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Determination to Achieve Your Goals – February 24 Inspiration


Determination to achieve your goals. This is definitely required if we plan to accomplish anything of any significance in life. When you’re pursuing an especially big goal, particularly something that takes a long time to achieve, determination is even more important.



Here is your inspiration for today…


“In the beginning of my ministry, I had a dream

that I was driving my car and approaching a flooded bridge.

I stopped, looking first at the water-covered bridge,

back where I had been, and to the side of the road,

trying to decide if I should park, retreat,

or keep moving forward.

Then I woke up.

God used that dream to show me

there will always be opposition when pressing toward a goal.

There will always be opportunity to park and go no farther,

or turn around and give up.

Determination will get you a lot further than talent.

So if you feel you lack talent, take heart.

All you need to win in life

is more determination than anyone else you know.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”


My reflections:

I can so relate to the dream Joyce mentions, in different areas of life at different times, but most recently it applies to the journey I’ve been on for my Doctor of Education degree. I’ve been enrolled in the program for just over 6 years; been working on my Concept Paper (the foundational document for my dissertation) for about two years. I have been close to quitting many times, but was determined to keep moving forward.

Last night I got word that my dissertation chair had approved my Concept Paper, and I can now move forward to my Dissertation Proposal.  I have likened this journey to a major climb I’ve been on, up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It’s a LONG, difficult climb – you can see the peak for quite awhile before you FINALLY get there. But once you reach the peak (in this case, Concept Paper approval), it’s now a more leisurely downhill hike to complete the return trip of the journey. Still requires effort, but not nearly as difficult. 🙂


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Does determination come easy to you?

Can you relate to the dream sequence in some area of life?


Our little Minnie watching the birds and the snow fall.
Our little Minnie watching the birds and the snow fall.


  1. Claudette

    Yes, I am fairly determined BUT I always check in with my inner guide and listen to guidance for when I need to adjust.

    24 . Feb . 2016
  2. Terri Beavers

    I couldn’t get through my life without determination. Determination hasn’t always been easy for me but it is now.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  3. Elizabeth O.

    We sometimes lose determination but it’s something that we can quickly regain once we think about why we want to achieve a specific goal in the first place. It’s definitely important, it’s what keeps us going time and time again.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  4. Anne Louise Bannnon

    Thanks for the post. I just hit yet another obstacle in my attempt to record my novels as audio books. Sometimes I wonder if I should just chuck it all and give up. But I will find an answer.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  5. Ana De- Jesus

    I am so determined that no matter how many obstacles I face I will never give up!

    25 . Feb . 2016
  6. Alana

    Congratulations on moving forward in your quest. My word for 2016 is “determined” – because I do lose my way, and lose track of my goals, if I even set any in the press of everything that needs to be done “today”. That flooded and having to move forward feeling? That’s a good description of my life some days.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  7. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I am very determined – depending on the situation! LOL!

    25 . Feb . 2016
  8. Garth Delikan

    I find that dogged determination nearly always pays off, you can’t let yourself be put off by every little setback!

    25 . Feb . 2016
  9. Roslyn Tanner Evans

    I don’t use the word determination. I use commitment & persistence. These 2 factors support me in my moving forward despite challenges, obstacles or breakdowns.

    Congratulations on this leg of your journey & hopefully the rest of your paper will come more easily.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  10. Lisa

    I am determined…I would not be where I am today, in any part of my life with out that key ingredient. Congrats on your journey! This is so exciting, you must feel such relief, joy and happiness!!

    25 . Feb . 2016
  11. Amy Jones

    Determination and contancy are the key to succes never give up and never stop trying even when things seem hard you never know when your opportunity might show therefore you always got to be on your best practice makes the master

    25 . Feb . 2016
  12. Vatsala Shukla

    Congratulations on moving closer to your goal, Karen. Am I determined? Yes and no. If I have to get a task done, I stick to it because I am motivated to see the job done properly. Having said that, if I realize along the way that the goal has changed or if my intuition speaks to me, I am willing to step back and try something new with zest and enthusiasm.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  13. Beverley Golden

    For me, the words perseverance and persistence might be your determination. I’ve had many challenges in my own life and yes, I’ve had to trust the journey and keep going. Often in spite of the odds stacked against me. Whenever I’ve been told something is “impossible”, I set out to see what is actually possible. Especially when it comes to the human spirit. Once I am committed to something, I do go for. It is easy to stop or quit and the real meat of life is in the process to get to where you want to go. Thanks for sharing your story and I am delighted to hear you are on to the next phase of your Doctorate process.

    25 . Feb . 2016
  14. Shaylee

    I struggle with being determined and motivated. I am, however, doing a great job right now training for my first 5k! 🙂

    25 . Feb . 2016
  15. Laurie

    Once I’m determined to do something there isn’t anything that can change my mind

    26 . Feb . 2016
  16. Delia

    I will say that I’m very determined but also flexible when I need to change course. How do I know when I should persevere against obstacles as opposed to give up?

    I can’t really describe it, it’s a gut feeling that tells me when to move on and when to turn back 🙂

    26 . Feb . 2016
  17. Ana Fernandez

    Sometimes I lose my motivation. This is a big deal for me. But I have been doing really great lately. Thnks for this post. It reminds me how great I have been haha

    26 . Feb . 2016
  18. Mardene Carr

    Determination is key to achieving any goal whatsoever. We can’t stop every time we come upon am obstacle

    26 . Feb . 2016
  19. Christia Colquitt

    I am very determined. Sometimes too much! It helps me to work hard, but also step back and make sure that it is in line with my goals and priorities.

    27 . Feb . 2016
  20. Sola

    Beautifully written! I love thinking about determination but I never really apply it to myself. I sometimes I think that I’m not a determined person but then I realize that determination forms differently for everyone and my determination lies in following my own goals no matter what. Even if it means that I’m not making as much money as everyone else.

    27 . Feb . 2016

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