Do You Align


In our day and age, our technologies, education, and attitude towards individual freedoms allow us to be, and to do most things we wish. If we want to be rich, there is a way to do that. If we desire to have a particular lifestyle, we can do that. If we wish to live in a specific area of the country that is indeed possible. Our freedoms and abilities have led us to this point.

Now I have a question for you. Between what you want and the way you act towards obtaining that desire, do you align? There is quite often a difference between passion and action. If you really desire something you work towards it. The work can sometimes be hard, and occasionally you have to give up some things to gain others. Yet, in the end, you can usually find your way to the goal you initially set out to do.

The real trick is you have to work at it. I know some people who become rich by taking what they can set aside and invest that money into stocks or mutual funds. Others buy and sell precious metals or other commodities. Others work hard at other passions to get to where they want to be.  These people are working towards a goal. If they are smart and work diligently, they stand a chance to reach that goal.

If your desire is wealth, and your plan to get there is stopping by the Quick-Mart on the way home and buying a lottery ticket every week, you might still get rich. It might take 2.9 billion tries to do so though. At three dollars a play you could pay up to $9 billion to possibly earn $500 million. In this case, your desire and actions look as though they may be significantly out of line.

I am a large preacher of research. Figure out what you are passionate to accomplish and while researching that path, ask a lot of questions. For each item you have, research qualified answers. Talk to people who are professionals or specialists in whatever you are trying to find out.

Friends, relatives, and fellow workers will always give you advice and hearsay, yet how much of that is true, and how much of that is good (or malevolent) intentions? If you’re going somewhere or planning to do something you need to hear from the people who have done it, not those who have excuses why they could not.

Will getting from where you are now, to where you want to go be easy? Probably not. And, that is okay. Since when has anything really worth striving for ever been easily obtained? Do your research. Do your work. And stick with your alignment.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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