Life is like a candy with a surprise center. It seems to surprisingly present us with obstacles and challenges that we must face. In times of these situations, we often tend to give up and quit. We easily give up and quit no matter how much we want to reach the peak of our goal. “Once I failed, I will never reach my goals”, “I just can’t do it anymore” or “Is it worth another try?” are the usual things that come up in our minds when faced with obstacles in life. But if we have the determination, we can conquer every trial and struggle.

Determination, as defined by, “is a positive emotional feeling that involves persevering towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles “. Now the question is, “How do we make our determination solid? “. First thing you must do is to have a strong motivation and inspiration. Always ask yourself these, “For whom am I doing this? Is it just for myself?” and “If I quit, will there be anyone affected?”. This will make you realize your true intentions or purpose. You also need to have a solid inspiration. Think of someone who attained his/ her goal regardless of what circumstances he/she had encountered. Set him/her as an example that nothing is impossible. Believe that if anyone can do it, you also can do it! Next is you have to find your “why”. Look for a worth-fighting reason or purpose as to why you eagerly want to achieve this goal. Evaluate yourself. Keep this purpose as a motivation to keep on moving forward. If you feel like giving up and quitting, always go back to your “why”. Next is to treat failure and mistake as a stepping to your goal. Never let these eat your system. Always remember that mistakes and failures are part of our human life. Embrace and appreciate them as they are precious life lessons that we must learn in order for us to grow. You must also possess a positive mindset. Instill in your mind the “Don’t ever quit!” phrase. Don’t let obstacles waver your optimistic mind. Having a positive mindset is to have self-belief, desire and commitment. Self-belief is to believe and trust yourself even if no one will. Self-belief comes desire. You must have enough desire or emotion to take successfully all the challenges you will encounter. Lack of desire will lead you to easily shatter your system as desire serves as the driver of one’s emotions. This will drive you to think clearly and make decisions and actions that are helpful towards life journey. If you have the desire, you will also have to commit. Commitment means that you have a reservoir of strong reasons to use along the journey of attaining your goal. You have to realize that your commitment channels to the initial expectations that will come along your journey. Lastly, you must be open-minded. Whether the outcome is positive or negative, you should be ready to accept it wholeheartedly.

There is no doubt that life can be a bumpy ride full of twists and turns. But amidst its path of obstacles and trials, a massive success lies ahead. Don’t let these obstacles be a barrier to your goals and objectives, but a ladder to success instead. As quoted by Denis Waltley, “Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you”. And always instill your mind that in all your obstacles and trials, Someone is watching. Have a strong determination and faith. As per the book of Philippians (4:13), “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”.

Keep moving forward. Fear less. Let determination be your sword in every battle.

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