Friday, August 15, 2008

Let The Cake Bake!

There is a useful analogy I've used with many clients over the years that I'd like to share with you today. So often, we are impatient when it comes to waiting for things to unfold in our lives. Whether it's a relationship, one's financial security, or your career, there are times in life where you do the best you can do... and then you wait.

We can't simply WILL something to be different in this instant. It will take what it takes to get to where we want to be. Our job is to do what is ours to do and then let it be.

The analogy I use with people is the example of making a cake. If we mix up the cake batter and put it in the oven, we can't go back 5 minutes later and expect the cake to be baked! If we pull it out after 5 minutes we shouldn't be surprised if we have a gooey, gicky mess that in no way resembles the cake that we seek. Yet, so many of us do this regularly. We expect the cake to be done, simply because we want (or need) it to be. That is not the way that a cake, or life for that matter, works!

Our wanting or needing something to be true is not what makes it happen. The cake takes what it takes in order to completely bake and be ready to eat. You have to prepare the oven at the right temperature and you have to put the cake in and LEAVE IT ALONE! If you continually open the oven door to check on it, or pull it out when you WANT it (even if it still has time left to bake) you will not get the cake that you seek.

Close the oven door and let the cake bake!

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