your goals, dreams and desires. But one of the most
important qualities you will need to develop in order to
continue taking action is persistence.

You must be persistent in your disciplines and habits;
perseverant in the face of adversity, hardship and
challenge; and determined to achieve your dreams, no matter

There will be many times when you will want to quit, give
up, and go back to doing something else, but the one quality
that will guarantee your success is the willingness to stick
with it, to see it through to the end — to refuse to settle
for anything less than your dream.

The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that
something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it
seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success
will be.

Adversity and Discouragement Is Inevitable
No matter how well you plan and how well you execute your
plan, you are bound to meet with disappointments, adversity
and failure along the way to your ultimate triumph.
Sometimes, you’ll encounter what seem like overwhelming
odds. And sometimes, the Universe will test your commitment
to the goal you’re pursuing.

The going may be hard, and may require you to refuse to give
up while you learn new lessons, develop new parts of
yourself, and make difficult decisions.

And, adversity is what gives you the opportunity to develop
your inner resources of character and courage. Adversity is
a great teacher. It will test you and make you stronger. But
you have to hang in there and not give up!

More than 4000 years ago in China, Confucius wrote: “Our
greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every
time we fall.”

How to Deal with Obstacles
Whenever you confront an obstacle or run into a roadblock,
you need to stop and brainstorm three ways to get around it,
over it, or through it. For every obstacle, come up with
three different strategies for handling the potential
obstacle. There are any number of ways that till work, but
you will only find them if you spend time looking for them.

Always be solution-oriented in your thinking. Persevere
until you find a way that works.

by Jack Canfield