I never quite realized the value of patience especially in business. In other words: stop, wait, and let your ideas unfold as they should. At the right time!
We often get ideas from your higher self or source energy who most of us refer to as God – ideas that are really quite awesome. You know those ideas that get you motivated and excited and all you want to do is go out there and make those ideas a reality.
However, sometimes we need to stop and listen and see the big picture. Is it the right time? I’m not saying don’t take any action – yes, take action, show that you are willing to be the one who will make the idea a reality by taking those small beginning steps that ultimately open doors.
I was chatting to a colleague of mine, Chris Dicks of Cornerstone Institute, just before I left Cape Town and he told me that when one receives a prophetic word from God one has to learn when to use that insight. You may be given an insight today for a reason – but it doesn’t mean you must execute or reveal it immediately. It could be that you were given the insight to learn, develop and grow – and when the time is right, God will bring it into reality.
This is what I’ve been experiencing. I was given an idea about 4 years ago, an idea that would seriously help a lot of people to change their lives for the better. I was so excited as I could just picture it. I immediately decided that I needed to make this a reality, firstly because I knew it would help people change their lives, and secondly if I didn’t do it, someone else soon would and I would lose the opportunity.
Here I was taking action but the wrong action. Long story short, it turned out to be a total disaster. It cost me a fortune, financially, emotionally, mentally and physically and this “great idea” sent me into a deep depression, making me feel like a complete failure – as though I was worthless and that an idea like this was only meant for a select few. I felt that the idea given to me was perhaps meant for someone with more resources than I had, and so I gave up. I shut the door completely and refocused my energies on what was working for me.
The day I did that, a heavy weight lifted from my shoulders. A few months later events began to unfold and this door that I shut is opening again. I’m not jumping in head-first like I did last time – instead I’m proceeding carefully, continuing cautiously day by day – and as I do so, more and more things are beginning to happen. I am taking one step at a time – and ensuring that it won’t cost me again. And best of all, the more I work like this, the more things are unfolding the way I envisaged.
Now it seems that the insight I was given 4 years ago may actually become a reality. And why? Because I stopped trying to make it happen out of my own strength. I allowed the idea that was given to me from above to happen in its own time, in the way it was meant to happen. And this, for me, has been the most valuable lesson in patience and timing.