Dedication and Determination
By Gilbert Howe
Goodness is the only investment that never fails. — Henry David Thoreau
For one to understand and live a life of dedication and determination, one must be able to show goodness to their fellowmen. We all need to choose wisely and make the choices in our lives of the what we want to commit ourselves to and then become determined to make it happen. We have heard the phrase â€œdo it nowâ€ and many more of the same type of thoughts; however, none of these great phrases can change lives unless we change our inner-self.
I find that nature is often our greatest teacher; we have learned industry from the ant and grace from the swan. However, the greatest lesson that nature has to offer is that of the bamboo tree.
For the first four years, the bamboo tree develops an effective root system underground, without growing more than a few inches above the ground. Then, in the fifth year, the bamboo tree grows 80 feet! Our personal life is very similar. We see people who achieve so much in what we might view as a very short time, without realizing the efforts that they have put in the past, to build firm foundations.
If we spend time investing in ourselves, learning patiently, we would be surprised at just how much we can grow. This is the action of taking real steps in our lives to learn the basics and get our roots solid. No great quotes or thoughts will make this happen, only action. This is your start to determination.
There is a legend in Ancient Greece; that a tourist, upon arriving in Athens, asked directions to Mount Olympus from Socrates. Socrates looked at him and told him to turn right and just take step after step until he reached his destination.
In life, there are very few things we can control. The only things that we can control, in fact, are our dreams, our goals and our ambitions.
It is essential to be rigid in our determination as well as flexible in approach. In order to succeed we must follow Socrates’ advice and stick to the path, not knowing how long or hard it is. But thus we have created a step in establishing our dedication to accomplishing the task
Just by consciously accepting that the destination is controllable but the journey is not, most of our problems will dissolve.
The Five Steps To Dedication: When Sir John Hunt stood at the foot of Mount Everest, he did not expect to reach its summit by some magic trick or in one giant leap. Hunt had mapped his climb by stages, one day at a time. Each day he ascended as high as he had planned for that day. The day Hillary and Tensing, of his climbing team, finally stepped up to the summit was the climax of many days, and the last step was the top one of many climbing steps.
What you are setting out to do may not be as spectacular or arduous as climbing Mount Everest, but you apply the same principles. There is no magic or sudden high-speed leap in time; no, it is you taking one step at a time.
Here are the five steps you must use to take your first steps.
1. Make Sure You Want It _ Really Want It
â€¢ Pinpoint your reasons for wanting it.
â€¢ Sell yourself on the importance each point.
2. Believe You Can Do It
â€¢ Put past failures behind you
â€¢ Build up your self esteem,
3. Take Just One Step At A Time
â€¢ Plan for just the next five minutes,
â€¢ Then the next hour, day, week etc.
4. Put Yourself On The Spot
â€¢ Make the decisions to overcome weakness and temptations,
â€¢ Tell another what you are doing.
â€¢ Write it down.
â€¢ Set deadlines.
5. Achieve Through Creating A Great Habit
â€¢ Make the change become a good habit by repetition.
â€¢ Watch the habit grow and you will become more determine to succeed.
This is the start to taking the steps in becoming dedicated to making your life a value to you and to others. You can now prove to yourself that you can develop the will power to do what you set your heart on doing. Remember when your life has determination others around you will see the difference and they, themselves, will become desirous to improve. One expression I have applied in my life is very simple but has been very meaningful for me. It is merely that life is but a weaving and what we weave we have to wear. I would like to share this one last thought by Swami Chinmayananda: Be a noble person in life. The tide of circumstances and the tussle of happenings may toss us hither and thither, may buffet us up and down, but stay noble in your thoughts and actions.