The word “power” is most often associated with fantasy or science fiction. Reality rarely caters to the mystical components of our minds. Even in the face of harsh realism, there are some everyday phrases that use the term “power”. “The power of money” or “the power of LOVE,” are both common similes indicating some form of indescribable influence you may have on your life. While these cannot be harnessed like in the Force from Star Wars or the magic seen in The Lord of the Rings, these powers can be harnessed internally to make us better than we are and to help us achieve the success we desire. But which of these believed “powers” is the most beneficial for your life?
Unlike all the rest, the power of determination is the phrase meant to keep us from giving up. According to Steve Pavlina, in his article, Self-Discipline: Persistence, it is the means by which we continue forward no matter what internal and external struggles we face.
As with all things in life, there is a swing effect. At first, everything is perfect, and you feel as though you can conquer the world. Sometimes, however, you can fade into hopelessness and overwhelming despair. But then, after even more time, things can feel absolutely fantastic again, and you’re proud you didn’t give up during the lower moments. This is why many people call on the “power of motivation” during these trials, but motivation waxes and wanes just like everything else. Only determination rises above the negatives. When you don’t feel like doing something, determination makes you do it anyway. In these moments, it might not feel like you are making progress, but, in fact, every action you take creates progress. Only quitting halts progression.
In the beginning, the swing effect occurs much faster and at far higher and lower depths, making the start of projects far more treacherous. Through the power of determination, however, you can force yourself to keep on your goals. Be it reading, playing an instrument or learning to cook a new recipe, a little bit of time each day leads you to your goal. Eventually, your tasks balance out, making your intentions more of a habit and much easier to do every day.