I am feeling inspired after listening to a recent Podcasts from, Inspirational Living from the Living Hour. This particular podcast was edited and adapted from the book, “Success Through Though Habit” written by Benjamin Johnson in 1917. Despite the age of the book, the message is as true today as it was over in 1917. It centers around the concept of habits and inspiring you to develop habits as a means to success in all areas of your life.
While I listened to this podcast the words that resonated with me the most were DESIRE. INTELLIGENCE. WILL.
It came to me that the recipe for personal transformation, the great riddle of success was all about putting these three words into action for they are the cornerstones for the world we create and live in.
The balance of desire, intelligence and will determines your success in whatever path you choose to set on.
We all have desires. Desires reflect our thoughts which are informed by our emotions. Our desires represent the way we see ourselves in the world, and at the same time the way we wish to be seen in the world. They inform our life on many levels including the relationship we have with ourselves and with others.
Over the last two years, I have taken a deep dive into the subject of desire through my training and teachings at the The School of Womanly Arts in New York City, most recently through a mastery program held this Spring with the iconic Regena Thomashauer. Throughout the program, we spent a great deal of time getting clarity around what we desire because desires are not something that might come easily. Most of my effort has been spent on pleasing parents, children, partners, employers and clients. And I have had plenty of desires throughout my life some of which could be considered questionable, but what young adult (or grown adult) hasn’t made a mistake in their past.
The fact remains our desires can help us realize our greatest potential but they can also be the source of our downfall.
And that is where intelligence comes into play.
Our personal intelligence is constantly evolving based on our education, personal experience and the influences that have impacted our life. Ideally, experiencing an intelligence felt in mind, heart, and soul, not an intelligence that is really driven by the subconscious mind (also known as your 4-year-old self on the verge of a tantrum).
With this whole-body intelligence we can better discern our desires from those that support our highest self and those that may be self-defeating and deprecating. For example, here in the USA we are facing an epidemic of drug use and abuse, alcoholism, and an over-medicated population. The desire for drug use may be strong in many; and drugs could even be equated to other addictive substances like sugar, sex or video games.
Intelligence also helps us begin to intellectualize the how and why of our desires. Do we crave s e x because we feel unloved, do we crave dugs because we want to mask emotions and feelings or past trauma? Through intelligence, we can begin to ask these questions and make a shift in our consciousness. To quiet the 4-year old you who is in control to a new realization of self.
It is our intelligence that helps us realize that these types of desires are not beneficial nor do they elevate us to our highest self. In some cases, we have to go through those experiences to realize this — so voila intelligence gained.
Our intelligence helps us discern the true value of our desires and choose more wisely those that serve our highest self.
Once we have formulated our desires and as we continue to evolve intellectually, the last piece of the puzzle is Will. The simplest and most clieche example is if you desire to lose weight you and you have the intelligence to eat right and exercise, you will not success if you do not have the WILL to those action steps
Our desires are formulated based on our emotions and life experience - if we were once poor now we desire to be rich. Our intelligence offers us suggestions. In this case certain choices that will keep us poor or inspire us to become educated, get a particular type of job, live in a particular location that supports our income bracket, or switch to a higher paying job. Our intelligence is there to inspire and motivate us but it is will that keeps us driven, doing and truly on the road to success.
There are many people in the world with desires, great and grand ideas but no will to see them through.
Through all the work that I do, whether it is as an entrepreneur, lifestyle coach, retread leader, wellness practitioner, and business consultant, these three things matter - Desire. Intelligence. Will.
But you can pluck them like a single flower, you mus balance and blend them like a beautiful sympthony.
That, my darlings, is the key to success.
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