The other day I had the pleasure of watching an episode of Driving with John Chow. These are occasional videos on YouTube put on by the legendary blogger John Chow. In his segments he gives various pieces of advice that always prove very informative. The episode “The 1 Thing You Must Have That Will Make You Rich,” he highlights the importance of desire.
Why is desire important? It is the fire that motivates the individual to action. Desire is the attribute that pushes you to take the steps needed to achieve results. After having my family live in an apartment following my retirement from the military, I was very much in desire to moving to more spacious surroundings. I was not satisfied with my circumstances at the time and I was not going to settle for my family living in an apartment for the long term. The amount of my desire was directly proportional to the focus that I was giving (my wife was also focused on the goal to family out of an apartment and into a house) to the thought of getting relocated.
As a result of persistence and steadfast effort, the goal of moving into a new home was realized! What a difference it made in our lives. But as for any goal or aspiration, the amount of desire that is found within is the driving force for moving forward to ultimate achievement. It boils down to “how bad do you want it?” It’s one thing to say you want this or that but are you willing to carry out the actions needed in order to achieve your results? Are you willing to dig in and remain for the long haul or will the first stumbling block be all that it takes for you to give up?
Now there are some things to consider when viewing your goals. Some good guidance to keep in mind is the SMART acronym when considering goal achievement. The letters stand for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time based. If you have thoughts about squeezing coal with your bare hands to form diamonds, be sure to let me know if you are able to pull this off.
In his book “The Science of Getting Rich,” author Wallace Waddles said to the effect that results require the proper action. But if there is no desire or a lack of desire, the chance of the required action taking place will probably be non-existent.