DETERMINATION: Has a Big Impact.

  • DETERMINATION helps develop competent and confident people.

  • We can assist our youth to learn determination with a positive approach.

  • Having the determination to reach goals can have a major impact on their lives.


DETERMINATION is having a strong desire to do something while not allowing anyone or any difficulties stop you from doing it.



Determination increases our chances of being successful in a particular area or of achieving a specific goal.

It helps us to stay motivated and continue striving towards something we want to achieve.

Without determination, when difficulties or challenges arise, we tend to give up.

No one should give up on what they want to do because everyone can achieve something.

Having determination can make a big difference in our lives.



  • It can be fun and exciting to have children set and achieve goals.

  • Let them try new things.

  • Have them write down their goals as these are more likely to be achieved.

  • Encourage them during their hard work.

  • Help them “troubleshoot” when they hit an obstacle.

  • Praise the effort more than the accomplishment.

  • Don’t underestimate them.

  • Be patient with them.

  • Coach them instead of taking over.

  • Avoid constant intervention as this erodes confidence.

  • Let them learn on their own.

  • Allow them to fail.

  • Turn it into a game.

  • Show by example.

The goal is for them to keep trying, practicing, improving, and to learn that hard work leads to success.

The more practice children have in managing themselves and their lives and overcoming obstacles, the more competence and confidence they’ll develop.


There is a guide available which assists parents and others working with youth.

The guide enables a person to be proactive in the success of a child’s future.

It contains activities to assist youth to gain critical soft skills.

They will become more resourceful and independent when they practice and gain these skills.

The guide is available from Our Future Leaders.

Request the Parent’s Guide here


Youth group sessions have clearly demonstrated that our youth learn the desired soft skills.

What are your thoughts and comments? Please forward them in the comments section below.


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Fred Jones

Victoria, BC Canada

Fred Jones

Fred Jones

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  1. Hi Fred,
    This is an excellent skill for young people to work towards. For many years the school I taught at had teams of children involved in Olympics of the Mind, and Destination Imagination. These were creative thinking programs for youth – Kindergarten to College age. They worked in teams of five to seven students over a three to four month period to solve problems and display their results. It took determination to keep going over that period of time, it took determination to complete the project, it took determination to find a way to work together and find a solution. They could compete in competitions with their solutions if they wished – that was the end goal for most teams. All of the ideas, props, and solution parts had to be created and built by the team members. Adults could not participate in providing ideas, solutions or building anything for the students.

    Team Managers (coaches) worked with the team on brainstorming ideas, team building, rides to places to purchase supplies, etc., the usual things parents do. What we could do was ask questions or initiate sharing of ideas, using phrases like, “tell me more about that”, “what solutions might other teams come with,” “can someone add to that idea,” “what would be an even better idea than those you expect to see from other teams,” “do you know anyone who could teach you to do that,” (we could teach the students to sew, (but not sew for them), we could teach them to use tools like electric drills and saws (but not do it for them). If they asked to learn something we could help find them a mentor or teacher who they could learn from. One team wanted to learn how to do “fencing” with swords as it was going to be part of a play they were using to demonstrate their final results. There was a teacher in our District who was involved in fencing. He came and brought his equipment and taught them the basic moves, how the swords were weighted, etc. Two of the boys constructed light weight foils and were able to put on a very realistic demonstration..

    The teams could only spend $100 or less on the materials they used in their solution. It deveoped so many skills from creative thinking, to resourcefulness, to team work, to researching ideas and information. The children who participated in these programs often became the school leaders, many went on to have interesting careers. One parent resently told me that her daughter had become a drama therapist – when she asked her daughter why she chose this form of psychology the daughter replied, “OM” – the name of the creative thinking program. The young women said how much the program had helped her to learn to work through problems, especially when they added drama to displaying their solution results. We never know when we are going to touch a child’s life, a young person’s future, or perhaps even their career, when they learn the sills of creative thinking and determination.

  2. Hi Maureen,
    Thank you for sharing the wonderful example and stories about the success of this program that assisted with learning and practicing determination.

    Greatly appreciate this excellent contribution, as always.

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