. . . preparation and determination
Determination: a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult
Determination is definitely a quality I have in spades. I would have given up on racing halfs long ago if it weren’t for my determination to improve my times and run one in every state.
I could also easily have given up on losing weight when I was stuck at a plateau for years just 5-10 pounds shy of my goal weight. It took a lot of determination to continue going to Weight Watchers meetings while my weight continued to yo-yo in the same range — but that was a determination that finally paid off.
My marriage of 31 years? My parents were sure if he hadn’t proposed after several months of living apart, that he never would — yes, it took determination to stick with him, but it was another determination that has paid off.
As it continues to take determination to stick with him . . .
The secret of happiness is the determination to be happy always, rather than wait for outer circumstances to make one happy.
–J. Donald Walters
I find that determination is a positive quality, especially as applied to the quote above. It’s just another way to say happiness is a choice, which I truly believe. Of course no one is ever happy all the time, and there are circumstances that make it damn hard to remain happy.
Yet happiness is always a choice. It can take a lot of determination, but it’s always there, waiting to be chosen. No doubt this morning there are a lot of unhappy people in the states. Don’t despair, don’t give up, don’t move to Canada (although it’s tempting, I admit); put on your big girl’s determination panties and work for what you believe and how you want this country to move forward.
Tell me in the comments:
Do you think determination is a positive quality?
What good things have you achieved through your determination?
When has determination been a negative quality for you?