How Bad Do You Want It?

Posted on May 19, 2020

Ryan Stewman



Have you ever run into a wall that you weren’t prepared to hit? I mean really run into a wall that you hit so hard that it shook you to your core?


If you aren’t sure, let me help you recognize the signs.


The beginning of quitting is you are starting to plan your exit strategy.


This is the beginning because until NOW, it was just an idea, a struggle…but when you actually start going through the checklist of quitting, you know you’ve begun.


Things like:


  • “I have to tell those involved my decision, and here’s what I’m going to say.”
  • “I know this is going to sting or be humiliating, but they’ll get over it, and I will too.”
  • “It’s okay to quit, this isn’t the end of the world, there are tons of options out there, and no one will eventually miss me for not following through.”
Knowingly or not, we all go through a procedure when we’re going to quit. It never just happens accidentally.


My question to you is, WHY did you start in the first place? Most people never get what they truly want in life because they spend too much time “trying” things out. One foot in, one out…and trying rarely gets you anything worthwhile.


It takes unreasonable dedication to a specific goal, especially one outside your comfort zone, to achieve it.


It takes a different and determined mindset, especially while being stretched to your limits, to push yourself past your perceived limits.

How Bad Do You Want It?

And there’s always been one thing for me when I’m not sure if I can take any more pain. One thing that has helped me endure when I’m ready to throw in the towel.


“How bad do you want it, buddy?”


I start asking myself that question…and that question leads me to ask a few more.


I begin researching, opening my mind to others who have faced real adversity, and chose to keep moving forward.


As I’ve become more comfortable with myself and developed genuine friendships, I became okay with reaching out and sharing my struggle…all in pursuit of “how bad I want it.”


Somehow, we’ve had it drilled into our heads that success is easy for “them”…


Somehow that’s taught us that if we’re to have success, it’s going to come easy to us…


The truth is, if success comes easily, your goals aren’t nearly big enough. All of life is a struggle, and to believe what you want is going to show up and give you a life of leisure without a cost is a pipe dream.


When you’re going through the “shit”…when everything is a struggle, when you don’t see an upside, and you’re ready to give up, I want you to ask yourself a question…




What you do after that question will be all the answer you really need to know.

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