There are many beliefs about the secret to success. Some claim that the secret is motivation, ambition and being positive. While all of those things contribute to success the most critical component to success is to have a burning desire.
Desire Comes From Within
It seems obvious that if you are going to be successful that you should want to be a success. But some of us think if we put in the long hours that success will happen. But if you really dont want to climb the ladder or grow a business it probably won’t happen. You will be competing against people that want it more than you.
You can’t have motivation without desire. It is the desire that keeps your eye on the end goal and keeps the fire in you to keep working. It is the desire that will keep you working toward the end goal even if you have not had a lot of success initially.
I remember reading a book that talked about finding your heart’s desire. At the time I was involved in a part time business that was not particularly successful. As I listened to the book I realized that my business was not working because I did not have my heart into it. I wanted the financial rewards but did not want the business. For me financial success was not enough, I needed to want to do the business. Desire is what keeps you awake at night.
First your desire needs to be realistic, and second, your desire needs to be concrete. A desire to be a ballet dancer for example probably is only going to end with disappointment if you were born with two left feet, and a desire to ‘be more successful’ is an abstract aim that’s really quite subjective.
How to Find Your Desire
If you are struggling to know what your desire is, then think of your life now as it is.
What do you want your life to look like in 5 and 10 years? What do you love doing? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Now think of how your life would look if you had everything the way you want it. Write everything down. How can you get to your desired life? What is one thing you can do today to move you closer to your desire?
You may not have an ideal job or career that is important, but you want to make more money to travel. Is the desire big enough to work hard move up in your career or to have a second job?
You may want to stay at home with your kids, but you need to make enough money to stay home. Is the desire to stay home big enough to keep you motivated to work from home or do you also need to need to be satisfied with your work?
What if You Have the Desire but Still no Success?
Desire is one of the most important components of success but if you don’t believe you can succeed, then you won’t. Your subconscious mind feeds your conscious mind continually. If you keep telling yourself negative thoughts such as I are not good enough, I can’t be successful, or I don’t have a business brain your conscious mind will believe it. You have to feed your subconscious mind with positive statements.
If you want to change your mindset, you know you have to have a desire, but you also need to believe. Belief in yourself can change with daily affirmations. Successful people get up every morning and say aloud positive affirmations such as:
I make enough money to live the life I want
I am meet all of my productivity goals each week
I run faster everyday
I am energetic and can accomplish my goals
I am patient with my children
What affirmations can you say to yourself to change your mindset?