Do you know what would be great? If I could look up to the sky and scream, “Universe, please help me make money!” and then a wad of a hundred dollar bills would smack me in the face.
I’m sure thousands of people believe such a thing can happen — not the money falling from the sky bit, but the idea that they can ask the Universe for help and they’ll get what they want without putting in the work.
Well, I’m sorry to break it to you, but the Universe doesn’t exist to give you what you want.
She exists to guide you and help you get what you want. In other words, the Universe works alongside you, not for you.
I’m the idiot who was basically looking to the sky and begging for money without taking action.
I wanted to make money — outside of Medium, and I kept begging the Universe to create an opportunity for me.
The truth is, that can happen.
One time, also during a time I needed money, my aunt called me up out of nowhere and said she’d pay me $50 to help her with something relating to her business. It was the quick opportunity I’d been looking for, but shit rarely pops up like that.
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” — Vince Lombardi
If you want something great to happen to you, if you want your questions answered, it’s up to you to create those opportunities.
It’s only then that the Universe will try to help and guide you.
Once I realized what I was doing — waiting for the Universe to do the work for me — I literally rolled my eyes at myself and opened UpWork to find a job.
When I scrolled through the thirtieth listing, I started getting worried. “I’m not going to find a job. Everyone pays so low. There’s nothing on here for me,” I started thinking.
I groaned and lay my head on the bed. Thankfully, I caught myself after I said those things, and I flipped my words because if I continued to believe I couldn’t find a job, I wouldn’t.
“What you think you create, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you become.” — Anonymous
I closed my eyes and said, “There is a job here for me. People will pay me what I’m worth.”
My family wasn’t home, so I visualized them coming back and me yelling excitedly, “I found a job!” I felt the thrill and happiness until it felt real.
I kept those positive thoughts in mind, and I started looking. I found jobs that paid well, opened five, and applied to all of them.
There was one person who said he budget was $60 for an article on Bill Gates, but because of the UpWork fees, that would only earn me $48. I took a risk, and I proposed he pay $75, so I could receive the $60.
Raising the proposed budget by fifteen dollars made a part of me believe he wouldn’t take it, but I stopped that thought too. I’ve done it before, who was to say it wouldn’t work this time?
So, I submitted my proposal and then quit Chrome. I’d done my part. All I had to do now was wait.
Not fifteen minutes later, I received a message from that man with an offer to accept the job.
If I’d continue to expect that the Universe was going to do the work for me, I’d be sixty bucks short.
You can’t just want something and expect to get it only because you’re praying for it with all your heart. You have to start taking action, and then the Universe will help you get to your destination.
You can’t just visualize either. You can imagine and feel all you want, and you can be the most optimistic person in the room, but you won’t get what you want.
Stop waiting and start doing. It’s up to you to create the life you want, the opportunities you’re seeking, the dreams you want to achieve. It’s not up to the Universe.
Keep that in mind as you go into the new year with hopes and dreams. Only you can make them a reality.