Burning desire- this is a key ingredient for success. Last week end track athletes Usian Bolt and Shelly Ann Frasier-Price were crowned IAAF Male and Female Athlete of the Year 2013, respectively. A newspaper article of an interview with Shelly Ann caught my attention where she said FEAR was her driving force to succeed. She said her desire to not return to her neighborhood of poverty, crime and violence was what drove her to succeed.
I would not call it fear, but burning desire to succeed. Burning desire it is what gets you up every morning and regardless of how you feel, and you go and do what is required of you that day in order to reach that goal that you have set. Napolean Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich says” Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure to maintain that state of mind known as BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to succeed”
In Shelly Ann’s case with her God given talent and the thought of no return, no retreat to poverty and life in the inner city, it was enough to create burning desire. This then would resulted in her setting some definite goals, planning specific ways of achieving it and working with persistence which did not recognize failure.
Now we set goals and make specific plan to achieve them but many times we fall short within the first 90 days. The missing piece must be the burning desire. If it is just a wish or a nice thing to try we won’t get far. We have to really want it and can think of nothing but the end goal and what it will mean to us to achieve it. Failure is out of the picture and there is no going back.
My mentor Jim Rohn puts it another way when he says to succeed we need either a strong desire to change or total disgust with where we are, doesn’t matter which.
Do you have burning desire? I am certainly working on it.
Even when you decide and accept that it is necessary to change, you still have to deal with how to change and where to start.
Zig Ziglar in his book of quotes says: “You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind”
It takes time to change and cut a new path and you find yourself slipping back into the old way without realizing how you got there. It takes time to form new habits and make the change permanent. I guess that is a good thing because it allows you to tweek it along the way before you get set in your new ways.
The pain of the old way sometimes help you to get back in line, while the positives that the new way has brought is motivation to stick with it.
Sometimes change requires us to overdrive some negatives that are deeply embedded in our subconscious and that sabotage us every time we try to go forward. As a believer in God that is where prayers and positive affirmation and faith comes in, to get us pass these hurdles which we must overcome.
A good tool to use also is visualization. Run a mental movie of yourself doing the activity and make it as detailed as you can. You would be surprised at how you can mentally overcome hurdles and fine tune the changes even before you take action.
Change often requires us to do the uncomfortable for awhile. The uncertain outcome makes us fearful and anxious until it we become comfortable with the new situation.
My mentor, the Late Jim Rohn, philosopher, says: “For things to change you have to change”
Change, it is not easy but it is necessary for us to grow and achieve our goals..
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Peace and Love
I wandered off a little last week and failed to do my bloging as planned. It was for a good reason, but as my friend and mentor always remind me “all excuses are equal, as they all keep you from doing what it is you should be doing.” So to keep my commitment to myself this week, I acted immediately well ahead of time and I chosen a word from my little pan and what do you know, the word is: ”persistence”! No way around it. I did write about persistence in the past as it is the key to any goal ones wishes to achieve.
I share a few things I have learned along the way as I struggle to be persistent and overcome procrastination and self doubt.
1) It gets easier each time you do it and becomes more natural.
2) It becomes less of a task and more fun
3) You get rewarded for taking action emotionally and physically. Let me say thanks to all the new followers and for the likes. In time I look forward to more comments also.
I end with a few quotes from Brian Tracy:
“Resolve in advance to persist until you succeed, no matter what the difficulty”
“Your most valuable asset can be your willingness to persist longer than anyone else”
“Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will succeed”
These are great words of encouragement. Please share you thought below
So I am on the road to success again and it requires some new habits. I picked up my container with the words of inspiration to get me started with this blog today and the word I pulled out was STILLNESS. Now I really want to talk about habits because that is a key for my success right now. I was listening to Joyce Meyers on the subject of habits recently and two things stood out for me. First she says don’t focus so much on getting rid of a bad habit but more so on developing the good habit. The second thing was that it was very important to develop the God habit. That is one that I have been working on, the habit of waking up early and spending time with God. Part of this time is just time for stillness. The bible says, Be still and know that I am God. It is a good way to start the day, to reflect, get clarity, focus and guidance before all the noise and distractions set in.
I also found these quotes by Denis Waitley. From his Seed of Greatness Treasury:
- Seed of discipline: Excellence is a habit
- Habits are like submarine. They run silent and deep
- First we make our habits, then our habits make us
- Habits are like comfortable beds. They are easy to get into, but difficult to get out of.
- Winning and losing are BOTH learned habits.
I like the one about habits being comfortable beds. Not so sure about easy to get into, but difficult to get out of, is a good thing IF I can develop the winning habits I need. Definitely need to sow some seeds of DISCIPLINE here.
Please share below how you go about laying down the habits of your success.
So far, so good, still on track with my weekly blogging. Sitting in front of the computer, not sure of what to write as I have just erased everything but the topic of one the articles from my mini blog marathon, which I did to keep me on track so I would not run out of ideas. Looking around I see the white container in which I had placed pieces of paper with words such as love, forgiveness, patience, change, persistence, wisdom, surrender, prayer, trust. My nutrition club members were encouraged to take one of these bits of paper each day and read a passage on the subject. So today I take out one of these folded paper and it says: DICIPLINE. So I have added it to the title.
Looking up a passage on this subject from the book Faith in the Valley by Iyanla Vanzant She says spirit is self correcting. It will make the best of what you do more of. If you do things that cause you pain, eat drink too much or spent wildly without a budget, eventually you will become miserable enough to do something about it. On the other side you pray more, you get better at it and the faster your answers will come. You meditate more you become calmer and still your mind. She ended by saying “ The self –correcting spirit in you will make the best of what you do more of- more destruction, greater pain: more construction greater peace, pleasure and plenty”
So I am sticking to the blogging plan. In the container there are many more word to chose from and blog about. I could not have chosen a better one for today. With discipline it will only get better and easier.
I would love to get your comments on how you stay on track with your blog or whatever you do. Please leave a comment below.
It sure is uncomfortable sitting here and thinking what will I write on to keep my commitment to write a blog post every week. I have already missed a week and need to get back on track.
A good place to start would be to tell you I am committing to 25 intentional days. My daughter brought me this e-book and it was just what I needed to get me going again. So day 1 had me dusting off and updating my dream board which I had not looked at in months. The beautiful thing about that was that there were things that I had achieved and could take out and add some new ones.
The work on the dream board was exciting so I quickly moved to day 2 and worked on updating my goals based on the dreams. They are not new goals for the most part but this exercise has gotten me refocused. It has gotten me back to doing the uncomfortable.
This is the last 90 days to the end of the year, it is definitely a good time to stop, celebrate the successes and do some fixing to get back on track. So I will be using some days to recharge and reset my compass to arrive at year end with even more to celebrate.
How are you doing for your last 90 days?
It’s a given, to control or overcome diseases like diabetes or hypertension and to manage your weight and avoid obesity challenges you need to have the right lifestyle. You have to have a the right diet and exercise regularly, at least three times per week for thirty minutes the experts now say. You must remember to drink water, yes water, that simple, six to eight glasses per day. Add some key nutritional supplements and you are well on your way. I have been working at making these lifestyle changes with very good health results. So I am thinking I should be able to make some change in other areas of my life by applying some of the principles I used to make those changes in health. With that in mind, I have been reviewing the steps I took. So how did I do it?
a) Clear definitive and measurable goals, e. g. a target blood pressure reading, a target weight.
b) A clear plan of how I would make the change, a daily method of operation. e .g. a glass of water first thing in the morning.
c) Make small manageable changes and add on new things as I became accustomed to those changes. That way I was never overwhelmed and could celebrate the small successes along the way.
d) Use positive affirmations of the health goals in spite of how I felt and said prayers of thanks giving for the results I expected to have even before I had them.
d) Hold a positive vision of how I would feel when my health improved.
e) Have a time to review what you have done celebrate the successes and fix what needed fixing.
f) Forgive myself if I have fallen off and start again. Giving up was never an option.
So this then is my road map for achieving other lifestyle changes. All that’s left, is to put it into action. Yes, I can do this again in other areas of my life.
Please leave a comment on how you have made lifestyle changes.