You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” ~The Upanishads

From the entry point of desire, we see the sequence to ACHIEVE.

What is it you want? And…how is your willPower relative to that desire? Sufficient or insufficient? Energetic or lethargic? Inspired or sluggish? Balanced or over (under) engaged?

The intensity of a desire makes your will stronger and more powerful. From desire to inspired action, we start to take the steps toward ACHIEVE. When our willPower wanes, we slip from our path for a period of time and perhaps give up altogether. The true tragedy is in desires unfulfilled. We feel disappointed or worse…we feel disheartened, angered, guilty, ashamed, resentful…and will-power-less.

This is all an alignment issue. When we’re in the flow of our heart’s desire, we start to thrive. After thriving for a period, we ACHIEVE.

To align with the energy of ACHIEVE, contemplate your willPower from the vantage point of success and backing yourself up to the present moment. Create a beam of light to guide you forward to ACHIEVE that which you desire. Trust that it’s in your heart for good reason…

1. Are you role-modeling ACHIEVE to your students, clients, colleagues, kids, friends…sphere of influence?

“I won!” my toddler has started to exclaim. Even if the activity is coloring, she has learned that achieving is desirable and somehow advantageous. As her mother, my job is to role-model and applaud what “achieving” means to me…and what it does not!

2. What is your first memory of achievement?

Conjure up and replay the images as if you’re watching yourself in a movie. Make yourself part of the scenery and look at the memory from fresh eyes.

3. What is your proudest achievement in your life so far…and why?

Let go of ego attachments and tap into the feeling of “proud”. What I mean is this achievement doesn’t have to be the “biggest” in some way from a societal scale; it’s “big” in a deeply personal way.

4. In the areas of your desires, are you aligning your action with achieving or with self-sabotage?

If self-sabotage haunts your behavior, don’t fall into the downward depths of guilt or shame. Instead, ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?”

When you contemplate desire as coming from your heart, the associated emotion is love. When the absence of love mingles with your desire, you’ve replaced it with fear. So, when treating self-sabotage, always see it as coming from a place of fear.

5. Building on #4, do you have any “once bitten, twice shy” energy that you need to release?

If something “happened” that was negative, let it go and keep it in the past. Learn the lesson (if applicable) and move forward stronger for it. Click here for more on this topic!

6. What can you do today to bring yourself the feeling of ACHIEVE?

Even a simple task like paying the bills or cleaning out a closet can give us the feeling of accomplishment oft-associated with “achieving”. Make this a daily habit this week and throughout the upcoming weeks. One act of ACHIEVE per day!

7. Fast forward six months…

What would you like to have achieved when the clock strikes midnight to 2018? Take some time to think about this and envision what you want…

In the end, all achievement is powered by desire. Each of us has millions of desires, from big to trivial, packed with a certain measure of will to get that desire fulfilled.” ~Eknath Easwaran

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Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit