I'm reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, again.
The title of chapter 2 is DESIRE and the subtitle is "THE STARTING POINT OF ALL ACHIEVEMENT The First Step toward Riches. After a great talk by one of my mentors, Bill Orender, I have a deeper understanding and appreciation for what Mr. Hill writes.
When desire is present and strong enough the person will "move heaven and earth" to get what they want. They initiate steps to get what they want. They overcome obstacles. They seek out answers to unknowns. Simply put, they invest, time, energy, effort, and money, if needed, to get what they have desire for.
When desire is absent the person's attitude is quite different. They withdraw. They are reluctant to act or initiate action. They don't see any compelling end result to reach towards. They act only when pushed to act and stop when the pushing stops.
So, one of the first things to check for in self or others when considering a new area is DESIRE.
It's also a great test for a person that is struggling to get results in an area they are already involved with.
There are two great quotes at the end of the chapter, "THERE ARE NO LIMITATIONS TO THE MIND EXCEPT THOSE WE ACKNOWLEDGE" and "BOTH POVERTY AND RICHES ARE THE OFFSPRING OF THOUGHT".
We can have what we allow ourselves to have. (Checked your attitude lately?)
This chapter also contains what Mr. Hill subtitled "Six Ways to Turn Desires into Gold", the formula known worldwide, used by thousands of achievers in all sorts of endeavors, to obtain the objects of their desires. Use it throughout the day to stay focused. Apply it to every area of goals and dreams.
Regarding every area of goals and dreams, here is one last set of thoughts (until later) about attitude. The publisher writes,
"The riches within your grasp cannot always be measured in money.
There are great riches in lasting friendships, harmonious family relationships, sympathy and understanding between business associates, and inner harmony which brings peace of mind measurable only in spiritual values."
Keep a Winning attitude! Be rich in every way!