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In life, there is no shortcut to success. Only through determination and perseverance, can we overcome our adversities. Do you know why people fail? It is because they give up, and they feel that it is not worth trying anymore. Well, this is where they are wrong. Perhaps, if they tried a little harder, they would have been successful in their pursuit.
Determination and perseverance shape our personalities, while faith in our abilities makes us stronger. Faith is extremely crucial as it trumps anxiety, and helps us not to be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the task ahead of us. Through perseverance, faith, and determination, we can conquer hardships and achieve our goals.
Here is how these three attributes help us:
1. Keep Our Heads High and March Ahead
Determination comes from faith. And when we are determined, we strive to achieve our objectives despite repeated failures.
Michael Jordan is considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. But it was not an easy start for him. After he tried out for the varsity basketball team, he was cut out. At 5’11,’ he was deemed too short. It was a huge setback for him. But he didn’t lose hope and kept at it.
Not only did his skills improve, but his height grew too, and he became the star of Laney’s junior varsity team. Today, as we all know, he went on to become one of the greats, playing for the Chicago Bulls. So, did the humiliation and the taunts bother him? No. In fact, it inspired him even more.
So, there is no shame in losing and trying again. But, if you quit, you will repent for the rest of your life. Have faith in yourself, maintain discipline, be determined and work hard. You will succeed.
“There’s nothing I can really do but keep going out there and swinging.” – Freddie Freeman
2. Gain Experience
Through repeated trials, we are made aware as to what works and what doesn’t. But, if you were not determined and had not put in the dedicated effort, would you have known it? Roadblocks will be part and parcel of your journey, but it is faith that will drive you to the end of the road.
Thomas Edison, a very successful inventor, scientist and businessman, famously quoted “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” While he was inventing the light bulb, he made a thousand unsuccessful attempts. But, did he give in? No, he remained unfazed by his failures. In his very next attempt, he was victorious. So, unless you try, how can you know that you won’t be successful in your endeavour?
3. Change Your Approach
Time and time again, successful men and women have taught us that there is no alternative to hard work. If we are determined and have passion and faith in what we are doing, we will flourish. Furthermore, if you are failing, take it positively, learn from the mistakes and change your approach.
Bill Gates, an American business magnate and co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, dropped out of Harvard. Following this, he co-owned a business called Traf-O-Data, which turned out to be a real failure. Was he disheartened? No, he changed his tactics and put his skills to good use and became the pioneer of the famous software company Microsoft.
Similarly, Steve Jobs, another American business tycoon and the co-founder of Apple, got fired from Apple. He realized that his passion for work exceeded the disappointment of failure. After his brief stints at NeXT and Pixar, Jobs made his way back into Apple as the CEO. All he did was change his approach. He trusted his abilities, and he was determined.
So, you see, perseverance and acceptance of failure, along with faith, goes a long way.
“Stick around. Don’t lose your heart, just keep going, keep at it.” – Mark Ruffalo
How to Train Ourselves so that We Develop These Qualities?
It seems all easy in words. But, how do we actually become determined and strive to keep on practising or go for broke? As it turns out, it starts with having faith in what you are doing and not having any doubt in your capabilities. True, you must hone your skills, but you must believe that ‘you can do it.’
Our mind is an incredibly powerful tool. You cannot even fathom what it represents. If you train your mind to be positive, you will become more resolute. We often see that when we are faced with trouble, we tend to elude the situation. In cases like this, faith is the tool that will help us replenish the lost spirit.
So, you must practice meditation to instil a sense of positivity in yourself. It will help you shed your inhibitions. You will find that you are making bold decisions, and you are confident about them.
As you can see, the focused power of faith breeds abundance. Thus, when we focus on life, we get more out of it. If we focus on failing, we will fail eventually. At the end of the day, it all boils down to how you think. If you remain positive and maintain the ‘keep going’ attitude, you will triumph no matter how hard your obstacles are. Hopefully, you will write your success story someday.
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