Sonika: Back when I was 8 years old, I had a pretty traumatic experience (well it was probably traumatic because I was only 8 years old). I was in a shopping mall with my parents and we were on the escalator, and as we approached the bottom, I saw a fish tank on my right. I was immediately drawn to its colorful presence, and stopped to take a look. Wide-eyed, I cupped my hands around my face and peered into the fish tank. I saw blue stripes, red scales and yellow fins. It felt like only 5 minutes had gone by, but when I turned around my parents had disappeared. ‘They couldn’t have gone very far,’ I thought to myself, but every passing second felt like an eternity. I started to panic and ran towards the middle of the aisle and stood there, frantically searching through the crowd. Images flashed in my mind of everything I had learned from school about what to do when you get lost. And suddenly, I knew exactly what to do. I trusted those images in my mind and I stood there, calming myself down. Rule #1: Stay where you are so they know where to find you. Rule #2: Figure out where you are so you know what to do in order to get where you want to go. I stood there, and turned in all directions: North, South, East and West. I realized I was in the perfume and makeup area of the mall. I was just starting to look for someone who could help, when a lady walked up to me and asked me what my name was and why I was alone. I told her I couldn’t find my parents, and she told me she would help me and took my hand. At that very moment, I heard my mom call my name from behind. I turned around and there she was. I realized in that moment, that if I hadn’t figured out where I was, I wouldn’t have known what to do, and we all would have probably run around frantically for the next hour trying to find each other.
Just like that 8-year-old in the story, we first need to know where we are and who we are in order to figure out where we want to go. This is probably the hardest question to answer: Who Am I? This is the greatest challenge most people face, because they don’t know who they are, and they aren’t even aware that they don’t know. If you want to change your results, you better know who you are.
What puts you in a positive vibration? What are some things that you really want to achieve in life? Now you may think that you really want something, but there’s a reason that result is not manifesting in your life. There is a difference between a simple wish, and a burning desire.
Naveed: When I was in 5th Grade, I was told that I could select any extra class of my choice. I decided to take a class on acoustic guitar. At this point I had no idea how to play a single note, let alone formulate a simple melody like ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’. But I wasn’t afraid; in fact, I was excited. There was something seeking expression from within, I felt illuminated at the thought of one day playing notes like Jimmy Hendrix. I didn’t care how difficult it was going to be, or how long it would take, I just knew I would one day play like him. There I was on my first day, holding a guitar for the first time. When my instructor taught me the formation and my fingers pressed firmly onto the metal strings, it felt as though they were piercing through my skin. It was one of the most painful experiences I had ever had, and it didn’t get any easier. I had callouses and cuts all over my fingers. That desire to learn, however, never stopped. I kept at it until I could finally hold the chord successfully. Then I took it to the next level by buying an electric guitar. After 6 years of trials and errors, practicing 28 hours a week, I was finally able to play some of Hendrix’s best pieces.
We live our life on a day-to-day basis, wishing for a different outcome. We dream about turning our hobbies into our careers, we sit and think about the person we want to spend the rest of our life with. We know what we desire, but how do we achieve it? This is where we can differentiate between that fire – that burning desire – from simple wishes. The way to know that you have a burning desire is simply to look at the way you are pursuing it.
If you are going after what you really want, it must be something that scares you and excites you at the same time. You are God’s highest form of creation and there is no limit to what you can do. We used the exact principles to create a major shift in our own lives and now we have shared this gift with you. It’s YOUR life – and it’s YOUR responsibility to make the necessary changes to achieve the results you desire.
Naveed Asif & Sonika Madarasmi Asif
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