10 Traits of a Positive Thinker: #7 DETERMINATION


This blog addresses Determination in Leadership.  It is the 7th trait in the 10 traits of a positive thinker. They are the following:  1. Optimism, 2. Enthusiasm, 3. Belief, 4. Integrity, 5. Courage, 6. Confidence, 7. Determination, 8. Patience, 9. Calmness, 10. Focus.  These 10 traits were determined by positive psychology author Scott Ventrella.

If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, you may be a leader who shows determination…

  • Do I have the quality of being able to stick to plans and projects?
  • Do I rise to the occasion when goals seem out of reach?
  • Do I summon up the energy needed to see a job through?
  • Do I create a mental plan to get a task done?
  • Do I stick to the task so that I don’t have to over-rely on others finishing my job for me?

Determination comes from the Latin determinare, which means “to settle conclusively.”  What have you settled conclusively upon?  Has it been to recover your physical health or shape?  (See war veteran Arthur’s transformation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448)  Has it been to have peace of mind? (Check out Mindful-Based Stress Reduction expert Elmo Shade: http://www.mindfulfoundations.com/resources.html)  Has it been to become the professional you imagine yourself to be?  (See blog: Ergo Sum: Practicing Healthy Self-Talk, http://wp.me/p3kjLI-M).


Sometimes the motivators for determining a task/goal to its finish are internal (where you alone are the primary definer of your satisfaction, success, and achievement) and sometimes the motivators are external (where other people and external stimuli are the primary motivators of your satisfaction, success, and achievement).  Either way, they are rooted to your EMOTIONS, THOUGHTS, and BEHAVIORS that together compile your learning experience.

Here are some Internal Motivators:

  1. Enjoyment/Passion.
  2. Knowledge/Skills.
  3. Fit/Acceptance.

Here are some External Motivators:

  1. Money/Rewards.
  2. Colleagues/Friends.
  3. Recognition/Title.

Whatever your driver(s) may be, Determination is about not giving up.  Thomas Edison said: Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.

Allow yourself to sweat.  Glisten, listen, and learn.

Thank you.

Rossina Gil, MSOD, MAIS, is a Leadership and Organization Development Practitioner, author, cultural analyst, coach, speaker, and facilitator.  CorporateLookingGlass.com.


Scott Ventrella, The Power of Positive Thinking in Business (New York, NY: Fireside), 2001. (pp. 69-71, 128-129)

©Rossina Gil, 2013


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