Source: 7 strategies for wealth & happiness – JIM ROHN
– ASKING –
There’s a command in the Bible that teaches all you need to know to get what you want. This is what it says: “Ask.” That’s it – ask. Of all the important skills to learn, make sure that you’ve got this one down.
What does “ask” mean? Ask means “ask for what you want.” And the complete formula is staggering. It is: “Ask, and you shall receive.” I think we’d better look into that …
First, asking starts the process of receiving. Asking is like pushing a button that unleashes incredible machinery, both intellectual and emotional.
As I said before, I don’t know how or why it works, but I do know it works.
There are a lot of things that work equally well whether we understand the mechanism behind them or not. Just work them! Some people never get started because they’re always studying the roots. and then there are others who choose to pick the fruit while they study the roots. It all depends on which end you want to start with. I recommend that you start asking.
Second, receiving, the other part of the formula, is not a problem. You don’t have to work on receiving. It’s automatic. So if receiving isn’t difficult, what’s the problem? It’s failing to ask.
The “guy” says, “Yes, but you work where I work, by the time you struggle home it’s late. You’ve got to get a bite to eat, watch a little TV to relax, and then get to bed. You can’t sit up half the night and ask, ask, ASK.” And this fellow is behind on his bills. He’s a good worker, a hard worker, a sincere worker. But you’ve got to do better than work hard and be sincere all your life, or you’ll wind up broke and embarrassed. You’ve got to be better than a good worker. You’ve got to be a good asker.
“I see it now,” he says. “I got up every day this past year and hit it hard. But nowhere in my house is there a list of the things I ask of life.”
How about you … how is your list?
Third, receiving is like the ocean – there’s plenty. This is especially true in this country. It’s like an ocean here! Success is not in short supply. It isn’t rationed so that when your turn comes they already gave it all away. No, no!
If that’s true, what’s the problem? The problem is that most people go to this ocean of opportunity with a teaspoon. Have you got the picture? A teaspoon! I view of the size of the ocean, may I suggest that you trade in your teaspoon for something bigger? How about a pail? It may not be the best you can do, but at least kids won’t make fun of you …
Two more thoughts about asking …
First, ask with intelligence. the Bible may not say, “Ask intelligently.” But I have no doubt that this is what is meant. So don’t mumble. You don’t get anything by mumbling. Be clear … be specific. Asking intelligently includes answering how high, how long, how much, when, what size, what model, what color. Describe what you want. Define it. Remember, well-defined goals are like magnets. the better you chisel them, the stronger they pull.
Second, ask with faith. Faith is the childlike part. It means believe that you can get what you want. Believe as a child believes. believe without the skepticism and cynicism of the adult in you.
You see, many of us have become too skeptical. We’ve lost that wonderfully innocent, childlike faith and trust. Don’t let this stop you. Believe in and have faith in yourself and your goals. and get excited – just like a child. Childlike enthusiasm – there’s nothing more contagious.
Children think they can do anything. they want to know about everything. How wonderful! They hate to go to bed at night and can’t wait to jump out of bed in the morning. Children can ask a thousand questions. and just when you think you’re ready to climb the wall, they’ll ask a thousand more. they will drive you to the brink. But, of course, their curiosity is really a virtue. When you rekindle your own childlike sense of curious enthusiasm, you will be well on your way to becoming a masterful asker.
We make a living by what we get (donation)
When you give (money), you are abundance =)