There’s a quote about discipline determining your destiny and not desire. It’s true we need discipline in order to get the work done so we can succeed, but discipline that comes from love of what we do rather than force is what creates success. So, we need to begin with desire.
I have self-discipline as the first Success Principle for The Write Magic, but now I’m thinking desire comes first. In my experience, leading from desire allows me to know what to do and have the drive to do it. Feelings drive our actions.
But there is more. Thoughts come before our feelings. So is it our thinking that determines our destiny and not desire? Truthfully it’s not simply one of these but a process of thought, feeing and action that determines our destiny.
But when I really think about it, all begins with a desire, a feeling that is there before words. It’s the language of the soul speaking to us through our heart and our sub conscious in both feelings and images. The words come later. Words are the medium we use to make our desires real beyond our inner world. Thought is a tool we humans developed, but the spell is already cast by our desires and it is through these feelings we are pulled to act in ways that will manifest them.
Thought is not as prominent as we like to think. Thoughts can cause us to feel and we can use them to get the feeling we want and therefore the action we want. But when it comes to living our dreams and responding to the stars aligned in our hearts, our soul speaks first and our souls speak through desire.
Over 20 years ago I discovered the power of asking the question, What do you want? The person I posed that question to had been asking everyone what they thought she should do. When I asked her what she wanted, she lit up. Her desire filled her eyes. There was no more for her to ask. She immediately began doing what it would take to make that desire a reality.
We follow through more easily with what needs to be done when we live from our desire. I began to understand this better when I thought about how I create a powerful piece of writing. When I feel the emotions of the events I’m writing about, I automatically create something filled with emotion. If I were to strategize how to use the right words and structure the writing so it will illicit feelings from the reader, the piece wouldn’t be as powerful. I still have to edit what I write, but the feelings I have as I write guide me to put on the page what is needed. I’m not sure how this works. I just know it does.
So let yourself feel your desire to create and write. Let the pull of the vision guide you to your next steps. When you find yourself having thoughts of not being good enough or not having time and all those other impeding thoughts, stop and get quiet. Let your desire to create speak to you, fill you up and pull you towards your destiny.
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