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LAWS OF THE MIND – Determination

Success Mindset

May 25, 2017

Let’s begin by looking at the meaning of the word “determination”. The dictionary describes it as a decision arrived at by thought and investigation; a conclusion, a firm intention, the quality of being resolute and a firmness of purpose.

The first requirement of the Law of Determination is YOU must commit to doing and being the best you can be.

There are very few limitations to how far you can go in your career, relationships, finances, business, personal lifestyle and any other life aspect. The field is wide open to you. You are the one who decides on the amount of success you’ll attain, and you are achieving today the exact amount of success that you have subconsciously decided to achieve.

When it comes to success; how far you go in your field, how much money you earn, how you succeed in business, relationships or the fulfilment of any of your dreams is not determined by external factors. Success is not caused by what is happening outside and around you. It is largely determined by internal factors. It has everything to do with what is going on inside of you. Your own personal level of desire and ambition more often determines your achievement and success than any other factor.

For deeper understanding, let’s look at what determination is not. The word ‘determination’ comes from ‘termination’. Termination is the process of ending, finishing or stopping. De-termination, on the other hand; is the process of not ending, stopping or finishing. This, I believe makes it very clear what the Law of Determination is all about.

Determination is the quality of mind that reaches definite conclusions. One that does not quit. It is a resoluteness that sees everything to the desired end. It is the state of mind that refuses to give up until the initial desire has been achieved.

Thomas Edison; the inventor of the light bulb, didn’t get it right the first time, but that did not cause him to terminate his mission. He refused to give up. He tried countless methods before getting it right. He was so determined to invent the light bulb and provide an alternative to oil and gas lights illuminating our environment, that he tried nearly 1000 methods. When he was asked why he wouldn’t give up after failing so many times; Edison replied: ‘I have not failed! I’ve just found 1000 ways that wouldn’t work.’


When Martine Wright was travelling to work on 7th July 2005, little did she know that she was going to lose both her legs in the London Bombings. Instead of giving up like many people would understandably have, Wright decided that she was not going to let her tragedy stop her. Instead she decided to go on with her dream. Determined to make it as a Paralympian, in 2012 she represented Great Britain at the London Paralympic Games for individual volleyball.

If you want to succeed in anything you do, determination is the first attribute you need to develop. The results you get in life are directly determined by what you do, or what you don’t do, not by chance or luck, or other people’s actions. You determine your own future: your future is predictable and under your control.

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