What Do You Really Want?


Too often we are found talking about the things that we want in our lives. I am certainly guilty this myself, especially when it comes to materialistic things. Whenever I catch myself thinking about what I want, I have a moment of nostalgia that brings me back to the first time I watched the Youtube video “How bad do you want it?” featuring college football player Giavanni Ruffin. The video shows Ruffin on his climb to be a successful athlete while Pastor Eric Thomas narrates a story about a young man wanting to be successful. At the conclusion of the story the young man is held underwater by his mentor until he is just on the edge of passing out and eventually the mentor pulls him up and tells him, “when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, then you’ll be successful.”


When most people talk about the things they want in life, unfortunately, there is very little meaning behind the word “want.” The fact is the majority of the time when people are talking about their goals or dreams they don’t really want those things, as Pastor Thomas put it the just “kinda want it.” They don’t want it as bad as they want to go out and party, go to the movies, watch the football game, or take a vacation. They would like if they got those things as long as they didn’t have to sacrifice their leisurely activities but they don’t really want it. Wanting something has simply become weakened by the frivolous things we talk about wanting but never really take actionable steps towards.


Next time you find yourself thinking about something you want take a moment and confront yourself on that thought. Do you really want to reach that goal? Well if you do than prove it to yourself and identify what you’ve actually done to get their. Ask yourself how bad do you want it and what are you willing to sacrifice to get it? If you find yourself sacrificing the work it takes to reach your goal by making other things a priority than the fact is you don’t really want it, you just kinda want it and that’s okay because now you can put your energy towards something you are actually passionate about. You see separating the things we really want from the things that would just be cool to have can be very powerful. It lets us focus our energy on our goals wholeheartedly and decreases the natural cycle of complacency and procrastination that we all suffer from. Also, this process is helpful in holding yourself accountable for the effort you’re putting into the things you want. So the next time you think about something you want just ask yourself, how bad do you want it?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsSC2vx7zFQ “How Bad Do You Want It?” (Success) HD