Desire, want, hope…all emotions that seeks change for a perceived better. “I have a desire to be better looking and have more money.” “I have a deep-seated want to more gregarious.” “His hope is to achieve a medical breakthrough.”
None of those emotions come coupled with the drive to achieve the perceived better attached to the emotion. I want to be a respected writer. But what am I doing to achieve respect? What am I writing? Without effort, there is no payoff; it is easy to dream, harder to do. So, it seems, desire and its allies are related to, but not the same thing, as drive. Drive is desire that has somehow triggered something akin to a need; I not only want water, I must have water.
I’ve heard foks ask, and attempt to answer, questions about how people “get” the drive to achieve their important desires. In my opinion…as of this morning, anyway…you can’t “get” drive. It either is there, or it’s not. It may grow where once it did not exist, but you can’t just manufacture it. It emerges like water from an existing spring; something may tap into that spring to cause drive to burst forth, but all the drilling in the world won’t find it if it’s not there.
All of this leads to the inevitable question: what drives me? I honestly don’t know. And I’m afraid the well may be dry.