When I coach spiritual entrepreneurs in working with the Law of Attraction, one desire comes up frequently: “I wish I had more faith in my success.”

Most of us fantasize that faith will give us  specific things:  we will feel safe and secure. We will know exactly what to do. Everything we do will have the exact outcome we want.

In other words:  we will be in control.

Keep dreaming!

Faith, as I’ve come to understand it, has nothing to do with being in control. And everything to do with relinquishing it.

One of my coaching clients, Steve, has owned a successful business for 20+ years. This year he’s gone through his first severe decline in income.

A spiritually devoted person who confidently expected abundance from the universe, Steve was shocked to find himself worried about money. “I’m a self-made success. I thought I had faith in spirit. When the money began to dry up, I got scared and felt lost. I realized I really didn’t have faith.”

The desire to have faith is a deep, heartfelt desire.  It wells up  from your heart when you seek a truer way to live from spirit. It often wells up when trouble appears.

Most of us forget that the only way to experience faith – not just talk about it – is to allow it to carry us through a time of trouble.

When you ask for faith, the universe will answer you. It will show you exactly where you are with faith right now. That usually means you, like Steve, may become painfully aware of the fact that you don’t have faith.

Then you must decide to choose faith.

Steve gave up the fantasy that faith would magically prevent him from ever getting worried again. Instead he became honest with himself when he felt fear.

But he didn’t stay stuck in fear: he admitted its presence – and declared that his faith was stronger than his fear. He made this declaration over and over again, strengthening faith by choosing it.

The first change Steve noticed when he began choosing faith over fear was a sense of being taken care of.  “My business was still having its worst year ever, but somehow I felt things would be OK.”

Steve continued to respond to business challenges by choosing faith.  He continued to focus on how good it felt to believe things would work out for him, even when circumstances were other than what he wanted them to be.

Within a few weeks, Steve noticed an exciting change. “One day I woke up and felt different. My mind was flooded with  new ideas for my business. I felt alive and excited about my work in a way that I had not felt in years.”

From that point on Steve’s faith brought him several new opportunities for returning his business to prosperity. Though 2010 will not be his best year, 2011 very well could be.

According to Steve: “I feel so grateful for the problems I had because they brought me back – not just to a thriving business, but to an entirely new understanding of faith. Faith was just a concept to me before. Now it is a way to live every day.”

If you, like Steve, find yourself with a true desire for faith,  expect to receive the blessing of a time of trouble. Trouble gives you the opportunity  to consciously choose faith over fear.

As you strengthen your habit of choosing faith, you experience first hand how faith carries you along on its wide, safe wings.