April 6, 2011

That Burning Desire

Day 96: 25.8 miles/1:29

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.” ~ Napoleon Hill

Over the past few days I have been going through two mental exercises: deconstructing how I created a success formula for 100 Pedals and determining what I am going to do once I achieve my initial goal.  This quote by Napoleon Hill resonated with the deconstruction and evaluation thoughts.

One of the reasons I was able to get to this point is that there was a clear purpose for my goal.  I had gotten to the point of clarity that I needed to completely change what I was doing and where I was.  The passion, the clarity, and the sense of purpose was very well defined from the outset.  As a result, when I embarked on the rides, there was little concern or effort toward the outcome.  Of course, there was a physical effort; but, the will to accomplishment was so strong that I rarely had to really push or force myself out the door.

Bringing reality to a dream is not as difficult as many think provided you have given yourself the tools to do it.  When I work with people and talk about setting goals we focus on five steps to the goal process: objective, purpose, vision, engagement, and commitment.  The ability to set effectively set and go after these goals occur when you created awareness of the need to turn your dream into reality and you make the assessment that the time is now.  That inspiration empowers you to take action and you can start to go through the goal setting process.

When people fail at or struggle with their challenges, it is because their dream is strong but the power of their mission has not been effectively defined.  Then, when faced with adversity they are distracted away from their goal-oriented activities and the dream goes unfulfilled.  The key to getting to accomplishment is to create an unrelenting awareness of that vision and purpose that will drive you through to a successful outcome.

I am on the brink of a very enjoyable and worthwhile celebration.  I have accomplished something that took commitment, time, effort, and a dedication to successfully completing it.  However, were it not for the commitment that I developed in the vision and the purpose of the challenge, I am not as certain it would have been as powerful, enjoyable, or successful a mission.  I found inspiration to complete what I created and that is what drove me, sometimes effortlessly, every day to make it happen.  When you look at your next goal focus on identifying and internalizing the vision and the purpose, it will drive you every day.

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.