The Discipline of Desire

In Napoleon Hill’s classic book “Think and Grow Rich” he identifies desire as the starting point of all achievement.  Of course, he was not talking about any desire – but a desire for a positive result, outcome or personal goal.  

Why personal?

Because you started your businesses for personal reasons.  You wanted money, or freedom, or to be your own boss. There’s lots of reasons, and often more than one as to why you wanted to be a business owner.

In a Think Daily posting, Larry writes about “Disciplining Desire.”

He says, “We all have desires, but we have to discern which ones will take us to long-term success and happiness and which will only lead to problems for us.  Then we need to choose to follow the right ones and be self-disciplined enough to forego the wrong ones.”

Maybe it’s been a while since you thought about the reasons why you went into business for yourself.  Take time now to reflect.  Write down your reasons.  Make sure they are strong enough to get you through hard and harder times.

We all have desires, but we have to discern which ones will take us to long-term success and happiness and which will only lead to problems for us.  Then we need to choose to follow the right ones and be self-disciplined enough to forego the wrong ones.

“The discipline of desire is the backbone of will and character” – Will and Ariel Durant