HJ: Sage advice is given in this article-parable combo. There is a huge misconception that one only need think of the things they want/desire in order to manifest them. This is a fallacy. While visioning is an important part of the process, action must be taken to materialize the etheric thought into physical form. - Truth
By Jeff Bennington
I heard a story recently that made a huge impact in the way I look at success.
The story is about a young man who wanted to be the best athlete in his sport. He wanted to be famous and he wanted to make a lot of money. So the young man called up an old pro, a man who was considered a guru in the sport. He asked the guru if he could teach him the secret of his success. He asked if he could coach him and tell him what he had to do to be successful. Being the helpful man that he was, he agreed, and he asked the young man to meet him at the beach early the following morning.
The eager young athlete showed up a few minutes late, but the guru overlooked his immaturity and began his instruction immediately. He asked if the young man was willing to do whatever it takes to be successful, and the guy shook his head enthusiastically. The guru then walked through the sandy beach and into the crashing waves and signaled for the youngster to follow. The young athlete looked at him quizzically, but went ahead and did as the man asked.
The guru said, “Very good. Now keep moving.”
The young man continued into the water until it rose above his knees. He wasn’t much of a swimmer so he started to feel a little bit nervous and asked, “How deep are we going to go?”
The guru replied, “A little more.” He waved his hand, commanding the athlete to continue, and he walked until the water rose over his chest. Naturally, the young man followed, but stood close to the guru, fear written all over his face.
The guru said, “Now take one more step.”
The young man did so reluctantly.
“Now take another.”
The young man took another step and lifted his chin so he could breathe and shouted, “I can’t go any deeper without going under.”
The guru smiled and said, “I know.” He then griped the athletes shoulders and shoved him into the water and held him down. The athlete struggled, and kicked, and although he was as strong as a lion, the guru was stronger. He held him down until the young man almost passed out.
When the weary athlete came out of the water gasping for air, he coughed and spit out the salt water, shuffling through the waves until he returned to the sandy beach and plopped down, exhausted and lightheaded. The guru followed. And when the young man had caught his breath, he asked with a hint of hostility, “Why did you do that? You almost killed me!”
The guru bent down and looked at the youngster eye to eye and said, “If you want to be successful at anything, you have to want it as much as you wanted to breathe when I was holding you under.”