Burning Desire _ \"Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.\" _ Wilfred Peterson. The first principle of goal setting is to have a burning desire. This is not something that you can train yourself to have, you either have it or you don\'t. You may be able to stay focused on your task or goal for a short time, but without a burning desire you will inevitably lose steam. Have One Major Goal . (In each area of your life _ spiritual, financial, health, etc.) \"There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.\" _ Napoleon Hill. About 95% of all Americans do not have goals. Out of the remaining 5% of Americans that do have goals, most set too many goals. Why is this a problem? Because without one major definite purpose or goal you have no clarity; you are no closer to accomplishing any of your goals than the 95% of Americans that don\'t set goals at all. Your goals must be clear and specific.
Make Plans _ \"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.\" _ Alan Lakein _ Trying to accomplish a goal with no plan is like trying to build a skyscraper without first taking the time to map out the blueprints. Without blueprints the construction process will be slow, frustrating, and extremely expensive. The same also applies to your goal; if you don\'t take the time to make plans, then accomplishing your goal will be slow, frustrating, and expensive. The cost may not always be in monetary value, but in time wasted, broken relationships, etc. Make plans so that you can begin to create the future you want now. Be organized _ \"In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.\" _ John Henry Newman _ If you are to have dominion over your own life you must be organized; and to truly be organized you must be organized in each and every single way of your life. If your physical surroundings are cluttered then so will be your mind. So be sure when you sit down to do planning or accomplish a task that your workspace is spotless. If there\'s papers that you can\'t do anything about then put them on the floor temporarily and get to work.