Trading your wants for desires

How many things do you want? If you’re like me it probably varies depending on what day and/or time it is. For example my ‘wants’ on Monday morning 30 minutes before my workout are different from those at 7pm on a Friday evening after a long week at work.

Here are a list of things you may want in your life:

  • A ripped six-pack
  • A relaxing bottle of wine on a Friday night
  • Thursday night drinks with friends
  • A thinner waist line
  • More energy
  • A healthy heart
  • Chocolate

The results of whether or not you achieve the positive wants on this list comes down to priority. If you prioritise your list in the following way you’ll likely never achieve the results you are after.

  1. Thursday night drinks with friends
  2. Weekend wine
  3. Chocolate
  4. A ripped six-pack
  5. A thinner waist line
  6. A healthy heart
  7. More energy

I have found from experience that the top 3 or 4 priorities on a list get done each day, the lower down your list your priorities fall the less likely you’ll get them accomplished.

Here’s a good list of daily priorities:

  1. Workout
  2. Take all pre prepped meals to work and eat well
  3. Go to work
  4. Spend quality time with family
  5. Do overtime at work
  6. Watch favourite TV show

I know that priority 1-4 will likely get done so I make sure that the things I really want are in there. If you fail to preppare your food you will eat poorly, if you eat poorly your energy will be low, if your energy is low you’ll find a reason not to exercise if you don’t do these things your health will decline and you’ll feel terrible.


The problem is that most of us have different wants on different days and the difference between those of us who achieve and those who fail depends on whether you trade what you ultimately want for something that you want now. So next time the weekend rolls around and your brain is giving you the same old ‘we’ll start again on Monday’ story rediscover why it is you want to achieve your fitness goals and resist the urge to ruin your progress. If your ‘why’ for what you want is big enough you’ll succeed with this, if it’s not you’ll fail. Failing doesn’t mean you are a failure it simply means your heart isn’t set on that particular goal. Once you find something you are so passionate about that it tops all your priority lists, you’ll get it no matter what obsticles come your way.


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