“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”
Not long ago I wrote somewhere that the primary “resource” or trait for progress in this world was curiosity. Well, that curiosity has led me on to something else!
How much do you want the object of your desire? How much does that career, that relationship, that health, that body, that skill, that qualification, that car, that house, that freedom mean to you? Let’s put it another way, what would you sacrifice your life for?
What really floats your boat? What lights your fire?
What diminishes the intensity of your desire? Maybe you feel you don’t deserve it, maybe you had it before and it was taken away, maybe you don’t believe it’s possible, maybe you want to be left alone in peace. Or maybe you’re too old.
How do you feel when you see an individual or a family get help that turns their life around? When you read accounts of people overcoming life-threatening illnesses, being saved from certain death or succeeding against all the odds, are you inspired?
If you are one of those fortunate people who can facilitate these actions, do you need any motivation?
I’m sure the majority of us like a bargain. We enjoy good company, beautiful places and good things. Surely everyone wants good health? Surely everyone wants loving relationships? If you pass a homeless person on the street, maybe it reminds you the importance of a good home.
How rewarding is your job, how frustrating is it not to have a job? Is what you’re doing for a living contributing to a better world?
Of all the people I have helped over the years, one group stands out in the context of desire. (Male) survivors of sexual abuse. I only did this work for a couple of years, because I didn’t get paid. It was incredibly rewarding because for many reasons I was very effective (and divinely guided) in helping them escape their nightmares. And why was that? Well, the principal “ingredient” was their desire to lead a normal life, to let go of the trauma and toxicity of the past. With some of them you could almost touch the intensity. Helping them to channel that desire was one of my greatest privileges and achievements.
Having worked in professional sport, and read/researched a fair amount about the motivation of elite athletes, the desire not to lose is often stronger than the desire to win.
There is no consensus on the subject.
“Success – keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.”
So what, there is no consensus on almost anything. Ask your local Satanist or woke politician.
I’ve given you a few clues, not that you need them, about how you can increase the strength of your desire. And guess what, as all writing is autobiographical, the thing that drives me most of all is my desire for the outcome, rather than wanting to avoid/escape something. When I look back over my career, I see the successful phases were all underpinned by a desire to be the best, to triumph against all the odds, to do something new, to be creative, to liberate individuals, groups and organisations from mediocrity, in some cases tyranny and (continuously) to help people realise their potential.
Do you love any sentient being unconditionally?
What has given you the greatest pleasure in your life? Is there a cause or person (s) you would die for?
These are the keys to unlocking your desire.
Access or generate these “states.” Mobilise them when you want something with the intensity that “transcends everything.” Be relentless. Feel the wish fulfilled. No compromise.
You already have the desire. It is merely a question of channelling it.
How great is the object of your desire? Beyond the usual suspects? How about trying global liberation and transformation for size? Our numbers are growing by the minute.
We are all drops in the ocean; we are the Ocean. This is the greatest “pollution” exercise in history. We have already won, but let us all persist until the water is crystal clear.
Jack Stewart, October 22, 2021.
P.S. If something nags at you, which limits or blocks your desire, it has to go. Go here.