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NFL (No Free Lunch)
10/22/2018 12:00:01 AM by: CL Lawrence

 

        There’s much motivational rhetoric about moving to the next level and manifesting your dreams and desires. It’s all quite personal. It could be career, relationship, education, personal growth. Whatever your “it” is, there’s one thing common to manifesting any “it.” HOMEWORK.  UGH!!!  Not exciting, but vital to your moving progressively.

        Homework is quite simply investing the time and effort up front to know what you need to know, so you can do what you need to do to get where you want to go. Homework is a non-negotiable part of living your best life. You do your homework before signing a contract, buying a house, signing for a loan, or making any important purchase. It’s infinitely more important that you apply due diligence in making life decisions. You must do the work – your work for your life! 

       You ask God for something, a dream, a desire, and request others to pray with you and for you.  Don’t miss the essential piece of bringing into manifestation that for which you’ve asked.  Homework.  It begins when you get up off your knees. Prayer isn’t magic; it’s engaging with God in the work of the desired outcome. Prayer is aligning yourself with the power source, the energy, and wisdom needed for the manifestation of the desire. You are a co-creator.

        Resist the temptation to see something and just “go for it.” Think first. Have your ever said to yourself, “I wish I knew this before I made the decision?” Did you ask the right questions? Did you ask enough questions, then listen for God to speak on the inside? There’s ALWAYS more than meets the eye. Do your due dilligence. Do your life homework.

  • Find out what’s really behind Door #1, #2, & #3, …
  • How many hoops do you need to jump through?
  • High do you have to jump?
  • To whom must you bow?
  • What will it cost? (There’s No Free Lunch.) (No free breakfast, dinner, snack or dessert!)
  • What’s the work ethic norm? (Is overtime expected?)
  • Do you understand interest rates?
  • Where did that person come from who got the position? (Did you notice the details of the job posting? Did you ask questions, gather information, consider subjectivity, i.e. who owes someone a favor?)
  • Did you calculate the cost benefit before applying for the position? (Cost of the added gas and mileage of the commute against the amount of the raise?)
  • How many times has the person been married and what caused the divorce(s)? (Does the person have anger management issues? Spending problems? Or …)
  • What’s expected of you before you join? ($$$, attendance, etc.)
  • What are the political nuances involved? (Is this something you can deal with?)

        There’s always some degree of the above; that’s life.  Do your life homework. Don’t stop seeking until you find.  Keep digging until you see as much as possible to make the picture clear. Ask yourself a couple of simple questions:

  • Does the cost in any way, on any level, violate any of my personal or professional ethics?
  • Is this taking me where I want to go or is it a distraction?

        Without doing your life homework, your due dilligence, you’re choosing to lay down control of your life and giving it to someone or something else. Things don’t just happen. There are no coincidences. You don’t luck your way into anything. What happens (the effect) is a result of your due dilligence (cause).

        Don’t like politics? Only like things that are “straight forward?”  Get over it.  There’s always a measure of politics and creative dealings involved in almost everything. It’s just part of the human experience everywhere, even in the most “holy” places.  It isn’t always sin, dirty, unfairness or trickery going on.  Just do your life homework and learn how the game you’re in is played (how it works). Every game has rules. To ignore it could render you stuck at the same level forever.  Don’t waste time spinning your wheels talking about how unfair things are.  Just learn how the thing (whatever it is) works.

        Consider the story Jesus told about a shrewd business transaction. (Luke 16:1-9)  Some may see the transaction as a smart business move, while another may see it as unjust.  If the game is ugly and violates moral principles that’s one thing but if it’s just about being savvy in your strategies, and who you know, then you better get about the business of knowing someone. Network. Network. Network. Pay attention and learn.

            Join organizations, attend networking events, host your own events, volunteer, reach out to people you don’t work with every day. Remember, when you help others reach their next level, they’ll  help you reach your next level. Find out who they are, what they need and how you can help them. Big dreams come with big homework and big responsibilities.

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