In the past, I have recapped 6 of the 7 steps to Manifesting Your Heart’s Desires and promised to share step 7.
Here’s step 7 - (Be warned I have just jotted all of this down, copy and pasted from a few places and shared it as I’m rushing out the door – I want you to have it now. I’ll make it beautiful when I get back.)
Persevere and Let Go
Perseverance is defined as steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
I’ve had several experiences and worked with many people who seemed to be destined for endless failure and then, by persevering they found success.
Learn to collect the “no’s” as a means of getting to yes. The world’s most successful people know this.
Here are some examples:
When the show Seinfeld debuted audiences, focus groups and critics hated it.
Robin Williams was voted most humorous and least likely to succeed in high school.
J.K. Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before the 13th gave her a measly $3,000 advance and agreed to publish Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
At 5’11 and 165 lbs, Wayne Gretzsky was deemed too small and slow for professional hockey.
James Redfield couldn’t get The Celestine Prophecy published by publishers (so he did it himself). It has sold 20 million copies worldwide.
In 1970, Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza, was $1.5 million in debt to more than 150 lawsuit threatening creditors.
Jack London received more than 600 rejection letters.
A young Barbara Walters was advised by a CBS executive to, “Stay out of television.”
Eddie Arcaro (Secretariat jockey) lost 250 races before winning.
Stephen Spielberg was rejected by UCLA’s & USC’s film schools.
The second part of this step is to let go – we must persevere—and give ALL we have to creating what we want and at the same time let go of the outcome.
This is so paradoxical, isn’t it? How can we live full out and put our intention, energy, and action into something and at the same time let go?
I see it as part of co-creating. I am responsible for my part and the Universe, life or the soul or however it makes sense to you has its own ways, reasons, and wisdom. I trust it. When things don’t go the way I planned, I suspend doubt and judgment and trust that something better will come or that I’ve been spared something unwanted or that I’m not ready yet.
There always comes a time in the future when, I can that things some would have perceived as failures were times that shaped me into someone who could step into greater roles and wield more power. I am a willing and eager student.
Often the intense energy we expend clinging to something is the single greatest obstacle to our good. It makes us plot, manipulate and attempt to control life—something that rarely succeeds and if it appears to succeed often backfires.
It also interferes with our inner state, it blocks energy and stops flow.
Most upset is derived from our unwillingness to accept or release something. Like holding water, the tighter we grasp the less we have.
We greatly improve our lives and results by letting it go.
Letting go also does not mean giving up. It means that we take our frenetic, chaotic energy out of the picture and release our attachment to the outcome.
If you believe in a force greater than you (God, Spirit, Universal Energy etc.), letting go is an act of surrender to the power responsible for beating hearts and suspending the planets in the sky, surely it can handle your concerns.