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Desire, Decision, Discipline and Determination

You can accomplish anything in life with these 4 D's.

Desire, everything begins with desire, whether is a new relationship, new job, or new anything... it all begins with desire. Many people who like to merge science and spirituality say that the big bang was really a giant wish from God to create. The desire that God had was so great that it created the big band around 14 billion years ago. Think back on your biggest joys in life, I have a feeling they did not come about because you were told to do it or made to do it. You had a deep desire to accomplish it.

Decision, well we all know that it is at your moment of decision that your destiny is set into motion. So the decision to take action on the desire is the necessary next step. At this point you still feel the thrill of the desire burning through your veins. You leap into action and feel the rush of the emotions of starting something new. We know now through modern medical breakthroughs that this rush is from oxytocin, adrenalin and endorphins. Unfortunately these chemical highs will fizzle out in time.

The desire will turn into work. You realize that the thing is still important you really want to make it a success however it is hard and difficult. This is where self-discipline needs to take hold of you. Remember self discipline is the ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it. This is the point that you need to double down on your decision and remember your 'why' you started this in the first place.

Discipline is the ability to control attention, emotion, and actions in the presence of distractions. Determination is the relentless pursuit of a major goal regardless of setbacks and failures. So now comes determination and I remember the poem called Carry On by Robert Service. He was a Scottish poet that wrote this poem for the soldiers fighting in the Great War aka WWI. It goes like this....

It’s easy to fight when everything’s right,
And you’re mad with thrill and the glory;
It’s easy to cheer when victory’s near,
And wallow in fields that are gory.
It’s a different song when everything’s wrong,
When you’re feeling infernally mortal;
When it’s ten against one, and hope there is none,
Buck up, little soldier, and chortle:

      Carry on! Carry on!
   There isn’t much punch in your blow.
You are glaring and staring and hitting out blind;
You are muddy and bloody, but never you mind.
      Carry on! Carry on!
   You haven’t the ghost of a show.
It’s looking like death, but while you’ve a breath,
       Carry on, my son! Carry on! 

And so in the strife of the battle of life
It’s easy to fight when you’re winning;
It’s easy to slave, and starve and be brave,
When the dawn of success is beginning.
But the man who can meet despair and defeat
With a cheer, there’s the man of God’s choosing;
The man who can fight to Heaven’s own height
Is the man who can fight when he’s losing.
      Carry on! Carry on!
   Thing never were looming so black.
But show that you haven’t a cowardly streak,
And though you’re unlucky you never are weak.
      Carry on! Carry on!
   Brace up for another attack.
It’s looking like hell, but – you never tell.
      Carry on, old man! Carry on!

There are some who drift out in the desert of doubt
And some who in brutishness wallow;
There are others, I know, who in piety go
Because of a Heaven to follow.
But to labor with zest, and to give of your best,
For the sweetness and joy of the giving;
To help folks along with a hand and a song;
Why, there’s the real sunshine of living.

      Carry on! Carry on!
   Fight the good fight and true;
Believe in your mission, greet life with a cheer;
There’s big work to do, and that’s why you are here.
      Carry on! Carry on!
   Let the world be the better for you;
And at last when you die, let this be your cry!
      Carry on, my soul! Carry on!

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