Are You Asking for a Winning Lottery Ticket?

How often do you ask for what you truly want in life?

I went to our local HyVee grocery store last night to buy three rolls of stamps. While standing at the service desk, a guy came up to the register next to me and asked to buy a winning Powerball lottery ticket.

His request struck me as a bit humorous. Everyone knows that what he asked for was impossible for the clerk to provide, at least knowingly.

Never the less, I liked his friendly approach and his willingness to ask for what he really wanted.

His comment reminded me of something I first learned from a good friend and mentor, Paul Axtell, about the importance of asking for what you want in life.

In Paul’s personal effectiveness training, he suggests that many times we aren’t clear with others about what we’re asking them for…or we simply don’t ask for it at all.

He suggests that instead of asking for what we want, we often are:

    • …hinting.
    • …waiting for the right time.
    • …being careful.
    • …being round about.
    • …asking for what we think we can get.

Since learning this conversational distinction, I’ve found myself paying much more attention to both the number and the clarity of my requests.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many times I’ve gotten positive responses, especially after needing to muster up extra courage to “ask for what I want”.

We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.” ¬†Elbert Hubbard (American writer)

Question: Where would it make a difference in your life if you regularly asked for what you want?