Determination + persistence = success

Have you ever felt like time was passing you by?

Have you ever felt like you missed out on something or that your life is not what you thought it would be? If so, then you are not alone.

I can remember writing in my journal when I was in my mid-20s that, “All the exciting and great things that were going to happen to me, already had happened.”

Can you believe that?

At such an early age that I had an attitude of defeat and that nothing great was going to happen in my life. Well at that time I couldn’t see that there were wonderful things in store for me if I would just believe in myself.

When we believe in ourselves nothing is impossible. Think of how your life could change if you first start to see yourself differently. If there are dreams and goals that you always wanted to complete, then let nothing stand in your way. Tell yourself that failure is not an option. See yourself achieving the goal and what it would take to do just that.

Remember determination plus persistence equals success.

But there is no success without believing in you. No one achieves anything without first having faith that they can do it. When I first started writing, I believed that I would write a book and become a published author. I believed that with hard work and determination nothing could stop me from doing exactly what I set out to do. I wrote two books and I am a published author.

Of course I know there are times when life can be so difficult and there can be times when just quitting seems to be easiest. I’ve been there and I understand completely. But if you give up then you will never know the end result. If you give up, you will never know how great it feels to achieve goals you never thought possible.

Last, but not least, please know it is never too late to achieve any goal you set for yourself. Just never give up. Remember, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness.

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. To learn more about Jones-Richardson, visit her website at or email her at

August 19, 2013
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