Have you ever seen the movie Glengarry Glen Ross? In the scene where Alec Baldwin’s character delivers the monologue regarding the coveted Glen Ross accounts (which was not in the original play), he mentions the ABCs of sales: Always Be Closing. This is a common tagline to the approach to sales, albeit kind of an old school approach. Might as well say “Always Be Selling”, or ABS. Notice the apropos BS at the end of that given acronym…
Enough about that movie. I’m not a fan of the film, the play, or of David Mamet’s work in general. I bring it up, however, because I think of it often when I write posts to this blog. I ask myself, “Self? Can there possibly be an ABM acronym I could use, as in Always Be Manifesting?” The thing of that is, it’s not much different than the above cited example of Always Be Selling. In sales you’re always selling anyway, it’s not something you’re really turning on or off. It’s a matter of how focused you are on what you are selling. One has to be mindful they aren’t inadvertently selling the wrong idea about whatever it is they’re selling.
We are always manifesting. It’s really a matter of our focus. If our focus or our presence is askew or misdirected we can find ourselves manifesting something other than what we think we desire. What makes it even trickier is manifestation does not play by the rules of the stage magician, where a dove is produced from the lifted lid of a saucepan ablaze.
The process of bringing our intentions to reality is more like a smoldering ember. The temperature has to hold for a long enough period to keep the glow present until the environment is prime for transforming it into a small flame. In our own manifestation process what controls the temperature is our belief, our hope, our trust in ourselves and what is best for us. While we are exercising our patience as best we can we sometimes lose faith over time, believing that what we want will never come, that it got lost in the mail of the Universe.
Yes, we are always manifesting, but often at an imperceptible pace. Think of it as writing your intentions on the back of a tortoise and letting it go. That tortoise will get there, but unless being an audience of the tortoise march serves as cheap entertainment for us, we will merely suffer the watched-pot syndrome. Our distrust in the process only serves to force us to pick up the creature and constantly change its direction as if that would help to get it there any faster.
The adage that faith can move mountains is true. Just ask Dasrath Manjhi, the man who literally did just that over the course of 53 years. Perhaps he didn’t have the luxury of microwaves and McDonald’s to sully the idea that often time is required to manifest one’s intentions. What he did have is the unyielding belief that it was to be.