I woke up this morning thinking about motivation. Have you ever said to yourself: “I WANT to do this!”? Did that alone move you to do it? For the people that come into my Bellevue hypnotherapy office for help in such things as losing weight or quitting smoking, the answer is typically “no.” They want to. They haven’t. (Yet.)
Have you ever said to yourself: “I NEED to do this!”? Did that move you more or less to actually accomplish it?
Want vs. need. Those two words create different feelings inside us, that are often in conflict. Here is a classic example I hear from my weight loss clients: I want to sit on the couch, watch TV and eat donuts, however I need to go to the gym and get on the elliptical machine.
Want is desire, an attraction, a pull. I want that new car. Need is necessity, and can be a push away from something we don’t want. I need to do the dishes, or I won’t have any clean ones to eat off of. Either one alone, want or need, might move us to action. Or not.
Here’s my insight! What if we combine these motivations?
How much more likely are you to DO the thing you both want to do and need to do? What if you wanted to go to the gym as well as needed to? Would you be sitting on the couch with donuts? No way, Jose!
A combo of want and need generates massive power for forward action! You’re moving away from what you don’t want and don’t need and towards what you do want and do need at the same time. This is something I help people create in themselves through hypnosis and NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming. I have found it to be very, very useful for helping clients achieve their goals.
The meaning and utility of words is my business. And because one of my personal goals (NEED and WANT) is to become the best at what I do, I spend every waking minute, including this Sunday morning, musing on the power of words. If you need or want some changes in your life and they aren’t happening, give us a call. We’ll get you moving in the right direction.