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Want vs. Will


Apr. 5, 2016 M46 Project

I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year and pray you accomplish all of the goals that you have set out for the year. I truly believe that anything is possible this year as you walk with purpose and intentionality this year.

If you are like me, you have a list of goals that you want to accomplish both personally and professionally. And when it comes to accomplishing goals, I’ve discovered one thing that is usually not considered when goal-setting that can be the difference in whether or not you actually accomplish them.

The missing piece is not your desire, or “want” for something. We all want a happy marriage, be better parents or mentors, have better health, make more money, and to be better leaders. The missing piece is your will to actually accomplish it.

Legendary coach Vince Lombardi said, “There is only one way to succeed at anything, and that is to give it everything.” Most goals that mean anything are going to test your will and how bad you really want it.

There is a great passage in scripture that talks about this in Isaiah 1:19, “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land.” Accomplishing goals, or “eating the good of the land” will only happen when you are willing to do what is required.

Another way of saying it is this…Success happens when the desire to succeed is greater than the sacrifice required.

Here are some questions to help you assess your will power:

1. Question #1 – “How bad to I really want or need this.”

You have to assess how important the goal is to you. Rate its importance on a scale of 1-10, and be honest with yourself with how bad you really want it. Is this something that is like an itch that has to be scratched? Do you dream about this?

2. Question #2 – “What will happen when I accomplish this goal?”

You have to have a clear vision in your mind with what the outcome will look like. Envision the impact on yourself, your marriage, your children, or your business. If the vision lights a fuel inside you, then that’s a great indicator of the passion inside you to accomplish the goal. If there isn’t a lot of passion, it may be more difficult to see it through.

3. Question #3 – “What habits do I need to change in order to accomplish my goals?”

We are all creatures of habit. In order for you to accomplish your goals, you will probably need to make some adjustments with how your do things. Look at what your do, and how you do things to determine what (if any) habits need to be broken because they are preventing you from accomplishing your goals.

4. Question #4 – “Who can help me accomplish my goal?”

I love this passage in Proverbs 15:22 that says, “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.” Many times our problem come from not asking someone for help. Don’t allow your pride to keep you from asking for help. There is probably someone who has already done what you desire to do. As my good friend Michael Smith says, “Let someone else’s hindsight be your foresight.”

5. Question #5 – “Who will hold me accountable for accomplishing my goals.”

An accountability partner is just as important as asking for help. I suggest that your accountability partner be someone other than the person you are asking for help from. This gives you an additional relationship to help reinforce your decision to accomplish your goal, as well as support you in reaching out for help when you need it.

This is what we do with the team at M46 Project, and I’d like to strongly encourage you to assess your Will Power with these five questions.

You’ll find that it makes a difference.

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