Have you ever felt stuck? You know where you want to be but you can’t seem to get there and every time you try, you seem to be blocked. How do you handle it? Do you just complain that the world is against you or do you keep working and trying? You can’t give up in frustration. Too many people throw in the towel just before their breakthrough. Trust the process and know that there is a valuable lesson to be learned, if you are willing to learn it.
However, it is important to consider this:
- Have you done all that you need to do to obtain the result you seek? Or are you trying to arrive there via shortcut? You can’t circumvent the system; you have to put in the work. Think about it this way, you have an exam to take but you don’t study. Instead, you decide to cheat. Even if you pass the exam, you did not bother to learn the material and when you need to apply the knowledge you will fall short.
- Have you made the necessary preparations in your life to accept the result of your effort? There are always steps you need to take first to prepare for something new. Let’s say you want to buy a car, first you have to have a driver’s licence and then you have to register and insure the car before you can drive it on the road.
- There is a saying “faith without works is dead”. So, if you are praying or hoping for the result without taking any action, you can’t reasonably expect to see results. Let’s say you want a new job. Even though you may be highly qualified, if you never send out an application, you won’t be hired. How will the potential employer know you are looking for and available to work?
Sometimes, you have to do something different. Opportunities often come from the most unexpected places. I have found that serving others yields more blessings than the effort I expend. So, I encourage you to find ways to help others and the unexpected blessings will come back to you.
True story. Years ago, I was unhappy at work and decided that I needed to find another job. I sent out countless resumes and got no offers. It was very frustrating. Prior to that, I had identified a professional certification that I wanted to do but I kept postponing it. Finally, after 2 years of job hunting with no success, I decided to give up. Instead, I registered for the courses and began the process of obtaining the certification I had wanted as a way to learn new skills. It took about 2 years to complete that process and once I was certified, I joined their professional network and began to volunteer with them.
A year after starting my volunteering with that organization, I met a fellow volunteer, who told me about an opening. She encouraged me to apply, even though I wasn’t looking for a job anymore. I applied and was hired in the most seamless process I could have imagined. The lesson here is simple. Had I not finally done the certification that I had talked about for so long, none of the subsequent events would have occurred. To borrow a phrase from my mother, “God drives a moving car”.