A Look at Drive
Do you have the ‘drive’ necessary to succeed on the level you intend to in this New Year? And what exactly is ‘drive?’ Is drive the ‘by all and end all,’ or is there something more important?
Denis Waitley said, “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret to winning.”
So, is ‘drive’ synonymous with ‘persistence’? The answer is no. Is ‘drive’ synonymous with determination or perseverance? Again, not at all; these words represent the attributes and qualities essential for our drive to the surface and to play out in all that we do. Without drive, don’t expect determination nor persistence to show up to carry you across the finish line.
Drive is an innate and determined urge to attain something. Drive is much like a part of our DNA, seemingly biological, and it’s in there, within each of us. And as I often state, “whatever is within us is what will come out of us when we need it.” In short, if you squeeze a lemon, cherry juice won’t come out, lemon juice will. All the coaching in the world cannot and will not bring out of another what isn’t already within them, and while we all lack certain attributes, I believe that drive is one we all possess.
And so to this point, many of us could claim that we don’t possess the drive necessary to excel and succeed upon a higher level, to which I would say, total bunk, “what a convenient excuse to fail.” You see, we wall possess drive, yet the problem for many of us is that we haven’t discovered the drive within us. That’s where our success begins, not in working on our persistence, determination, and perseverance as important as those attributes are, but in discovering and then unleashing the drive within us. Persistence, determination, and perseverance will show up after our drive shows up. But what hinders so many of us from seeing to it that our drive appears?
Think back to the last time you really, really wanted something, and you achieved it; your drive showed up didn’t it? Like a mysterious and magical energy, like a cosmic propulsion or push, drive showed up and moved you, and so did then the qualities needed to attain your goal.
So with all that said, when it comes to this innate urge which resides within all of us, we have to come to realize that if the drive to attain the goal doesn’t show up, then there’s a solid and sound possibility that what we think we really want, we really don’t.
Drive resides in all of us, and it’s up to us to discover it and unleash it. Our drive will test us to that point whereby we either find our drive or we give up. So while there may be many messages here, first and foremost is this message; it’s not so much a question of your drive, because that’s already in there, it’s a question as to whether or not you have established a goal that runs congruent with your drive.
As we talk about goals in Power House New Agent Training at Champions, we learn that our goals must be specific, measureable, actionable, and ambitious. If the goal is right, then the drive to achieve it will show up.
Start with the goal in mind, and your drive will surface. Success begins with the right goal. Once you’ve established the right goal, everything you need to achieve it will show up.
Start with the GOAL! – Randy
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