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.
Everyone wants to believe that. We all want to see our hard work pay off. Teachers preach it to their students; coaches scream it at their players. All businesses or employers respect this notion (hopefully). We are a society convinced that we can convince ourselves of this truth.
Obviously, hard work doesn’t ALWAYS pay off. Sometimes we fall short, in spite of our efforts. We don’t always finish what we started. Our sweat, blood and tears don’t always pay off. If our hard work doesn’t pay off, we think we went wrong somewhere along the way. Or we think we didn’t actually work hard enough.
Sometimes, we will never know the truth.
But that’s why, as bloggers, as writers, as authors, as human beings, we are stubborn.
There are a lot of creatures that are stubborn out there; cows, mules, horses, dogs, etc. But think honestly to yourself…be REALLY honest…
What creature is more stubborn than humans?
Sometimes we are flat out dumb for being stubborn. Other times, our stubbornness makes us creatures of faith. Faith, because we don’t always know the answers. Faith, because our beliefs don’t always make perfect sense.
You don’t “have faith” because you can explain something perfectly; you have faith because, in spite of doubts, in spite of your lack of knowledge, you STILL believe.
Be writers of stubbornness. Be writers of faith.
“Faith is confidence in what we hope for; the conviction of things not seen”-Hebrews 11:1
And you don’t have to be religious to appreciate that.
What do you think?