“It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.” – Dame Rebecca West
I’m curious about your motivation. Are you clear about what you want, are you creating the life that you desire? If yes, you usually have a great amount of motivation and energy towards it. You are here because you know that personal development will increase your ability to fulfill your desires and want to connect with people alike. If no, maybe you are here to start and make progress into this direction. If your daily level of motivation is not as you wish it to be, then this is not because that is just the way it is. Although sometimes it may seem so and even people around us may contribute unconsciously to this limiting belief, your motivation is something that you alone are responsible of. It is because you haven’t tapped into your deepest desires and are in the creative act to fulfill them. You don’t need to look outside to find what you want, you need first to look inside and find it and then express it into the world. You use the outside world as a feedback-system, as something that stimulates you and that shows you what works and what doesn’t work. But the impulse comes from your desire inside.
So, what is it that drives you? What do you want to create? What are you here for on earth? And how can you contribute to others?
These questions are really fundamental and to answer them is to make the first real step in fulfilling your dreams in life. Oh and by the way, I think we are able to answer the questions several times in our lives differently. This may be by new knowledge, by having fulfilled the former desires or by changing circumstances or interests. If you can tell your deep desires right now, such ones that really excite you, then you have made some serious reflection and maybe even set written goals towards them. If you currently have difficulties with your motivation and are not very happy with your live situation, then maybe we can look into the process of how to find out about your desires … (and if you know them, well then read on anyway ;))
You are allowed to desire
First I like to encourage you to really go for your desires and for want you want. Because although you know what you want, deep down you may also feel that it is a bit selfish to want that much for yourself. But rethink this thought. If you are able to create what you want, you are also able to inspire other people to go for what they want and you usually create something of value for others. This is the foundation of contribution to others, may it be by jobs, by ideas, by the products of your creative work or by inspiration.
Also there may be the fear of failing or the fear of looking foolish. Listen, is being true to yourself not the most important thing to do? And also the basis of being true with others? And as I already covered , the fear of failure is really an illusion. You have to fail, in order to succeed. Only by failing in small terms or sometimes also in big terms you get feedback of what works and what doesn’t. If you use this feedback to learn and to grow, your failures are learning experiences on your way to succeed.
So, you are officially allowed to go for your desires! ;-)
How do we reveal our burning desires?
I think it begins with recognizing what you really like, where you can’t get enough of and where you hate to stop working on. I can remember those things very early in my life. I started obsessively painting images of Disney comic-figures like Mickey Mouse or Goofy as they were shown in miniature on my private stamp collection. I later painted the floppy-discs of my Amiga 500 games and then directly in the computer, developing small graphic-intense demo-programs that I shared with my friends. Later I started websites and computer game levels in great detail. Now I have this blog here J These creative acts gave me so much joy, that I always dived totally into it. You can also call that the act of creation and being in flow, the state when you become one with what you create. I may be extreme in this direction, but I think there is something similar in everyone and the key is to discover it and then run with it. It maybe something totally different for you. Maybe it is working with other people or animals, maybe it is being in nature or a sport you like, or it is science like mathematics, astronomy. The point that I’m making here is: find out what you do with great passion and joy and almost without effort.
If we recognized this, then usually a burning desire is somehow connected with it. And this process above gives us an orientation of something that we know and that we can develop from. For instance the my passion for creativity and technology developed into the desire to start something with games and with the internet. When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on and founded a company that creates internet sites for gamers. The burning desire then was to create something outstanding here, something that fulfills me when I see it. The key here is it came right off from what I loved to do before and I developed a personal vision out of it that motivated me to stretch myself joyfully.
Developing a personal vision
Here comes the key to ignite your desire. If you have found an area where you are and would like to expand in the future (and again, this maybe something totally different as in my example), then your task is to create this future as clearly as you can in your head. You develop a personal vision for yourself where you see that what you desire now.
Envision this in your head and see what you want to accomplish as clear as possible. This is not a terribly easy task, you should really put a lot of energy into it, as well as emotions. The intensity of how you do this determines the degree of clarity you can gain. If you envision make your pictures big, bright and clear! You may want to draw something on a sheet of paper and especially make some notes about your vision and describe it in writing.
What then happens is something almost magic. By seeing clearly that what you desire, the brain activates a process of creation towards this vision. It is like Michelangelo seeing his statue David in the solid rock and then simply cutting off the pieces from it to reveal what he always saw in his head underneath it. That is what is called having a vision. And it is nothing spooky, it is real and a huge source for creating something extraordinary.
This kind and amount of energy that becomes activated by seeing such a compelling vision for yourself, rooted in what you truly want, is really the source of what I wrote at the beginning of the article. It is the source of an abundance of motivation to create that what you already see. Your personal vision takes control of your future: it creates it in advance.
Some additional tweaking
Another opportunity to intensify your personal drive to fulfill your desire is to commit 100% to it. I found it very interesting what happened, as I continuously decided myself to go for the next step in my vision fully, by saying no to other things. Those things were highly interesting and joyful to do, but they distracted me from what I really wanted to do and drained energy from my original vision.
You can align yourself fully with your vision by deciding this is what you commit yourself to. This is also very powerful. It feels like getting out of your way and the way of the vision to come true. It is almost like resonating on the same frequency as the thing you want to create. It is removing any inner resistance to your vision coming into existence. This also implies how you see yourself or how you see the world and is in direct relationship with removing limiting beliefs to become a No-Limit person (a term that Wayne Dyer made popular ).
The thing is if we find our desires and we develop them clearly into a vision, everything becomes easy. If you put yourself really into it, take it seriously with your best intentions for yourself, It goes up to a point where you can see your vision so clearly, that you are like on autopilot. You can act like an arrow towards your vision and that’s why you know what is right on the way and what not. Then you don’t need to think it over and ponder about decisions too long. The simple question of “Will this provide to my vision and help me on my way, yes or no?” is answered intuitively and so you can lead yourself easily towards what you want. Where do I know this from you may ask. Because I experienced it very intensively by my own. And I loved this process of taking the invisible from inside and making it visible. It is the act of creation or of manifestation if you like and it is a source of fulfillment, wealth and happiness. You literally become a part of this creation process by deciding to do so from within.