Think and Grow Rich Breakdown: Desire


Desire, Hill writes, is the first step to riches. There is no joy or satisfaction in reaching a goal if we had no desire to accomplish it initially. 


“I will burn all bridges behind me, and stake my ENTIRE FUTURE on my ability to get what I want.”


How bad do you want it? If you aren’t willing to pursue your goal as hard as you can for as long as it takes, you may want to find a new goal. Now I’m not trying to say that you should be irresponsible and drop everything you’re doing to make your dream a reality (Unless you deem this necessary) but I am saying you have to be prepared to sacrifice lesser things to achieve the greater goal. Find a goal that is worth not watching TV or changing your circle of influence or being uncomfortable for. These are the goals that mean enough to you to pursue.

  1. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount.
  2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.)
  3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
  4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin to at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
  5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it. 
  6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ— SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.      

There is so much in this these simply six steps so we will be breaking them down for the remainder of this post. 

First, identify the amount of money you want and be as specific as possible. Do this because you want to make your goals definite and not vague. If simply as for more money, finding a penny on the ground technically fulfills your goal. Be specific about what you want from life.


Money is offered as the reward for services rendered, whether this is done in the capacity of a job, as a stock trader, or even an entrepreneur, you can and will never get what you want out of life before giving. Think about this example, you have a box packed with newspaper and your goal is to fill the box with money. You try as hard as you can to pack the money into the box but only a few bills will stay in the box and the rest fall onto the floor. What should you do? By giving up the newspapers you not only prepare the box for the money to be added, you make space for the money by giving up the lesser newspaper. As people who are seeking to achieve goals, we have to not only be prepared to give of ourselves, talents and capabilities, we have to make space for the good we want to occur.

Work expands to fill any space that you give it. A project that normally takes 15 min will take an hour if you left it. This was the story of my life in college. We have to be intentional about our goals and give ourselves deadlines. Deadlines move a dream forward. A goal with no date is simply a wish.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It sounds so cliche but there is gold in these words. How many times have you known you had something to do but can’t remember what? How many times have you thought you’ve been productive only to later be reminded that you forgot something important? These issues can be solved by having a plan. A plan guides you when you don’t know what the next step is and keeps you focused on the task at hand.

Write down a goal is an important step because it transmutes your goal from thought (ethereal plane) to the physical plane. By doing this step you are confirming to yourself that you can turn an idea into a reality even if it is on a smaller scale. If you can do this once, you can do it again.

Affirmations are words that you say to yourself to reaffirm an idea to yourself or to implant an idea into your behavior. By repeating your written statement, you are implanting it into your subconscious. This allows the idea and goal to not only be something that you want but become a part of who you are.

I want you to stop what you’re doing right now and follow all 6 of these steps. If you are serious about reaching your goal, these 6 simple steps will prove invaluable to you in your pursuit of excellence. 

Thanks for reading,


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