Chapter 9

Good Things Will Come To Me When I...

 Today's Empowering Quote 

"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is good work today."
     --Elbert Hubbard

 Today's Empowering Question 

 "What can I do now that will prepare me for tomorrow?"

 Today's Fast Session  

 Often the most frustrating thing that any of us feel on a regular basis is to want something really bad, and not be able to get it right away. 

Yes, it's frustrating.  But it's usually not realistic, is it?

The challenge that we face is that advertisers want us to get motivated to buy their products immediately.  But if you have limitations of one sort or another, like... you don't have a space to park a 50 foot yacht, or simply no money, then you're not going to be able to buy this thing. And it's not just products, is it?  Many people see someone else with some personal trait or a job they want and they get jealous.

They want it, too... NOW!

It's getting so that it's increasingly rare to find people who are truly willing to put in the requisite time necessary to get the traits or items they want.  Our world today is trying to teach us that we must get what we want immediately; that it's our right.  And that's why so many of us are jealous, smoke or drink, are overweight, use drugs, etc. 

Listen up.

It's your right, all right.

It's your right to have the same opportunity to work for what you want.  You have to sacrifice to reach your dreams just like every other person who ever lived, who reached the same kinds of ambitions.

Today MUST be the day that puts you on, or keeps you on, the road to attaining what you want.  Remember, God helps those who help themselves.

Many days don't afford us the time to push certain things forward, it's true.  For example, if you're traveling and you use that as an excuse to not eat right and to not exercise, then you probably won't do it even when it's more convenient.

Life is NOT like school.

In school, you can trick yourself into thinking you're doing great if you cram for exams and get decent scores. It is possible to get fairly good grades for a while that way.

But you don't learn it.  You're likely to just remember it until the exam is over... maybe.

That's why new college graduates often find it difficult to find a decent paying job.  Companies like successful work experience.  In college, you can fool the system and
yourself.  In the professional world and in most other areas of life, it's a lot tougher.  Almost impossible.

Real life is truly like a farm.

On the farm, you must move the rocks, buy seeds and all the other stuff, plant the seeds, buy and maintain the equipment, pull weeds, keep the pests away, water the crops, buy and sell the animals, feed them, nurse the sick ones back to health, fertilize, etc.  And you need to keep up with it all everyday...

Or you won't have a crop at the end of the season.

Life is like this, too.  Just like a farm, you can't "cram" in life.  Don't be fooled.  Don't believe the lies that others want you to believe.  You want to believe it. I know you do.  But think.

The people who have the things you want earned them.  And don't believe they just got lucky.  Luck takes work.  

Put the effort in today and you'll get luckier and luckier.  Will it be immediately?  Probably not.  Beat this into your head... Anything worth having takes time to get it.

When I'm tempted to believe that I should have something (before I've earned it), I think of my grandparents.

They owned a farm.

And I realize that life can be long and that I can't put tomorrow before today.

Then I look at my goal, put my shoulder down and keep going...

With a smile on my face.

Today's Winning Beliefs

-- I've dissolved and released all jealousy from my heart
-- I receive all my rewards at the appropriate times
-- I'm at peace with my responsibilities
-- I'm preparing myself for tomorrow today

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