Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States

Posted: 2018-03-17

Desire Chapter 2
Desire is essential for success in any important undertaking.  Hill describes a winning desire as one that is "keen and pulsating," one that is definite and transcends everything else.
But we all know that life happens.  
Even if we make a commitment today to work successfully in a particular company, use a new idea that pops into our minds through the sixth sense, or mentor others in MFF,  it is easy to get sidetracked. Maybe we find something that looks easier and more lucrative while doing a Google search, or perhaps a good friend tells us about an amazing opportunity or a job that needs someone with just our skills. Sometimes the temptation is great, especially if we are feeling broke.
But when we have a genuine burning desire we can easily stay on track with our original commitment.  We don't click on the quick money links, and when a friend calls we thank them and let them know we already made a commitment to something else.
While the idea of having this kind of deep desire makes sense have you ever wondered where it comes from?  
It comes from deep inside of you, from that part of you that expresses who you really are and understands why you are here, what service you are best able to perform.  
But often when we express desires they are not authentic but come from fear.  We say we desire money out of fear of not having enough.  Or we decide we want to succeed because we want to prop up our self esteem by getting awards or being recognized at conventions.  Maybe we state a desire out of a fear of not pleasing someone else, a boss, a mentor, a parent, a minister.  Desires that come from fear aren't genuine and won't sustain us through the ups and downs that are certain to come.
Over the years I have sat in many a sales meeting and lots of conventions and retreats designed to inspire and motivate.  While I could get very excited when in the presence of hundreds of other enthusiastic people, I found that most times it didn't last. Back in my real estate days the high I felt at these events was just  temporary relief helping me cover up the fact that I really didn't like working that business.  
I liked the idea of the money I could make, but disliked the day to day of it.  My desire came out of fear of being broke rather than of serving people who needed to buy or sell a house.
So I had some success, but could never sustain it.  Most of my energy went to forcing myself to go to work and there wasn't much left to actually do the job.  Like many of my sales jobs, after a time I couldn't stand it anymore and I quit.
Genuine desire though will energize rather than deplete and put a smile on our lips.  The enthusiasm we feel comes from deep inside, and since it energizes it will also be long-lasting.   That is why we often say here that you need a desire that makes you cry or experience deep emotion of some kind. 
To find our real desires we have to be willing to dig deep into what makes us happy.  
This is usually a desire to serve others in some way that also capitalizes on our talents, whatever we do best. 
It could be helping someone overcome a fear of failure or see the power of shifting their energy from a lifetime of negativity to one in which they achieve their dreams. It could be inspiring others to open their eyes to the power of understanding color personalities or the value of having a simple morning routine to get every day off to a fast start. 
You could accomplish this through posting lesson plans every week, starting a blog, mastering social media, making weekly mentoring calls to clients,  sharing your thoughts on one of the mastermind calls we have every week here at MFF, or some combination of some or all of these.  
There are hundreds of ways people have found to be of service to others using their unique talents and out of a deep and authentic desire.  
Find the one that works for you and go for it.
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA