It is our intense desire that fuels us to accomplish something. But in order to succeed, our desire must be greater than our fear of failure and we must be motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

There's nothing wrong with having a desire to crave for nice things. It's when we consider it as a measure of the value of ourselves that it goes out of line.

If we are burning with  desire and  just keep quiet about it, is the greatest injustice and punishment we can bring on ourselves. Sometimes we go too far of greater lengths to avoid what we fear than to obtain what we desire. When we restrain our desire, we do so because our desire is weak enough to be restrained.

Desire makes life happen; makes it matter and makes everything worth it. It is hunger to see the next sunrise or sunset, to touch the one we love and to try again when we fail.

The key to achieving what we want is to be discriminating and realistic. Our desire must be sensible, rational and reasonable, otherwise we will be pursuing unrealistic and hazardous pursuit.

When we are discontented, we always want more, more, more. Our desire can never be satisfied and that could become dangerous. But if we practice contentment, we can say to ourselves, "Oh yes, I already have everything that I really need but if I can have the thing that I want, I will be grateful."

Socrates teaches a young man in the following narrative how to recognize and achieve a burning desire.

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning.

They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him toward the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue.

Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, 'What did you want the most when you were there?" The boy replied, "Air." Socrates said, "That is the secret to success.

When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it." There is no other secret. A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results...

The more magnificent the desire, the more it will demand of us. Our dilemma is not that our desires are unobtainable, but rather which ones to pursue. When we choose them thoughtfully, with care and integrity, the ones we choose will come to pass because to desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

 By Tim Pedrosa