Determination is the power of intent that drives our dreams. It is the strength of will to act with resolve. We focus our energy on a purpose and persevere until we meet our goal. Determination is the commitment to follow through, until we accomplish our purpose. We care about something so much that even when difficulties arise, and things don’t come easy, we keep on keeping on. If one path doesn’t work, we try another way. We don’t allow ourselves to get distracted or to go off track. We complete the tasks we choose to do. With determination we will succeed.

In Family Life

Determination in a family begins with a clear vision and mission for the family. Parents can do this by setting clear goals, prioritizing their children’s well-being, and persistently supporting and guiding them, bringing out the best in them.

For instance, a determined parent might work diligently to provide their children with a stable and nurturing environment, ensuring their education, health, and emotional needs are met. They lead by example, showing resilience in the face of challenges and handling conflicts gracefully, teaching their children valuable life skills through their actions.

They can be determined to see the good in their children, even when there are challenges. Their unwavering commitment to being present for their children fosters trust and respect within the family.


The difference between determination and stubbornness is that one comes from a strong will and the other from a strong won’t.

— Unknown

 The Practice of Determination

  • I am clear about what I want to accomplish.
  • I am committed to meeting my goals.
  • I focus my full attention on what is important.
  • I do what it takes to follow through.
  • I am flexible and persevering.
  • I finish what I start.

Balancing Virtues

Balancing virtues is indeed a delicate art, and today, we can explore three virtues that can complement and harmonize with the virtue of determination.

Patience: In pursuing any goal, determination often fuels our drive, but it can sometimes make us rush or become frustrated when things don’t progress as quickly as we’d like. Patience is the antidote to this. It reminds us that some journeys take time, that setbacks are part of the process, and that the path to success may be winding. Embracing patience allows determination to thrive without the strain of impatience.

Flexibility: While determination keeps us focused on our goals, it can sometimes make us too rigid in our approach. Conversely, flexibility encourages us to adapt to changing circumstances and consider alternative routes to success. It allows us to remain open to new ideas and opportunities, which can be invaluable in achieving our objectives more effectively and efficiently.

Resilience: Determination often requires perseverance in the face of adversity. However, to maintain our determination, we need resilience. Resilience helps us bounce back from setbacks, learn from failures, and continue our journey with renewed vigor. It is our strength that keeps us going when determination alone might waver.

Balancing these virtues with determination can lead to a more harmonious and effective pursuit of our goals. Remember, virtues are like a symphony of qualities that work together to create a beautiful and balanced life. So, as you nurture your determination, cultivate patience, flexibility, and resilience, and watch how they enhance your journey toward success, remember that it’s worth taking. Every step brings you closer to your aspirations, no matter how small.