What do You Want Most?


“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want at the moment.”

I love this quote from Robert Allen’s classic, Multiple Streams of Income, because it accurately describes what happens for many people as they struggle to improve their life.Whether the goal is physical fitness, a new career, pursuing that new hobby or interest, completing your invention idea, or starting a business, any of these things can be derailed by this trade-off. In the moment, we want to sleep longer, enjoy that television show or just dream about progress. All the while, we are replacing what we want the most with what we want today.

It is not true that success will require you to give up all of today’s enjoyments, but it may mean temporarily putting some of them on hold. What if you were to get up a little earlier each day to work out or go running, so that what you want most in the area of physical fitness can be achieved? This would take some sacrifice, but you would begin to see some immediate results.

What if you listened to some podcasts or other educational audio during your commute rather than listen to your favorite radio station? You may find yourself reaching your goal of self improvement quite quickly, making this an easier trade-off than you thought.

What about spending your Saturday mornings shopping for those unique items that you know so well and selling them on ebay, rather than sleeping in? What you want most may be closer than you think simply by changing a few habits, or rearranging your schedule.

Try it for a month. There is a good chance that you will form a new positive behavior pattern, and you may just get what you really wanted after all!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!