Determination: the key to success

I had an unexpected exchange with a stranger today. All of us inspire others to do great things most the time we don’t even know it. I was donating plasma today minding my own business when one of the employees started talking about me. I overheard her say while pointing at me. “That guy is one of my hero’s” My first reaction was to verify she was pointing at me.  After realizing she was referring to me I took out my headphones to hear her say, “He told me a few weeks ago that hes lost over 115 lbs.” The few people that were listening to her congratulated me. I smiled and said, “thanks”. She then walked over and said “you should write a blog. You should tell people how you did it.” I remembered I do have a blog and I haven’t been writing it recently. So for those of you that want to know how I did it here is what I have to say.

This is my ” I’m gonna tell you something now” face

Determination, the undying motivation to accomplish a task. Many of the ‘Heros’ I have in this life have this characteristic. When they say they are going to do something they do it. The world today is full hypocrisy. People saying they are going to do one thing and then go and do another. This wishy washy attitude makes me sad. A little less than a year ago. I told myself I would like to lose weight. I needed to quantify this goal so I said “I am going to lose 100 lbs.  But I am going to start by setting small achievable goals.” So I started for my first 20. Losing the first 20 lbs did not take long once I had the right attitude.

Progress picture
Progress Pic —— ( 375 lbs + ) ———–> ( 258 lbs. )

One of the most valuable lessons we can learn as individuals is this. In life there are no losers unless you choose to give up. The reality is as long as you are still trying to accomplish your goals you have not lost. A year ago I said, “I want to lose 100 lbs.” I accomplished this goal. After losing the first 100 I said. “I would like to weigh 230 lbs”. I am not there yet. It may or may not take me another 20 years to get there but as long as I never stop trying I will never fail at my goal. My attitude about life has changed drastically over the past year. I know that because of this new found attitude about life I will accomplish all of my goals even if it takes me the rest of my life.

I know every person that reads this has the same potential. Its all in our heads. Make up your mind, be determined, and you will succeed at everything you choose to do. Just remember to enjoy the journey.

Enjoying the journey
Accomplishing a goal!




2 thoughts on “Determination: the key to success

  1. Awesome blog! I personally have lost 120 pounds in about sixteen months and your title caught my attention as that is something I’ve been thinking about recently. I completely agree. Determination is directly linked to our motivation, and for me I find it to be the fire behind my motivation. I also agree that everyone has that potential, sometimes we just have to dig deeper for it! I still have a bit of a way to go with my own goals as well but I know I will get there and further just by not giving up and keeping that determination strong.

    Congratulations on your weight loss! You definitely have the right attitude to reach all of your goals.


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