This is the last of a series of columns originally titled “Prepare for the Boom.” When I began the series almost a year ago I was anticipating an economic boom that I thought would naturally follow the bust of the last few years. I posited that those who were the best prepared for the break upward would receive the greatest benefits from the boom. That’s why each week I wrote about things you and I need to do to be ready when the bust turns into boom.
By most standards and despite promises of hope and change, what went down is still going down. About the only things that are going up are foreclosures, bankruptcies, prices and unemployment. Some pundits think we’re going to have to wait a long time for the boom. I hope they are wrong and I know you do too.
In the meantime, there’s not a whole lot you can do to bring about immediate change to the national economic predicament we are in. So if there’s going to be any boom in your little world, you’re going to have to make it happen yourself. Fortunately, most intelligent people don’t sit on their butts and wait for the government to come and rescue them. They figure the best thing the government can do is to get out of their way and let them work and solve their problems themselves.
It’s like this: Any boom starts within the individual, within your own heart and mind. You begin by looking deep within your own soul for that’s where your true strength is found. It’s not what the government can do for you; it’s what you can do for yourself, your family and your community.
Answer these questions: Who are you, really? What great longings still linger in your heart? What significant yet perhaps repressed aspirations seek fulfillment? Find the answers and you will find your real strength. And trust me when I tell you that neither your answers nor your strength will be found in some government tax break, benefit or bailout. Neither will they be found by winning the lottery or getting a surprise legacy from an unknown recently deceased wealthy uncle.
Your strength, your riches and your destiny are already written on your heart. You must bailout yourself, solve your own problems, confront your own obstacles and in the process create your own legacy. In many ways, my friend, you’re on your own so stop whining and get after it – whatever for you “it” is. And that is why when I was about two-thirds of the way through this series I changed the name from “Prepare for the Boom” to “Kick in the Pants.”
Here’s the point about you that I am trying to make: You never know what you can accomplish until you test yourself and you never know the measure of your strength until your strength is tested. Right now – this is the season of testing. Over the next few months and years you will find out what you are made of. And that is good. For once you find the real you, once you develop your own internal spiritual muscles, you’ll be ready for the boom and you will zoom to your zenith.
So this week’s “Kick in the Pants” is this: Make your own boom happen. I know you can. I know you will. And quietly in the background of your soul, I hope you’ll hear me cheering you on to your personal destiny.
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