One of the dictionary definitions of determination is a quality that makes you continue to do or achieve something that is difficult. It’s a starting point, but looking to the writings of my special teacher, Sri Chinmoy places determination and that of willpower in a more divine and spiritual context.
The following extracts are taken from the online resources of the Sri Chinmoy Library
If you travel all the time On the wings of hope, And not On the wings of determination You are not going to succeed In the battlefield of life ~ Sri Chinmoy
Question: Where is determination to be found? In which part of our being do we have to work on determination? Is it in the mind or the heart?
Sri Chinmoy: Determination can be found inside the mind. With determination, you can try to do many things. You can have the determination that says: “I will do something good. I will do something great. All bad things I will give up.” But at any moment the determination that comes from the mind can be challenged by doubt, specially self-doubt. Then our determination is destroyed.
If you want to become a good person, a great person, or if you want to do something great, there is another way. That is the way of oneness. If you can identify yourself with something very strong, very powerful and very vast, then inside your oneness you will find all the positive qualities. When you use determination or will-power, you are entering into someone or something. Like a dagger, you are piercing into something. But the way of oneness is to just throw yourself into the vastness. I always say that when a drop enters into the ocean, it becomes infinite, boundless — that drop you will no longer see.
Problems can be solved permanently only by identifying yourself with something very strong, very powerful, very vast. Look at the sky. How much vastness it has! Look at the ocean. How much power it has! Just throw yourself into the vastness or into the power. This is the wisest way and this way is also permanent.
Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 30, Agni Press, 2001
219 A Determination-Stride
They call it A determination-stride. I call it A great ignorance-challenging friend.Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 3, Agni Press, 1979
The difference between determination and divine will power is this: determination is in the mind; divine will power is in the soul. Because the mind is very, very limited, mental determination is not enduring; it is all fluctuation. Mental determination is constantly being destroyed since the mind accepts different ideas at every moment. But the will of the soul is everlasting, ever-progressing and ever-fulfilling because it is one with the Will of the Supreme.