Have you ever heard the expression that someone has “Fire in the Belly?” Well, it likely doesn’t mean their stomach is on fire or they have a bad case of heartburn!
Fire in the Belly means that someone has a unique quality within that drives them to succeed. If you have Fire in the Belly, those around you will feel your desire… your passion. Your self-motivation and focus on achievement will be highly pronounced. And the work you put into your passion will be obvious.
This past weekend, my 9-year old son demonstrated this trait in a way that I could not help but notice. There is a competition he recently participated in at his school known as cup stacking. Using 12 specially made cups, cup stacking requires each competitor to go through a series of up-stacking and down-stacking in different formations known as The Cycle. Of course, The Cycle is timed and the lowest time wins assuming there were no errors in the stacking.
While the competition was over weeks ago, my son continues to challenge himself to better and better cycle times. He proudly highlights each new personal record as a milestone. Hour after hour, with some breaks in between, he pushed himself to go faster. It was amazing to watch the times go down and down. Nobody challenged him to do it, he just challenged himself. I must admit that I soon became intrigued by how short the times became, and what he had to do to break his most recent record. Failure after failure after failure, he was not defeated. He just kept on learning, practicing, and refining his movements.
While it’s a simple example that we see in everyday life, when it came to cup stacking, my son had the Fire in the Belly I am talking about. It can happen on many levels, but it’s a key factor in achievement.
People who have Fire in the Belly are not deterred by failure. They persevere and pursue their goals relentlessly and see each new breakthrough as a mini-success that pushes them even more. It’s exciting to watch and experience. Have you ever had Fire in your Belly?