Stop Resisting Your Drive (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 101)
(30 Things To Stop Spending Time On If You Want to Be Successful #10)
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”
— Coco Chanel
Drive is the innately determined desire to achieve a goal. The most successful people are driven. They push themselves and they push others to accomplish things and get the job done. They don’t give up or quit until targets are hit, tasks are completed, and objectives are satisfied. After they finish one thing, that inner drive keeps them pushing forward to do it all again.
Driven people possess the ability to stay focused on every detail of the goal in front of them. No matter how monotonous and difficult it gets, they persevere until they get the results they want. They are always game for a challenge. They do the hard things and they keep on doing the hard things long after everyone else in the office has gone home. Driven people are not satisfied until they have achieved what they set out to do.
People with drive are content to be uncomfortable even when everyone else around them is more concerned with doing what is easy. Immediate gratification is never the goal, but long-term improvement and success is. The need to get ahead is hard-wired into our biology. There is a desire and need within all of us to do something that is bigger than who we are. When we tap into that, we experience energy that turns into motivation that turns into action.
Do not simply exist in this world. Resist the urge within each of us to do what is easy and comfortable, which oftentimes, is to do nothing. Grab life and the potential and purpose that comes with it and invite yourself to the battle that it is to reach for something bigger and better than just you. To be successful at anything, you need much more than just an idea. You need the fiery desire within to make that idea happen. If you do not work passionately — even madly — you will fail at developing your God-given talent and never reach your destiny.
Drive is not just what motivates you to pursue your passion, it is what gets you up on rainy, cold days, what keeps you going when you’re sick, what causes you to push forward anyway long after the good feeling has gone. Unsuccessful people spend a lot of time dealing with emotions and feelings. They spend a lot of energy thinking and re-thinking (over-thinking at times), considering and re-considering. In the end, doing this only causes them to stop, settle for less than great, and even give up before they get started.
What you must understand is that most people are not born with drive. In our natural state, we all could sit and do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Why not. It’s all so very easy, unassuming, and unchallenging. If we don’t shake things up, there stands a good chance nobody will shake us up. But everyone can develop drive. Drive is like a muscle. The more you use it, the more you find you have. Drive can be developed by choosing not to be like everybody else, setting your goals and your limits, and defining success your way.
Your drive is the little engine that could. According to research done by psychologist Albert Bandura, drive is formed from what we believe about our abilities. Everyone is born with talent, but not everyone is born with drive. What we choose to believe about our actions and abilities will determine what we ultimately accomplish. Drive causes us to believe that we can do anything we set our minds to and when we believe like this, we are better able to perform at our highest potential.
Your drive will move your purpose forward. Focus will keep your feet on the ground and your eyes set on the goals before you. Let the need for fulfillment and meaning drive you to grow and contribute to the world around you. Don’t fall short of living up to your fullest and brightest potential. Let your drive push you to excel at doing your passion. You don’t have to chase success. If you focus on being great at what you do, success and all of its trappings will find you.
“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.”
— Roman Payne