Success starts with desire

What determines whether you’ll reach your goals? Whether you’ll succeed or fail?

In his book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill says,

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.

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In order to be successful, you need more than a hope or a wish. You need “a keen pulsating desire that transcends everything.”

Large and small goals

My friend and I were discussing how frustrating it can be to lose weight.

Here’s the short version of our conversation:

“I really want to lose 10 pounds, but it’s so hard,” I say as I take another handful of tortilla chips.

Do I really want to lose weight? Not as much as I hope or wish I would. My actions prove that I want the chips more than I want to lose 10 pounds.

How can you tell how much you want it?

It’s not what you say as much as what you do.

Let’s say, for example, I decide I want to run a half-marathon (13.1 miles), but I’ve never run further than a mile.Photo courtesy of published on

What are some things I might do if I were truly committed to my goal?

  • hire a coach
  • find a training program
  • stick to it
  • meet other runners
  • learn about long distance running

My day-to-day actions should reflect my “keen pulsating desire” to run a half-marathon.

I know. It sounds weird to say:

“I have a keen pulsating desire to run a half-marathon.”

Or “I have a keen pulsating desire to lose 10 pounds.”

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But that’s what it takes. That “keen pulsating desire” causes you to align your actions with your goals, to:

  • stay focused on your goal
  • erase excuses
  • stay positive
  • overcome obstacles
  • keep at it


When it comes to staying motivated and keeping at it when you feel like giving up:

May your will to accomplish your goals be greater than all obstacles. May your desire to achieve transcend all other things.

One thought on “Success starts with desire

  • August 7, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Always enjoy your blog. Thanks!

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