I think that man was designed for accomplishment and endowed with the seeds of greatness. I believe that almost as much as I believe in God.
What I mean when I make that statement is that man has the opportunity to achieve greatness and is able to make it happen. Every person has unique gifts, and those gifts give him or her the power and the opportunity to accomplish great things, if he or she learns how to use those gifts and channel them in the right direction. Now you might say, “Max if that’s true, why doesn’t everyone achieve greatness?” Actually, that answer is easy. Everybody doesn’t want to be great, and many people who want to be great aren’t willing to do the work to make it possible! But you need to know 5% is talent or gift but 95% is practice and training.
Psychologists will tell you in a minute that you invariably and inevitably move toward the strongest impression in your mind. The impressions that are most vivid in your mind are the things you want to do. That’s why desire is so powerful and plays a big role in planning. If you really want to do something, it means that it’s something you are going to think about most of the time. When you constantly think about something, you talk about it all the time and you get lots of new ideas about how to make it happen. When you have lots of ideas about something, it makes planning easier and more enjoyable. Desire also makes you willing to become accountable for your plan, and that makes you more willing to create the plan you need to win.
What this means is that desire is the catalyst that enables a person with average ability to compete and win against others with more natural talent. Everyone has the potential; it’s what you do with that potential that really matters. Nothing is more inspiring than a person with seemingly mediocre talent rising against the odds to become a champion by way of hard work, effort, and perseverance toward their goals. Obviously, raw talent is important, but the difference-maker between first and the rest of the pack is usually desire, hard work, practice and the discipline to finish the tasks.
I’ve spent my life working, thinking, living, and caring for my family. I’ve learned why some people do better than others. My philosophy on winning and motivation is summed up by saying that you were born to win, but in order to be the winner you have to plan to win and prepare to win before you can expect to win. But to be honest I had to learn it myself the last couple of years.
Desire and believe gives you the power to run the last one hundred meters of a marathon when you think even one more step is impossible! Believe gives you the will to do the tough things other people may not be willing to do. Desire and believe are the mothers of motivation, because this is where motivation is born. They will pull you across the finish line and give you victory!