Set Your Desire on Fire
In the realm of personal development and achievement there are several core subjects none more central than desire. Desire is the foundation of all successes. Without desire, without the need for something – for food, clothing, shelter; love, attention or affection; contribution, fame or fortune ?–more–> nothing can be acquired.
Thomas Hobbes, an English philosopher (1588–1679) asserted that human desire is the fundamental motivation of all human action.
Now we’re not talking about the kind of desire you’d find in a Harlequin romance novel. Although, I’d bet we could learn a bit about burning desire from the intensity and passion in those stories, couldn’t we. OK, moving right along…
Desire can be either push or pull. One can focus attention on the avoidance of or the attraction to any need, want or don’t want. “I want to get ahead in life and be financially secure.” “I don’t want to live where the winters are too cold and the summers too hot.”
Desire has been, and will no doubt continue to be, a core human theme in film, theater, art and literature. Additionally, desire can be used as a motivational tool in personal relationships, career and employment, education, religion, health and well being, and on and on and on.
Modern day advertisers have spent countless dollars researching how to stimulate desire to induce consumers to buy. I know I am not alone having been the “victim” of a skillfully designed presentation that left me wanting, desiring, and “having to have” what was offered, often to the detriment of my credit card balance.
Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich begins his book with desire. He delves into the subject in Chapter 2 immediately following the introduction. (Chapter 2 – Desire-The Starting Point of All Achievement)
Consider some of Hill’s thoughts:
“Desire backed by faith knows no such word as impossible.”
“When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
Hill goes on to suggest you step up to develop a burning desire. A burning desire that is so deep, so profound that it alters your view of life, impacts your thoughts and feelings, and shapes your actions all to be consistent with that burning desire. Perhaps there is a lesson on burning desire in the romance novel, although for purposes here, personal improvement, it might be better utilized if redirected. (But, that’s another chapter in Think and Grow Rich.)
Practically speaking, once defined, a burning desire, as with anything else important in our lives, must be nurtured and fortified. Steve Pavlina,* suggests in his article entitled “Cultivating Burning Desire” several useful guidelines for developing and fostering a burning desire. I urge you to read it.
I am going to leave you with a quote you’ve probably heard before but with any luck may have new meaning to you…
“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.”
*Steve Pavlina (born April 14, 1971) is an American self-help author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He is the author of the web site stevepavlina.com and the book Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth.
Rick Lelchuk and his wife, Lynn Gorfine, are Certified Passion Test Facilitators and would be happy to discuss helping you identify your top 5 passions in life and firing up your burning desire. http://accesstopassion.com/ Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend Tags: achievement, burning desire, desire, Napoleon Hill, need, personal development, Steve Pavlina, Think and Grow Rich