a: a fixed purpose, the power and will to persist, resolve, to have the
drive, to have the grit, to go the distance, to be hell-bent on
reaching a goal and getting it done no matter what.
And if all else fails....try not to trip or fall, hurt myself, shit my pants, or embarrass my friends (last one definitely not gonna guarantee).
(and after a trip to the Vet, the pup seems better - whew)