Determination is “overcoming obstacles in order to reach my goal.”

Determination is like climbing a mountain. You have to know what you want to achieve, then put one foot in front of the other until you reach the top.

Climbing a mountain takes a lot of effort. It is tempting to quit and turn back when you feel tired or discouraged. But determination means pressing on, pushing forward, and not giving up. Determination makes you a winner, not a quitter!

You can “win” at school by concentrating in class, finishing your assignments, and doing your best in every subject. You can “win” at home by helping your family, doing your chores, and making good choices. It takes determination to win—but you can do it!

I Will:

  1. Set the right goals.
  2. Get moving.
  3. Face challenges.
  4. Not be discouraged by failure.
  5. Keep trying.

Discussion Starters:

  • How do you feel after you accomplish something difficult or win a close game?
  • Why is it important to finish what you start?
  • What should you do if you discover you are heading in the wrong direction?
  • What is the opposite of determination? (Quitting, working halfheartedly, giving up, or being lazy.)

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Learn hand motions for the poem and song. Listen to the nature story. Presented by Robert Greenlaw.

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