Jim Rohn once made a statement that really got me thinking. He said, “The wealthy man says to a thousand people, ‘I read this book and it started me on the road to wealth.’ Now, guess how many of the thousand go out and get the book? Very few.” Isn’t that strange because I’m pretty sure the majority if not the entire group of a thousand people wanted to be wealthy. Yet for whatever reason only a few decided to take action by taking advantage of the very thing that would help them achieve wealth.
Fact is we all want something. We want healthy in shape bodies, solid relationships, financial freedom and deeper relationships with Christ. But obviously wanting isn’t enough. Something more is needed to get us to take the action steps necessary to make things happen, and that something is desire.
There is a big difference between wanting something and desiring something. Desire is a much stronger emotion that tends to have the power to propel us into action. Which is why most people don’t get the things they want because they simply lack the desire.
Take for instance the Rich Young Ruler, discussed in Matthew 19:16-22. This rich man wanted eternal life, but when Jesus told him what it would take to receive salvation, all of a sudden it became very clear that what this young ruler wanted he didn’t actually desire. What a tragic situation.
So today I want to share with you 3 keys that will help you transition from want to desire.
#1 Ask God to place within you the desire. If the thing that you want is designed to make your life better and ultimately make you more useful for God’s kingdom, you can be assured God will give you the desire you need to take action. He has a vested interest in your success and will help you. All you have to do is ask Him.
#2 Focus on the benefits you would receive from the things you want. Too often we get stuck on the process. We allow ourselves to subconsciously get discouraged by the challenges that come with the process. Which inevitably leads to inaction. Yet anything worth having comes with a price. So instead of focusing on the process focus on the benefits. Your desire will naturally began to increase as your mind focuses on the peace, sense of fulfillment and happiness that you would experience if you had the thing you wanted.
#3 Commit to taking the first step. The funny thing about desire is that it tends to grow with results. Which is why the person who gets a taste of body building all of a sudden gets that itch to keep going. So take the first step. If you desire a deeper relationship with Christ, start by setting aside a few moments a day where you will read the word. If you desire a better relationship with a loved one, take the first step by setting aside some quality time to spend with each other.
By following these three steps you should began to see your wants turning into desires. And prayerfully, as a result of your newfound desires you will began to see some positive changes in your life. Try it out this week and let me know how it goes.