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To Receive You Must Be Open

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How often have you wondered “Why am I not getting the thing I want?” Perhaps it is a promotion at work, or maybe you want to find a fulfilling life partner. Or it could be you simply would like to encounter more friendly people in your day. Whatever it is that you are searching for, this little tip may help you. You need to be receptive and open to actually receive it. Think about it. You can’t catch a ball if your glove is closed, right? If that makes you think “Aha! I never thought of that,” then read on for tips on how to open up so you can “catch” that “ball” you are seeking.

What Does It Mean to Be Open?

Simply put, being open means that you expect to get what you want. This is your mindset. In terms of getting what you want, it is just as important to believe you will get what you want as it is to take the actions to get it. If your mind and heart are closed to receiving then you will not get what you want even when it is within reach.

Let’s take the example of wanting good customer service. If you expect good service, how will you approach those situations? You may smile. You’ll speak politely. You’ll show patience. You will take the social risk of doing these things because you believe that you will receive good service. The person serving you will pick up on this and will be likely to give you better service than if your belief was a negative one. If you believed you would get bad service, you would probably show signs of anger, impatience, and frustration. The person serving you will likely respond with poor service.

No matter how subtle, what we believe affects how we approach challenges, it affects how people treat us, and ultimately it affects what we receive. Believing that good things are coming our way gives us the energy to keep trying. Being truly open to receive can facilitate wonderful changes in your life.

Of course you also need to take actions to facilitate getting what you want. These are the things that will get the ball to be thrown your way.

What Can I Do to Be More Open?

1. Know what you truly WANT. I have known many people who were really upset because they didn’t have what they wanted. When I asked them what they wanted, their answer was vague. So their results were vague. Be precise and focused in your mind so the results will be the same. For example:

VAGUE DESIRE: I want to get ahead at work.

PRECISE DESIRE: I want to be promoted to (specific job title.)

2. Know what YOU truly want. Simply put, make sure what you seek is what YOU really want and not what you think you should be going after. Really think about this one. Are you chasing what will make your parents happy, friends happy, society happy, or what will make YOU happy?

3. Believe you deserve it. Meditate on this. Is there something that is keeping you from believing this? Explore that so you can address those undercurrents of doubt that you may not even be aware of. Finally build up the strength of your belief by listing out the reasons why you do deserve it.

4. Believe you will get it. Take a few minutes 3 times a day to open your mind. Remove doubt. Remove fear of failing. You won’t lose anything if you believe. Fill your mind with visions of getting what you want. Feel it. Expect it. Don’t be in a rush for it. Know that it will come when the time is right. And smile. Smiling is your body’s way of telling your mind, “Yes, I do believe.”

5. Work to get it. Establish the steps you must take to achieve your goal. Ask yourself the right questions. Ask yourself questions like “What do I need to do to get X?” instead of asking yourself limiting questions like “Why do I never get X?” Write down the steps and take action on them. You can do it!

6. Be happy where you are today. Look for the good in your life. I know it is cliche, but how often do you stop to do it? So do it now. Count your blessings. Especially all the little small things in your life that are so often taken for granted.

Wishing that your most important dreams come true!

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80 Responses to To Receive You Must Be Open

  1. Jacques Rossouw December 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    There is some great points made and is truly inspiring! Believe in these things and your live will become full of surprises.

    • AgentSully January 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

      Thank you Jacques! Please visit again soon!

  2. Central Park South Dental Care January 3, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    Being Optimistic is the first and most important thing.. One should also have patience, be self content with what he is OR has and at the same time keep on trying to achieve his goals.

  3. Mary Brown January 4, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    This is nice article. Thanks lot for the sharing

    • AgentSully January 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Mary – Glad you liked it. Thanks for commenting. Hope to see you again!

  4. simple January 9, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    I sometimes get a felling that I had it with all this attraction infromations, “I know it all” my mind say.
    But thanks to simple articles like your, my mind remain open.
    Thank you!

  5. The Natural Remedy Guy January 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I think if you open up your mind and your heart and start looking for opportunities in your life then you will start seeing a lot more success. It is also important to set goals which are realistic but which help open you up to new experiences.

    Thanks a lot for writing this post – one of my friends is a bit down at the moment and I emailed her the link to this article and she said it made her feel better straight away.


  6. Anirudh January 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Great article. I’ll try to be more open to things from now on.. 🙂 Thanx

  7. Kyla January 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Great post. I myself, on the other hand really believe in karma. If you’re spreading love then that’s what you will get back in return.

  8. sr22 insurance quotes January 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Huh, I never thought of that, that maybe some of the people in my life that whine and complain just aren’t open to having what they really want in life. I think negativity can really drive people and opportunities away from a person but I never thought of it from your perspective before. Thanks.

  9. Norma January 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Yes… all of these are the principles behind the law of attraction. Expectation, action, gratitude, firm belief that you are going to get what you want… most of all, a clear mental picture of what you desire… know what you truly want in your life.

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  11. Alex Warren February 1, 2011 at 5:48 am #


    Thanks for such nice inspirational post while reading it i feel that there is something i have miss out in my life i will be more focus now thanks for the great post.

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  13. Corinne Floyd February 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    Having a precise desire is very key. When you know what you truly want then nothing stops you from getting it. You make some great points. Thanks

    • AgentSully September 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

      @Corinne – thank you for your kind words!

  14. Russell Davison February 11, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    We’ve used diaries (1970s), filofaxes (1980s), PDAs (1990s), smartphones (2000s), and now GTD (2010s) to acheive your points 1 to 5. And yet, to me, the most important is your point “Be happy where you are today”.

  15. Image masking February 11, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    It can’t be more true… but as usual it is simple decide to behave this way, but really hard to go on doing

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  17. Tommy February 12, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    thank you for sharing the information about the way to be open.. nice article..

  18. Krishna February 13, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    This post is definitely enlightening!
    Thanks! This is a great help! 🙂

  19. David February 13, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    It is really worth it to read your articles and visit your blog. I always learn something that is very much inspiring.

    A lot of thanks from the Philippines!

  20. Rozzy February 28, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Hello. Your topic here is interesting and made me think of myself. There were times I’m expecting things to happen and most of them failed. I admit that I didn’t gave my best to make it happen. Or probably didn’t do anything at all. I liked “Work To Get It” and “Be Happy Where You Are Today”, these really inspire me. Thanks for sharing.

  21. William Rose March 10, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Very insightful, thank you.

  22. revital cellulite solution March 18, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Really great post…I love how you differentiated between a VAGUE DESIRE and a PRECISE ONE.

    “VAGUE DESIRE: I want to get ahead at work.

    PRECISE DESIRE: I want to be promoted to (specific job title.)”

    Because of our conditioning, we find it hard to be clear on what we really want out of life, thus making it difficult to be open.

  23. Cullen Crest March 22, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    Agree with be happy where you are today!

    I really enjoyed the reading the post!. Keep up the good job on your site! Thanks for sharing! Bookmark for future reference!

  24. Rose :: March 28, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    you know, this is such a happy post. it’s so true, so to the point, and I shall print the 6 points and hang them above my desk for a while. just for focus.

    thank you!

    • AgentSully August 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

      @Rose – thanks for the encouragement via sharing your comment!!

  25. Danny April 1, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    I believe this. This is something like the law of attraction from secret. It inspire me every time when i thankful.

  26. Melissa Jiggetts April 5, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    This is a great article! You speak a lot of truth. These tips are great for any goal from financial success to weight loss. Thanks!

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  28. Anaparesh April 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Its a nice article and explains with logically why you receive what you want.

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    This is such valuable advice. I love the idea that we can change our minds and change our lives. With life being so stressful and uncertain it’s nice to see that there are those who still care enough to take the time to write a lovely article like this to make the rest of us stop even for a moment and smell the roses. Thank you for sharing these important and positive concepts I’ll use them all.

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    Knowing what YOU TRULY want, I feel is one of the hardest decisions for a person to make. I do agree that once you know what it is you have to believe that you can achieve it, without dreams people have no hope.

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    Your article is so inspiring… I want to be optimistic on all things that is why I am going to follow your ideas and hopefully handle things the right way… Cheers!

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  34. IyabunmiM May 25, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Life is sometimes to full. When we open our life to greater possibilities we receive more. Kudos to you for sharing this.

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    This is nice article. If we wish to receive, we must first give to others. The more we give, the more we will receive.
    If you’re someone who doesn’t have the financial means to give a lot, don’t freak and start thinking you’re doomed for the rest of your life.



  42. JP Adams June 26, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Very true! You only get from life what you are willing to put in and you can only receive if you open your heart and mind. I have 61 years experience on this planet and a positive attitude is a must to survive and be reasonably happy.
    JP Adams.

  43. Altavista Spain Developments June 27, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Follow the three R’s:
    – Respect for self,
    – Respect for others and
    – Responsibility for all your actions.
    An interesting article – thanks for sharing.

  44. Eczema June 28, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Thanks….Your post inspired me. Personally i thought i am a unlucky guy. Because in most situations i never receive the thing what i am worth.

    After reading your post, i understand my problem. I always start anything with negative point of view.

  45. Dart June 28, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Thanks for this article. Like the close up picture by the way.

  46. Albérlet June 29, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Beautiful picture and nice article.

  47. Celeste10 July 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Fully … is very important to be specific, otherwise we become like waves fanned from one place to another, unable to make decisions themselves,
    Work hard for our goals, and very little that is what we have achieved we consider it a great success!!..

  48. jacky July 6, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    Pictures are really beautiful, also very good article written, you have given me great inspiration, thank you!

    • AgentSully July 13, 2011 at 7:07 am #

      Thanks Jacky! All the best to you!

  49. Anita July 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Thanks for this article.Really useful.

  50. Juan Como vender en internet July 15, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Nice article, I agree with you, to receive you must be open. I also think if we wish to receive, we must first give to others. Thanks for writing this, your article is so inspiring.
    My best regards,

  51. Agnieshka July 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

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  52. Andrew July 21, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Liked your article, the part about being open is so true and don’t just give to receive but give just for the sake of giving.

    On a side note, I appreciate the photo with the article as I am a photographer myself. Nice image there.

    Thanks for this article and all the best.

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    The most important is to be happy where you are…

  54. texas July 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

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  57. Jon - I do pc health check ups August 18, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    cool stuff, kind reminds me of ‘Get what you give’ . I also heard a saying once that was ‘what goes around comes around’.

    My name is earla karma time lol. Nice site.

    peace. Jon

  58. Michelle August 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Just to expand on No.6 about being happy where you are today is also to not worry about decisions in the past. I like to think that past decisions were made with the best knowledge and intentions at that time. We never have had hindsight and never will.

    Loved this post, thanks!

  59. Serhat Olcay August 22, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    Thank you. A very nice article. This article was very useful for me.

  60. Kamal August 26, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    Very useful and knowledgeable post here.Thanks for Share.

  61. Flights From Australia August 29, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    The most important thing is to have patience, be self content with what he is OR has and at the same time keep on trying to achieve his goals

  62. Lex September 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Some great advice and positivity here, thank you!

  63. motivation forever September 9, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    Cheers for this Article.Instead of asking yourself questions like why do I never get X? someone would rather ask themselves how do I get X..? write down necessary steps and then take action.

  64. Vinil Mehta September 12, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    Where were you since years ?Why didn’t i found you before?Its really amazing to read this blog.I found myself filled with more zeal to do task and achieve what i dreamt of .thanks and keep posting

  65. Danica Bright September 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Thanks for the really inspiring post.Like Danny it takes me back to what was taught in ‘The Secret’but perfectly put together in just 6 points.
    Counting our blessings is a great place to start, we just don’t do this enough.

  66. Simon Leigh September 20, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    This is so true. Its all about self belief and taking a risk. Without taking that risk how will you know!

  67. Alfileres de novia September 22, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    Gracias por el artículo

  68. ANN November 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm #


    • AgentSully November 12, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      Thank you Ann!!! Love your site and your artwork!! Wow!!

  69. businesses for sale January 3, 2012 at 11:48 am #

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  70. lito | de como ganar dinero por internet December 30, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    Cheers for this Article.Instead of asking yourself questions like why do I never get X? someone would rather ask themselves how do I get X..? write down necessary steps and then take action.

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