“To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.” – Bunker Hill
How determined are you?
One thing I’ve learned in life is “never underestimate the lengths someone will go to, to get their own way.” Some people are just determined they are going to do whatever they want, or get what they want. If it means they have to lie and manipulate, they will. They don’t care who they hurt, as long as they get their way.
When it comes to achieving a personal goal, many people give up as soon as they face the first obstacle, or as soon as the going gets rough. Maybe the truth is – we aren’t willing to pay the price to achieve it.
One of my favorite movies that exhibits hope, patience, determination and perseverance is “The Shawshank Redemption.” If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. It stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Another good movie which also shows hope, determination and perseverance is “The Pursuit of Happyness.” (No, that is not a typo). This was based on the true story of Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith. Watching these movies makes you feel like you’ve almost got no excuse for not achieving your goals. Keep reading below the movie trailers.
The Shawshank Redemption
The Pursuit of Happyness
It took me six years before I was able to get my daughter a summer job where I worked – and I knew people, and had a good reputation. I was determined. There was always something that came up. They weren’t hiring that particular summer due to budget constraints, or mysteriously the vacany announcement just got pulled off the table. Persistence paid off. In the end, not only did she get a summer job, she was also asked to stay working with that group, which she did for another year and a half while in college.
Although I’m not one to make new year’s resolutions, many people do. Losing weight seems to be a popular item on people’s list. How many people actually accomplish the goal of losing weight and keeping it off? What is it that keeps them from achieving that goal, or any other goal they’ve set? Do they lose interest in the goals they’ve set, or are they just not willing to do what it takes to make it happen?
So, take some time and think about your goals. If you don’t have any goals now is the time to come up with some. Now ask yourself, “how determined am I to achieve them?” and “Am I willing to pay the price?”
“If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. Then never, never, never give up.” –Norman Vincent Peale
“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” –Jesse Owens