I was working with this guy who wanted to live his
life's purpose. He wanted to be a singer but was presently
working as a mail clerk at a law firm. He didn't make much
money on this job and he had a lot of beliefs that let me
know, right from the start, that he was going to be a challenge.
He was very close-minded.
Generally, as a rule, I don't like to work with people
who are closed-minded and have a hard time believing in
themselves. But he was different. Not that he wasn't
closed-minded, but the thing was that he was very talented.
I once over heard him singing and couldn't believe the
incredible voice he had and so I approached him and asked
him if he had any music on CD that I could purchase and
listen to. He smiled and said that he didn't actually sing.
(He could have fooled me.) It was just something that he
liked to do. He felt he had a nice voice, but he wasn't
doing anything with his voice, other than singing whenever
the feeling hit him. Most of the time he sang in the shower
where no one could hear him except himself--and perhaps his
upstairs or downstairs neighbors in his building.
I was saddened by this confession. I am one who believes
that when God gives us a talent or a gift, we are not
suppose to hide it under a bushel but share it with the
I told him I was a coach and that I help people
discover and live their life's purpose. I believed
we had already discovered his gift-his voice. But I
was willing to help him live his life's purpose by
showing him ways that he could make a living with his
He laughed at me originally, and told me that singing
wasn't a real career. He said that although there were
people making money with their voice, he didn't believe
he could do it. He wasn't happy working as a mail clerk,
but he did make enough money to pay his bills although
he always seemed to be struggling to make it from one
paycheck to the other.
I met with him one day and gave him a breakdown of
exactly what he could do to begin making money with
his beautiful voice. He was excited. He took my
information and promised to keep me informed.
Weeks passed and I hadn't heard anything from him
so I called him to find out how he was doing with
his new career as a singer. A little embarrassed he
told me that he hadn't done anything that I had suggested.
Without any real explanation, he just sort of said that
he didn't believe that others would like his voice and
didn't think he could really make any money singing.
I walked away that day feeling a little defeated.
I know in my heart of hearts, that this young man
has an exceptional talent that God didn't give to
him to keep to himself. I felt so strongly about
this that, and knowing his financial situation, I
offered to coach him for free. But he declined the
offer, stating that I would be wasting my time because
he just couldn't see himself as a singer or having the
belief that anyone would pay him money to sing.
This is the problem that most people have-they have a
hard time believing that anyone would pay them for their
talents or their gifts. They simply can't visualize it
happening. When others comment on their talent, they
become embarrassed and doubt themselves even more.
They walk around believing that no one would be
interested in their talent. They won't believe it
unless they see it happening. They stick by their
belief that they will "believe it when they see it."
The truth of the matter is, it works the total
opposite of that. Instead of believing it when
you see it, you must see it FIRST and believe it,
before it manifests into your life.
All this young man had to do to get out of his
present situation and get into the situation of
his dreams is to "dream." Visualize his dreams.
See them happening as if they have already happened.
See it. And then, believe, with all his heart that
it WILL happen. Believe it. And it will happen.
I guess seeing is believing-even if you are not
seeing it in your every day life situation. But the
"magic" of manifesting your dreams is "seeing" with
your third eye, and God will manifest your desires
right before your eyes.
ACTION POINT: I've stated many times that you should
visualize yourself living the life that you desire to
live. But don't just visualize it, BELIEVE IT. Believe
that you CAN live that life and you WILL live that life.
It's as simple as that. "Whatever you ask for and believe,
it shall be given unto you."
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