How Determined Are We?

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Determination – the act of coming to a decision and settling on a purpose.
Thirty six years ago, after having smoked for 20+ years, my dad decided to quit. I remember it to this day. He had just bought 2 packs of Marlboro’s, but that day he decided to quit – cold turkey – and gave the 2 packs to my uncle. That was it.  I remember this as one of the strongest acts of determination I recall ever seeing in my lifetime and certainly as a teen, this left a huge impression on me.

Determination is something we can all use larger doses of in our lives. Resolution, determination and commitment are words we often use at the start of a new year, but what about day to day determination in the things that should matter more?
How about commitment to our spouses and families, to our jobs, etc. In so many ways, determination is the super glue that helps us “stick” to the decisions we make.

In the Bible and specifically in the book of Kings, there are many stories of kings who started off on the right foot following God but then got side tracked because of various reasons and pressures. We have heard it before, “it’s not just about starting well, it’s more about finishing well.”

So what do we need to be more resolute and determined? Whether it’s personal or spiritual, these principles help me:

    1. Draw a clear plan
      Pretty self explanatory – with no plan and direction, we can wonder aimlessly. Put your ideas into a clear plan, even on a paper napkin.
    2. Turn your plan into action
      Don’t just sit on paper ideas, turn them into actionable items and move forward. Actions speak louder than words – and action proves determination.
    3. Deal with set backs
      It’s not if we’ll experience them, but when we’ll experience set backs.  Challenges and obstacles will some.  It’s up to us to find a way around them or through them.
    4. Don’t let negative people deter you
      Interestingly, I have sometimes found that when I have a great idea, the negative crowd is primed and ready to discourage.  If we really believe in what we want to do, nothing and no one should deter us in our determination to move forward.
    5. Don’t let success turn you into another you.
      Success can blind us into becoming a strange version of the real us; proud, haughty and arrogant. No matter how successful you may become, morphing into a different person can impede the great success. Remain you, the same you who drew the plan on a napkin.

How determined are we?

Davide

Davide Colletta

Davide Colletta

Davide was born and raised in Taranto, Italy. He has a background in pastoral and worship ministry and presently works at IBM.

Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.
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