Great guest piece for this time of year, by entrepreneur and author of ‘Built to Grow’, Royston Guest

Think of a time when you were able to accomplish something that wasn’t so easy to do. How were you able to do it? What did you do differently? What made you keep going? That, right there…. is determination in action.

Without determination, grit, perseverance – whatever you want to call it – you won’t go far. Obstacles, challenges, people and life events will block your path – some intentionally and others by accident. That resounding determination, that self-belief to keep going, pressing forward towards your end-goal comes from within.

How determined are you to keep going?

You can make your goals a reality, depending on how strong your will & determination is to do so.

I love the saying if Plan A doesn’t succeed, remember there are 25 other letters in the alphabet. Just keep on working through letters B-Z if you have to. Whilst the journey along the way or even the end result may not have been what you originally had in mind, you got there in the end, on the path you were supposed to be on.

If you feel like you’re struggling at the moment or things are feeling ‘heavy’ and your determination levels are not where they need to be, remember these 5 tips to help you keep going;


#1 Don’t give up

Obvious I know, but you don’t know how close you are to where you need to be. It could be just one more ‘setback’ away. How frustrated would you feel if, having given up, you realised you were only one step away from where you wanted to be? I’m thinking highly frustrated, not to mention disappointed. The strength of your determination is what will move you towards your end-goal.


#2 Be thankful for the ‘No’s’

Why? Because they are getting you closer to your ‘yes’s.

Every ‘No’ you receive creates clarity and passion in what you’re doing by either helping you hone and polish or dig a little deeper. The ‘No’s’ are getting you better at what you do, preparing you for the ‘yes’s’. It’s the experiences you will draw from and the stories you will tell as you move forward towards your end goal.


#3 Break your goal into manageable steps

Whatever your end goal, break it up into manageable steps.

We all know the saying, ‘how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time’, but we often fail to apply this lesson in our lives. If you view the elephant as one giant goal that your whole life depends on, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Why not enjoy the bites along the way? Take the small successes as they come, you’ll draw on these as you hit your next challenge.


#4 Be prepared for set-backs

In fact, accept they will happen. Vince Lombardi’s quote is right on the mark when he said “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get backup’. Accepting you will face challenges, obstacles and even U-turns releases the pressure value for when things go wrong. You will be prepared, acting in the right mind set to deal with what comes your way.


#5 Keep your vision and end-goal in mind.

When you’re at that point when you’re tired, or disillusioned or simply have had enough try to re-connect with your WHY.

Many individuals lose connection with their WHY or it has been suppressed by the number of things to do or challenges we face. So, the first thing to do is to re-connect with your WHY. When you are able to answer not just WHAT you do but elaborate the reasons WHY you do what you do, you’ll feel that rush of excitement, passion, and deep rooted emotional connection all over again. This is driving your will and determination to succeed.

Royston Guest is a global authority on growing businesses and unlocking people potential. He is CEO of Pti-Worldwide, author of #1 best-selling business growth book, Built to Grow,  and founder of Built to Grow Mastermind programme. Check out his weekly blog at

Edited and prepared by Amy Murphy, Journalism student from DCU.

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