“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”

– Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

Working on quotes, introductions to them as well as writing and posting these articles takes Bonnett and I a block of time each day. So we are very appreciative that you are reading this, and perhaps sharing it with others, as we like to believe that all of this work is reaching and positively impacting your life and the lives of our other readers. Some of why we do this work every day mirrors what we read recently about the motivation of Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting.

In his autobiographical memoir, ‘Broken Music’, Sting, who in our mind is one of the most successful, artistic and committed musicians ever to compose and perform music, succinctly states the primary reason for his success:“Sheer bloodymindedness.”

Lets focus on the third element in the above quotation by Frank Lloyd Wright: “… unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” This unremitting devotion is what drives the committed, consistent work required to achieve success in your endeavors, whatever they may be.

The word Wright used, “devotion,” is synonymous with love. We must love the outcome that we have visualized, even though it doesn’t yet fully exist in the material world. Out of that love and devotion you will be able to mount the kind of effort that may bring your vision to fruition.

Here is another way to think of this… There are people and pets in your personal life that you love. Perhaps they include your mate, your children, your dog, cat, bird or your close friends. If these people or pets were in danger, and their life or health were threatened in some way, you would immediately take any actions that were within reason to protect them.

Consider this. The life and health of your dream, your goal or your aspiration is threatened! If you don’t take some consistent action and attend to it, it will die. Even if it does survive for now, it will likely be in a state of poor health and eventually die if you don’t tend to it sometime soon.

Don’t let that happen! Show your love and devotion to your treasured dreams, goals or aspirations. Take some action today, to move these projects forward, even if the action you take is minor and only requires a few minutes of your time. Doing so right now will confirm to yourself that you are still serious and committed.

And if you can’t mount this feeling of love and devotion to a particular aspiration, it may be that it is not as primary to what is in your heart, as you may have previously believed. That’s OK.

Or it may be that this aspiration is very primary, but you are frustrated by the lack of time, money, expertise or resources that working on your dream requires. It that’s the case, deliberately make a decision to formulate a goal that provides you with whatever you are lacking, so you may devote yourself to this primary aspiration at a future time, once you have accomplished the preliminary goal and now have the resources needed to again devote action to the original aspiration.

So rededicate yourself and work hard to move your heartfelt aspirations forward. Let love and devotion flow into your dreams and goals, animating them, nurturing them and shepherding them into our physical world, the only world which allows the rest of us to admire, appreciate and perhaps be uplifted by your creations.

– Richard Chandler

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