Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States

Posted: 2017-08-14

Chapter 2 Desire


Through some strange and powerful principle of "mental chemistry" which she has never divulged,
Nature wraps up in the impulse of strong desire "that something" which recognizes no such word as impossible, 
and accepts no such reality as failure. --Napoleon Hill

What do you desire?  What do you desire so strongly that it brings you to tears?  How do you know if your desire is strong enough?

Hill's quote has several interesting elements.  He suggests that within a strong desire is "that something" that makes it impossible for us to fail.  In other words, if the desire is strong enough it contains within it the very success we seek.  It is like a little seed that is buried in good soil and will come forth if we give it sufficient fertilizer, water and care in the form of faith in the process, self talk delivered with emotion, and persistence to name a few critical elements.

He may also be saying that if the desire is not strong enough, if it is just a hope for the best or a wish that things were different, then the seed could be missing or deficient. Or that if desire isn't strong, the seed may be good but it still will not bloom because we will lack the energy or the drive we need to take care of it with the focus and persistence it requires because we will be too distracted. 

For example, perhaps we say we want a thriving business but never quite get around to writing ads or following up with the calls to make it happen.  Or maybe we join the five pillar company of our dreams but cancel our auto ship after we read about a get rich quick scheme that we're sure is a better prospect for quick wealth.  Or maybe we get discouraged when we aren't a triple diamond in six months and give up.  All of these are examples of ways we may not properly nurture our desire when the desire isn't strong enough to make us cry.

When desire is strong, when we have real emotion invested in it, our self talk becomes charged with energy and things begin to shift. We find the right system or track to follow and stay focused on our goal no matter what happens.  Persistence becomes second nature and we stop fighting with ourselves about taking the steps we need to take. We are like the gardener who plants and follows through, caring for the seeds consistently and persistently knowing they will bloom for her, it's just a matter of patience, loving care and time.

How do we know when desire is strong enough?  When that happens the word "impossible" is no long part of our vocabulary and we stop being distracted by the glittering scams so prominent online.  When desire is strong enough we are focused and persistent and don't question whether we are on the right track.  When desire is strong enough we stop worrying about failure because we know, deep down inside, it is not an option.  

It all starts with desire.  If things aren't moving along, if you feel frustrated and discouraged, go back and revisit desire.  Without a strong desire, one that makes you cry, one you can really invest in, success will continue to elude you.


Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA