Sadly, many people waste years of their lives waiting for stuff to happen. They think life owes them a living and things are just going to magically fall into their lap without them putting forth any effort whatsoever. Sorry, but this is not how life works, for the most part.
This entitlement attitude is not based on reality. The reality is we are not entitled to anything. We've heard the old adage "You reap what you sow," right? This is a principle of life. We have to put forth effort to make our life a success; to fashion a life we will be happy with, and to change what needs to be changed in order to see our goals and dreams come true.
Every day is an opportunity to move forward and it is up to us to glean from each day. If we want to see progress, we need to work dutifully and diligently towards our goals. We need to be clear about what will make us happy in the long-term. If we don't, five years from now we will still be where we are today.
The fourth step to igniting the power within is a 3-pronged approach: learn to ask, seek, and knock.
Some of us have a bit of trouble asking for what we want, be it from God or some human being. The first part of this process is to overcome the fear of asking. For many years, it was hard for me to ask for what I wanted. I was afraid to speak up. Then I realized this timidity was not working for me. I needed to be more assertive and ask for what I wanted and needed both from people and from God.
Singles, in particular, struggle with this. How many times does a guy pass up an opportunity to go out on a date with a cute girl simply because he's afraid to ask her out? If we are unhappy in a relationship, we expect the other person to be a mind-reader. If we are unfulfilled in our job, we expect our boss to do something. This approach gets us nowhere. Our spouse is not a mind-reader nor is our boss. The cute girl is not a mind-reader either. If we are unhappy with our lives, it us up to us to take the first step and ask ourselves what we need and then ask God for what we want.
2. Make the effort to seek.
Problems are often difficult to solve and if we want to find the answer, we need to be diligent in doing our part to find a solution. We can't just sit back and expect things to resolve on their own. If you're having relationship problems, you go to a counselor or two or three, till you find one that helps. If you want to buy a house, you have to go house hunting on your free time. Same thing goes for finding a spouse. Answers don't always come as quickly as we would like but we are promised "If we seek, we will find". God will do his part and guide us but we need to do ours and make the effort.
3. Keep knocking.
This means exploring different options till we find the right one and the door opens. This applies to relationships, jobs, and our health. People in sales know this. Job-seekers know this. Successful people know this. If one approach does not work, try something new. We learn that each closed door brings us one step closer to our goal and our destiny but eventually a door will open to new opportunities, new ways of thinking, and answers to prayer.
This 3-pronged approach is a fundamental principle to igniting the power we each have within us. When we master this process, we will move past obstacles that have kept us stuck.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of implementing this principle on a daily basis. Too many people try for while and then give up. No! We have to keep at it. This practice develops perseverance and determination. It strengthens our character as well as well as our backbone. If we want to see changes in our lives, we must be willing to persevere.
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