Dogged Determinatio

HeronRefusal to quit attitude; unstoppable, no giving up

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.  Ayn Rand

We will either find a way, or make one. Hannibal

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. Tommy Lasorda

The things that are the most precious and meaningful to us are many times the things we had to fight the hardest and endure the most to acquire or accomplish. These are the things we had to put our heart and soul into. In many cases they are the things that identify us. We might say that if it were not our dogged determination, we would not be who and what we are today.

Things that come easy are often the things we do not appreciate as much as the things for which we had to give our all. Those who had a “leg up”, were born into privilege and advantage, were given breaks and had doors opened, often find themselves falling backwards. Those who have to work for everything; persevere and persist, overcome obstacles and shut doors, taking on any and all challenges; are the ones who really learn how to succeed. These individuals have used dogged determination to get where they are. They know what it is to have a burning desire empowering them and not allowing anything to dampen their determination.

Most of us have something we have done or accomplished in life that falls under the example of dogged determination. We have experienced uphill battles, odds being against us and our chances of success being minimal, but somehow we succeeded anyway. We have seen examples of others who used dogged determination to win great battles. Our own successes as well as successes of all those we have seen or witnessed should always inspire us. These experiences prove the point that great determination and commitment to a worthy goal greatly enables the likelihood of our success.

If it were easy to do, then everyone would succeed at everything they attempted or undertook. Things that come too easy are not appreciated, and we are prone to let them slip away. Those who are determined and are willing to pay whatever the price required are more likely to find success waiting for them. This is very basic to our nature. Whatever we want badly enough, we find a way to get. There is a big difference between lip service and wishful thinking as compared to dogged determination. Those determined to succeed find a way to succeed. Where there is a will there is a way. Once we really, really commit to something we are on the way.

Challenge:  Have you experienced doggedly determination? If you have, you have tasted the success that comes from having a “no quit” attitude that creates success.  Having done it once, you now know how to do it again and again. If you have not tasted this kind of success, you may have come closer than you realize. Perhaps you quit too soon. Success may be as close as one more attempt, refuse to quit, get back up and go at it again.

Wisdom: What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Spiritual: (NIV)

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:20

We life by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7

The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Proverbs 13:4

Things we undertake in our strength as compared to what we undertake when enabled and empowered by God are as different as night and day. In our own strength we may or may not taste success. When we are empowered by God and are doing something according to his will, we will have success. What He wants us to do; He will give us everything needed to succeed. When He inspires us to do something, we are powerfully enabled to do it.

Prayer: Help me to open my eyes, ears, heart and mind. Help me to know, have faith, and to move forward.

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