"I will be courageous and undismayed in the face of odds. I will not permit anyone to intimidate me or deter me from my goals. I will take new faith and resolution from the knowledge that all successful men and women had to fight despair and adversity. I will never surrender to discouragement or despair, no matter what seeming obstacles may confront me." Harold Sherman
While this quote comes from a famous writing of Mr. Sherman called his Code of Persistence, what is most interesting to me is the absolute conviction with which he writes it. A personal commitment to the level of "absolute" can provide the necessary tools to avoid letting obstacles divert you in your objectives. Conviction in this sense is not about pretension, but about a willingness to state what you stand for and an absolute commitment to going forward undeterred.
A statement of conviction is direct and confident. It is not about "maybe" or "try." It is about "will" and "will not." This type of commitment is seen in leaders that truly inspire followers. It is exciting but also comforting to know that the leader is absolutely aware that they can be successful. Statements of conviction are about fact, not hope. And they require the guts and determination to see the world as you are going to create it rather than as you feel you have been left to deal with it.