So What DO You Want?

So What DO You Want?


Have you ever noticed that what the majority of humanity seems to know best, is what they don’t want and what they don’t like? You hear it all the time: “I didn’t want to be late.” “I hate being fat.” “I don’t like being so tired and feeling sick so often.” “I hope there isn’t another downturn in the economy.” Even our favorite news media seem to cater to a human craving for focusing on dreaded results; it’s never just one disaster they report on, it’s hours of speculation on whether this will be the first in a series.

If you’re sick and tired of hearing everyone go on about their worries, and are beginning to wonder if anyone does want anything besides the monotonous security of “everything continuing as it is”—well, the momentum of change can start with you! Are you willing to step out of the “I Don’t Know Zone” and set some positive goals based on your best desires?

There are several ways to figure out—and get—what you want most, but the best-proven is to create a wish list. Imagine that someone has given you a magic lamp like Aladdin’s—except that this lamp’s genie doesn’t stop with giving you three wishes. Instead, he offers a thirty-plus-times-as-generous 101 wishes.

There’s a catch, though: the wishes won’t all be granted the instant they’re spoken, but will come true in their own time. Still, if you cooperate wholeheartedly, results are guaranteed.

Guess what; real life comes with the equivalent of that 101-wishes lamp. Only most people don’t even bother to make the wishes, let alone help them come true. Today is the day for you to become one exception to that rule, and take the first step toward a fulfilling life of success.

First, find a journal-notebook to make your list in (you need something permanent for regular review and progress-tracking). At the top of the first page write “I wish for…” and then number down the margin from 1 to 101. If you’re like most people, the first 30–35 lines will be easy to fill in—but when your writing speed slows to a trickle, do not stop. Instead, start up your brain’s deep-pondering machine. Take your time and really think about what it is you want in your life. Like magic, the 101 lines always fill—and the later entries always include your deepest and truest desires.

That’s all you need do for now; put your journal away for two weeks. Then, pick it back up, reread the list, and check off everything that has come true. Amazingly, the average is ten wishes granted without conscious effort on your part—often surprisingly “unlikely” things such as an old friend calling, special acknowledgment from your boss, or tickets for that trip you’ve been dreaming about. Once you see how well it works just to clarify your wishes, you’ll be motivated to take an active role in working for the others—and to forget that old negative “what I don’t want” attitude.

What have you got to lose? Take the challenge and make your list—the results will amaze you!