You get asked this question a lot I'm sure, and if you're like me, you probably ask yourself this question all the time.
Defining what you want helps to create focus, and helps you set goals, but is "what do you want?" the right question to be asking yourself?
Let's say the answer to your want question is "I want to be rich and famous." You'll join a big group of people who have that same want. In fact, there's a whole lot of people already in that group - - and if you want to really make some money, become a therapist and hang up a shingle in Hollywood. You'll find a whole bunch of people who have achieved their "want" of becoming rich and famous...and are depressed and battling drug and alcohol addiction (not all of them, but quite a few...you get the point.)
Why is that? They achieved their goal. They're famous. Everyone knows them and admires them. They're rich beyond their wildest imaginations and can buy whatever their heart desires. Yet, they're unhappy and struggling to find a deeper meaning.
The reason? My guess is that they figured out their "want" but never defined their "purpose."
You see, "want" is a powerful motivator - and it can propel you to incredible levels of achievement - but it lacks the staying power without having the underlying and enduring strength of "purpose."
So I challenge you to define your want and your purpose. Let me share with you mine.
I "want" to be a full-time voice actor, educator, and speaker.
My "purpose" is to have location independence, to be able to spend time with my family, to fuel my creativity, and to be able to help and inspire others to achieve their true purpose.
To frame it another way, your "want" answers the question "what?" Your "purpose" answers the question "why?"
My "want" propelled me to focus on growing my voice-over career, create my podcast, and begin booking speaking engagements. My "purpose" continues to fuel me each time I get to spend precious moments with my family, and every time I get a kind message from someone who's benefited from my podcast, my course, something I said during a talk, or something I've written.
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So, wherever you are in your journey, I want to challenge you to dig deeper. In order to have lasting and sustaining power, you need to get very clear on both your "want" and "purpose." Once you've done that, you can craft a clear plan to achieve your goals.
Your "want" will motivate you, and your "purpose" will sustain you.
If you're ready to dig deeper, then I'm excited for you! Let me know your "want" and "purpose" in the comment section or send me an email and let me know if I can help in any way.
All the best!
Mike Lenz is an entrepreneur, professional voice actor, audio book narrator, author, podcast host, husband and father. His ebook, Paid To Talk, is available on amazon.com, his podcast, Mike Lenz Voice – A Journey Into Voice Acting, can be heard on iTunes, and his online course, 5 Steps To Start (and Grow) Your Voice-Over Career, can be found at vosuccess.com. Mike is passionate about sharing stories from amazing and inspiring people from all areas of the voice-over industry, as well as sharing his insights with aspiring voice actors around the world. Mike lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.