“Don’t sweat it, let it.” – Ter Scott
January 14, 2011
Secret Rule for Attainment # Seven:
Continue to quietly persevere in making your mental picture of what you wish to attain come about… regardless of what “outside” circumstances appear.
We’ve arrived now at Rule number 7 in the 10 Secret Rules for Attainment. By now I’m sure that you’ve seen success in many areas you that you are “working” on in what you desire to make happen in your life; some small, others large. However just by walking through or “going through the motions” of these previous six rules will not attain them. You may not be attaining these desires because you have not been diligent in your actions or you may have vacillated and have not been steadfast in your belief. If after reviewing your efforts you may find that the simple reason for lack of growth is that you need to give it time! We discussed that with rule number six. Now, while you are waiting, I want you to continue building that mental picture, hold it as being true, knowing that it is true on the “inside” and will become real on the “outside” regardless of no evidence of things happening, or circumstances to the contrary.
Rule six explains that great things require greater time. But what if it has been awhile and you are still not seeing results. Go back and review how you’ve done things so far. If you can do something more, or differently, do so. If you are satisfied that you have done and are doing (remember rule number five is to act), then you can only do one thing: wait. “Let go, and let God” is an expression that I’ve learned to use. Don’t sweat it, let it.
Two things may happen while we are waiting. First, it may appear that things are not happening. And secondly, forces may be against you, stopping or slowing the completion of your desire.
When it “appears” that nothing is happening, we need to remember the principle of the seed. We plant a tomato seed, knowing and expecting that a tomato plant will indeed burst from the ground and produce fruit.
Likewise, we plant our desires in our subconscious, place it on our dream board or dream book, look at it, affirm and confirm it daily, and like a seed that is under the soil, we can not see it. But, we also know and expect it too, to some time burst from the ground and produce fruit. Like that seed, we must act; nurturing it with the nutrients and water of our faithful steps we’ve discussed in the previous 10 Secret Rules of Attainment. Soon it springs from the ground and is there for the world to see!
The second thing that happens is that forces do work against our efforts. This is natural. Our tomato seed sometimes has to work harder to push through the soil that has been made hard; trampled by beasts and people, and weather conditions. This makes the plant tougher to meet future challenges of winds and rains. It’s the trees that are beaten by the winds that are stronger. The island’s coastline that has the roughest waters has the most beautiful coral. And you will find that when you conquer one obstacle in your life another, usually harder or bigger, quickly takes it place. The good news is that you are now stronger and can handle it! With bigger challenges come bigger rewards. With smaller successes, come larger successes!
Remember too that just because a seed is not visible as it is in the ground all of the time, doesn’t mean that it did not exist; so too with your idea, dream/goal/wish. Both existed and was growing all the time. Others did not see it, but you knew it was there all along. Have faith knowing that what you’ve planted will indeed come to fruition.
Finally, I must ask you. While this “seed” of your desire is “in the ground” out of view, are you recognizing signs of growth around you? Or, are you only seeing and believing the lack of evidence or the forces that are creating the friction of your efforts?
Perhaps there is growth and answers to your prayers, thoughts, etc., but you are not seeing them, and acting upon them. You will find that when you are open to seeing things, hearing things, feeling things, that you will realize that things are happening for you. For example, for months I have been prompted to contact a loved one whom I hadn’t seen for years and who lives hours from me. For whatever reason I kept putting it off. Several days ago, I met some one who strangely enough, is his niece! I never would have recognized her because we hadn’t seen each other since we were kids. She told me that this person had had a stroke and that I should call him. When I came home, I noticed that I wrote in my “to do” list for the day that I should write a letter to this person. Wow, that told me that things are working in areas that I cannot see. The next morning I wrote and sent the letter.
Another experience happened just yesterday morning. I was driving up a slippery, snow covered hilly road in Duluth Minnesota. Just before going around a left bend in the road my thought was to move to the right lane. Shortly after doing so, I drove around the bend and saw that a small car that was not visible from my earlier vantage point, had spun around, was stopped and facing the wrong direction in the left lane! My subconscious, that little small voice knew it was there.
Have faith. Listen to that small voice. Practice creative silence. Don’t just look, but seek. Quietly persevere in continuing to make, adjust, modify, and improve your mental picture, knowing, and expecting, that what is “inside” will burst forth and become real. Don’t be swayed by outside appearances or forces. Know that you know that you know. Be careful not to share your dreams/goals/wishes with others who may not understand you and your motivations. As long as your desire is positive and will help you and others by its completion, you are doing the right thing. Have faith, give it time and persevere!
Until next time,
Best of Success! Ter Scott!