Imagine you are on a beautiful sunny, tropical island. Let’s call it Abundance Isle. This magical island is like no other place. As the warm air caresses your face one day as you lounge on the white sand, a sharply dressed gentleman makes his way over to your beach chair.
“I hope your enjoying your stay on the island,” he says. “Abundance Island is a very special place. We have unlimited resources, and we have the ability to make all of your dreams come true.”
At this point, you are super skeptical and annoyed that this dude is blocking some of the sunlight. You quickly quip, “Yea, OK buddy, what’s the catch?”
“There is no catch the,” gentleman explains. “All you have to do is ask for what you want.”
“Ask for what I want?” you scoff. “This is really ridiculous.”
“Well, let’s try it out,” the gentleman responds. “What do you really want in life?”
Ok, stop the story and pause for a second. Did you have an answer come to mind? As you so clear on your goals that you’ll have an immediate answer when the “Waiter or Waitress of Life” comes around?
You are not alone if you don’t have an answer for, “What do you really, really, really want in life?” Most of us think of the earth as Despair Isle, instead of Abundance Isle. We’re so focused on lack and obstacles, that we don’t ever take the time to really think about what to ask for to create the life of our dreams. So, the “Waiter or Waitress of Life” stands hovering over you, blocking the sunlight, waiting for you to give some type of direction. You sit in your chair, frustrated, annoyed, and angry that the days aren’t seeming to get any sunnier.
Not to belabor the point, but let’s put this into the actual context of a restaurant. When the waiter comes over to take your order, you tell them exactly what you want. Dressing on the side, no cheese, and substitute regular fries for sweet potato fries….and at all. Then out comes, you order. It isn’t always perfect, but the action of asking allowed you to receive. Imagine if you didn’t ask for anything. You’d have one confused waiter staring you down; he/she would eventually move on to another table that knew what they wanted.
Get clear on what you want and ask for it today. Don’t spend another second on this great Abundance Isle complaining about what isn’t happening when you haven’t asked for things to be different. Be loud, be vocal, and let others know what you are asking for.
It won’t be easy. It won’t be perfect. Things won’t go according to plan. And, you’ll still have to get up from your lounge chair to make things happen. But, by putting your request out there, you will have put yourself in the position to receive.