One day, I asked the Universe, "Why isn't the path of my life straight?" And the Universe replied, "You cannot test a compass on a straight path."
"Your ascension capacity is limited by the degree to which you invest yourself into ego-based reality." -- Sri Ram Kaa
As the ego realizes it's part of a bigger picture, it begins to trust and it softens, allowing flow to enter into your life.
Enlightened thinking is useless if our actions aren't aligned with our thoughts. Thinking is the key, and our actions are the lock. We can unlock the door to what we want if we have both a key and a lock to put it in. Enlightened action must accompany enlightened thought.