Lou Ludwig Success Tips: Is it a Want To or a Have To?

Is it a Want To or a Have To?

Motivational Power Quote


Is it a Want To or a Have To?

“It’s so hard when you have to,

and so easy when I want to.”

Sondra Anice Barnes, author



As I see it. . . . . . . .

Is it a want to or have to?


When you want to do something . . . . your efforts seem to become effortless. You become eager to get your day started . . . . and you’re excited about your possibilities.


Your time seems to fly by . . . . and you’re enjoying what you’re doing.


When you hit an obstacle . . . . you will keep pushing forward because you want to . . . . not because you have to.


When you have to do something it can look overwhelming and like a mountain . . . . that you don’t want to climb. You’ll be able to find more reasons on why procrastination is the best choice for you.


If and when you start to climb the mountain every minute seems like a life time and your looking for a reason to call it a day and quit.


The difference between wanting to do something . . . . and having to do it; becomes the difference between success and failure. When you want to do something . . . . you have a purpose and enjoy what you’re doing.


When you want to do something you will take a giant step towards your future success.


Turn your have to into a want to and you will fire your enthusiasm to achieve your want to.   


Is it a want or a have to? Is in your attitude and when the attitude is right . . . . you will enjoy what you want to do.


©2012, Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author

Comment balloon 7 commentsLou Ludwig • December 30 2012 08:05AM


Good morning Lou,

So true!!!  We need to turn our needs into wants and have a fantastic 2013

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) about 6 years ago

Good point and worthwhile to consider the differences -- and channeling the energy into the 'want to's'

have a great New Year!  Eric

Posted by Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®, Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona (DPR Realty LLC) about 6 years ago

Excellent advice and so true I have to work on making my have to into want to's. Have a Happy New Year.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) about 6 years ago
Lou, so true: If you REALLY want to do something, you will find a way to do it!
Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 6 years ago

Lou, some great thoughts to ponder.  Thanks for sharing and have a Happy New Year.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) about 6 years ago


I could not agree more, when you "have to" do something, it is like a chore but when you want to do it, it feels effortless.

Posted by Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker (BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253) about 6 years ago

Hello Lou,

A task or challenge is always easier when it is something we want to do - no doubt about it.  However, that same task or challenge is more rewarding when it is something we have to "fight through"!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 6 years ago