Be crystal clear and deeply committed to what you want. Then clarify the path necessary to achieve what you want and say “I will” to the work the path requires.
Want without will doesn’t work. If you are not willing to make the required investment, if you aren’t willing to pay the price, if you don’t have an “I will” mindset, you will not achieve what you want. Success is earned by those who pay the required price.
The most powerful and profound attribute we have as human beings is agency. Agency means you have the capacity to take action to pursue and achieve goals. You have the ability to solve problems and overcome obstacles … to grow and get better … to change and adapt … to impact the environment around you … to make a positive difference in the lives of other people.
Agency means your life is ultimately determined by your choices, not your circumstances.
Agency, however, isn’t absolute. Despite the pretentious claims and extravagant promises of many self-help books, there are limits and constraints to what you are capable of achieving. Having said that, agency is far more powerful than most people realize. There are many who don’t come anywhere near reaching their potential. Indeed, people are capable of doing and accomplishing far more than they think.
Therein lies the challenge: The biggest constraint to human agency and achievement is mindset. The good news is that your mindset is your choice. What do you think you can do? What do you believe you are capable of accomplishing? Mindset is ground zero … the starting point … the catalyst … the ignition … for human agency and achievement.
Far too many people have simply quit trying. They’ve given up and given in. Instead of an “I will” mindset, they have adopted an “I can’t” or “I won’t” mindset. They have accepted mediocrity. They have settled for something less than best version of themselves.
Don’t compromise. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Take ownership of your mindset. Clarify what you want, and then say “I will” to the work required to achieve what you want.
Want without will doesn’t work.