I often wonder why I am not getting anywhere with my goals. I mean I write them down and set a completion date but then I just peter out. What’s up with that? While reading 1 Nephi 11 this morning the light finally came on. It is all about desire. Now, I have read books on this subject and watched movies on this but not until I was reading 1 Nephi did I truly get it. In Chapter 10 and 11 Nephi desires to see the vision that his father Lehi saw. It was not just a passing, “I wish I could see the vision”. He took action. He knelt and prayed with real intent, believeing that he would be able to see the vision too. Do I have a true desire to reach my goal? Am I willing to put in the work? What am I willing to give up? I feel like what Nephi had was what we would call today, to be a burning desire. He prayed diligently to receive the answers that he sought.
Yesterday, I had a meeting with some BYU interns that are going to do some social media work for our Bear Skins business. It was interesting to me. The guy in charge or the expert, asked me what our goals were for my business. I replied that we wanted to double sales this year. His reply was “Isn’t that too big of a goal? Do double revenue in a year is nearly impossible.” So what if it is a big goal? What if we don’t reach it? But what if we do?
So the only thing that I can see that if I set a gigantic, unrealistic, goal and we don’t hit it, we have still made tons of progress. What if we only take in 50% more revenue? Are we failures? No. We increased our revenue by 50%. That is amazing. But what if we set a high goal and then blow it out of the water? We have big dreams this year. And we are working hard to reach them. It has built a fire under us to put all of our focus on this and to really step up into what might just be possible. I love the quote:
Aim for the moon, if you miss it, you will land among the stars.
So how does one acquire a burning desire. How do you get out of bed on those cold, dark, mornings and head outside for your run or sit down at the computer to write when it is so much easier and more comfortable to stay in bed?
Desire, burning desire, is basic to achieving anything beyond the ordinary.
How does a person aquire a burning desire?
- Believe that it is possible.
- Vision See it and believe it.
- No going back. (Burn the ships)
- Tell others and enlist their help. Are you afraid to tell them for fear you will fail?
- Goal Posters
- Act As if you have already achieved the goal. Quit waiting for the end.
- Brainstorm your actions steps. (This is not carved in stone. These steps can and will change as you go.)
- Take action today and commit to take action every day
- What is your why? How will you feel when you achieve that? Feel that feeling now.
There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
A true burning desire will propel me from where I am to where I want to be. I would not be distracted by my messy house or the other mundane things that life throws at me. Uchtdorf gave a talk called the great adventure. He talked about getting distraccted by a messy house or the comfortable things taht we would rather do. But what would happen if we left all of that and chose adventure right now?
My personal Goals
My personal goals for this month are:
Love and Care for my Body
- Eat 1400 calories a day.
- Exercise 45 minutes a day.
- Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Write a blog post once a week
- Brainstorm ideas
- Choose an idea
- Research the idea
- Create an outline
- Write a rough draft
- Find pictures
- Edit and rewrite the rought draft
- Format and publish the article