Determination: Pull Out Your Thesaurus and Let’s Go Shopping!

Achieving your dreams, no matter what they are, requires determination. It’s often helpful to repeat the word to yourself because it can give you the boost you need to cross the finish line of a difficult task.

Sometimes, though, the word ‘determination’ has such a grim sound to it, conjuring up images of raggedy people toiling in cold, unforgiving workhouse conditions. Those types of thought-images don’t help us. In fact, they might make it even harder to press on!

It’s time to pull out our thesauruses—thesauri—and lets’ go shopping!

By the way, it doesn’t matter what type of thesaurus you use–visual, dictionary style, index format–and it doesn’t matter if you use an online version or one in actual book form; they’ll all work for our purposes!

Sometimes all you need is a small boost so a word like ‘pluck’ or ‘spunk’ might be what you need to focus on. Other times, the going is tougher so you may need to concentrate on a word such as ‘grit’ or ‘fortitude’ or ‘tenacity’. When it’s really rocky and bumpy on your path, words like ‘stubborn’ or ‘obstinate’ or ‘steadfast’ or ‘immovable’ can help.

The key to remember is: Determination by any other name still gets the job done!

Your homework is to make a list of words and phrases that mean the same as ‘determination’. Keep this list handy so you can refer to it when you need it. Then, repeat the word or phrase to yourself and let the power of it infuse your being and empower you to take the next bit of a step.

You can do it; I know you can!

Here are some words to get you started:

Stick-to-it-iveness, resolve, spirit, moxie, guts, dedication, devotion, fortitude, purposeful, willpower, backbone, implacable….

Here are some phrases to get you started:

Give it another shot; one more time; tomorrow will be a better day; press the reset button and have another go at it; hang in there; do it now; hold steady; I made a promise….

What words and phrases do you use to help yourself keep going? Post in the comments below!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


2 thoughts on “Determination: Pull Out Your Thesaurus and Let’s Go Shopping!”

  1. I’ve done this before and I can do it again. I don’t have to do it alone– I always receive help/guidance / support when I ask for it. I’m sturdy, strong and bold. I am pure potentiality and a powerful creator. Thank you, L!


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