What is it that you want?
No, really… What do you want out of your life? And I’m not talking about things. I’m referring to values, principles and base level desires.
Most of us want to feel wanted, appreciated, respected, loved and “a part of.” Those are things that come from outside of our own selves. We must first want, appreciate, respect, and become fully integrated within our own selves.
A lot of us are aware of our shortcomings – certain aspects of ourselves that we don’t like. Some of us know our strengths and what brings success to certain areas of our lives. Even fewer know those patterns of behavior that continue to perpetuate the same outcomes and circumstances in our lives. We start the New Year off with energy, excitement, hope and vigor telling ourselves, “This year it will be different…”
New energy + same old habits = same results
So, what’s the key here? What is it that’s going to break those nasty, old habits that are holding you back from all the things that you’d like to achieve?
WIUA – Willingness, Intention and Uncomfortable Action.
There’s an old saying- “The comfort zone is a beautiful place but no growth happens there.”
It may sound corny but it’s true. Self-help coach, Tony Robbins, makes the point that progress and growth are what lead to happiness.
Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, takes that idea even further saying, “What you get will never make you happy. What you become – that is what will make you happy.”
A few questions that will provide clarity along your journey:
- What are my intentions for and the motives behind the things I want?
- What am I willing to do to become who I want to be?
- What am I willing to give up to become who I want to be?
Take 2-3 minutes answering each question without “over-thinking” any of your responses.
Immediately following, read your responses and then answer the question:
– “What is something I can do NOW to take action on bringing my goals to fruition?”
This entire exercise should take no longer than 10-15 minutes.
Next week we will look at the question:
- “How do I respond to obstacles and set-backs?”
In the meantime, live with passion, love and intention.