short-haired woman in bright red shirt scratching her head

    “If only I were free enough/ rich enough/ young enough/ supported enough to do what I want, my life would be perfect.” 

    I’ve heard some version of this sentiment from literally thousands of people. I’ve also noticed that what these people lack is almost never the freedom, money, youth, or support they think they need. What’s really holding them back is simply that they don’t know what they want.

    This is how most of my coaching conversations start out:

    ME: So, what do you want to experience during your life?
    CLIENT: Yeah, that’s the question, isn’t it?
    ME: Yes, and I’m asking it. What do you want?
    CLIENT: Mm, I don’t know. I’ll have to think about that.
    ME: Please think about it now. What do you want in this moment?
    CLIENT: Well, what’s supposed to happen to me?

    And so on.

    At least I know what ­I want in these moments: I want to stab myself in the head with a crab fork. There’s nothing I can do to help someone who won’t look inside and identify a clear desire. My hunch is there’s nothing The Force can do in these situations, either. It’s like going into a restaurant and saying, “Bring me the food I love best!” without identifying the food.

    My experience is that there’s almost always a way to get what you want, but (stay with me here) you have to ask for it. Specifically. Here’s a helpful hint: Right now, think of something that sounds fun, something you could do today. If nothing sounds fun, think of something that would be a comfort, or just a relief. Got it? Good! Now you can take steps to make it happen. And as you take one step toward the thing you want, it really does take a hundred steps toward you.