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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ask and you shall receive!


“The world is full of genies waiting to grant your wishes.”

The quote above by Percy Ross describes a profound fact, and that which Christ expressed as a natural law; the Universe responds to those who ask.

“Seek and you shall find. Ask and you shall receive."  

If  you are not receiving maybe that is because you’re not asking. Not really.

In my day to day encounters with clients, I have discovered that most problems that exist in relationships, and around career and abundance issues, arise because we're afraid the person we’re asking will say no.  I might point out to you that it’s a little silly to be afraid that you’re not going to get what you want if you ask... because you are already not getting what you want!

Without asking you already have nothing. What are you afraid of?  Who cares if you don’t get it when you ask for it, because, before you ask for it, you don’t have it anyway. So there’s really nothing to be afraid of.

Another reason for people not asking for what they want is they are afraid that they are unworthy of it.

The solution is to make yourself worthy.

I am reminded of this by my dogs everyday. I will be busy working and suddenly a tennis ball will be dropped on my lap, or a paw laid on my arm to coax my fingers off the keyboard and move behind the ear. I'll hear the jingle of collars and leashes being pulled off the pegs by the back door and within a few seconds all three of them will be in my office ready to go! They live by the principle that it never hurts to ask.  

It is essential to realize that we can't reach our goals without the help of others. Therefore, we must ask them for their help. True, we may not get what we ask for, but we will never get what we don’t ask for!

You can prepare the way by following another universal law, which is, “You only receive what you give away.” In other words, before you can expect others to respond favorably to your requests, you have to willingly cooperate with those asking for your help.  

Be loyal, trustworthy, generous and kind. This sets in motion relationships and networks that are predisposed to help you because you are worthy of it.

To maximize your chances of success, here are some pointers to keep in mind.

• Make your need and desire for help a request, not a demand. Accept refusals graciously. Thank them for their consideration. Show gratitude for help; show understanding when it is not offered.
Make reasonable requests, don’t ask someone to do what you are not willing to do for them.

• Don’t try to get what you want by manipulation. Don't use fear tactics, passive aggressive action, and don’t try to make the other party feel guilty for refusing. Don’t ask for advice or suggestions if all you want is to have someone agree with your preconceptions.

• Don’t ask others to do what you can do without their help. Show some initiative. Don’t beg God, or make deals with the Devil. God helps those who help themselves, use your prayers for prayers of thanksgiving, and don't compromise your personal ethics.

• Remain committed to your goals and don’t get discouraged when your requests for help are turned down. You will never lose if you never quit. Just keep trying. Your efforts will be rewarded, sometimes in ways that are not immediately obvious!

Asking for what you want doesn’t mean you will get everything you ask for. But it does mean you will get more out of life. More love, more joy, more belly rubs, more walks and games of fetch.

Today, enjoy the many rewards that are yours just for the asking!

May you be blessed!

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