We do what we want.

More specifically, we always do what we want.

I imagine you may disagree with this. After all, you’ve made sacrifices, you have certain obligations, and you may endure undesirable hardships to reap benefits from those sacrifices.

the act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.

A parent does not want discomfort for their child. But, sometimes, in order to guide them, a parent may have them learn difficult lessons that will cause a desirable truth to realize or materialize for them.

Think about the things you and I have likely said before;

  • “I don’t want to do, but...”
  • “I don’t want to go to work, but...”
  • “I don’t want to say this to you, but...”

Even if the person saying any of the above examples does not finish their sentence, the end to each of these sentences is typically “...I have to” or “I should.”

But “having to” do something is never really entirely true, is it?

We always have choice.

We do unpleasant things, whether it’s for the greater good or undesirable outcomes, like different forms of self-sabotage.

Yes, sometimes we actually want to self-sabotage; a strange phenomena.

So, what’s the point?

Recognize areas where you have choice, then take ownership, take action, choose self-awareness, decide how to respond, and, ultimately, design your life.

Recognizing this in my own life has been transcendent.

Maybe it’s because I enjoy asking bigger questions, like looking at my current weekly cycles and where I’ve been spending my time and asking;

“Is this really what I want to be investing in?”

If everything we do is what we want to do, and the choices we make are investments into our future selves, what future are we choosing to invest in today?

My wife doesn’t agree with my premise. 😂 She says:

“I never WANT to brush my teeth. I do want the outcome, but I don’t actually want to brush my teeth.”

My argument is that she wants to do what she doesn’t want to do in order to obtain an outcome. 😝

Have a good weekend!

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