Observing myself and others over the years I came to an interesting conclusion that the main thing that makes a difference in our lives’ achievements – both worldly and spiritual is nothing but determination.
Well, nothing much new about this statement, right? The only thing I want to contribute to the topic is that there is no need to be determined with strain and pain. Determination/perseverance – the term has a hard image and you can picture yourself a hard work behind. Not necessary!
The term determination stays for ability to be disciplined, consistent and see things through till the end.
My experience shows that mostly it is the matter of ATTENTION, not really efforts. The attention has to be persistent, not the actual actions – they will follow naturally and without any strain. I am always amused how it works!
In my professional life: Say, as an Executive Search Consultant I am looking for a job candidate with a rare set of skills and experiences. I keep it in my attention all the time and at some point, rather soon, I just come across such a person, often truly by chance! I may make some requests here and there, but the true gems come my way like attracted.
Same in the private life: by keeping my attention on some task I have to accomplish, a simple or difficult one, I meet the right people who can assist, I find the right information or simply I find myself being lucky with circumstances.
What’s the point? – you may ask. – Then it’s not determination but the attention matter. I belive it’s all about determination because it’s crucial to remember about the task – and unfortunately I know quite a few people who simply “forget” that they have to finish something. One gets distracted easily and forgets. The task escapes from the memory and does not the get necessary attention.
I am sure I am not the only one with such experience 🙂 But still I hope it is a useful sharing.