Have you been watching the Olympic Games? I certainly hope so!!! Nothing can inspire as much as seeing human beings striving to do their best no matter the result or consequences. We are all Olympians/Paralympians when we strive to do our best and therefore we all have lessons to learn from these awesome people - todays lessons all start with the letter "D".
For some of us drive comes naturally, for others it is difficult to muster. BUT, we are all capable of cultivating drive, it's just a matter of developing techniques and habits that help. For Olympians and Paralympians drive seems natural. You see, Olympians and Paralympians all have one thing in common, they know how to set goals, and they know how to focus absolutely on achieving these goals - this focus is called drive. To develop drive you have to set yourself attainable goals and develop a reminder system of these goals. With reminders in force, drive develops, drive thrives, drive becomes second nature.
Dedication is closely related to Drive - the difference being that drive is a more internal aspect of goal achieving process. For me, determination is the physical act of the journey to a goal. It is the every step taken, every jump jumped, every lap swum. An Olympian and Paralympian has great dedication to their sport. They train day in and day out - "dedicated" to their sport in such a way that no matter the physical hardship of training they are prepared to do it. Are you prepared? Are you dedicated to your goals? To make the effort needed to do your best? Dedication combined with drive makes a killer combination to achieve.
Determination is the culmination of drive and dedication. Setting the goal (determining the result) and working for the result (resoluteness in purpose) exemplifies what determination means. All Olympians, Paralympians, and aspiring elite athletes have determination. They know what they want to achieve and they know what they have to do to reach their goals, and they are "determined" in their approach. Have you set out your goals and plotted the journey? Are you on your journey with a resolute attitude - "determined" to get the results you want? To carry your life with determination is to live with drive and dedication - be determined and your life can be what you want it to be.
We have much to learn from the Olympic attitude - many lessons that can be taken into all aspects of life. Watch, analyse, learn, apply, and succeed. I can cultivate drive, dedication, and determination in my life, can you?
"Your Determination is Limitless"
- Elizabeth Wright