What do you really want?
Having a deep, burning, emotional desire to achieve something is a sign that you have the potential to do it. Otherwise the natural aspiration would not be expressed through you. The word "natural" is crucial: It must be a desire that comes from within, not one that is primarily motivated by external input.
This distinction is not always clear, since our behaviour and feelings are largely controlled by subconscious conditioning, of which we are - by definition - unaware.
So the first important question is: what do I really want?
Desire is possibility seeking expression. Wherever there is unexpressed possibility, there is unsatisfied desire.
Wallace D. Wattles
How badly do you want it?
There is a big difference between something that you would like and a burning desire. The latter is imbued with emotion and pulls you forward, while the first consists of nice-to-haves with a limited emotional charge.
If you're not sure whether something is a burning desire or not, it almost certainly is not. For this reason, knowing what you REALLY want is not easy because it requires a lot of introspection.
Jim Rohn describes the difference between a burning desire and a mere wish nicely in this video:
When a desire is not a nice-to-have, but a must-have, your chances of attaining it increase exponentially.
How are you going to get it?
Becoming clear on what you truly, deeply desire is only the beginning.
The next step is creating a plan of action that will start moving you forward in the desired direction. This plan should not be perfect in the beginning (in fact, it will never be).
It is more important to start than to define all the steps in advance. Even if you know all the steps more or less, chances are very high that they will change over time.
The more we desire an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.
Below is a tool to help you to define and attain your desires. This exercise will only take a few minutes right now but make sure to follow the guidelines at the end. Following through on the last step is the crucial element that will make this process work for you or not.
We have also created an accountability calendar to keep track of your daily progress. You need to have an account (you can create one by taking our assessment) and be logged in to download the calendar.
Click the button below to download. Print the document and keep it where you can see it often. Try to fill out the calendar manually. Why? Writing is a neuromuscular activity, meaning that the act of physically handling a pen and paper will impress your mind more than a digital operation. As your body moves, your brain grooves.
After you have done this, give yourself a pat on the back and from now on, assume that your desire is on its way to becoming reality. It is only a matter of time and focused energy.
Keep directing all your energy in a positive manner toward thinking about your burning desire and your action plan. Act on your plan as if it were impossible to fail.
If you feel that your plan needs an update, do not hesitate to do so. If you continue to take steps in the right direction, achieving your goal will be inevitable.
Good luck and don't forget to enjoy the journey!
“Never expect a thing you do not want, and never desire a thing you do not expect”
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