What would happen to all of us if we realized that there is a big difference between wishing for something and preparing for it? First we must believe that we are capable of attaining that which we have planned and worked for. We must believe that we are worthy of it. If we could all remember that it takes no more effort to aim high in life, than to set our sights on misery and poverty. What could we achieve?
People exclaim all the time when someone's constant efforts and beliefs pay off. They are SO LUCKY. People that achieve after repeated failures, constant road blocks, and pain and suffering realize "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” and you believed beyond a doubt you could achieve it and you deserved it. The poem My Wage, by Jessie B. Rittenhouse expresses it best.
I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have gladly paid!
Temporary defeat is one of the most common causes of failure. It happens when we allow the habit of quitting, when things don’t immediately materialize. Igniting that Burning Desire can turn your dreams and aspirations into REALITY. Become Success Conscious instead of Failure Conscious. Your brain cannot discriminate between destructive thoughts and constructive thoughts. We want to translate our thoughts into actions of success.
Helen Keller became deaf, dumb, and blind shortly after birth. Yet despite this she has been a contributing factor for generations that no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality.
When I am told that I cannot do something, and I have a burning desire to do it, then ‘never’ is a catalyst that burns that desire even brighter in me. It makes me look for all the different directions that may be taken. Through that search, I find people who believe in my desire and who help me broaden my horizon, thus we all become part of something greater than ourselves. We become a circle of influence believing in one another and holding each other accountable for reaching our Desired Goal. What are you doing to reach your Burning Desire?
In my Road Map to College Success program, I have been blessed to meet and work with students that have a Burning Desire at an early age to become something they can only see in their minds. When you can turn something into a ‘Want To’ instead of a ‘I Have To’ then anything you desire in your mind can become a reality. I have such a student at this time. He has that Burning Desire, so instead of ‘Having to’ achieve academically in school, he ‘Wants To’ achieve, because that knowledge will bring him to his Burning Desire. He now goes beyond the required grade, because his search is for the power that lies within him.
Barbara Britt has a passion for making a difference in the lives of others. She developed the largest leadership program in the country for high school students and spent 16 years working with that program. She is now using that experience and expertise in the corporate world. As a sought after member of John C. Maxwell’s international speaking, training and coaching team, she conducts leadership, personal and professional development training for a variety of organizations. Barbara’s no-nonsense style helps take companies to a new level of growth. As an executive coach to management teams and entrepreneurs, and a life coach to individuals, Barbara helps redefine her client’s purpose, vision and goals. She speaks & trains on many different topics based on individual or company needs. Topics include Personality Work Styles, Excellence in Customer Service, and Power Networking. She also has developed a Roadmap for College Preparation Program that is helping parents and their children prepare financially, academically, and emotionally for one of the most important times in their family’s life.