Well, we have officially entered into the second month of 2024. It seems like January went by really fast. That is why it is so important that you go into a new year with clear goals and solid intentions. Unfortunately, this is the point where most people abandon their goals, let go of their dreams, and return back to the same bad habits. Most people convince themselves that they will try again in 2025. However, the real question is why did you stop? Why not reset and try again? When I look around the world today, I see a lot of people that aspire to be successful. However, they lack desire and they never realize their dreams. I want to share a few insights with you about the fire of desire and how it fuels the pursuit of your greatest life. This is a missing key to success for so many people.
Declare your life a no mediocrity zone. Anyone that knows me will tell you that I do not tolerate mediocrity in any area of my life. I demand the best of myself and I demand the best of others. A lot of people are living an inferior life because they have low standards and low expectations for themselves. If you do not expect much and you do not execute, then you will never produce an exceptional life. Make a decision that you are no longer going to tolerate mediocrity in your life. Stop settling for the status quo and stop lowering the bar. If you will demand more, then you can produce more in every area of your life. When you break up with mediocrity you are empowered to create a life of excellence. All significant change happens beyond your comfort zone.
You need to have a vision for your life. As someone who has trained, developed, and empowered leaders around the world, I can tell you why most people are not successful. I talk to so many people and they are all interested in success. However, when I start to talk to them about vision I see why they are not living the life of their dreams. The absence of vision will always result in the absence of progress in your life. It is irresponsible and dishonorable to your potential to live your life without a clear vision. It lets me know that you do not value time. More importantly, it reveals to me that you do not take your dreams seriously. You should never approach a new year or a new season in your life without a vision. It is only February and it is not too late. I want you to sit down and write out your vision for your life. If you do not have an aim, you will live without direction and you will never make progress.
Lasting success begins with the attribute of desire. While many factors have contributed to my success, one of the most important factors that have contributed to my success is the attribute of desire. I watch people talk about their dreams and never pursue them. In addition, I listen to people that say that they have passion but they never take action. More importantly, I have witnessed individuals who say they are driven yet they are not making progress. Desire is more than a strong affinity or hope. Desire is an inextinguishable flame that is ignited in the heart of the hungry. Some of you know my story. However, many of you lack context around my story. You know bits and pieces but you do not understand all the challenges I have had to overcome and all the adversity that I have faced. Most people would have given up a long time ago. Desire has kept me going in some of the darkest seasons of my life. When you live with a burning passion you will not allow anything to bankrupt your potential. Desire will make you relentless in your pursuit of the life of your dreams.
You must be intentional about feeding desire. Many people start out with ambition and hope but it never becomes desire. Desire is only developed through dedication. The moment most people encounter obstacles and opposition they give up. They take it as a signal that they are on the wrong path or that they are failing. In all honesty, adversity shows up to see how committed you are to living the life of your dreams. From decades of experience, I can tell you that desire will not grow in the life of a distracted person. In other words, desire has to be fed and you cannot feed desire without focus. Therefore, you must give your desires your attention, your energy, and your time if you want them to grow into a wildfire. I've been feeding desire for decades and it has fueled my progress and empowered me to unlock my greatest potential. If you dare to feed desire, then you can make 2024 the greatest year of your life. Desire unfed will ultimately die.