Posted by: lifebalancerecruiting | January 4, 2012

The Power of Want vs. Need

“I have found that the actions we take to ‘fix problems’ can slow the flow of our creativity, driving us rather to the administrative task of getting the job done quickly. This at times may create other problems to fix upon completion. A problem to fix is often addressed by our fear and concern of what we perceive is wrong.

One may be known as a problem fixer but that approach often drains our energy and passion. Accomplishing our task from concern and fear will more likely allow our enlightened passion to arise only upon completion of the work at hand. We are relieved to leave the journey of overcoming the challenge at hand, yet it is in the journey that we spend most of our life.

Saying all this, using the words, ‘need to’ or ‘have to’ can unintentionally generate the idea of problems to fix, creating an environment that attracts concern or fear in what is missing. I suggest that replacing those words with ‘want to’ is a powerful way to approach the challenges you and others may face on the job or in your life.

Want, not need, will encourage enlightened rather than fearful passion. This will make the journey in facing challenge a joyful one, energizing creativity for ourselves and all those around us.” – Barney Feinberg

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