As a writer, I'm constantly watching people. I study them, I ask them questions. I want to learn what motivates them, to understand their hopes and dreams.
In order to get answers, I ask questions. Some may call it nosy, but I like to think of it as taking an interest.
One of the questions I want to know from people is, "What do you really want?"
The reason I love this question is because it's one I have to ask myself. What do you really want, Heidi?
What do I want to say at the end of this year? Do I want to have written a book, or do I want to say that I watched every single episode of Alias for the second time?
When I say it out loud, this sounds like a no-brainer. Of course I'd rather realize a goal than be known for my television watching skills. But somewhere along the way, I get distracted from hopes and dreams.
Let's face it - steadily moving towards a goal is hard work. Personally, I find it much easier to power through seven episodes of Downton Abbey than to write, and rewrite, and rewrite...
Asking what we really want is difficult because it reveals our true motivation. It forces me to analyze my behavior. What I truly desire will get the majority of my time and attention. If my actions contradict what I claim to value, then it's time to make some changes.
In a culture with so many distractions, there is much to hinder us from stepping into our God-given calling. But when I ask myself what I really want, I begin to order my days differently. I gradually cut out the things that hinder and embrace the things that make me come alive.
So what do I really want? What do you really want?
Please share your hopes and dreams below.