When it comes to achieving success, inspiration is only one part of the recipe. Inspiration will help you start a new goal, but determination is what will keep you moving forwards regardless of the challenges you meet along the way. Unfortunately, however, this is where most of us struggle.

When the going gets tough, only the strongest survive. So, if you want to reach your goals and dreams, you need to be among the most resilient. How do you do this? By building your willpower.

A determined person does not let obstacles or setbacks deter them from where they want to go. They see the desired outcome and nothing else. You can build your willpower by training your mind through mental practices like meditation and by implementing success habits like waking up early and planning your days.

In addition to the above, reading determination quotes and sayings from successful people will motivate you to keep going. So, whenever you encounter a curve in the road, seek out words of wisdom by the greats. Here are our favorite determination quotes to get you started.

1. “If people ask me for the ingredients of success, I say one is talent, two is stubbornness or determination, and third is sheer luck. You have to have two out of the three. Any two will probably do.” – Fred Saberhagen

2. “They were learning what it means to have faith, determination, and the importance of hard work – three essentials for success in life.” – Robert P. Holland

3. “I, on the other hand, was a little-known night-club singer, who was said to have more determination than talent.” – Maya Angelou

4. “I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” – Albert Einstein

5. “You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

6. “Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it!”- Hector Crawford

7. “A great book begins with an idea; a great life, with a determination.” – Louis L’Amour

8. “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.” – Zig Ziglar

9. “We have this determination to keep going and keep pushing ourselves creatively.” – Luke Hemmings

10. “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” – Tony Robbins

11. “Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” – T. Harv Eker

12. “Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.” – Horace Mann

13. “Action and Determination are two habits you must develop at the forefront of all Success.” – Machi Block

14. “A vow is fixed and unalterable determination to do a thing, when such a determination is related to something noble which can only uplift the man who makes the resolve.” – Mahatma Gandhi

15. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer

16. “Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” – Winston Churchill

17. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

18. “There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” – Vince Lombardi

19. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

20. “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” – Dan Gable

21. “Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.” – Bryce Courtenay

22. “Most people fail because they do not have determination and perseverance. Extraordinary people are determined and persevere that is what makes them extraordinary.” – Catherine Pulsifer

23. “Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” – Abraham Lincoln

24. “The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.” – Channing Pollock

25. “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Dr. Robert Anthony

26. “You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” – Ralph Marston

27. “Grit, determination, the right amount of crazy, self belief – everything it takes to be a champion. I have that.” – Dustin Poirier

28. “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha

29. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers

30. “Your courage, determination, creativity, stubbornness, work ethic and decision making will decide where you get.” – Amar Hasic

31. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe

32. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill

33. “Courage is the foundation of determination. Determination and courage are the cornerstones of success.” – M. K. Soni

34. “We can achieve anything we desire if we give ourselves the time and the right resources to learn, but these are worthless without the focus and determination to be successful.” – Rosemary Peck

35. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Alva Edison

36. “Find what you love to do, and go do it. You will never be successful until you have a plan, and the discipline and determination to go through with that plan.” – Julius Williams

37. “Determination is only available to those who persevere and have the attitude of never giving up just because one thing did not work.” – Byron Pulsifer

38. “We must learn to see that life’s trials are nothing but passing circumstances and that something can be done to overcome them.” – Kevin Johnson

39. “An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.” – Thomas Fuller

40. “You can only succeed when you are determined because with determination, you will be able to look for solutions to your problems even if it seems impossible to do.” – Aidin Safavi

41. “I hope our fans are able to experience that they are also on an odyssey to the ‘Metal Galaxy’ with us. We’ve incorporated different types of music into this album and we hope that fans are able to feel our determination to a new departure.” – Moa Kikuchi

42. “If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” – Les Brown

43. “A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.” – John Maxwell

44. “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

45. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou

46. “Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.” – Brian Tracy

47. “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.” – Zig Ziglar

48. “I think the key is basically just your determination. As far an artist is concerned, it’s just about your drive and your dream.” – Chris Brown

49. “Inner strength is comprised of moral conviction, self-discipline, determination, and compassion.” – Greg Henry Quinn

50. “There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination, and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.” – Gianluigi Buffon

Reading determination quotes like these can be a powerful way to spark willpower and persistence. Furthermore, by implementing these into your morning routine, you’ll start each day feeling ready for whatever may come your way. So pick out your favorite quotes and spend a minute reading over them when you wake up.

Practices like reading determination quotes will help you rewire your brain and strengthen your mindset. Combine this with visualizing yourself achieving success, and you’ll be well on your way to living your dream life.


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