Review Your Week: Determination, Different Ways it Looks

When we think of someone who’s determined, we think of them pressing on in spite of the odds, or we imagine them getting their nerve up to slog through the tough times. We may think about Mary Kay Ashe’s quote about extraordinary determination that appeared in last Friday’s post (click here to be taken to it0.

But we learned from yesterday’s post that determination doesn’t have to be so grim (click here to be taken to that post). We can use different words and change our attitude about determination and what it means to forge ahead.

Today, let’s look at things that we do that aren’t normally categorized as determination. They are, though, because they’re all actions that will move us closer to our dreams.

Determination can take the form of caring properly for yourself such as having good nutrition and getting a good night’s sleep.

Determination can take the form of waking up a little bit earlier each day and devoting that time to tasks that will move you closer to your dreams such as reading and keeping current with information that pertains to your dreams.

Determination can look like going to bed a few minutes later so that you can be sure you have your clothing laid out for the next day, your lunch made and in the refrigerator, and your briefcase or tote bag packed with your work materials waiting near the front door.

Determination means saying “no” to hanging around people who make you feel bad about yourself and who are wasting their lives, and saying “yes” to meeting new people who are more likely to celebrate you, even though you may be shy and scared about introducing yourself.

Determination is flooding your mind with inspiring thoughts, uplifting ideas, and motivating images so that you maintain a positive, optimistic attitude.

Your homework today is to look over your week and note the ways you followed through on determination, even though it was in a little different way than we usually thing of as determination.

Celebrate this–and follow through with a celebration! It doesn’t have to be big or expensive. It can be taking the afternoon off and spending it pursuing a hobby or an activity you enjoy. It could be meeting a friend at a local museum. Or it could be trying something entirely new–something you’ve been interested in but just never took the time to check it out.

You can do this, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

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