How do Want and Desire Differ?

Words matter. What you say is powerful, and desire is more intentional than want.

A couple of years ago, I started to be more mindful about using want versus desire.

As I have written multiple times — words matter. What you say is not just an expression of thoughts and feelings — it is ultimately a creator of your world.

This is why it’s important to mind what you say and the words you use.

If you intend to create something amazing — how you approach it is everything. Even though The Secret suggests that you can ask, believe, and receive — which is partially true. But you can’t just work from a vacuum. There must be more behind it.

What do I mean by this? Okay, so let’s say I would like to be a top-notch surgeon. Cool. With my current education and the actions that I have taken in my life — this isn’t something I can ask the universe for, believe in the existence of, or receive. Why? Because that’s not how it works. If my intention was truly to be a top-notch surgeon, I would be taking the steps to get there. Like, ya know, attending medical school.

Conscious reality creation comes from a place of true direction and desire. You make choices and decisions along the way to get you there. But, since words matter, want versus desire is an important distinction.

Defining want versus desire

Let’s define these to understand how they differ and why it matters.

According to, want means:

verb (used with object)

to feel a need or a desire for; wish for

to wish, need, crave, demand, or desire (often followed by an infinitive)

verb (used without object)

to feel inclined; wish; like (often followed by to)

to be deficient by the absence of some part or thing, or to feel or have a need (sometimes followed by for)


something wanted or needed; necessity

something desired, demanded, or required

What about desire? Again, turning to, desire means:

verb (used with object)

to wish or long for; crave; want.

to express a wish to obtain; ask for; request.


a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment

an expressed wish; request.

something desired.

To want is to feel a need or desire for something. To desire is to ask for or request something. Want is indirect — desire is direct.

And that’s why the words that you choose matter. This is right along the lines of Yoda’s words about doing:

“Try not. Do, or do not — there is no try.”

In this context trying is soft, unresolved, and weak. Doing, on the other hand, is intentional and strong.

So, along this line, replace try with want and desire with do and you have the same message.

Want not. Desire, or desire not — there is no want.

When it comes to conscious reality creation, it is all about intent. When you seek to consciously create something you are working from your intent to make it happen.

Words matter. Words are powerful creators. Hence why it behooves you to choose the strongest words for the best outcome.

Mindfulness of your words

Conscious reality creation is dependent on you. Your thoughts, feelings, actions, and intentions are the creators of the world you live in.

Thus, if you are choosing the life you desire — your words are an important part of that choice. If you go with limited intent, you will likely make a limited creation. That’s why whether you choose to want or to desire is so important.

Mindfulness can be as minuscule as the choice of words you make. Do instead of try. Desire instead of want. Act instead of resolve. And so on.

You have all the power you need to make this so. You don’t have to be someone more special, important, or somehow more worthy than you are. Little steps are how you get anywhere in life. When you are choosing and deciding for your life how you desire it to look, you can create virtually anything you can imagine.

Words matter. What you say is powerful, and desire is more intentional than want.

What do you desire for your life today?

Thank you for reading. I am MJ Blehart. I write about mindfulness, conscious reality creation, positivity, and similar life lessons.
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