What do you want and how bad do you want it?

Think for a minute about what you want.

Complete the statement:

I want …

Do you want to lose weight, get a better job, hike The Alps, learn a new language, run a marathon, learn to play the cello, start a business, plant a garden?

Maybe you want something else, like a new car or a new house.

What do you want to do? To see? To be?

Decide what you want.

Now think about this: How bad do you want it? Are you okay with some level of discomfort to get what you want? And are you ready to work for it?

Photo courtesy of pixabay published on strong-woman.comIt’s easy to say we want something and it’s just talk. We speak before thinking about what it takes to get it. Most of the time it turns out we don’t want it bad enough to work for it, or to sacrifice something else (time, money) to get it. (Or is that just me?)

So how do you figure out what you really want?

When my daughter was around 3 or 4, she and her cousin would watch cartoons and see dozens of commercials for toys and games. After nearly every commercial, they’d say to eachother, “I want that. Becca, you buy me that?” “Yeah, Nae, you buy me that?”


They were small children. They wanted everything they saw. As adults, we know we don’t get something for nothing, but we can still get stuck in that mentality of wishing for stuff, but never taking steps toward making them a reality.

We say we want something without thinking about what it will take to get it.

What does it take?

Money, time, blood, sweat, tears?

If you’re not willing to endure some discomfort and sacrifice to get what you want, then it’s more of a wish than a want.

What’s the difference between wishing for something and wanting it?

A wish is something you throw out there without taking action to make it happen. It’s that thing you look at with a sigh and say, “Someday”, but never start.

Maybe your knight in shining armor (or one of those reality shows) will magically grant your wish. (Hey, it’s possible. Unlikely, but possible.)Photo courtesy of pixabay commons published on strong-woman.com

But let’s be real.

If you want something, you’re going to have to work for it. Don’t wait around for someone to hand it to you. Decide what you want and then go for it. Take action towards that goal.

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. 

~ Zig Zigler

Be grateful for the desire, for the dream you desire and let that move you forward. Work toward your goal every day. Stop making excuses about why it can’t happen.

When you say you want something, it’s not real until you decide you’re willing to give up your time, money, pride, fear, prestige …something.

When you say “I want this or I want that,” it’s just a wish if you don’t follow that up with… “and this is how I’m going to get it. This is my plan.”Photo courtesy of pixabay commons published on strong-woman.com

Sometimes it takes risk and belief. Sometimes it takes a leap of faith to move in the direction of your dreams. It may get uncomfortable, but that’s temporary.

You decide if it’s worth it.

So with that in mind, complete the statement:

I want…