Determination is ESSENTIAL to your purpose. PERIOD!
Without determination, it will be absolutely impossible to reach your purpose. Determination is that essential tool that keeps you going when you want to give up and say "It's not worth it." Determination always proposes the question of "How bad do you want it?" A lot of times we want the outcome, but don't want to have to manage WHAT COMES. Plans change, paths no longer the ways you should take, and you have to learn how to work with what comes. Don't get me wrong, it sucks! It is horrible to start off determined and to have a set plan only for it to be changed or halted.
Personally, I struggled a lot with determination. I mean, I start off hitting the ground running, only be stopped when a situation got hard. It was so easy to quick, but it was on a whole different level to press pass that to what I was supposed to be doing. Not going to lie, there were a lot of times that I turned around and went back to where I started. Yes, I put in all this work and went to pursue it only to turn around and not attempt what I set out for.
Your determination cannot be based on your situation or circumstance. If that is the case, nothing will ever be accomplished in your life. You will always start but never finish. Imagine all the things that you missed out on because of circumstance or because you let a situation define your purpose. I oddly remember in high school just barely making it over. It wasn't that I was incompetent, it was that when I would get determined to do school work or study for a test, and it got hard I would back. The grades I could have got, the advancements that I could have met were compromised by the tough road.
So, how can you work with determination and not lose it? Here are three tips to help you do so:
Don't Give Up
Sounds pretty basic, huh? What do we tell kids when they first ride a bike? "Don't give up." That phrase is the most used, but less put into effect ever. No matter how complicated the situation is that you're in, you cannot let it stop you. You can't give up. If you give up now, the lesser chance you have of resuming it. Now, am I say that you can't take a break and review somethings. People tend to mix up a break and a permanent end. That's why it's important to plan accordingly because if you don't set a time and a plan your break will be the end. DON'T give up. Rest when you can, but don't give up.
2. Can't Focus On The Things Around You
This is hard. We were given senses for a reason. They help our brains understand what's going on around us, and we definitely need those senses to know what's going on. Reality is something that we need to come to terms with daily, but sometimes, it's necessary to not dwell on what going on around you because if that's your only focus, you'll lose sight of your purpose. Sometimes you got to block out all the things that are stopping you from moving; when people don't support you when your plans don't work, and the list goes on and on. Chose to focus the purpose, not the things around that come to sniff out what you're destined to do.
3. How Bad Do You Want It?
I asked myself this question at least 10 times a day, no lie. Especially when it comes to things that I hear myself complain about that I really want to be done, or that I desire. "Ashley, how bad do you really want it?" This question reminds you of why you signed up for this journey in the first place, and it's always important to remember why you started. I think that when you go back it ignites the feeling of excitement and drive, all things that get you hype to continue. So, my question to you is, how bad do you want it?