There are many factors that come into play with accomplishment and greatness, but I believe one of the most important is necessity. The flame of accomplishment burns brightest when it becomes absolutely necessary that you hit the mark. Necessity becomes the motivational force that moves a person from laziness to performance, failure to success.
Ask Chris Gardner. An African-American, he and his young son lived on the streets of New York City, bathing in public bathrooms. He occasionally took a room at the local homeless shelter, or in a corner of Union Square. His dream was to be a successful stock broker. Not the conventional dream for a homeless, African-American male, with no college degree. Somehow, Chris dug deep and wanted more than “average.” His young son needed stability, a home; so he pushed himself to succeed, and succeed he did—big time! He’s now the head of his own brokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co.
Chris’ story was broadcast on 20/20, and is being filmed as a movie starring Will Smith as Gardner. Gardner doesn't see his as a rags-to-riches story. What he hopes people come away with is that life is full of possibility if you put your heart into it and don't give up. He made it because, with a young son, it was necessary that he do so.
I go to the gym at least five days a week because this is necessary for me to maintain a certain weight. There was a time when I did not consider it necessary. After I ballooned into the likeness of Shamu, I reconsidered. I don’t like it any better, but found that it is necessary. Necessity was the magic that motivated me to better health and confidence.
Necessity is that feeling that lets you know that, in a few hours, today will be tomorrow. It reminds you that when you shrug off today’s tasks, and postpone today’s responsibilities, it delays tomorrow’s success. Necessity tells you to accomplish what you can today if you desire a better tomorrow.
Some things are just necessary if the future will be bright. “It was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day” (Luke 24:46). Even the Almighty was motivated by the miracle of necessity. “Not My will, but Your will…” He did what was necessary, and in the end, He (and all of us) triumphed gloriously!
Take a pen and pad. Decide what is necessary for the success of your family, your relationships, your business, your health, your spiritual life. Write it down…then, do it. Today!