The opposite side to the coin of determination is “giving up”—the yin to its yang. “Should you always persist and never give up? Certainly not!” Though, this surely seems counter-intuitive to all of the motivational quotes slung around the internet these days. Sometimes giving up and starting fresh is actually much more progressive than forcing something that clearly isn’t going to work. I go further to suggest that developing a strong Spiritual Awareness and noticing Synchronicity is part of helping you make important decisions.
Take Traf-O-Data, for instance, a company started by Paul Allen back in 1972. His business partner was Bill Gates. The company eventually disbanded, but the information they collected from running that company undoubtedly led to their success in the founding of Microsoft.
But how do you know when it is a smart decision to give up and try another route? In these moments, it is of the utmost importance to be as objective as possible, removing all emotions from the equation. And follow your Inner Guidance. Look at the plan and the goal. Do they still line up with what you want to achieve? What is your Guiding Intuition? Determination, like persistence, is not stubbornness. A “determined” individual knows when they are defeated and how to re-chart their course to continue pressing forward.
“If I ever failed to finish a project I started, I’d feel very guilty about it.” But there is no need for guilt, shame or remorse when stopping one thing to pursue another. Growth, by definition: the observation of the natural world, is change.”
A Spiritual Awareness
There is a Divine presence working to guide each of us in our lives. We will continue to grow as we learn to trust our Intuitions and the Synchronicity leading us to develop new passions and desires. There is no promise that what you want today will be what you’re passionate about in the future. Remember the way you thought as a child. You may have wanted to be an astronaut or archeologists, but these wants changed over the years as you came across new and different experiences.
New goals often require a reset in the form of either completion of past pursuits or giving up on them entirely. To do this, however, the goals we create must be flexible enough to fit the changes that happen as we age. For instance, investing large amounts of money in your project can be risky. It can create a FEAR. When you are forced to act in fear, your do not always make the best decisions for yourself or for those who depend on you. You are not free or flexible enough to act in-sync with your Inner Guidance.
Only when you are free can you sense Synchronicity leading you to your true mission. You have to be very careful what you become chained to, for it may not be where you are intended to stay.
Measurable goals are perfect for individual projects as these help you progress, but amorphous goals are much more beneficial for questions regarding what you want to do with your life. This allows you to take on your true interests in ways that align with your overall vision of success. Determination is not clingy, and it is not stubborn. Determination is an ever-shifting progression toward a vision that cannot be denied.
Whether you get there as a doctor, entrepreneur or an entertainer, the end goal is what is important. You must continue trying and trying again until something leads you to your ultimate quest. This way you are practicing the tools necessary for a realization. Many assume that the path to success is a straight road. In fact, the road can be twisted and full of dead ends. Those that develop a higher Spiritual Awareness can actively apply the power of determination, and freely pursue any road until they finally find the path that leads them to their truest purpose.
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