Determination

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Determination is something that you give yourself. Maybe someone or something can inspire you to feel determined, but, in the end, the only person who can make you feel determined is you.

Maybe that’s why with determination there is very often fear. Because if we give ourselves determination, then that means we are relying on ourselves. And that’s scary. It’s nice to be able to lean on someone else. It’s nice to have someone else giving you direction. It’s nice when things aren’t totally our fault, because they weren’t totally of our doing.

But that’s not how it is with determination. Instead, we ARE alone. We will be the ones at fault if our determination is misplaced. We must rely on at least a part of ourselves.

And let’s face it: we’re weak, aren’t we?

The only way we can be determined is if we have faith. Faith in ourselves. Faith in our goals. We need to be strong enough, to be big enough, to be determined. You know what? Determination itself is an act of faith.

Determination doesn’t just require faith. Determination IS faith.

How determined are you? How much faith do you have?

Being a writer is a long, dark road. It’s hard to see where we’re going. It’s hard to keep on believing in ourselves. In these times, we need to have determination. We needed to be fearless. We need to scrap and brawl with doubt.

It’s the only way.

Have faith. Be determined.

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5 comments

  1. Jessica Bakkers

    “Being a writer is a long, dark road. It’s hard to see where we’re going. It’s hard to keep on believing in ourselves. In these times, we need to have determination. We needed to be fearless. We need to scrap and brawl with doubt.
    It’s the only way.”

    *channels best Yoda impersonation* no, there is another…

    Ok, what I mean is, yes, we do need to be fearless and scrap and brawl, but there’s one more important factor than determination alone. It’s seeking allies. I have been doing the solo-writer gig for a few years now and since joining the WP community I have been bombarded with friendship, insights and well-wishers. Hints, tips, people wanting me to succeed. It’s been amazing really. So yes, determination, and a pocketful of allies!

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