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  • Writer's pictureKristen Taylor

Desire: The first principle of success

October is dedicated to the first principle of success; Desire. Each week I will post a new article on this principle and give you an update on my progress in my "KST Notes".

If you are human, then you have had an idea for something that you knew could change your life and the lives of others.

You know, that crazy good idea that you probably never did anything with.

If you are anything like me, you have these ideas all the time. We have a “genius jar” in our living room where ideas are deposited for later reflection. Do we ever circle back? No, not really.

But why?

Most of us get stuck trying to figure out the first step and never make any real progress.

If you stop and think about it, what exactly has been stopping us?

Time? Money? Resources? Knowledge? Connections?

Or maybe it is just plain…us.

The answer to why most of our ideas end up on the cutting room floor is Us. You. Me.

Until now.

In my article The Napoleon Hill Experiment, I am leveraging the 13 principles of success to make my dream a reality to inspire others. Prove that anything is possible. The instructions are already available to make your wildest dreams come true. Yep, I just said that because it is true.

It is already working because you are reading this article right now. This website didn't just appear. I had to build it. I did it by applying the principles, and I am just getting started.

How can you do the same, turn your dream into a reality?

Let’s walk through the very first of the 13 principles; Desire.

Desire starts with what you want and how badly you want it. If you are just lukewarm about your idea, it sounds good but you are not emotionally driven to see it through, then pick another idea because we need to want this so badly that we become obsessed with it. This process is not for the faint of heart. It takes time and dedication. It takes all your mental and sometimes physical strength. Pick something that you can eat, sleep, breathe, and dream and it won’t get old for you. You have to feel it in your bones.

Once you have that, you are ready. Let’s get this baby going.

It starts with knowing exactly what you want.

You can’t get to your destination without knowing where you are going. You can’t build a house without a blueprint. You need to know exactly how you want it to look and feel. How many bedrooms and bathrooms, the color of the kitchen cabinets, if you will have a pool and a hot tub or just a nice green yard?

The more specific your vision is, the easier it will be for you to create a plan to get there, and let me just tell you right here and right now, it is not going to be easy…at all. Do yourself a favor and take the time to really map it all out. Dream big, go for the gusto. Write it down, talk it out, get into every nitty-gritty detail. Feel the feels, smell the smells. Embody the idea like it has already happened.

Set aside a specific time to do this and have a deadline. You can always go back and make adjustments but you need to complete this phase before you move on to the next. This is where most people get stuck, in the idea. They never get to the phase where you actually pull the trigger.

So do this right now and let's regroup back here in a week.


KST Notes: (Here is where I come in with my personal journey). My vision is to help others create a path to fulfillment. I spent way too much time building a career I enjoy but does not leave me fulfilled. I manage accounting projects for the third-largest publicly held telecommunications REIT. It is exciting and challenging. It is everything I thought I wanted in a career. At the end of the day, does it light my fire? Not really. I knew there was more for me…I needed to dream bigger.

So I went back to the drawing board to figure out what would light me up. This is when I realized how disjointed my career ambitions and my core values were. It was eye-opening and life-changing.

I decided I wanted to use what I learned to help others. Show others how to align their personal and professional goals with their values. These should work together, not against each other. This is the recipe for fulfillment.

So that is how this all started. There was a lot more soul-searching that we will get into later, but for now, I wanted to share my path and my vision so you can follow along. Because that is what this is all inspiring you by showing you it really works….that everyday people (like you and me) can do anything by just following a simple formula – the 13 principles of success.

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