One of my favorite quotes is “You can have it all… just not all at once”. I googled it to see who may have originally said it. According to the information tubes it was Oprah. Oprah, if you subscribe to this blog, let us know if you heard this from someone else.
There should be a joke that starts “What do you get when you cross the New Age community with a society of instant gratification?” You might get storyboards, creative visualization, The Secret, and any other tool to employ the Law of Attraction. Someone really needs to clarify that it doesn’t work like the north and south poles of a couple of magnets, slapping together when they come within a certain distance of each other. Fed Ex does not guarantee overnight delivery on us becoming who we envision ourselves to be.
Here’s where we insert whatever analogy is the equivalent to “you have to learn to walk before you can run”. Realistically you have to learn to crawl before you can walk, and even then you have to learn to roll over onto your stomach before you can even crawl. Yet no one wants to be the apprentice. No one wants to be the coffee-fetching intern. In this society with its ever-increasing yields of generations of entitlement we set our intention and wonder why we haven’t been awarded our recognition for our achievement in the field of outstandingness in our given desire.
All. Things. Take. Time. There are no magic wands or shortcuts or get-rich-quick schemes. If we set an intention and wonder why it hasn’t come to fruition yet, it’s likely because we are counting in terms of days or weeks or months instead of years. We need to embrace the apprenticeship, we need to immerse ourselves in our place as the novice and know every expert has spent years in this position. Got that two or four or six or eight year degree in that specific field of study? Now you’re ready for that six figure salary? Let’s at the very least double that amount of time working in that field, then we can talk.
Oh, did I say there are no get-rich-quick schemes only to be rebutted by citing instances of lottery winners? So why do 70 percent of them go broke within seven years? Because they never learned how to steadily become wealthy over time. They learned to crawl then immediately tried to run a 5K. Let’s not rush to become the expert. Let’s not hurry into our coveted ideal place in life. Let’s know that as we build our future position we do it most securely brick by brick, through trial and error, through living in that starting position for longer than we think we need to, letting the length of experience be the true gauge of our proficiency.