“To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.” — James Allen
A long time ago, the commencement speaker at a prestigious university asked all members of the graduating class who had a definite plan for their lives to hold up their hands. As he looked around the hall, only three hands were raised. Twenty-five years later, when the class held a reunion, the combined net worth of those three individuals exceeded that of the remainder of the class.
When it comes to success, aimlessness is never an option. You must be like an archer: you must know what your target truly is and hit it with all your force. People who continue to achieve new heights of success know where they are going. On the flip side, people who drift through life waiting for circumstances to turn in their favor always remain stuck and stagnant.
If you want to join the elite and uber-successful, you must take charge and create your own opportunities by focusing on your mighty goals with unparalleled fierceness. You must get obsessed (in a good way) to achieve your desired results.
In essence, when you focus on taking consistent actions toward your goals with both intensity and intentionality, success becomes inevitable. As Napoleon Hill wrote, “A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off.”