Many years ago I was gifted a tiny little book from a co-worker who would soon be retiring. He actually gave this book to many of us, and at the time, I didn’t really realize how important it would become to me.
The book is called The Ultimate Secret to Getting Absolutely Everything You Want by Mike Hernacki, and it might be easy to discount its significance because of its tiny size.
Yet even as I contemplate my life today, many, many years later, it is still top of mind in nearly every choice or decision I make.
The secret this book points out is the same secret nearly every book on my shelves (and I have dozens, if not hundreds) in the genre of self-help or personal growth shares, and when I remember it, things shift drastically for me as well.
Simply put, the ultimate secret to getting whatever I truly desire, is the willingness to do whatever it takes – short of violating anyone else’s rights – to achieve or experience or manifest it.
As I’m thinking about this concept this morning, a Bible story is coming to mind.
I’m thinking of the story of Abraham and his son Isaac. According to the Bible, God asked (commanded?) Abraham to take his only son Isaac and actually sacrifice him (i.e. kill him) on an altar. Sounds barbaric without context, but the good news is that right as Abraham was about to kill his son under God’s command, God stopped him. The moral of the story is that Abraham trusted God enough to do whatever it took to prove that trust, and, at the last minute, he didn’t actually have to do what he was willing to do.
If you are willing to do whatever it takes (and I’ll add here, without violating the rights of others), then don’t be surprised when shortcuts appear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said something similar in the 1800s: “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” Paulo Coelho uses the same concept in the book The Alchemist.
Once you truly are willing to do whatever it takes, shortcuts will appear. However, they may not appear immediately. It may happen that struggles show up first, just to make sure you truly are willing. Or to see whether you really have decided.
Being a great decision-maker is actually a skill you can develop and, if you want to do it at the highest level, there’s also an element of discernment that comes into the picture. Discernment invokes a Higher Power into the mix, and adds an element of faith as well.
So the big question for today is: Are you truly WILLING to do whatever it takes, without violating the rights of others, to become the person to whom what you desire can be – has to be – attracted?
The truth will set you free – but first it might piss you off.