“Desire is the starting point of all achievement.” Napoleon Hill.
Hill was not talking about an interest, a hope, or a wish for something. He was talking about a burning desire for something that exceeds any other longing.
If you do not have that desire yet for a specific thing then just start with a desire to be successful.
Once you resolve to be successful, start your self-improvement while you search for a specific goal.
That search should consider work that pleases you, a lifestyle that makes you happy, and achievement of a goal that makes you proud.
Depending on your interests, you might have more than one type of work that pleases you. Think about the alternatives in relation to the type of lifestyle each offers or requires.
Let’s say that you have the skills to play professional baseball. Yet, you love the idea of spending lots of time with your wife and children. Do the two match? From what little I know, major league baseball players spend a lot of time during the season away from home. And the season could be six months long. Would that be a good match for you, or not?
There seem to be a number of higher level jobs that demand of lot of time spent working. And that work is mostly away from home.
Each of us is different. You might be willing to sacrifice lots of family time in order to be proud that you are a professional athlete, a Wall Street leader, or a high-priced lawyer.
Choosing one area that meets the three criteria I listed and creates a burning desire might not be easy. You must look at all the ideals you have for your life. Then you have to weigh the options in which you might be able to maintain those ideals while choosing a type of work, a lifestyle, and a way to be proud of yourself.
Depending on where you already are in life, perhaps you cannot find a choice that is perfect. If you are already a parent with children can you still choose to be a professional athlete? Holding to one value might prohibit selecting another.
Back to Napoleon Hill’s quote. Once you have the desire to be successful, then find a goal for which you can have a burning desire because, overall, that goal gives you the best chance of preserving your ideals and making you happy.
When you have finally found your extraordinary goal spend time daily imagining the details of your happy life and feeling the pride of achievement.
This imagination will fuel the fire for your goal. As your imagination of a proud and happy life intensifies, so will your desire. And continued imagination will cause your desire to burn.