05/09/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jen Grisanti Story/career consultant, author and writing instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge

Desire is a driving force behind success. Knowing where you want to go is everything. Every writer whose career I've helped launch has known from the start that they are going to succeed.

After I left the corporate world, I was fueled by my desire to keep doing what I had loved the most about my previous job, helping writers find their voice in their story. In the book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill writes, "The world is full with an abundance of opportunity which the dreamers of the past never knew. A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off." He continues with, "The turning point in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their "other selves."

Many of us experience setbacks on the road to success. We can use these moments of crisis to get in touch with our "other selves." Very often our "other self," is actually our authentic self that we abandoned somewhere on the path to achievement. In the frenzy of getting to our goal, we often forget what it is that we desired in the first place. We lose our way, intoxicated by a different direction. There is tremendous value in exploring other roads, however, hopefully we eventually land back on the path we started on and reach the dream that comes from our authentic desire.

There's a saying, "We spend the first half of our lives trying to get away from home and the second half, trying to get back." This really resonates with me. "Trying to get back home" could mean trying to get back to our core desire and understand why we took the path that we did originally. It also means getting back to the feeling of "home," something else that many of us lose sight of on our journey to success. Home represents our foundation. It is where our dream began.

The desire to send out a clear message about how my business can help writers led to my latest home page video.

Do you use your desire to help you get to where you want to go? Desire can be the difference between reaching or not reaching your goals. When we believe, we are open to a world of possibility where anything can happen. If we meditate on this, we can actualize our success. It is when our desire gets clouded with doubt that we mess up our energy and detour from our authentic self. If you are in touch with your desire, believe in and meditate on your goals, you will arrive at your desired destination.