Review Your Week: Determination, Dedication, Self-Discipline, and Effort


We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.– Jesse Owens


Dreaming is easy; it can be a challenge to bring those dreams into reality.

But that’s okay!

Striving toward our dreams is supposed to be hard and scary at times. You’re supposed to run into obstacles and setbacks from time-to-time. Confusion and disappointment will occasionally be your travel buddies.

This is all normal and natural!

It’s at these times that you need your determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

With your determination, ask yourself: Do you want to dig in your heels and hang in there with your dreams or would you rather throw in the towel and always wonder what if—what if you kept going, what would have happened?

With your dedication, take a moment to answer the question: How badly do you want your dream? Are you willing to tune your hearing to the Still Small Voice within you and follow the whisperings and urgings of your soul?

Will you use your self-discipline to strengthen your resolve and courage so you can do what you know you must do even though no one else you know is doing it—and they all think you’re a little bit nuts for doing it?

And will you put forth the effort—keep taking the steps that will move you closer to your dreams—even though you really don’t want to?

Your homework is to review your week with these questions in mind. Where did you fall a little short? When did you let yourself off the hook when you really shouldn’t have? What are you going to do about this—what steps are you going to take to improve yourself?

As always when you review your week, make sure you keep an eye out for the successes and achievements and forward progress you did have. No matter how small or seemingly inconsequential, it all adds up and it’s all good! Celebrate this—it’s important that you do!

Yay you!

I knew you’d have progress this week—keep going!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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