Virat Kohli is having a fabulous run so far in the ongoing test series between England and India. He has already notched up an aggregate of 544 runs in the four test matches with the fifth test yet to be played. This has been in contrast to his disastrous tour in 2014 when he could only muster an aggregate of 134 runs in the series.
Much was written about Kohli’s inability to play the moving ball in English conditions as and when the chinks were frequently exposed by Anderson and company. But a fierce competitor that he is, he willed himself to prove on English pitches. He has had his share of problems in this series but he was determined to prove himself- and the results are there for everyone to see.
The less talented and least enterprising of the two, Cheteshwar Pujara, whose forte is determination, discipline and commitment has also gone about the task in a clinical fashion: runs have come his way with sheer power of the will.
The just concluded Asian games 2018 held at Indonesia was the most successful for India in terms of the highest gold medals won. India finished eighth with 15 Gold 24 silver and 30 bronze: a total of 69 medals.
There were many first’s for India in the Asian games: Rahi Sarnobat- first women shooter to win gold, Swapna Barman- first women to win gold in heptathlon, first Table tennis medal [bronze] for men, first medal [bronze medal] in Sepak takraw, first silver for woman in badminton [P V Sindhu], first gold medal in wrestling for women [Vinesh Phogat], first gold medal for India: Neeraj Chopra and Arpinder Singh in javelin and triple jump respectively.
Most of the athletes who have helped India win 69 medals have been talented, hardworking and persistent having given consistent performances at the International level. But what stood out this time was their determination to win medals for India.
You might ask me- Were the athletes who participated in the other editions not as determined? They were, but the recent performances prior to the Asian games where in they either bettered the records or came close, is what made them medal prospects, instilling a sense of self-belief, courage and hope- that they could win medals this time around. Determination was the drive that fuelled the hopes with many factors culminating to make it a memorable essay for India.
Determination is that firmness of purpose or a firm intention to achieve a desired result [fulfilling a goal] – Merriam dictionary. It is simply not giving up – no matter how hard things might get, how badly you want to give up, how hard you land on your back- but you keep on going relentlessly.
Qualities of determined people:- they want to:-
- To do well as young athletes and make a name for themselves.
- To stage a comeback after being side-lined or injured.
- To be committed to overcome mistakes and short comings
- To seize the opportunities that come their way, `carpe –diem: seize the day’
- To make it count on the big stage
- To be tough when faced with challenges and obstacles- to be undeterred
- Go after something because they want to rather than they have to
- They want to be intrinsically motivated and self-disciplined to achieve.
Paul Graham wrote in Anatomy of determination- determination is the sheer wilfulness for wanting it no matter what. Determination is wilfulness balanced by discipline. The opposite of determination is- disinterest, doubt, hesitation, spinelessness and vacillation [keep changing one’s mind].
Many of the successful athletes who took part in the Asian Games 2018, Indonesia have come from impoverished backgrounds, faced obstacles but were determined to make it big in spite of their adversities.
Tajinder Singh Toor won the gold for India in shot -putt and his father Karam Singh is suffering from cancer.
Saritaben Gayakwad is one of the quartets that won the women’s 4×400 relay- she hails from a tribal family and her parents are daily wage workers. Due to her financial crisis she could not afford shoes and ran barefoot some time ago.
Dutee Chand, Hima Das, P.U.Chitra, M.R.Poovamma, Vismaya have all come from humble upbringings but have made it to the top with sheer determination and will-power.
Deborah Herold was one of the tsunami victims that struck South East Asia. She was growing up as a nine-year-old in Andaman and Nicobar Islands when the Tsunami struck. She had to cling to a tree for five days before a search party rescued her. Deborah represented India as a cyclist in Asian Games in Indonesia. Though she didn’t win any medal her determination needs to be admired.
Swapna Barman who won the gold medal for India in the heptathlon event is the daughter of a rickshaw puller. Her father suffered a stroke and her mother had to quit her job as a tea garden worker to look after her him. She had to support her family from the prize money she won in athletics. She was born with six fingers on each foot and it required her to wear special shoes to accommodate her six fingers- which she could not afford. Prior to her event, she was suffering from a toothache [participated with a taped jaw] and her feet hurt because of ill-fitting shoes. But she was determined.
You are from a poor family- never mind, you are facing obstacles- never mind, as long as you are self-reliant and determined to make it to the top.
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