Pegasus Logistics VP of Central Sales, Daniel Medalie, asks the question: WHAT DO YOU WANT?
What’s the toughest question you’ve received in your work-life recently? The most perplexing questions are often the most straight-forward.
Imagine someone asks you a basic, but poignant question, “What do you want?”
“Well? What do I want?” “What did I want?” “What am I trying to accomplish?”
These are tough questions when you stop for a moment and think about them.
People don’t always stop to think about what they really want when they are working to accomplish something. Think about the last conflict you had – whether workplace or at home. If you had stopped and thought about what you wanted, would that have helped you achieve the desired outcome?
What do you want?
The question can be interpreted in various ways….
What do you want? = What’s your goal in this situation?
What do you want? = What do you desire? (in any situation)
- Do you want to be the best at your career?
- Do you want a challenge?
- Do you want to be better tomorrow than you are today?
- Maybe, you want to win the argument?
- Maybe, you want your point-of-view to be received better?
- What if, in that given situation, all you want is for the other person to agree with your opinion?
- Do you want to have better life balance?
- Do you want to be a leader?
- Do you want to take on a project or job function?
- Do you want to learn something new?
Imagine yourself – 3 years into the future from this moment…What do you want?
I asked a group of senior-year logistics students at the University of North Texas what they wanted. What do they want in their career/professional lives?
At that moment, what I wanted was to make an impact on the upcoming graduates. I wanted to give them an outsider’s perspective – so they would think bigger and be more strategic. My goal was to have these students think about the pursuit of their upcoming careers.
I watched as the mood loosened up and the creative juices started flowing.
Are you not sure how to answer? This can be a daunting question. Maybe what you really want is just a clear idea of how to answer this question, how to pin-point what you really want.
Are you only wanting material items? What do you want of those items? Is what you’re wanting realistic or do you need to build smaller goals to get to the end goal?
Whether exclusive to the current situation in life, or maybe something pending in your professional life – think about what it is that you want.
What do I want? I want you to be provoked by this. I want you to want with purpose.