How Bad Do You Want It?

by Ray Reuter on July 6, 2010

I have been pouring the majority of my thoughts and actions into a new coaching initiative.  A few days before “launch,” I ran into a significant obstacle.  Specifically, the name for the initiative could not be used due to an existing trademark.  Dang!  I felt the demons of doubt, discouragement, disappointment, disillusionment … and came face-to-face with the fundamental question, “How bad do you want it?!”  I was forced to ask myself … “Am I willing to do whatever it takes to make this happen?”  “Am I really serious?”

It caused me to pause and really look at what I wanted to do – which was a gift.  While difficult, I am appreciative of the experience because it is making me stronger and will make the initiative stronger.  I learned the difference between being passionate about something – and thus willing to push forward – and being simply interested in something – and willing to give it up.  Either is acceptable … clarity is critical.  Avoid doing whatever it takes for something you are only interested in … and avoid giving up too soon for something you are passionate about.  As for me, I am moving forward and pressing on.

What challenges are you facing?  Where are you facing doubt, discouragement, disappointment, disillusionment?  Your business?  Your employer?  Your marriage?  Your relationships?  Are you willing to do whatever it takes … investing money / savings, going into debt, being open / honest / vulnerable and sharing your truth, being patient and waiting (my hardest challenge!), taking a risk, surrendering?  What is it for you?  How bad do you want it?!

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” –Hebbel

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