Have you ever wondered how easy it is to fail? You just need to give up! By giving up, you agree to fail. Just think if everyone born in this world would have taken this easy way out, humanity would have perished. The truth is, it is very immature and foolish to give up. Determination is the anti-dote to giving up. More often, determination is the only thing that really determines success.
There is a story about a donkey that once fell in a dry well. The farmer tried his best to take him out, but could not. So he decided to cover the well and began shoveling dirt and soil into the well. The farmer called his friends to help him in covering the well with dirt and soil. The donkey understood that he has been abandoned to die soon. With renewed vigor and determination, he began shaking off the dirt that was being dropped over him. As more and more dirt was dropped, he would shake it off and take a step up. Finally, as the dirt kept on dropping, he reached the top of the well and climbed out of the edge, alive.
Life will keep on throwing challenges in the form of problem. Giving up would mean certain and immediate defeat. The only chance one has is to keep trying, one more time. Continuing one’s efforts is the only guaranteed way to success.
Thomas Edison was the perfect example of determination and tenacity.
His quote, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” is what Edison lived by. One of his endeavor was to create a filament for electric bulb. It is said that he failed 10,000 times before succeeding in coming up with a tungsten filament bulb. In his own words, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
How to Develop Determination and Tenacity
There is a plethora of literature on these topics. You will be reading a lot about them and forgetting them the next week. Any learning that is not experiential is lost after some time. To develop the qualities of determination and persistence, you will have to work on them. Doing leads to mastery, and practice makes perfect.
So start doing, not just following these steps.
(i) Visualize Your Goals Clearly
Unless you know where you are going, you will never reach there. That is why companies focus so much on “Vision”. Deliberate on what you want to achieve. Then think of it such that you are able to see it. The more clear the vision, the more focused your actions will be. Write them down and keep the note at a safe convenient place.
(ii) Start Every Day on a Positive Note
A new day means another twenty-four hours of opportunity. Start your day with a few minutes concentrating on your vision. This will empower you for the day.
(iii) Carpe Diem – Seize the Day!
Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow; that is what Carpe Diem means. The Indian saint Kabir had said, “Do today what you want to do tomorrow, do now what you want to do today!”
(iv) Do Not Let Failures Stop You
Accept failures as a part of life. Often, failures are just a way of telling that the particular method does not work and you have to take the next option. Failures are like the several en-route stations that you come across while making a journey. They only mean that you need to go further.
(v) Keep Your Focus Despite Ridicule and Criticism
Often you will come across others who will ridicule you for your passion. They do not know your story nor have they ever worn your shoes. Do not let your mental peace and internal equilibrium get disturbed by this.
If your goal is long and takes time to achieve, then break it into smaller tasks and targets. As you reach each milestone in your journey, celebrate the event on your own. It will boost your enthusiasm and give your determination a renewed vigor. Every little accomplishment is a small step to your journey. Brick-by-brick is how you achieve success. Others see success and attribute it as an overnight achievement, but the wise know that Rome was not built in a day.
Success is imprinted in the genes of every human born. Being born, in itself is a success story. It is just a matter of overcoming the barriers that leads to success. Giving up is your own willing acceptance of immediate and certain defeat. Once you stop, you eliminate every chances of getting it right. If you try one more time, you are giving life to hundred of hopes. You never know your success is lurking behind which one of these hopes, waiting for you to discover it.