The Power of Burning Desire by Jim Holzknecht

There is nothing quite like a good documentary film. I especially like the ones which inspire, enlighten, educate and demonstrate the amazing capabilities we ALL have.

One of my favorite, inspiring documentary films is “Man on Wire.” After you watch this movie you can’t help but realize that each and every one of us is capable of ANYTHING we set our minds to. Through our will power, intentions, thoughts, habits, choices and actions, we move steadfastly toward our destiny.

For those who have not seen this movie yet, check it out .   If you have not seen it yet, I do not want to ruin the movie but in short this film examines tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City’s World Trade Center’s twin towers in 1974.

Some of you might be thinking “what Petit did was technically illegal.” Just to be clear I am not suggesting or advocating going out and doing anything illegal. Rather, I want you to use the lessons that Philippe Petit offers in this documentary to help make your dreams a reality.  To me, “Man on Wire” is a perfect example of the power of what Napoleon Hill called “a burning desire.”

Use this documentary as a tool and let it be an example of how unstoppable and powerful you are when you have a burning desire to accomplish a goal and when your thoughts, will power, intentions, beliefs and actions are aligned. Petit’s tight rope walk clearly demonstrates what is possible for each of us when we have a burning desire to accomplish a goal. Not even “the sky” is the limit. There are no limits.

My “burning desire” is for each of you reading this to identify your burning desire and to be in action towards its fulfillment. The world wants you to pursue your passion and for it to be realized.

Set an intention this week to take at least one action a day (no matter how small) toward the fulfillment of your burning desire. Wherever you are at, it’s OK. Maybe you do not quite have a burning desire for something yet, maybe it is more like a smoldering, festering itch. Start scratching it. Lean into your “feel good” impulses.

If spending time on something makes you feel good, happy, empowered, invigorated, inspired, energized, powerful, passionate, etc., then do more of it. Put more of your attention, time, thoughts, actions into it and allow those feelings to grow from a smoldering desire to a full fledged burning desire. Remove any attachment or judgment as to how your burning desire should look and don’t try to control the flow of events or to micro manage the universe. Similarly, if some activities make you feel bad, drained, sad, depressed,  etc. do less of them, or better yet eliminate them entirely from your experience. Your number one goal is to “feel better now.” The more you allow yourself to feel better now, the easier and faster it will be for you to develop and pursue a burning desire.

If something seems overwhelming, implement the “2 minute drill.” Schedule two minutes during the day to be in action with a goal or intention which you have a burning desire, make a phone call, send an email, register for a class, or any other action which will get you closer to your goal.

Just like Philippe Petit traversed a tight rope over 1,360 feet in the air between the twin towers, so too can you accomplish your burning desire, one passionate step at a time.

Jim Holzknecht and Becky Hays produced the groundbreaking documentary Beyond Belief – a catalyst to find your burning desire.