Many years ago at the dawn of the computer game age (man, do I feel old when I say that!), there was a game I had on CD. I can't even remember what it was called. The character in the game was walking through a forest and had to pick up different items along the way that would help her in her pursuit. If you tried to pick up a certain item, "The Voice" (I'm not sure who it was - some kind of genie) would say very slowly and loudly, "WHAT. DO. YOU. WANT?"
I'm still haunted by that booming voice, and more than the voice, the question. What DO I want?
Although I believe wanting is a rather passive attempt at gaining something - an item, an experience, etc. - I do think we need to know what we want before we can determine whether or not we are committed to achieving it. So it is a good first question.
I'm enrolled in a 7-week class called BOLD: Business Objective, a Life by Design, and last week we did a guided visualization exercise where we imagined what we would do with a lot of money. It occurred to me that I don't really have a long list of material items on my "want" list. However, I'm intrigued with the possibility of travel for pleasure, not for a specific purpose.
What's on your bucket list? Is that something you "want" or are you committed to attracting it into your life? I'm learning that being committed doesn't have to mean fanatical. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money or the exact experience or the exact whatever it is you are committed to. Determine what you will give in exchange (and you can't give time because it's not yours to begin with - it has to be an activity or something that you were previously using that time for). Then set a definite date by which you expect to have this accomplishment. Then put together an action plan and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to take action steps toward your goal. Next write out a statement that includes the exact goal, what you will give in exchange, the date by which you will achieve it and the plan. Write this in detail, and include the emotion you will feel when you've achieved it. Write it in the present tense so you can actually feel yourself in possession of whatever it is you desire. Read this statement aloud twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, so you can internalize and really live your statement.
Sound kind of goofy? Well, how badly do you want what you say you want? Is it just a whim or is it a burning desire? The formula above was uncovered by Napoleon Hill in the early part of the 20th century as he was interviewing very successful people about how they had achieved their success. It still works today - if you work it. Wishing is not enough. We need to take action.
To know and not to do is not to know.
I'm learning that the things I don't achieve and the things I don't acquire weren't really too high on my burning desire list. If I don't achieve something or don't experience something I said I wanted, when I look back, I wasn't really committed.
What could we do if we really put our minds to it?
I'm working on something now that scares and excites me. I haven't got all the plans worked out yet, so check back to see my progress. If I'm committed, I have no doubt it will happen.
Am I committed? That's the question.
How about you? What's your burning desire? Use the formula above to set yourself up for success and share your results here.