Determination

The Questions

What is determination?   Is determination any different than persistent or perseverance? What relationship does determination have to being successful?  Can anything great be accomplished without being determined?  Is determination a prerequisite to persistence? Or is it the opposite?

What is it?

According to Dictionary.com,  determination is  ” a quality that makes one continue to try to do something or achieve something that is difficult.  Merriam-Webster adds, determination is the “firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end.  Other words have been and can be used synonymously. These words include: resolution, resolve, willpower, strength of character, single-mindedness, purposefulness, and intentness. 

The “Magic Story” written in the early 1990s by Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey, describes determination as a firm and energetic purpose.
What are the benefits?

The benefit of being determined as the same as being persistent.  It is said that in order to get anything done, you have to be first determined (made up first in the mind) that you will do it regardless of the difficulties that lie ahead. While persistent and perseverance are quality that describe desirable behaviors, determination is that quality that describes desirable and much-needed mental abilities. Thus when a person has made a resolution to accomplished something no matter what lies ahead, being persistent and persevering becomes easier to do because it demands that a person focus his/her energies and effort to stick with it until the task is done.
What are the costs?

There are two costs here.  The first involves the lack or absence of determination. The other costs deals with being too determined. If being determined is a prerequisite for being persistent in the face of difficulties, hardship and danger, then the lack of determination results in a person given up when the road gets tough. It means that the quest driven person will not get things done, will not see things to the end. Ron Kurtus stated that one cost of being too determined may be obsessiveness or unable to see the difficulties.

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