U.S. Army General George S. Patton didn’t just imagine everything in the preceding paragraph, he lived it. He emerged from the womb with his life purpose etched forever into his DNA. He didn’t just think it, he knew it. He believed with every fiber and every molecule that he was going to be a great military commander. He was convinced beyond reason that he was destined to lead a mighty, conquering force into battle. And he believed in the absolute truth of his destiny to the point that he convinced associates that he was a reincarnation of a soldier who had already traveled the same path. Patton’s entire heart and soul, and almost every conscious and unconscious thought, were obsessed with maximizing his potential as a military man of might and action. His virtual every waking moment was invested in paying whatever cost necessary in order to achieve his objective.
Is it a surprise his dream materialized? Is it any wonder that he succeeded?
Greatness wasn’t a choice for Patton. It was a foregone conclusion.
From October 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com