The Swell in Front of You

Staying in forward motion, even when things look bleak, does more for lining up your success than you realize.

(Don’t forget: If you’re afraid you’ll fall, at least fall forward.)

I like to think of what happens when you’re standing in a still pool of water.  As long as you stand still, nothing happens.  If you take one step forward, it creates a ripple all around you, but even more than that I want you to think about the swell that grows in front of you.

One simple step creates a temporary surge of water right there in front of you.

If your finances feel flat, take a step in the right direction. DO something. MOVE. If the water seems low, lunge forward! Push ahead and watch the water rise. If you move, you can’t help but create a swell; after all, it’s physics! Move forward, and the resources right in front of you will surge. By law, nature responds to your action according to the law of cause and effect. Doors open, teachers appear, funds gather…

The problem is, if you’re like me, quite often you’re too busy looking at the ripples spreading out in all directions (wondering if and when they’ll ever return), to even notice the swell in front of you.

So take a step in the right direction (methinks you already know what it is) and then look for evidence of a swell in your immediate surroundings.

  • Be of service to someone without expectation of repayment, and it creates a swell in that relationship.
  • Read something empowering, and it creates a swell in your outlook on life.
  • Make that phone call, and you gather strength against your fear.
  • Write down that intention with determination, and your faith grows.
  • Invest in yourself, and you create a swell in your confidence that everything is going to work out.

And let me remind you that by the seven laws, what shows up in your life has everything to do with the way you FEEL about your challenges. Taking a step forward always helps you FEEL better, and that feeling can become a catalyst for inviting the unseen help we all depend on to conquer seemingly impossible things.

Every good choice creates a swell, and so it’s your job to just make sure that the swell doesn’t level out again.  The only way to keep it surging is to keep on moving.  If you stop, then (just like when you’re in water) the swell eventually dissipates, and you’re left looking at a flat, motionless environment once again.

It’s a temptation to stand there and wait for someone else to come along and create a swell… but the power is in YOU.

So get moving, do something!  Even if you’re weary, just take one more step.  As long as you keep moving, your momentum will build, and the swell will almost seem to lead the way. Originally published Nov 6, 2009

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Leslie Householder is the award-winning, international best selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor, Portal to Genius, and Hidden Treasures: Heaven's Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters. Since 2002, she has helped people all over the world discover and apply the Rare Kind of Faith that causes things to happen for powerful life changes. Through story and shifts of perspective, Leslie aims to help her readers crush every challenge, achieve every goal, and vanquish every monster under their beds. Above all, Leslie is a dedicated wife and mother of seven children.
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14 thoughts on “The Swell in Front of You

  1. I’m so glad you put this article in your newsletter today. I’ve read this before a couple times, but when I got halfway through I thought, “How did she know I needed this today?”

    Thanks Leslie! You’re awesome! Keep being inspiring!

  2. Hi Leslie
    It has been quite a while since we have talked. I really enjoyed your article. The Step forward and the resources will appear is so true. When ever someone acts on faith and does something positive to enhance there lives or income there will always be an advantage to success. Have a great day…Rick

  3. How true (tip 47). I felt stuck recently, going nowhere with my goals. Took the step of getting emotionally invested in my goals, and am moving forward on several fronts. I appreciate your wisdom and encouragement.

  4. Exactly what I needed to hear! I’ve been afraid to act but finally made a phone call that should have happened months ago. Even if nothing comes of it at least I made a step forward and I did something that scared me and I feel proud of myself. Thanks!

  5. What beautiful imagery! Last night I was thinking about all the things my husband and I are working on. They are all in the infant stages, lots of work without any immediate reward. This was just what I needed to keep me in the right frame of mind, Thank You!

  6. Great piece. Love the comment about at falling forward. Sportcasters talk about that alk the time as to how much yardage a runner gains after being tackled and then falling forward as he (or she) is going to the ground. Sounds like a good book title for you, Falling Forward not to be confused with Failing Forward. Gymbeaux 🙂

  7. Fear tends to cause us to stall, because we think it is safer to do nothing. Imagine taking that approach when a lion charges… or when your child falls into the swimming pool…
    We all know that we will not be so “stupid” to do nothing in the mentioned scenarios. So why is it we act so differently when it comes to other things?

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