The Starting Point

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

Many times it has felt as if I have stood in a valley looking up at countless mountain tops, trying to discern and decide which mountain to climb.

But how could I actually know which mountain was right for me? Which peak to pursue.

Without much experience, it can be daunting to choose where you want to go.

Because how could you know?

How could you know if “becoming a doctor” or engineer is the right thing for you?

“What if I’m wrong? What if I regret it? What if I can’t do it…? What if I fail?”

We think these kinds of, very human thoughts and they keep us stagnant in the valley, waiting for clarity to arrive.

But the thing is, clarity seldom comes from standing still…

True clarity, I believe, comes from action, moving forward boldly towards what we think we want and learning a little more every step we go. This is how we find out what we’re all about.

Thought -> action -> reflection -> more informed thought -> more informed action -> reflection… And on it goes. 🙂


Pick a Direction

“Pick a direction, start marching down that path, and see how you like it. Time brings clarity and if you find you don’t like it, you can always change your mind. It’s your life.”
– Gary Keller & Jay Papasan 

See, we get less and less naive the further along the path we go.

The problem is if we would never go out of our safety zone, and stay in the analysis of which decision, career and job might be just the perfect one for us. This is when we stay naive, only dreaming about what we might become and do one day… but never actually becoming, never trying. Only slowly declining to doing & being whatever happens to be served to us.

And it’s all fine… Or is it? Well, you decide.

But if you want to accomplish something meaningful it has to start with something such as…  A genuine desire, a genuine strong will, your souls longing, love, a deep need to do something, a deep hunger to become & do something you deeply care about.

I don’t know really what it is but it has to start here.

At least we have to know something we want to do or like to do.

We have to follow our spark of interest & passion.

It all starts there. With that spark of interest, joy, meaning.

Things can kill the spark but when it has the right circumstances and fuel, it can very well become an unstoppable force.

When we have a strong desire to do, be, have something… then it comes down to these other factors: a) solid belief and b) focused & disciplined action.

Strong Desire – Belief = naive hope/inspiration

For example: “I really want to become an astronaut, but I would never succeed because I don’t got the brains for it.”

Strong Desire + Belief = genuine & grounded hope

For example: “I really want to become an astronaut and I know that If I can only take one step each day towards my dream, then one day perhaps I will be there. Growth & development is within my control. But I get discouraged sometimes and I procrastinate. Motivation wanes.”

Strong Desire + Belief + Discipline = Unstoppable momentum

For example: “I really want to become an astronaut. I know that I can develop the capacities needed by small daily steps. And I know that sometimes I don’t feel like continuing, but I continue anyway because I know that it will be worth it in the end.”  

Strong Desire + Belief + Discipline + Ability to enjoy the journey = A Healthy Genius 

For example:“I really want to become an astronaut. I know that I can develop the capacities needed by small daily steps. And I know that sometimes I don’t feel like continuing, but I continue anyway because I know that it will be worth it in the end. And I make sure that I take care of my mind, body & soul on the journey, so it can be an enjoyable one.” 



1. We know where we really want to go. We know where we want to be in the future. Who we want to become.

2. We know we can go there. We know we can cultivate the qualities needed to go there. We know that we have the capacity to change & we know how.

3. We find ways to go there & we are willing to pay the price. (focus + discipline)

4. We know that we can make the journey more enjoyable through a optimal daily nurturing of minds, bodies & souls. (diet, exercise, sleep, connections, mental training)


3 Questions to ponder on & experiment with:

1. What do you REALLY want?
(Love will find a way, everything else will find an excuse)

2. Are you going after it? Why not? (Excuses? Are they true?) – Exposing ourselves to our beliefs about who we are. Are they true? Are they grounded in science?

3. Are you willing to pay the price? How will you get there? What obstacles are stopping you?


“We may affirm that absolutely nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”
– Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.
The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”
– James Allen

“Deep within humans dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish them, that they never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionise their lives if aroused and put into action.”
– Orison Marden

“If not now, when? If not you, then who?”
– Hillel

“All of life is but a mass of small choices—practical, emotional, and intellectual—systematically organiszed for our greatness or grief.”
– William James

“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
– Krishnamurti

“You will always find those who think they know what your duty is better than you know it.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Men seek for seclusion in the wilderness, by the seashore, or in the mountains — a dream you have cherished too fondly yourself. But such fancies are wholly unworthy of a philosopher, since at any moment you choose you can retire within yourself. Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul; above all, he possesses resources in himself, which he need only contemplate to secure immediate ease of mind — the ease that is but another word for a well-ordered spirit. Avail yourself often, then, of this retirement and so continually renew yourself.”
– Marcus Aurelius

With love, 
Daniel J. Galovan 


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