As you head into what is likely a “break” from work or school, you may be asked or simply reflect on a maddening question: What do you want? How does anyone know the answer to what seems like a simple question?

Unfortunately, the answer requires rigorous thinking and is illusive at best. But the degree to which you are willing to “pull apart” what you do know and what you don’t–you will find great value and energy. Just don’t try to do it in a swirl of conversation with someone or in your own swirling head. Use good old paper; but, not a set of bullet points. Take creative license and draw a diagram or picture of what you want. In it’s simplest form, just put a bevvy of bubbles with words and phrases. Challenge yourself and probe for “what you really want”– what you really know you about what you want!

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