Over the weekend I adopted a new word to guide me toward my envisioned future. I tried it on during yoga and I found new energy and strength. I tried it on in the morning and I found more focus throughout the day. I tried it on in the evening and I found more clarity in reflection.
That word, you may have guessed, is desire. Desire, in my use of it, is drive. It's a singular focus; a burning need to do something. For a while now, I've had a clear vision of how I can contribute to the world. But a clear vision isn't enough. Vision needs a partner. That partner is desire.
Changing the world is hard. It can feel overwhelming. And it can be much easier to sit on the couch and browse the new releases on Netflix. So how do you find what it takes to un-couch-potato yourself?
If you have a big vision, name a specific part of it that you want to achieve by a certain date – you might want to save $10,000 in a year to get you on the path toward financial independence or you might want to feed 10,000 hungry people. Pick a number to achieve and a date by which you want to achieve it.
Start to believe in this goal. Bring it into your consciousness as much as you can. Put it on stickies throughout your home. You might even set calendar appointments that remind you of it throughout the day. State it out loud at the beginning of the day. Jot down what you'll need to do that day to move toward your goal. State it again just before bed and reflect on your day's progress. Jot down a few notes about your performance.
If you do this for a few days, I am willing to bet that you build your desire for achieving that big goal. And the more you build that desire, the more your subconscious will deliver creative ways of fulfilling that desire.
You're capable of way more than you think. It takes courage to build desire. But once you get it, you're unstoppable!