We hear that the only way to achieve anything is through “hard work”. That means, in the usual sense, taking continuous strenuous action to achieve something. That’s not what applied faith is. It does mean taking action and effort is involved, but it’s not strenuous.
There are three types of ways we work: one is working because we have to (financial reasons), which could mean you don’t enjoy what you do, you just do it; the other is working on something you want to do because it’s what you want to be doing, it’s your goal; the last type is the person that’s doing something to finance their goal, which they are moving towards.
The whole world is split between those three types of work; have to, love to, moving towards.
Where does applied faith sit? The last two types of work.
Applied faith is taking action towards a goal you have, that dream that you want to realise because wishing it is no longer enough. You are driven by the want for a better way to live. You want to achieve your “worthy ideal”, as Earl Nightingale would say.
And yet, so many take no action, don’t move forward but stay where they are. They never make the decision to act. Why?
Where’s the faith
Applied faith is taking action in the faith that our goal will be achieved. It’s not just a wish or a hope; it’s an assumption that our wish will be fulfilled.
We have to “assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled” (Neville Goddard).
Most people don’t’. Let’s face it, we get used to a way of life that has suddenly become the norm. Go to work, get home, go to the gym, go for a run, watch TV, play an online game, might read a bit,… you get the idea. We fall into a rhythm.
As long as you are happy with where you are there is nothing wrong with this. It could be that you have unknowingly reached your goal and you are content with everything you have and the way that life is for you. You are the envy of many a man and woman!
Others, however, are not content with their position. I’m not talking about wanting a better house or car or more material things. I’m talking about achievement and fulfilment. Some people are not happy unless they are constantly striving, continually challenging themselves, always aiming for that next worthy goal.
But if you are one of the people who want more out of life and find yourself in a position of comfort, or you are no longer happy or fulfilled, then you have to act.
Before you do fear and doubts will kick in, as they always do with all of us. We hit a wall of fear and doubt, people around us discourage us telling us it’s a fools folly, that staying in our current job is the “safe thing to do”.
This is where applied faith comes in – it’s taking action regardless of the circumstances, fears and doubts. It’s saying, “I may not know how I’m going to get there, but I’m going to”.
It’s about having faith in yourself and the universal power around you.
The Right Action
Not every action will lead to where you want to go. Your actions have to be consistent with the goal you want to achieve. Prior to any action ask yourself, “Will this take me closer or further away from my goal?” Are your actions consistent with your values and what you believe in?
These are fundamental questions. Any action that is not aligned with your goal will undoubtedly lead you further from it. And any action that goes against your values and ethics will cause you distress, again leading you away from your goal.
The means do not always justify the end result.
Every action you take should lead you towards your goal.
If you want to start a gardening business you want to learn about that business. You’re not going to go and learn about how to put a wall together, unless that is part of the service you will eventually provide. You will learn about the types of plants, grass and possibly garden design. You will purchase the equipment you need to start the business.
You’re not going to spend the money from the business loan you just agreed with the bank to get the latest television, but you may decide to change your vehicle so that you can accommodate the equipment (and depending where you live the television and the vehicle could be the same price; the vehicle may even be cheaper).
You’re not going to try out creating an internet business when your current goal is to start your reflexology business. You can go back to the internet business later (to sell your products and services online) but for now focus on getting the business started.
Applied faith is not just taking action, it’s taking the right kind of action.
I can do it!
When you act on what you want to achieve you are changing your own mental attitude towards yourself. You are telling yourself, “I can do this”, and by doing so you are changing beliefs you held about yourself.
You are overcoming fears of inability and disbelief. You create new ideals of “I can”, “I will”, “I am able”, “I can do this”. The hole concept of yourself has shifted.
At the same time, you are putting yourself on a different frequency, changing the message you are sending out to the universe, that infinite intelligence, the formless substance, which responds to you in kind, sending you the opportunities and ideas you need to keep moving forward and achieve your goals.
The only thing that stops us is the limitations we hold about ourselves, when infact the only limitations we do have are those imposed on us by our physical bodies. Our mind is limitless, boundless.
Nothing will come to you without you making the effort in the first place. You have to act. And act with the faith that the goal is inevitably achievable. Because it is.
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy (35th President of the United States of America)
Man must not only think, but his personal action must supplement his thought.
Wallace D. Wattles