There are people who suggest that “desire” is evil and that desire is responsible for all our troubles, strife and unhappiness in life. That is mistaken. That would be confusing desire with greed and excess. The truth is, nothing would ever happen if it weren’t for desire. Without desire, you would never get the car you want, you would never get the home you want, you would never get the companionship you want and you would never get the body you want.
Desire is unexpressed talent, unfulfilled potential or an underperformed function calling out, and seeking expression or improvement. It’s that higher voice within you saying, “Hey, you’re more than this, you’re better than this, and you deserve it, so get moving, and go get it!”
Desire is a positive and powerful force for change and as Napoleon Hill said, “Desire is the starting point of all achievement.”
I would add to Napoleon Hill’s sentiment by saying that desire is also the finishing point of all achievement.
Some people talk about the body they would like to have, but it’s only a wishy washy desire with no OOMPF behind it. If your desire is not strong enough – if it is not a burning desire – you’ll never finish – you’ll quit at the first obstacle or difficulty.
People with a burning desire do not quit. They are unstoppable.
Just look at New Year’s resolutions. Three months into the new year, how’s your new year’s resolution coming along?
In January, if you set a real fitness transformation goal, in writing, backed with burning desire and strong emotional reasons why you wanted that goal, then I know that your body has completely transformed in the past three months.
If you didn’t set goals at all, if you set a wimpy “resolution,” if you didn’t come up with any good reasons why you must change, or if you lacked desire, then I know that your body looks more or less the same as it did three months ago.
What does the rest of this year have in store for you? I can tell you without hesitation that your future success will come in direct proportion to your level of desire and I’ve seen the proof time after time.
Yesterday, as I was starting to create the “blog roll” for this web site, I got an email from Mike Ogorek, who posted his astonishing before and after fat loss success story on his web page (the link is below)
On his page, which describes and photographically illustrates his incredibly inspirational weight loss, Mike wrote a lot of things which show just how intelligent he is with his approach to fat loss and staying motivated.
One thing, however, jumped right off the page when I read it. Mike wrote,
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is what it all boils down to: How bad do you want it?”
Mike had a burning desire – and he burned off 126 pounds of fat!
You can burn the fat too, but you gotta want it…
You gotta decide what you want, then stand up and shout, “THIS IS WHAT I WANT and I AM GOING TO GET IT!
A better body does not come in a pill or a bottle. Fat loss success does not even depend solely on the particular training program you are using. There are many different approaches to nutrition and exercise that can work, and different things work for different people.
But the one thing that MUST always be there is a goal and the burning desire to achieve it.
When you don’t have it, no diet or workout will help. When you do have it, nothing can stop you from getting the body you want
Take a look at Mike Ogorek’s web page here and see what BURNING DESIRE and an intelligent plan can do for you:
Train hard and expect success,
Too true. In fact I would dare to take this even one step further. “How bad do you want it, regardless what others think, say or do!”In my personal experience, there wasn’t only the struggle to change my own habits but even more so the constant fight against other people’s prejudice and disbelief.In fact I have an entry of my own about that:http://tinyurl.com/o9qvqGreat achievement Mike! Congrats!Karl
This sparked a good “here here” discussion on the BFFM yahoo forum. How many times do people look at a physically fit person and think ” Wow, I would do ANYTHING to look like that!” Yet when given the tools of “eating right and exercising” it becomes too much WORK. I am guilty of being fat and lazy and having had the same thoughts myself of ” must be nice” and well, from this view…it IS NICE, but I worked for it/ am working for it.
AWESOME!!! Thanks Tom for all your knowledge and your fantastic ability to write it out in your book for everybody to enjoy and understand. And THANKS for the write up – it is an honor to be in your program. I would also like to thank all the people that have emailed me since the newsletter.Some people ask about rewarding myelf and I can tell you that if you were never able to shop in the “regular designer” clothing stores you have no idea how great that really feels when you can. With Tom’s program you will!! And that is a HUGE REWARD. TRUST ME!!!But it is only a small portion of the rewards you will have. The rewards are absolutely endeless when you feel good and look good. I will be updating my site sometime this week with some new and photos to prove you can continue to lose and keep it off.For any of the nonbelievers I am an “everyday” guy with a mortgage, a car payment, kids, a job and all the other fun and trying things life has to offer.READ TOM’S BOOK!!!ThanksMike Ogorek
Congratulations, Mike! I went to your website and that’s awesome. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration
I bought and read Tom’s book, Burn The Fat,. Chapter 1 tells how important it is to have clear goals. So I faithfully wrote down some goals. Then I started training and eating according to Tom’s gospel. And guess what? Now the goals are not important any more. It is the trip that counts. The lifestyle. The not being able to wait until the next training session. The joy of being able to work out hard for an hour and a half or two hours and come out feeling great. And having the energy to manage the rest of the day’s activities.For me the goals are merely a happy side effect. My only problem is a hard fought tendency to overtrain. I really have to discipline myself to not pump the biceps hard every day or spend three hours on the elliptical machine. What is wrong with me? Maybe I am getting senile. I am 61 years old.Thanks for an great program. Most people probably need goals, but not me. The fat is disappearing, the muscles are getting bigger and stronger, but I really don’t care about that. It is the lifestyle that counts.Peace.Paul McCabeNorway.
Mike,I visited your website and want to thank you for sharing your success. It takes alot of courage to put up before and after photos. Your story is inspiring for me, particularly since you have a young family and serious demands on your time. Proof that you can stay lean and healthy without sacrificing your family life.More power to you!!Joe
And jealousy is a sign of (passive) desire. Don’t be afraid of it, just channel it into a positive force (active desire).
Mike is a personal friend of mine and his work is nothing more than astonishing. Not one thing is false or doctored on his website (for any skeptics out there). He is truly an inspiration to those just starting out, like me. Keep up the good work Mike! Mike would kill me if I didn’t say this; GO BEARS! (From a Lion’s fan that is a hard pill to swallow).