Focusing on your future
By: H. Hines
Resolve. Commitmenhatever you call it, it is a positive emotional feeling that involves persevering towards a challenging goal despite obstacles. Determination occurs before goal attainment and serves to motivate behavior that will help achieve one's purpose.
It is the force that moves you forward. Determination will dictate how effectively and thoughtfully you work towards your desires.
Determination is the grit that demands your focus on progress and not become distracted or discouraged.
So how do you build determination within yourself?
1. Know what you want. Define your idea of success. Visualize your ideas until they are so real you can feel them.
2. Break down your ideal success into smaller pieces. Develop strategies that fit what you need. Whether that's making a Ton of lists or setting time aside to work at your tasks uninterrupted, schedule it. You gotta do what you gotta do.
3. Understand yourself so that you can ask for help when and where it's necessary. Don't be afraid to work with others. You can gain from their experience as long as you keep in mind that it is YOUR dream the team is working for. Also, a big part of this is to give credit where credit is due.
4. Persevere. Progress isn't easy, and it isn't cheap. It costs time and energy. If you want something, you're going to have to sacrifice things of lesser importance. It's ok to let go of something that doesn't suit you at the moment to work for something big later. We grow. We evolve. We become what we focus on. So focus on the beautiful result and letting go of the small stuff will be easy, or at least, easier.
5. Be flexible—your not always going to be able to meet your deadlines. Sometimes, the present will get in the way. Don't tear yourself down if you can fit what slipped between the cracks into the small breaks you have—waiting in line, on the bus, on your lunch breaks. While it's usually better to work on something while it has all your focus if you can get smaller pieces done. Eventually, you can put it all together. One thing to remember is when doing this, it's easy to forget or miss something, so make sure you thoroughly go over your project. Better yet, have someone else look over it to make sure all parts are in place.
6. Networking. This goes hand-in-hand with 3 and 5. Spend time networking. Not only are you building a circle of influence that will help you later, but you're also increasing your net of accountability. If you let other people in, they can and will want to help you succeed. Remember, when your friends see you working towards your goals with so much focus and determination, they will want to get inspired too. That motivation is an inspiration in itself. You never know what your work will bring into the world, but you can be sure that it will fill you with renewed reserves of energy and drive.
Be the change you want to see. Be the person that has inspired you. And if you don't know what you want to do, at the very least, know what kind of a person you want to be. Attitudes are not easy to change, but behaviors can be modified with nothing more than sheer concentrated daily effort.
Remember, as cheesy as it may sound, the only person you have to be better than, is who you were yesterday.
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