If you want something bad enough, if you want it so bad, truly, you will do what it takes to accomplish it. Many are afraid to go for the highest levels, but they still want it so bad. Does this sound familiar?
On the other hand there are those who have the God-given talent, the right skills, and most of what it takes, but for whatever reason they just don’t want it bad enough.
Have you seen this before?
In my 2nd book of the series, Mastering Your Own Spiritual Freedom, we deeply explore the power of the subconscious mind where what it is we truly do want in life seems to manifest, if we allow it to.
A Course in Miracles teaches us that, “The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that.”
As I discussed in a previous blog article about my friend and excellent golfer Jon Phillips, he continued to let me understand in his own unique way why turning Professional and heading for the PGA Tour was not for him.
He and I continued to play a lot of good golf together, even away from our usual Monday and Thursday golf league. The more we hung out together on great golf courses all over the Tampa Bay area, the better friends we became.
I found our time together rewarding, as well as indirect lessons about if you want something bad enough.
We could confide in each other and would often do so about much more than our good, bad, and ugly golf rounds.
Give professional golf a shot
We shared feelings about our children, wives and marital or relationship problems, ex-wives, businesses, money magnetism, the economy and its markets, religion, racial matters, and even the possibility of world peace, which would lead us into a lengthy discussion on politics.
You name it, we hashed it out. Between the two of us and our keen connection, a “likability blueprint,” as another has put it, we figured out a way to solve world hunger, as well as a solution for the homeless population.
I once asked Jon to please expand on his answer, confidentially, as to why he would not at least give professional golf a shot. I asked if the rumors were true that he didn’t believe he could actually “step it up” with the players on the big PGA Golf Tour.
Jon knew he could trust me.
Don’t want it bad enough
He smiled with a slight chuckle and told me that he “for sure did believe he could survive” on the pro tour. But he also asked me to think about all the aged old adages and lessons about, if you want something bad enough.
Then he went on to tell my why he simply, “didn’t want it bad enough.”
When I asked him why he didn’t want it, he told me softly, “Jim, you must understand, for me, I do believe that once I did ‘step it up’ to that level of play, I could make a good living on the tour.”
On seeing my confused but interested expression, he then explained what I truly wanted to hear.
“You see, Jim,” he said. “For me to make it happen I would have to give golf my absolute best commitment and devotion. I would have to make it become my life, and I know in my heart that I’m not willing to do that.”
Then he added that if you want something bad enough, “One must be willing to do what it takes, and I’m not willing to do that”.
He added that he’d then never be truly ready to sink those important putts when under extreme pressure.”
Want it so bad
I interrupted and asked if he could “just have fun” at it and not concern himself with the work involved. He stopped me and asked me to let him finish.
“In other words, Jim, I know what it would take away from me. There would be a price involved—a sacrifice of certain personal things I don’t care to mention, and this I know is not the path I truly want to travel on.”
But he did go on to tell me he was inserting super mind power into what he did truly want.
It seemed to me he was wasting a God-given talent, but it was surely not for me to judge.
Regardless, I can say that the honesty Jon showed me was inspiring, and his unnecessary explanation of what he truly wanted so bad was more than enough to satisfy any further curiosity I might have over the matter.
He helped me to more clearly understand that if you want something bad enough, then it will manifest. But if you don’t want it so bad, it’s like what A Course in Miracles states, “If it’s not your true free will, it was never part of the Creation.”
That conversation actually tightened our friendship.
(If you’d like further reading and video on personal goal setting, please check out my related article on the power of mindfulness meditation for achieving your dreams.)
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