Understanding Resolution

Resolution: the trait of being resolute; firmness of purpose; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work".
WordNet 2.0

Synonyms: resolve, determination, steadfastness, tenacity, firmness, perseverance, doggedness, purpose. Antonym: indecision.
MSN Encarta

  • Resolution is decisiveness — displaying little or no hesitation.
  • Resolution is determination — designed on a course of action.
  • Resolution is perseverance — unending commitment to decision.
  • Resolution is tenacity — tough, holding fast.
  • Resolution is strength — sure, secure, firm.

Benefits of Resolution

  • Resolution provides practice — to handle difficulties without complaining.
  • Resolution provides clarity — a definiteness of purpose.
  • Resolution provides direction — unwavering, steadfast.
  • Resolution provides mindset — filled with motivation and focus.
  • Resolution provides development — of determination and perseverance.

Acts of Resolution in Everyday Life

  • The Bible — Throughout the Bible, it was those with the most resolute of hearts and faith that drew closest to God.
  • Goal Setting — We learn to develop small attainable goals and then advance to those with longer terms and bigger rewards.
  • Man Walking on the Moon — With his resolve, President John F. Kennedy inspired a nation to achieve the impossible and land a man on the moon within a decade.
  • Rocky Balboa — Perhaps the most determined 'hero' of motion picture fame ever, with a resolve to win and continue to be the most-beloved, world champion fighter.
  • Positive Parenting — Teaching how to view mistakes as stepping stones to success rather than something to fear, avoid or deny.

Methods for Achieving Resolution

  • Seek Balance — By learning to moderate emotions, feelings will not have the chance to overwhelm and cause us to lose sight of our dreams and goals.
  • Practice Patience — Success develops over the course of time, not just in one moment. Keep 'showing up' and doing what needs to be done to achieve success.
  • Focus on the Journey — By viewing aspirations as part of a life-long journey, persistence and resolution become constant companions, not temporary acquaintances.
  • Strengthen your Resolve Muscle — Work a little harder or longer doing something you don't like to do.
  • Recharge Yourself — Find new and creative ways to keep yourself energized, engaged and enthusiastic.

Golden Mean


Quotes for Resolution

To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up.
- Ralph Bunche -
Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.
- Denis Waitley -
A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
- Edward Gibbon -

Recommended Reading

The Story of My Life: The Restored Edition — By Helen Keller and James Berger

Originally published in 1903, this is the centennial anniversary edition written in Helen's original words. Enhanced by James Berger with background information and comments on Keller's life from people like Anne Sullivan, this edition compels readers and teaches resolve and determination in real life.

Perseverance Through Faith — by Father W. Aedan McGrath

A fairly new book with a story about life in a communist China prison. This book lifts readers and shows the true meaning of faith and conviction in times of oppression and what most would consider, despair.

General Rules

Practice virtues daily so that they become ‘habits of the heart’.

Don‘t strive for perfection.

Never give up! Remember: even the greats have off days.

Rely on your intuition.

Avoid extremes. Strive to achieve the golden mean between excess and deficiency of a virtue.

Have fun and enjoy the program with humor and optimism.

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you. Denis Waitley