Happy Birthday Virgos! Celebrating Determination
When we think of determination, it’s hard not to hear the song I Will Survive playing in the background of our minds. We can thank Gloria Gaynor, the 80’s pop icon who gave the world this “international anthem” of determination!
Everyone has the power to practice determination in their lives. Determination is the only thing that will keep you going when life gets in the way and the one thing that will push you all the way to achieve the things you’ve dreamed of achieving.
There are two key elements to determination: dedication and discipline. Think about it like running a marathon. In Massachusetts where Princess House is located, many residents run – or watch – the Boston Marathon, one of the country’s premiere athletic events.
It is striking to observe how dedicated people training for the Boston Marathon are to their goal. They are out in every kind of weather, pushing past all kinds of pain to pursue excellence. Running a marathon isn’t a short-term proposition. It requires a great deal of planning and preparation to reach a long-term goal and achieve a vision for success.
What marathon runners can teach those in business, especially businesses that rely on sales, is that being dedicated and having razor-sharp focus, then going step-by-step-by step, is what pushes someone past the finish line. For runners, that finish line is at the end of the race course, while for those in sales, it can be closing a deal.
Sometimes a runner will stumble and fall just as a businessperson may experience a setback. Thomas Edison is remembered for successful inventions that changed the world, like the light bulb. What nobody remembers are his failures, because he applied what he learned from his mistakes to create his successes. He once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Being determined means viewing our failures as feedback for how to achieve success the next time.
Of course, it’s the goal of success that drives determination in whatever one is striving for. However, goals should never be ends in themselves and we should always want even more. It takes a lot of inner strength not to be afraid of wanting more. Wanting more for our families, or for those marathoners, a better finish time. Wanting more doesn’t have to be materialistic, even for entrepreneurs. It can represent quality of life or room to move, or having more time to do things for others.
Perhaps the most important part of determination is daily discipline. As the late Jim Rohn, a direct selling pioneer-turned-motivational speaker once said, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” It is discipline that makes our vision a reality, because it provides us with a way to focus our energies in the most positive way possible.
Again, marathoners set a shining example through everything they do throughout their training season, from training regimens and workouts to sleep schedules and diets. Likewise, startups require a marathoner’s mindset. In order to work long hours and carry an idea from start to finish, entrepreneurs have to adopt the mentality of a disciplined marathoner.
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For entrepreneurs, there are six do’s and don’ts in order to stay disciplined:
1 – DON’T Hit the Snooze Button – Establish good solid habits you practice every day, starting with getting up when the alarm rings and then making good use of every hour of the day.
2 – DO Learn for Life – Always be on the lookout for things you need to know to positively improve your professional and personal development, then commit to learning them.
3 – DON’T Let Fear Stop You – Have the courage to move forward and make your dreams a reality in the face of fear and the unpredictable road ahead.
4 – DO Have the “Write” Stuff – Write down things you must practice over and over again to master. Identify, visualize and write down what you want “more” of and go for it! Try carrying a small notebook or using the notes app on your smartphone so you don’t forget.
5 – DON’T settle – Settling for anything is the enemy of determination.
6 – DON’T Give in and Never Give Up – Take another lesson from Thomas Edison who said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
And, no matter what happens along the way, DO remember the words of Gloria Gaynor, “I Will Survive!”
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