You Get What You Ask For


Greetings.  How are you?

So, I’m really excited right now.  Why?  Well, lots of reasons … one of which is that I have the honor of attending an amazing women’s entrepreneur’s conference called SHINE next week in fabulous Las Vegas.  In preparation for my attendance, I am re-reading the legendary “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  The book is a gift from Ali Brown, SHINE host and uber-successful entrepreneur.

Last night, I was reading the chapter on DESIRE and came across a few sections that jumped off the page.  So true, so real, so … powerful.

The author makes a point about no more effort being required to aim high in life, to demand prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.  He goes on to share a poem that illustrates this universal truth …

I bargained with Life for a penny

And Life would pay no more,

However I begged at evening

When I counted my scanty store.

For Life is a just employer,

He gives you what you ask,

But once you have set the wages,

Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,

Only to learn, dismayed,

That any wage I had asked of Life,

Life would have willingly paid.

Wow.  What clarity. Hammers home a few points for me:

  • You get what you ask for
  • You must have faith in yourself
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get
  • Be bold.  Stand up for your life
  • Don’t settle or undermine your value

And we’re not just talking about money here.  Sure, money is energy and how we treat money is an analogy for how we treat ourselves, our bodies, and people in our lives.  To take it a step further, this concept of getting what you ask for translates into ALL aspects of life: relationships, health and wellness, career, adventure … the list goes on.

What are you asking for?  What are you accepting as OKAY with you?  Deep down, what feels right?  What feels off?

Be honest with yourself.  You know what you want.  Remove any limiting beliefs about why so-and-so will never work … or why this obstacle will get in your way … or why you will fail.  The surest way to failure is to never start.

One final thought from the book to guide you on your journey as a BELIEVER:

“There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it.  No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.  The state of mind must be belief, not more hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief.  Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage or belief.”


Answer these questions …

What do you desire to do?

Who do you desire to be?

How ready are you?

How open are you?

What’s stopping you?

Until next week, believe, believe, believe!  Picture yourself successful.  Act as if you are already that person.  Fake it until you make it. It works.



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