Definition: having a fixed, firm purpose; showing tenacity, determined; steady; persevering; steadfast
Synonyms: bold, constant, decided, unflinching, unshaken, unwavering
Saying: Ne cede malis (Latin): “Yield not to misfortunes.”
• If the going is tough and the pressure is on; if reserves of strength have been drained and the summit is still not in sight; then the quality to seek in a person is neither great strength nor quickness of hand, but rather a resolute mind firmly set on its purpose that refuses to let its body slacken or rest. — Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) New Zealand Mountaineer
• Revolutions begin, not with foreknowledge of victory, but with such deep and powerful desire that the question of success is not a part of the equation. The attempt will be made, no matter the odds, no matter the utter lack of rational hope. — Orson Scott Card (1951 -) Lovelock
• Charter of the United Nations:
We, the peoples of the United Nations
Determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
To reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women, and of nations large and small, and
To establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
To promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, and for these ends
To practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and
To unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
To ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
To employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all people, have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims.
Affirmation: I resolve everything in love.
Advice: Even if the task is big, don’t let it stop you from beginning, at least a part of it. Rosa Parks did a very simple thing by refusing to give up her seat on the bus. The task of ending discrimination and freeing the hearts and minds of the oppressed and oppressor was daunting. Courage and simple honesty are what it takes to begin.
If the larger task intimidates you, focus on it long enough to prioritize the smaller pieces. Then take the job at the top of the list and get to it.