The Determination Factor: Do You Have It?

UPDATED: November 29, 2019
PUBLISHED: November 29, 2019

Determination is the defining factor in our success: How bad do we want it? The stories in The Determination Issue of SUCCESS magazine will help inform your answer. Whether you’re working on a big project or just trying to get through the next few weeks, remember there are people in your corner who believe in you.

Take the advice you read in this issue and create fast results with these 10 tips:

1. Pay close attention.

The problems you encounter at work and in your business will tell you a lot about those around you. The next time things go haywire, be sure to take note of who reacts well and who doesn’t. 

Read: Answer These 3 Questions to Be a Better Problem Solver and Leader

2. Never say never.

Perhaps you’ve resigned yourself to things being one way. But you shouldn’t give up hope. Enlist a partner who may have a different perspective and energy to get back on track. 

Read: The Pregnancy Test

3. Think ahead.

Take a 10-year outlook on a major decision. Marie Forleo says to “Imagine yourself 10 years older, and ask yourself, Would I regret either not continuing to do this or doing this?” 

Read: Marie Forleo’s Guiding Philosophy: Everything is Figureoutable

4. Plant seeds.

You must weed your own garden. The people around you can help you thrive or hold you back. Consider an audit of who is who.

Read: The Five Traits of a Championship Mindset

5. Cozy up.

Try something new this weekend—even a new dish you haven’t had before and are a bit leery of eating. Stretching yourself will help you get comfortable outside your comfort zone. 

Read: How to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

6. Story mode.

When someone asks you how you got to where you are now, it’s a big opportunity. Take some time one night this week to workshop that story into a dynamic elevator pitch about yourself. 

Read: The Power of Storytelling in Business

7. Now or never.

It’s easy to stick to what you know, but sometimes you have to cut the cord for your own sake. If you’ve been tinkering on a side hustle, get serious about mapping out a plan to go full-time. 

Read: Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph Shares Stories of Pivotal Decisions

8. See success.

Visualizing your success is a powerful step in making it a reality. There’s nothing wrong with daydreaming from time to time: Let your mind wander to something bigger. 

Read: The Power of Visualization

9. Get organized.

No one likes tidying up their financial and business paperwork, but you know it’s going to make things easier down the road. Bite the bullet and devote an upcoming Saturday afternoon to this. 

Read: 8 Keys to Money Management for New Solopreneurs

10. Phone home.

Call your parents and tell them you love them. That’s it—that’s the action. Seriously… your phone’s in your pocket. Do it now. 

Read: The Story of a River that Flowed

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
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