by Mira Reverente
“Trust in the process.” How many times have you heard this?
Another variation I often hear is “have faith,” which isn’t always palatable to non-believers, thinking they’re going to get a long lecture. Where I live, people start tuning you out when they hear you talk about “faith” or “spirituality.”
What I am getting at is this: have you ever found yourself impatient or annoyed when you’re awaiting outcomes? Say you’re waiting for the results of a job interview or a loan application?
Most especially with money, most people’s patience-meter is put to the test. Time is money indeed. I remember a time when my son was in elementary school and I was fundraising chair. His school had gone through its tired repertoire of fundraisers, recycling some, avoiding some. I suggested a jog-a-thon. Though not very original and quite manpower-intensive, I believed it would easily replenish the PTA coffers. Some teachers voted against it saying it was “too much work,” but the PTA backed me up and we set a goal of $10,000. Unbelievable and impossible, some said. I paid no heed and recruited a team of devoted parent volunteers.
A month or so later, as we wrapped up the jog-a-thon, we found out we met our goal! Thanks to community supporters, pledges and donations, we raised a little over $10,000. I was beyond thrilled. I trusted the process. I had faith.
Here’s why you should trust in the process too:
Positivity begets positivity. Have you ever heard this phrase “what you focus on expands?” If you focus your efforts on making more money for your family, you will attract that energy. By that same token, if you tell yourself you will always be broke, then you will always be broke. I have seen this scenario over and over again with friends and family members. The same people who were relying on hand-outs 10 or 20 years ago are still at it, refusing to break out of their losing cycle.
People just need a break. Especially positive, hard-working people, no matter how absurd their ideas are, hear them out. Give them a chance to execute their plan. Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, J.K. Rowling, Michael Jordan and Bill Gates were labeled failures or underachievers early on. Thomas Edison had at least 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Where would we be now if these famous folks had given up?
It’s not always about the money. On hindsight, I think the reason the jog-a-thon was almost vetoed was that it was a potential failure. But what idea isn’t? I think the faculty thought it was going to take up too much time with very little returns. We eventually proved them wrong by meeting our goal with very little effort on their part. The volunteers did 90 percent of the work. By involving local businesses, we came together as a community. The money was just a bonus.
Have you always “trusted in the process?” Do you have a similar experience?
Mira Reverente is associate editor of CVH and a longtime journalist whose work has appeared in many local publications. Her first book on money came out last fall. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, for more money savviness tips or check out her new blog.