To me, this is an important quality. You can never achieve or accomplish anything without it. I am not just talking about writing either. It takes determination to do everything in life. This can mean cooking, playing sports, painting, taking photographs, or about anything that may take you out of your comfort level, in the beginning.
Cooking - Public Domain Photo
Without sheer will, and especially if you are shy, you will never be able to scale that cliff, jump into the deep end of the pool, paint a landscape if you’ve never painted one, or try out that new recipe.
Photo from Elyse C33 At Flickr
Rock Climbing - Free clipart
Painting- Public Domain Photo
Thank goodness, this doesn’t really apply when writing, drawing, painting, photographing, cooking, gardening, or any other number of things that don’t fall into the dangerous category. What is the worst thing that can happen here, if you don’t succeed? You try to salvage it, or throw it away and start over. Still, you will learn something because you tried. Your life isn’t at stake doing any of these things and failing a time or two is not going to kill you, unless you leave raw food on the kitchen counter too long.
We learn by doing and sometimes it is in our best interests to push beyond our limits in order to grow. Who really cares if we are not the “best” in the beginning? To become the best, we have to do it repeatedly. The best chefs in the world didn’t wake up one day and go into the kitchen and from that day forward everything was perfect. The same goes for all of these things. We all start out the same and have to hone our craft with desire and determination, whatever that may be.
The next time you are inspired to do something new, remember that you will never get anywhere if you never try. Don’t let a little constructive criticism stand in your way ever.