“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
~Napoleon Hill, “Think and Grow Rich”
Back when I was a single working mom the last thing I had time to think about was what I desired. There were plenty of things I wanted, like more time with my kiddos, but after working a full time job, managing a home and their activities little time remained for me to consider what I truly desired in my life. At the time I was in the mindset of work your job to pay the bills and feed your kids, which allowed me to do just that. One day while eating my lunch (at my desk) I realized I was on the proverbial hamster wheel going nowhere fast. I was unhappy even though I was making more money than I ever had and I hated what I was doing. While it was one of the hardest moments of my life, I truly cherish it because it provided me the most incredible clarity. At the time the clarity was “I hate this – there’s GOT TO BE MORE to life”.
I was a woman of action so I decided I was going to quit my job. The thought of it actually shocked me because on the other side of that decision was the unknown and tons of fear. The momentum of something better took me over both emotionally and intellectually. Out of this garbage came a true jewel – I desired to do what I loved rather than live an unfulfilling life as a shadow parent to my 2 little ones. There and then the true DESIRE hit me. I wanted more than anything to help others and be abundant while doing it. But how was I going to do it? I wrote down 3 things that I desired deep down in my heart of hearts.
1) Job that I loved making great money (I wrote down the amount)
2) A partner in my life who would love the 3 of us
3) And have fun being a mom.
I kept the list beside my bed and read it 1st thing each morning before I started my day and every night before putting my head on the pillow to sleep. Those 3 things became an aspect of who I was and what I was attracting to me, so much so that doors opened so quickly it turned my head. Within weeks from having my clarity breakthrough, I met my future husband and the man who my children to this day call Popi. Doors continued to open and I soon had my own thriving business doing what I love and I was enjoying myself by having fun being a mom. The first step to living the life of your dreams is getting clarity on what you truly desire. Even if your experience takes you to the garbage heap like mine did – you see the jewel and reap the rewards!
Info about Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill was an American author in the area of the new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies). Hill’s works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. He became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1936. “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” is one of Hill’s hallmark expressions. How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach of the average person, were the focal points of Hill’s books.