How Bad Do You Want It?
It seems as the days go by I find myself finding more and more ways to get better at the things I have dreamed and envisioned. My first and greatest challenge this past year is trying to bring myself into the greatest possible peak condition I can be.
For me – this represents a dream that I have had since I was 12 years old – and somewhere deep down inside of me I know that it will catapult be further than I could possible understand or imagine. I’ve heard that voice inside for years upon years telling me to try – and over the past 6 months I have answered that call, finally, and am now 7 weeks out from making that a reality.
There are times during the day where I hear the following speech “How Bad Do You Want It?” by Eric Thomas in my headphones and it brings a new energy into me. I think that the things we listen to and digest have a greater effect on us than we know. You have to be careful about what you bring into your life – because negativity can control your mind and take you place you don’t want to go. I had to stop listening to some artists because of the things they sang about. Those things aren’t meant to be in my life – they are everything I am working against – and yet hearing them over and over again can convince you of trying something else.
There was a young man, you know,
who wanted to make a lot of money
and so he went to this guru, right.
And he told the guru you know
I wanna be on the same level
you are and the guru said
if you wanna be on the same level I’m on,
I’ll met you tomorrow at the beach.
So the young man got there 4 A.M. he already to rock n’ roll.
Got on a suit should of wore shorts.
The old man grabs his hand and said:
How bad do you wanna be successful?
He said: “Real bad”.
He said: Walk on out in the water.
So he walks out into the water. Watch this.
When he walks out to the water
he goes waist deep and goes like this guy crazy.
Hey I wanna make money and he got me out here swimming.
I didn’t ask to be a lifeguard.
I wanna make money he got me in
so he said come on a little further
walked out a little further
then he had it right around this area
the shoulder area
so this old man crazy
he making money but he crazy.
So he said come on out a little further
came out a little further, it was right at his mouth
my man, I’m not about to go back in this guy is out of his mind. And the old man said:
“I thought you said you wanted to be successful?”
He said: “I do.”
He said: “Then walk a little further.”
He came, dropped his head in, held him down,
hold him down, my man (kept scratching) hold him down,
he had him held down,
just before my man was about to pass out,
he raised him up.
He said: “I got a question for you.”
He told the guy, he said:
“When you want to succeed as bad as
you wanna breathe than you will be successful.”
I don’t know how many of you all got asthma here today?
If you ever had a asthma attack before your short of breath S.O.B shortness of breath,
you wheezing (breath sound) the only thing
you trying to do is get some air.
You don’t care about no basketball game,
you don’t care about what’s on T.V.,
you don’t care about nobody calling you,
you don’t care about a party.
The only thing you care about
when you trying to breathe is to get some fresh air.
And when you get to the point
where all you wanna do is
be is successful as bad as
you wanna breathe then you will be successful.
And I’m here to tell you that number one,
most of you say you wanna be successful
but you don’t want it bad, you just kind of want it.
You don’t want it bad than you wanna party.
You don’t want it as much as you want to be cool.
Most of you don’t want success as much as you want sleep.
Some of you lost sleep more than you lost success.
And I’m here to tell you today,
if your going to be successful
you gotta be willing to give up sleep.
You gotta be willing to work with 3 hours of sleep
2 hours of sleep, if you really wanna be successful.
Some day your gonna have to stay up 3 days in a row.
Because if you go to sleep you might miss
the opportunity to be successful.
That’s how bad you gotta (inaudible).
– Eric Thomas
How bad do you want it kid? Oh, I want it pretty damn bad.
For a long time I couldn’t put the rubber to the road. My wanting of it was overwhelmed by my fear of it. It’s like a little kid playing with a new scary toy. They are so curious but they can’t quite yet grab it because it’s so unfamiliar to them. This path I have taken has yielded me many of those moments and brought fear head on into my life. I have become scared of more things in my life, and yet at the same time I have found some way to turn that fear into possibility and bring light to the situation.
We will always be fearful of things. The difference though between those who continue to move forward and those who are controlled by that fear lies in their ability to stay curious about the world and ideas. This, right here, has been one of my greatest learning lessons throughout the past 4 years of this project – and I know that is going to carry me forward into the future with open eyes and ears.
When you can see another way of living, a more positive way, a happier way…don’t ignore that. Understand what it is about that way of life that intrigues you and if you are willing, give it a shot. Literally the worst thing that could happen is that you will go back to your old way of life. Ask yourself how much you are willing to sacrifice and then move towards it. Along the way you will find that this vision will demand more and more from you, and if you have it in you, you will be willing to give up more and more for it.
How bad do you want it? What can you give up for it? Because you deserve to have it – now go out and make it.
– Evan Sanders