Developing a Hunger

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As we begin this new year, most of us have assembled a list of goals or resolutions to pursue. The writing down of goals is an incredibly important habit. Having a strategy to along with them matters too.

But in order to make any progress on those areas, you need a drive. You need a hunger. I’ve been thinking about my focus for this new year and how I can develop a hunger for 2017.

I’ve been learning quite a lot lately about the need for reinforcement with your goals. Part of this is a consistent review–making sure you’re on the same path and all. Another part, however, is to run forward into them, developing a passion to fight for your goals.

Having a hunger is being fully engaged and fully alive. It’s being dedicated to pursuing those things that you’ve chosen to set your heart on.

A hunger is not settling. A hunger is learning to keep going, even when we feel like quitting.

I guess you could say that a hunger is that part of you that doesn’t give up, no matter how many obstacles come your way. It’s the constant effort again and again that makes you move forward.

The film La La Land was a great reminder of this. During her Golden Globe acceptance speech, Emma Stone dedicated her award to those who have tried and failed–to those who have had “metaphorical” and “physical” doors slammed in their faces.

I love that.

Anything that we give ourselves to, like really give ourselves to, is going to require some effort on our part. There might be days when we want to give up, to throw in the towel, to surrender to what we feel overwhelmed to pursue.

This is when the hunger kicks in. The hunger reminds us to be engaged fully and truly. The hunger is this part of us that keeps pushing forward despite struggles and setbacks and failures.

When you feel like giving up, keep your eyes on the prize. When the pressure is mounting and you feel lost and tired, remember to keep going forward.

Let the hunger keep you in the game.

Over the years, I’ve always been good at writing down and articulating the goals and resolutions I wanted to pursue. That part was always fairly easy. But when it came to the actual pursuit of these things, that’s where I struggled.

Your hunger is a natural development of having clarity. Because when you know what you want, it becomes easier to say no to things that stand in the way. When you have vision for where you’re going, the path forward becomes easier to see.

Now, there will be times when it’s easy to make excuses about goals and resolutions. Most of these will come from our misunderstanding of the word time. I read an article recently about our misuse of this word.

Time is usually the word we insert as an excuse from doing something. We say, “I don’t have time…” Or, “I’d do that thing, but my time is caught up elsewhere.”

The article suggested we stop using time this way, and instead insert the word “priority.” It changes the entire feeling of the excuses we tend to give.

It’s not that we don’t have time to read, it’s just that reading isn’t a priority. Or, it’s not that we don’t have time to go to the gym, it’s just not a priority.

It’s surprising how different it feels to think about what we label a priority. Moreover, it’s interesting how often we waste time on certain things that we’ve created into priorities.

For 2017, I’m going to be more direct and honest about where my priorities are. Instead of blaming time–the thing we’ve all been given the same amount of from the beginning of existence–I’m going to focus on my vision and clarity.

The hunger, in part, will stem from my ability to decide what really is a priority.

As you pursue your goals and resolutions this year, stay hungry, stay on point, and fight for what is a priority.

Goals are good, but goals without passion and drive will simply be words on a page.

A hunger, though, will keep you moving forward.

A hunger will help your resolutions become a reality.

So, let’s stay hungry, my friends.

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