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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Mark Twain

Tell Me, What Do You Want?

I’m about to put a song in your head. I’m doing it on purpose and I hope you’ll forgive me.

“Tell me what you want, what you really, really want.” The Spice Girls made those lyrics famous years ago and we’ve heard them so many times they’re burned into our conscious memory forever. But how many of us have actually thought about the question and can clearly articulate the answer? What DO you want?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re thinking about your life’s goals or what to have for dinner. I remember one time when I was having a huge food craving. I couldn’t focus on anything until I actually figured out what it was that I was longing for. Eventually, I did. Sadly, it was a Japanese delicacy that is not found in the US due to the way we process our food. But that wasn’t a problem. I was satisfied that I answered the question almost as if I had actually tasted the food itself. I stayed with the question and not only opened myself up to trying some delicious new things but also reflected on what about that dish I really valued and appreciated.

I thought about that food craving longer than most people reflect internally about many important life decisions. Often, we look outside for the answers. We take decisions by habit or worse yet, we make no decision at all, in effect creating an unavoidable outcome that is pretty unlikely to look anything like what we would have consciously created for ourselves.

So, what do you want? Think about it. Live with the question for a few days – or a lifetime. Over time, the answers will morph and that’s normal. Awareness and focus will help you get them.

Zigazig ha… J

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