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”
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?