Ask the Wants Versus Needs Questions

Ask the Wants Versus Needs Questions

Ask the wants versus needs questions of yourself.

Ask yourself, “Is this something I want to be doing right now? Or is it something I need to be doing right now?” We need to be attentive to the vital few things that can move us closer to our desired outcomes, but we often want what is not productive.

When you determine what is needed right now, pursue it with an ‘I will’ attitude. Don’t let something else get in the way.

This doesn’t mean that you squeeze the spontaneity and fun out of life. It simply means that when it is time to work, you focus on what is important. By doing that, you will create extra time to do the things you want to do later on.

 Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Five Days of Action

Day One

Today ask yourself how well you have been at exercising self-leadership. Do you maintain focus and sustain effort when it’s time to work? Ask yourself some tough questions and give honest answers.

Day Two

Be very aware today of the ‘I want tos’ that distract you. Capture those fleeting thoughts. Practice impulse control and keep doing what is most important.

Day Three

Today, notice your schedule of priorities. Do they reflect the highest and best use of your time to achieve those things that are most important? Begin making your to-do list reflect the true priorities.

Day Four

Practice an ‘I will’ attitude. If something is important, make a definite commitment to it. Put the wheels in motion and move forward on it. Notice how often ‘I will’ is in your language today.

Day Five

When it’s time to relax today, really relax. Enjoy yourself. Don’t work. Rediscover the fun in life.

Whether dealing with burnout, planning a new initiative or refocusing the organization on priorities, sometimes one conversation can change everything. If you think a conversation might be of benefit to you, one or your leaders or your organization, I invite you to contact me.