Do your dreams really scare you?
Or do you have so many dreams and goals that they get kind of diluted and one rapidly replaces the other as quickly as it came.
There is a solution, one that only you can master. And that is – If you really want to succeed you must have desire. Just thinking about it and dreaming about it won’t get you there.
Of course, you should always dream big and picture what your life will look like once you achieve success, but make sure you have the desire or the drive to reach your goals. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.”
We often make the mistake of thinking that in order to succeed we need to head off to university and get a degree in something. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Some of the most successful people in the world have no formal education. Napoleon Hill says, “Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.”
Life is your education.
On your road to achievement, you might stumble and fall not once but many times and you need to stand up, dust yourself off, and try again taking away the lesson from your past failure. The education you need to grow is learning how others have become successful in the past.
“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.”
If you don’t have the persistence to pick up the pieces and try again, you aren’t going to reach your goals. Because the truth is, everyone fails, you will too I’m afraid, but you must be able to make new plans, come up with a new game plan – that’s the secret to a life worth living. “Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach” – Napoleon Hill.
Think about it – you had a failure, but what if success was just a step further and you caved in and gave up on your dreams. Sadly, this happens every day. But if you want to succeed, you can – no one can stop you. It’s within you. You only get one life, and it’s filled with so many opportunities if you can only focus your desire. So do you have the desire to make it happen this time?
One of the greatest sources of wisdom in my arsenal of motivational books is The Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier, there are so many life changing thoughts within it’s pages, it’s a shame so many people overlook it, along with so many other original New Thought works. The following edited excerpt sums up so much about desire…
” There is nothing in life you have to overcome. You merely have to acquire something. And always Mind can show you the way. You can obtain from Mind anything you want, if you will only learn how to do it. I think we can rest assured that as humans we can do and be practically what we desire to be.
“It is not will, but desire,” says Charles W. Mears, “that rules the world.” “But,” you will say, “I have had plenty of desires all my life. I’ve always wanted to be rich. How do you account for the difference between my wealth and position to those of the rich men all around me?”
The answer is simply that you have never focused your desires into one great dominating desire. You have a host of mild desires. You mildly wish you were rich, you wish you had a position of responsibility and influence; you wish you could travel at will. The wishes are so many and varied that they conflict with each other and you get nowhere in particular. You lack one intense desire, to the accomplishment of which you are willing to subordinate everything else.
Do you know how Napoleon so frequently won battles in the face of a numerically superior foe? By concentrating his men at the actual point of contact! His artillery was often greatly outnumbered, but it accomplished far more than the enemy’s because instead of scattering his fire, he concentrated it all on the point of attack!
The time you put in aimlessly dreaming and wishing would accomplish marvels if it were concentrated on one definite object. If you have ever taken a magnifying glass and let the sun’s rays play through it on some object, you know that as long as the rays were scattered they accomplished nothing. But focus them on one tiny spot and see how quickly they start something.
It is the same way with your mind. You’ve got to concentrate on one idea at a time.
“But how can I learn to concentrate?” many people will say. Concentration is not a thing to be learned. It is merely a thing to do. You concentrate whenever you become sufficiently interested in anything.
Get so interested in a ball game that you jump up and down on your hat, slap a man you have never seen before on the back, embrace your nearest neighbour—that is concentration. Become so absorbed in a thrilling play or movie that you no longer realise the orchestra is playing or there are people around you—that is concentration.
And that is all concentration ever is — getting so interested in something that you pay no attention to anything else that is going on around you.
If you want a thing badly enough, you need have no worry about your ability to concentrate on it. Your thoughts will just naturally centre on it like bees on honey.
Hold in your mind the thing you most desire. Affirm it. Believe it to be an existing fact.
Let me quote the words from the Bible, because there’s nothing more important to remember. “Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them.” And again the most important part is the “believe that ye receive them.”
Your subconscious mind is exceedingly amenable to suggestion. If you can truly believe that you have received something, can impress that belief upon your subconscious mind, depend upon it, it will see that you have it. For being a part of Universal Mind, it shares that Universal Mind’s all power. “The Father that is within me, He doeth the works.” Your mind will respond to your desire in the exact proportion in which you believe. “As thy faith is, so be it unto thee.” ”