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The Power and Importance of Determination

Updated: Mar 26

Being determined is an essential part of leadership and emotional intelligence. It is a mindset - choice - which means we decide if we are determined... or not.

We all have times of doubt, but maintaining a purposeful posture of staying determined, staying committed, and working through the challenges can often mean the difference between success and failure.

Simply put... Showing up consistently and with a determined mindset, day in and day out, matters.

It's what moves the needle.

I'm not sure success is possible without it because nothing worthwhile comes with effort and working through the challenges.

The Importance of Determination - Overcoming Adversity with Resolve

This is true in business and personal relationships which is why I have always loved this quote from Donald Rumsfeld about the importance of determination. It's spot on.

Meaningful Quotes Social Media Series from The Nexus Initiative about Determination
Meaningful Quotes Social Media Series from The Nexus Initiative

Here's How To Apply It: Five Tips For How to Stay Determined

  • Know your "Why"

    • Is your mission important enough to keep you motivated?

    • Does it align with what is important to you?

  • Break things into small steps

  • Create a plan

    • Knowing how your work fits into a bigger purpose shows you a roadmap to completion, which can help with determination.

  • Recognize setbacks are part of the process.

    • Understanding that setbacks are not failures, but rather opportunities to adapt or learn can help you stay focused and determined.

  • Find External support

    • Find external support that can help you through a difficult time, normalize your experience, or provide added insights for new ways of attacking the challenge you are facing.

    • This could be informal support from a friend or family member or formal support from an Executive Coach.

Meaningful Quotes Social Media Series

Quotes are often a dime a dozen on the internet and can be more noise than signal. The intent with the Meaningful Quotes Social Media Series is to curate - meaningful - quotes and pass them along.

About The Nexus Initiative

The Nexus Initiative is a boutique executive coaching firm whose mission is developing Emotionally Intelligent & Mentally Agile leaders who want to get ahead by more effectively interacting with people and the world. Our approach leverages real-world operating experience, multi-disciplinary thinking, industry-leading certifications, and a Wharton MBA.

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