Oprah Urges Us to Boost Our Determination and Willpower

Each week, Oprah sets an intention, exclusively for Oprah Insiders, with reflections on topics like letting go, forgiving, doing your own thing, and more. Every day this week, you can find tips on how to help boost your determination and willpower, inspired by Oprah’s new favorite movie King Richard.


Hi everyone!

have you seen King Richard? Well our family saw it and loved it. Then our The intention for this week comes from that biopic, which is already in theaters or you can stream it on HBO Max, like we did. It tells the story of Richard Williams, the father and former coach of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams. Will Smith is amazing like Richard Williams.

Many of us know the stories of these record women well, but as the movie shows us, it was actually Richard who instilled in them this passion and unwavering focus to become the Venus and the Serena we meet today. I watched Will transform into a father raising girls on screen in the 1980s. 1980 Compton, California. And in King Richard We see the Williams sisters’ father transfer the anger with which he lived as a black man in America, dealing with inequality and setbacks for many days of his life, and turn it into a determination that his family would have something better. That they would be better. That they would do better. And that determination came through tennis.

So I walked away from King Richard so proud. It’s just one of the best movies about a black family, if not the best movie I’ve ever seen. I can’t remember anything that I was more proud of, of what Richard was able to accomplish, perhaps because I saw my own father in him. My father, Vernon Winfrey, an honorable and hardworking man. When I was a teenager, he took responsibility for me when he honestly didn’t have to do that. But her willingness to be a present and caring force in my life helped someone who once felt unloved and unworthy to become the woman everyone knows today. So I was determined, just as my father was determined that I have a better life, I was also determined that I have a better life. To make it better. Be better. And the answer to my own determination was to be able to use my voice.

So while you sit with your family and your friends and watch King Richard During the holidays, if you haven’t already, I hope you feel proud too. That you are capable, like Richard, of identifying your frustrations and channeling them into a determination that will not only make a difference in your life, but improve the lives of your loved ones.

Will and determination. Our starters of intention for the week. Your good will and your determination.

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