What I Learned This Year 2012 #17: Mandy Stevens

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As I look back over the last year, I’ve learned a little about a lot of things. The one notion that seems to find itself in everything is this:

You have to want it. Whatever it is, you have to really, really want it. You can’t just picture it or visualize it or set your sights on it. These days that’s not enough to make it real. At least not in my world. You have to want it so bad that you’re inspired enough, intensely driven and even frighteningly pressured to do everything it takes to get the most out of life. Professionally (as a full-time freelancer), it has meant continuing to commit to every project as if I’m one of your die-hard employees even though I might not get a call back. Personally, it has meant putting everything on the line (my husband and I opened The Desk in April, a coworking café in Capitol Hill) and taking a hard look at what I thought really mattered to me and realizing I’ve never been more wrong in my life.

What I’d like everyone who might still be reading this to realize is that when you really want it, what tends to happen is something you could never imagine. That’s why all the visualization techniques in the world don't work all that well. When you want something–I mean really want something–you actually wind up with so much more than you could ever hope for.

And for that I’m thankful and wish everyone a new year chock-full of that beautiful thing called want.

To read the entire 2012 'What I Learned' series, click this.

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