Save a lot of money this year by remembering that Expensive gifts usually have short impact value.
Thanksgiving is upon us.
Christmas will be here soon.
This is the time of year when we reflect on the things that have had the most significant impact in our lives.
For example, we celebrate Thanksgiving to commemorate the Pilgrim’s first successful harvest in the New World, even though only 1/2 of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to enjoy it.
It had a long-lasting impact because it signified their survival – they had risked everything to enjoy the gift of freedom and the hope of prosperity, and eventually the effects of their success would be experienced over nearly 400 years by more than a billion others in the future.
It reminds us to turn our hearts in thanks to God for all that we have, even when things are rough. Here in America, we think about our Founding Fathers with reverence and gratitude, but seeds of freedom were planted with that first crop of the Pilgrim’s corn.
Christmas also celebrates freedom.
Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ, whose mission satisfied the eternal demands of justice, so that all people could become free from the heavy burdens that always accompany sin. There is no greater gift, because its impact is eternal… and a gift just can’t get any longer-lasting than that.
So as you look ahead and think about what gifts you will give your loved ones this season, think about the kinds of gifts that will have the longest impact.
The longer the impact, the better the gift.
What kinds of gifts can have long-lasting impact?
It might be finally having that healing conversation that’s long overdue. It might be seeking the help you need to give up an addiction that has brought pain and suffering to your family. It might be giving support to a loved one’s dream in a more meaningful way than you’ve given in the past.
But whatever it is, remember that the things that cost the most often have the shortest impact value. You can save a lot of money this year by thinking of “Impact Longevity”.
And if you want to help someone you love have a new dose of hope, joy, or peace of mind, then consider sharing the principles you’ve been learning here. Show them how they can find hope, joy, and peace of mind for the rest of their life, no matter what challenges may come.
If you do, the impact of your gift could save a marriage, restore someone’s faith in God, or strengthen a family, and the impact could literally be felt for generations.
And here’s some good news: I have a little bit of product left over from my last speaking engagement, and I’m going to clear it out at a deep discount on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving – the online counterpart to Black Friday).
So come shop in your PJ’s with some leftover pie or turkey on your lap, and choose a few gifts that could have an impact that lasts a lifetime or even longer.
It’s been on the to-do list for half a decade and I’m finally getting some of it knocked out… making shorter clips of some of my events so that they can be used as quick reminders of the principles.
Here’s one I recently posted on YouTube and Facebook, and I thought it would be good to include it here, so that I can also add some clarification afterward:
The event was more than 2 hours long, so a 2-minute snippet will understandably miss some clarifications. Here are a few that I want to make sure are noted, in case you don’t get a chance to see the whole thing:
Just because you’re on the right track, and just because you have unseen help, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be difficult.
The fact is, living your purpose will stretch you and test your faith. But knowing that you have unseen help can help you hold on and keep moving forward until you ultimately meet with success.
‘Soul purpose’ means whatever it is that you are focused on right now, specifically something meaningful to your soul. At times it may also be your ‘sole’ purpose.
It will likely evolve throughout your life. Today’s objective may give way to something that is more meaningful to you tomorrow, because as you learn and grow, you become more fully prepared to accomplish the next thing you were put here to do.
(For example, 20 years ago my ‘soul purpose’ was to help struggling math students. It was my passion, my purpose, my love. It taught me to love teaching. 10 years ago it was to help struggling families with their income by teaching them success principles. Today, it is a combination of both, raising my kids and preparing them for college and life. )
Because of my books, website and blog, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with thousands of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and belief systems. It’s been enlightening to discover how much we all have in common, and I’m grateful for the kindness and respect that I’ve encountered among people from all different cultures.
Because of these connections, sometimes I’ve been asked about my personal beliefs regarding God and the purpose of life, and how the principles I teach fit into that bigger picture.
Here’s a short answer:
I believe we all lived together as a family of spirits before coming to Earth, and that God (our Heavenly Father) presented a plan to us – a way to reach our highest potential. To grow, we would need to experience struggle, and Earth life would be our school.
Upon arrival (birth), we would forget who we had been and where we came from, but we would be guided by His spirit, and if we truly desired to seek truth, we would find it. Our loving Father in Heaven promised us that.
(I think that promise must have been a comforting consolation following the initial panic we may have felt at the thought that we’d forget all we had learned to that point. I can only imagine.)
So with the promise that it would be for our good, probably not completely understanding how hard it would be, we chose to come; and inside of each of us was planted the following questions that would eventually bubble up to our consciousness at some point in our journey:
“Who am I, really?”
“Why am I here?”
“What’s it all for?”
“Where am I going after I die?”
Some of us spend more time wondering about these things than others, but I believe everyone will wonder them eventually. Sometimes He brings us to answers that only raise more questions. But even that is good when we are sincerely seeking truth. (See James 1:5)
When our desire to find true answers is sincere and genuine, the answers will come. After all, He promised.
Here are a few more of my basic beliefs:
I am a child of God.
If I want to live in happiness with Him again after I die (which I do), I must make good choices.
If I make bad choices, I will feel intolerably ashamed in His presence, and would not be able to dwell with Him.
Because we ALL make bad choices, and because Heavenly Father knew we would, He also sent His son, Jesus Christ (our spirit brother), to live a perfect life and pay the price for all of those mistakes, IF we would (in exchange) learn his teachings and follow Him.
It is through this process of learning, trying, failing, feeling sorry, resolving to do better, and following Jesus, that we develop the attributes of Christ, and experience true peace of mind and happiness in this life, as well as the promised eternal joy and happiness in the life to come.
I have found tremendous peace of mind, guidance, and comfort in my life, and I’m grateful. I’m a Christian, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the ‘Mormon’ or ‘LDS’ church. If you want to know more about that, here are some additional resources:
Deep down, all of those spiritual questions and their answers have always been more important to me than how much money I make, or what kind of a house I live in. This is because I had already found many of my spiritual answers long before the money problems showed up. This is why I was so worried about seeking answers about financial success – I didn’t want to be led astray.
I knew I wasn’t supposed to worry about money, but unfortunately, I had not figured out how – those chronic money issues just could not be ignored.
I just wanted them GONE so that I could get back to the joy that came from seeking to understand more completely the glorious purpose of life, so I could dedicate my life to practicing the principles (of service, sacrifice, and all of the other Christlike attributes) and return to my Father in Heaven with honor.
I had already experienced the joy of choosing to follow Jesus, so I felt frustrated that because of our lack of money, I was now feeling very UN-Christlike. I felt jealous, selfish, depressed, angry, critical… and incredibly down on myself for it all.
So, I thought, let’s just figure out how to solve the money problem, and then maybe I can be a nice person again. (Unless you’ve experienced the desperation I felt, I don’t expect you to understand that.)
Anyway, I’m sure you probably saw this coming better than I did, but the money problem wasn’t just a distraction away from my worship like I thought it was, instead it turned out to be totally purposeful in God’s eyes – another one of those life lessons promised in the pre-earth life – divinely designed for my growth – the kind that makes you start asking new questions so that He can then provide you with the answers that He wanted you to have all along.
(An answer provided before the question is asked will never be as meaningful or memorable as the one you suffered, sacrificed, and sought for).
Gratefully, the money-related answers I discovered awakened me to additional spiritual principles that Father in Heaven wanted me to understand. Not to replace what I believed, but to deepen my understanding of His glorious plan for His children.
Through the process, I learned that yes, you CAN HAVE anything. You CAN ACHIEVE anything. But the principles are best applied in accomplishing things of eternal significance.
So, I try now to counsel a little more carefully with my Father in Heaven about the things I ask for, because I’ve learned from sad experience that ‘ask and ye shall receive’ is a true principle, but He doesn’t protect us from the natural consequences of foolish ambitions. If we fail to seek His counsel, life will certainly teach us the hard way.
Either way, we’ll learn what we need to learn. Eventually, we’ll be led to all truth. But putting Him first and trusting in His guidance is just a little less painful in the long run.
Respecting other people’s beliefs
Here’s another one of my beliefs: I believe that contention is of the devil, so it’s never a good idea to argue doctrine, be confrontational, or belittle others for their beliefs.
Historically, Mormons have suffered a great deal of persecution, so we are particularly sensitive about allowing all people to worship according to their conscience, no matter how it looks or if it’s different than how we worship.
I share what I believe and invite others to learn more, but I also understand that everyone will seek answers their own way and according to their own timing. I respect that, and believe that God will lead all of us to the life experiences that will carve out a space in our hearts to make room for all of the answers that He wants to share.
We really don’t have to travel through life so blindly. I have literally felt Him delight in my desire to know as much as I can find out.
So, I invite questions about my faith and try to answer them if I can, according to my understanding at this stage in my life. Thankfully, those who have written me with questions or disagreements do so in a truly respectful way, and I appreciate that very much.
For example, here is a woman who was bothered by the ‘religious tone’ in my books about success, but still was respectful in her words:
Here’s an example of someone from a different religion, who was also respectful and sincere. I had posted an article and she left this reply:
…If you don’t want to or feel this is not the appropriate place to ask about your faith, then you can delete this post. But since you mention your church and the Spirit of God in the above post, I wanted to ask a few questions please.
In Hidden Treasures, you quote from The Book of Mormon. I have wanted to know how Mormon belief is different from Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc. Do we have the same statement of belief and just practice things differently? I don’t even know enough to ask the appropriate questions. Some “Christian” friends say that Mormon’s are not born again believers and therefore can’t have the Spirit of God within them. I can’t believe that, especially those that are outspoken about their faith. Things they say, they couldn’t know if they weren’t.
…Since my faith touches all aspects of my life and is such a big part of my life, I figured it does for others as well and in that case, LDS doesn’t seem any different than my Baptist faith.
I just want to learn. Thanks for doing what you are doing. Beth
Here was my reply:
I just read your post on my blog and appreciate your question. I’d love to have a dialogue with you about the differences and similarities of the different religions. This is a topic that runs deep, and in many different directions, so just know that I’m happy to keep the conversation going as long as you like – it’s one of my favorite topics ever!
Probably one main distinction is that we believe that the Bible is not the end of God’s words and that he continues to reveal many important things pertaining to his kingdom. Other churches believe that he stopped speaking nearly 2000 years ago, and that there have been no other prophets besides the ones mentioned in the Bible. There’s a really good reason why we think there’s more, so I’ll do my best to explain it:
We believe that the Bible was a collection of prophets’ teachings – those prophets who lived in the Old World (around Jerusalem), but at the same time, there were other prophets in other parts of the world who were receiving revelations and ministering to those people, too.
(There was no way back then for the prophets in Jerusalem to teach people on the other side of the world, so God had other prophets positioned around the world who received revelations, taught the people, and who recorded their teachings, too.)
One difference with those prophets is that they taught that the Son of God would come in the flesh and live among men in Jerusalem, and that the people who listened to them would have to believe on his name to be saved – even though they would not get to hear him in person while he lived (because they lived on the other side of the world at the time.)
However, they had signs they could follow to strengthen their faith. For example, when the star marking his birth appeared, the people around the world who were listening to their local prophet knew what it meant, and they rejoiced. Then, when there was 3 days of darkness at his death, the whole world was darkened, but those who were listening to their local prophet on the other side of the world knew what it meant, too.
Of course, there were many who did not believe the words of the prophets and persecuted those who believed. The records tell the stories of the believers and non believers, the wars and contentions, the teachings of the prophets, the record of the new star and the destruction at Christ’s death… and the best part is that it also tells the story of Christ’s appearance and ministry to those people after his resurrection. They did finally get to meet him, but only after his crucifixion and resurrection.
Do you remember in the Bible (John 10:16) where he said, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd”? When he finally visited these people, he established his church among them, they recorded his teachings, and one thing they recorded was that he said this: “And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
To another group he said, “I am he who said—other sheep have I which are not of this fold—unto my disciples, and many there were that understood me not. And I will show unto this people that I had other sheep, and that they were a branch of the house of Jacob.”
It was also recorded around 34 A.D. (by people living on the American continent) that Christ said, “And verily, verily, I say unto you that I have other sheep, which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister.” (Which tells me that he is mindful of ALL his people, and that he visits them, and that the Bible is not the only witness ever written that Jesus is the Christ.
Here’s some background to help you understand where the Mormons come from, and who they are:
After Christ came and ministered to the Jews, and after he organized his church and gave his apostles the authority to direct the affairs of his church… his official “organization” survived for only a little while.
Christians were persecuted and hunted, and the few who had been given that authority from Christ were gone. Followers of the Christian movement desperately wanted the religion perpetuated, but after the organization had been broken up, there began to be conflicting views on how Christ’s church should be governed and how the work of saving souls should be carried out.
Eventually, the arguments became so ugly, that the people and leaders of countries ended up in serious conflict about it. So the leaders called a council (headed up by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 325 AD), called the Council of Nicaea to come to some kind of agreement and end the conflict. That’s when the Nicene Creed was written – a vague and ambiguous statement of what “truth” should be, vague enough to appease all the conflicting religious and political parties involved. Not so much inspired by God, but a desperate movement by man to make peace.
Around the sixteenth century, there were individuals who recognized that the pure truth had been contaminated and did their best to organize their various religions to match Christ’s church as closely as they knew how, but since there had crept in errors during the translations of the Bible, there were now differing opinions on how to interpret it. I believe this accounts for most, if not all, of the different religions that came out of the period of Reformation.
Catholicism had become the national church for most countries in Europe, and yet it was so different from what many believed had been Christ’s original organizational structure, that people protested against the ritualistic creeds, and sought purer truth, and the result of those efforts were the various Protestant religions.
By the 18th century, there was so much religious persecution going on in Europe, that America became the place where many people hoped to go live their religion in peace – whatever religion they practiced. That’s one of the reasons for the American Revolution – they wanted to be separate from England and to establish a place that guaranteed religious freedom for all.
If it’s true that Christ’s original church and teachings had become corrupted, and if God wanted to restore Christ’s church to what it had been when he ministered personally on the earth, then he had to prepare a place and a people who would be ready to accept it, and where it could survive until his return. (We believe Christ will come a second time, like most Christian religions, and that it’s something we need to prepare for.)
We believe America was divinely prepared for this purpose – to establish a government that would protect religious freedom, and a people who would be receptive to new revelation from God that would allow Christ’s church to be restored, complete with the proper authority and instructions to direct the affairs of his church and perform correctly the saving ordinances.
(Authority is a big deal to the Mormons – receiving the saving ordinance of baptism by someone without proper authority is kind of like paying life insurance premiums to an agent who claims to represent an insurance company, and then submitting a claim and finding out that the company doesn’t recognize the ‘agent’ as one of its own and never gave him authority to collect premiums on their behalf. Not only is the money is gone, but the company is not obligated to pay the claim. Basically it’s each person’s responsibility to make sure their ‘saving’ agent or minister is properly authorized by God. We can all minister – help – each other, but when it comes to baptism, it requires authority.)
Anyway, in the 1830s, a fourteen year old boy (Joseph Smith) was caught up in the second great awakening in upstate New York and was concerned about which church to join, and was confused because they all claimed to be right, but they contradicted each other. So as he was reading the Bible, he came to James 1:5 that said, “If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God… and it shall be given him… but let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” The spirit of God struck him so forcefully through that verse that he decided he needed to venture.
So he went into the woods near his home and knelt down to pray to God, fully expecting an answer (think of how we’re taught that we don’t get so much what we want, but what we expect…) The time was right, the conditions were prepared, and God the Father and his resurrected Son, Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and told him that the various churches come close, but that the fullness of Christ’s church was going to be restored to the earth, and that Joseph was to be an instrument in helping it come about. He was told that there was an ancient record of God’s dealings with the inhabitants of the American continent buried in a hill nearby, and that he would translate the record by the power of God, and that it would be another testament of Jesus Christ to help his people understand the doctrines that had become cloudy over the years.
The Bible is called the “stick of Judah” – because it was a record of God’s dealings with the tribe of Judah (Jews) – out of the 12 tribes of Israel mentioned in the old testament. The book Joseph Smith was given (The Book of Mormon) is called the “stick of Joseph” – because it was the record of God’s dealings with the tribe of Joseph who migrated to the American continent about 600 BC.
Ezekiel prophesied of this joining of the two books (as it’s said: out of the mouth of two witnesses shall all truth be established). Essentially, the Book of Mormon is simply a second witness to the world that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. (So maybe you can understand our frustration when other Christians say that Mormons aren’t Christian.)
In Ezekiel’s words, he said, “Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.”
With Christ’s teachings in the Bible and his teachings reiterated in the Book of Mormon, it’s a whole lot easier to figure out what his message really is. For example, he taught the sermon on the mount to the people in ancient America, too. So we have it in two places. He also clarified doctrines that he said were too difficult for the people in Jerusalem to understand because of their hard hearts.
Besides receiving and translating the Book of Mormon (called the Book of Mormon because an ancient prophet named Mormon gathered, compiled and abridged a collection of writings from various prophets that had been passed down from 600 BC to 400 AD), besides translating the book, Joseph was also give the authority to baptize by John the Baptist himself who appeared to him as a resurrected being, and he was also given the holy priesthood by Peter, James and John.
Joseph Smith was ultimately persecuted to death for saying he had seen God, but really, a person can decide for themselves whether he was really a prophet, or if he was a lunatic, by reading the Book of Mormon and asking God for themselves if it is a true record or not.
It’s either true is or it isn’t. Joseph either saw God and Jesus Christ, or he didn’t. But if he did, then the church he established is true and is led by a prophet today who literally communicates with God just as the ancient prophets did.
We are more similar to the people of the Bible than we probably know, because if this is true, it’s possible that there is a prophet alive today, and we have to decide for ourselves whether he’s for real and whether we should follow him or not. The people in the Bible had to face the same decision – there were prophets then, and many people believed and many others didn’t. It makes me think of Noah and the ark.
As you can imagine, this claim is pretty bold, which easily ruffles a lot of people from other religions. I understand that, and I don’t let it bother me. The good news is that nobody has to take anyone else’s word for it – the heaven’s have reopened and God answers anyone who wants to know for themselves.
Wow, did you ever expect to get such an earful (eyeful)?
I hope this answers your question… keep in mind that there are a lot of ugly things out there against Mormons, mostly stemming from misunderstandings or misinformation. One of our official church policies is to allow all men to worship how, where or what they may (mostly because that’s the kind of freedom that God wants for his people, and what we want for ourselves). We strive to stay away from contention about religion, because where there is contention, the spirit of the Lord cannot be – and we all need the spirit with us as much as possible, don’t we?
Anyway, I love the work that I do because it allows me to teach principles that are universal to all people, no matter what their religious beliefs are. I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you with too much information. If you have any questions about any of it, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Have a wonderful week,
Your friend, Leslie
Her reply back to me:
Thank you so much Leslie for your reply. Your answers are a springboard to my understanding. Yes, I have heard some of the remarks people have made concerning Mormons. There are those that say Mormons aren’t Christians, however, in my contact with any, there has been more of a Christ-like character than many “Christians.”
There is a passage in Mark where the disciples go to Jesus to tell him of a man driving out demons in His name. Jesus’ response, “No one who does a miracle in My name can in the next moment say anything bad about Me, for whoever is not against us is for us.” God does continue to speak to his people.
Additionally within the Christian churches there are differences in understandings and practices. One group believes they have the truth and the other group believe they have the truth. It seems we sometimes throw the baby out with the bathwater if the others don’t believe exactly as we do.
Thank you for your work. Your work is tremendous! I have any easy time of understanding and applying it because I have already experienced it and just didn’t know why. It confirms principles I have witnessed and didn’t even know they were principles. I also love understanding the scientific reasoning behind them.
…Again, thank so much for taking time to answer with my question. I will continue my pursuit and read from The Book of Mormon asking the Spirit of the Lord to aid my understanding.
Someone emailed me the other day to tell me that she thinks I’m a lovely person and all, but that my writings have too much of a ‘religious’ tone to them. She was polite and appreciative, but clearly wishing she could learn the principles from a more secular point of view.
I can appreciate that. I respect her point of view and certainly never intend to offend anyone by focusing on how to partner with God to accomplish goals. After all, one of my foundational tenets comes from the Articles of Faith, specifically #11:
[I] claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of [my] own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
(Or not at all, if that’s what they choose.)
And the good news is that the principles of success and the power of positive thinking is applicable and accessible to all people, whether or not they belong to organized religion. Obviously.
So why a religious tone at all?
To answer this, I need you to understand some history. When I began learning these principles, it was primarily from a secular (non-religious) angle, and yet the principles fit so perfectly WITH my religious beliefs that I felt compelled to share with my churchy peers how it all comes together. My work was meant to serve as a bridge between the two camps, by focusing on what they have in common.
For those who only live in the secular world, the bridge seems unnecessary at best and annoying at worst. I understand that – I never expected my angle to resonate with everyone.
But when I began my websites and seminars more than 10 years ago, my target audience was specifically those who believed in God, who were faithful in their belief system of choice, and who maybe weren’t sure it was okay to prosper, or even how to do so without offending their Maker.
One of my business mentors questioned my judgment and could not understand why I wouldn’t want to share the message with a broader audience.
But that’s exactly why I didn’t – because nobody else had bridged that gap in quite the same way. This would be my unique contribution.
The Spiritual Conflict
The enemy of the human soul would have us fail, remain in bondage, and live in despair; and has managed to convince too many of us that it’s ‘evil’ to hope for something better.
Instead, I believe that God would have us seek out the laws that govern success, because as we learn the truth about them, we can become free.
As one of my mentors Bob Proctor taught,
“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.” Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21
(Bob Proctor is not a member of the Mormon faith, but appreciated the truth contained in that particular Mormon text. And I will add that although he generally takes a secular, scientific, non-religious angle with his teachings, he also appreciates truth wherever he finds and recognizes it.)
I believe the text to be true as well, and thus it became my quest to discover the laws that govern prosperity.
Now and then, I’ll share some tips that are more scientifically or secularly oriented, because I do think it’s good to understand the principles from all angles. We would ALL do well to be educated in a broad spectrum of subjects, and should realize that we don’t have to give up what we know to be true to accept additional truth.
The fact is, truth fits.
In other words, if it’s true, it will always fit with the truth you already have. If it doesn’t fit, then you can weigh out the differences and let the Spirit of God enlighten your mind to see clearly what is false. Meditation can help de-clutter the mind of the noise and allow you to tune in and more clearly hear / feel divine guidance from the Spirit of God.
So today, I decided to share some thoughts about Meditation, a practice from which religious and non-religious people alike have benefited for millenia. In my humble opinion, meditation does not replace prayer, but for me, it has been a powerful tool in conjunction with prayer.
Divine guidance truly is available to everyone, but there is a price to pay in order to hear it, recognize it, and know it for what it is. There’s no mistaking it when you feel it, but you have to make room for it first.
Genius Bootcamp provides the coaching, training and support, to help you make room, so you can realize how truly accessible and clear personal revelation can be. After all, the solution to every problem is only an idea away, and to me, a genius idea = inspiration from God. But whether you believe in God or if you believe in a Higher Power by some other name, Bootcamp is a place where you can awaken / strengthen your personal connection with the wisest “mentor” you’ll ever know. Learn more about Genius Bootcamp
So you need to slow down. Calm down. Be at peace, and listen. And if meditation helps, do it.
However you view it, whether you use it as a way to get closer to God, or perhaps as a way to connect with nature / your inner voice / highest self, here are some tips from Karl Moore, owner of Inspire3, and creator of the Brain Evolution System:
While home may be the most convenient place to meditate, it also is an environment that can introduce the most distractions. So having an audio program playing in the background, or in a headset can help you stay focused.
One challenge to effective meditation can be staying awake. It might be good to meditate after you’ve already had a few hours of sleep. The mind is often the most at peace during early morning before the stresses of the day set in. Meditating with the sunrise is always a serene experience. An early meditation also helps you turn on a positive state and take on the world during the day with a positive mindset.
Many find that their mind wanders easily and that they really benefit from a guided meditation from time to time. There are many meditation recordings and brainwave audios to keep your meditation on track so you can work with your subconscious mind to achieve your goals more confidently.
It is best to choose one special place for meditation, so that you come to associate this place with a relaxed, tranquil meditative state, and your state will begin to shift as soon as you enter that space.
Do not confine your meditation practice to one place and one time during the day. You can take your meditation with you where ever you need to go. When you reach a meditation state that you like, anchor it. An anchor is any physical stimulus you choose. It may be as simple as touching your thumb and baby finger together. The next time you are stressed out, call up your anchor, relax, smile and remind yourself that you are going to do great.
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For some, curiosity brought them to the beach. Some joked about how strange it was. Some were perplexed because they had come to take a boat on a pleasure trip, only to find that many of the vessels were beached. But it wasn’t until the water returned (slowly at first, and then suddenly more forcefully), that the people began to look for safety.
A few weeks ago I stumbled onto an intriguing documentary on the devastating 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, which claimed the lives of 200,000+ people. It showed tourists and locals mesmerized by the unexpected low tide, and unaware that a tsunami would soon follow.
Curiosity brought some to the shoreline. Some joked about how strange it was. Some came to take a boat on a pleasure trip, only to find the boats had been beached.
But it wasn’t until the water returned (slowly at first, and then suddenly more forcefully), that the people began to look for safety.
Unfortunately, some didn’t find higher ground soon enough.
Watch below, particularly beginning at the 4:20 mark:
Days later I was caught up in the Washington D.C. drama with the Affordable Care Act, the Debt Ceiling, and the government shut-down. I noticed Facebook friends taking sides, and others who determined to stay above the fray by keeping their minds on more positive topics.
As one who loves America and the opportunity it has provided for the common man to achieve almost anything, I’ve been concerned about the policies and popular opinions that have whittled away at the very thing that makes this country unique. Many people don’t know, but our constitution is the longest standing document in modern history to continually govern its nation.
To compare, the American constitution has stood for more than 220 years, while Italy has had 61 governments, JUST since 1945!
As outlined in John McCormick’s book, Comparative Politics in Transition, 7th ed.:
France has had 23 constitutions since the 1776
China has had 4 constitutions since 1949
The Soviet Union has had 4 constitutions in just 59 years
The Dominican Republic has had 25 constitutions
Haiti has had more than 20
El Salvador has had 16
Honduras has had 12
The list goes on.
What made America’s constitution different were the provisions for blocking the power-hungry. Checks and balances were designed for the express purpose of making sure the government could NOT become a creature more powerful than the governed. The founders had experienced oppressive government, and intended to protect the common person from future despots.
Most people are aware of the checks and balances between the House and the Senate, the Left and the Right, the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislative branches. But not so many are aware of the checks and balances between the Federal and State governments.
For example, there was never supposed to be a Federal income tax, a Federal education program, nor Federal welfare programs. As virtuous as these programs may be, they were supposed to be handled at the State level, to maintain a wall of separation between local communities and the Federal government, in order to keep its powers continually in check.
John Locke, whose ideas were influential in the shaping the constitution, asserted that the purpose of government was to protect life, liberty, and the ‘estate’ of its people. The government is supposed to protect what they have, not provide for what they don’t have.
But when the purpose of government in the minds of its people shifts from the protection against tyranny, to the provider of comforts and privileges, the unraveling begins.
There will always be strings attached when a government provides comforts and privileges. Eventually the strings become cords that bind, and to accept them is to take a gamble of epic proportions. You’re at the mercy of the those in authority, and you must hope they will always be kind and honorable.
So, the recent gridlock in Washington was, in some respects, anticipated more than 220 years ago! By design, allowing opposing views to have a voice within our government was part of the protective system of checks and balances. Then, rather than getting angry at one side or the other for “getting in the way” of progress, we need to stop and at least appreciate that we still have a government that is required to answer to an opposing side within itself.
I would rue the day when opposing views are no longer permitted in Washington.
And although our constitution has been amended with good and necessary amendments, there are also amendments that effectively nullified some of the most carefully crafted provisions of protection.
Some feel the constitution has become irrelevant, or outdated. While it is not perfect, it has – for the most part – continued to protect our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Many good people have voted for legislation and amendments that seemed honorable at the time without realizing how they inadvertently removed another layer of protection against potential tyranny.
Good people throughout history have been so blinded by the promised ‘ends’ that they were either unconscious to, or willing to forgive the ‘means’.
Naturally, the constitution as it was originally intended will be an annoyance, an inconvenience, an obstacle for those who want the government to provide more comforts and privileges. After all, it was expressly designed to keep the Federal government out of our personal lives.
But when those compassionate goals are achieved anyway, and people become dependent on the system, they eventually forget how to think and produce and solve problems and contribute and strive and achieve and conquer and thrive.
And frankly, that’s more convenient for potential tyrants, whether they be Republican, Democrat, or otherwise. Dependent people just don’t push back as much as those who would sacrifice their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for the cause of freedom from tyranny.
So… EVEN IF WE DO NOT have a dictator now, with the original purpose of our constitution so disregarded, what’s left of it to stop one from taking power? Without protective restorative amendments adopted, both Democrats and Republicans (and everyone else) are dangerously vulnerable.
The reality is that the acceptance and implementation of Federal programs has set a perilous precedent, opening the door to an easy pass for less honorable mandates that may be introduced in the future.
Maybe you wondered why anyone would be so against such programs. Maybe you thought the opponents were callous, heartless, wealthy capitalists. Maybe you couldn’t understand why they would choose to be so unpopular, fighting to preserve one of your last remaining protections from potential tyranny.
The revolutionaries who first secured our freedoms were a noisy, annoying bunch of rebels. The British government didn’t like them very much. In fact, they were as much of a bother as the ‘right-wing nuts’ in Washington are, who have been trying to block yet another law that promises to provide comfort and privilege at the expense of one of our last remaining provisions of protection.
So here’s where the tsunami video stopped me short:
I was fascinated as I watched the political debates rage on in my Facebook news feed. People complained about the idiocy of the government barricading open-air scenic views. They cracked jokes like, “If we declare the southern border to be Federally owned, would they finally come block it off?” or “The Washington Redskins have dropped the name ‘Washington’ because it was embarrassing…”
And I realized America has lost something very precious. The constitution that was designed to keep the Federal government at bay has been so carelessly amended – its original purposes so disregarded – that the Federal government now oversteps its bounds so often that the people have accepted it as the norm.
For those who see it for what it is, we’ve been watching the tide go out further than ever before, and we joke about it. We find it curious. We gawk, we gather. We call others to ‘come and see’ as we share clips and snippets of news and satire with our friends.
Some didn’t notice the tide going out unusually far until it affected them personally. They thought they would enjoy the day on a pleasure boat but discovered the Affordable Healthcare Act was beached instead. Premiums were much higher than expected, the enrollment website wouldn’t work…
How curious! No matter. We’re happy to do our part, they say. This is so wonderful, they say. The government is so NICE, they say. (Cue: “Ice creaaam… Lollipops…!”)
And yet, still, there is no alarm for the meaning of such signs. It’s still just a conversation piece. They don’t see a potential tsunami of tyranny coming.
I’ve engaged in the political discussion myself, at the risk of my reputation (I might even lose some subscribers!), and will continue as my conscience leads. At the same time, my husband and I are moving to ‘higher ground’. The returning tide is up to our knees already and the force has begun to squeeze our ankles. It’s time to move, and fast.
Moving to ‘higher ground’ means de-cluttering life of the things that really don’t matter. It means listening to my conscience and strengthening my relationship with God so I can be inspired to know what I must do to prepare for whatever the future holds. It means following the four steps required to qualify for Heaven’s intervention.
You may be wondering why, as one who teaches positive thinking, that I would dwell so much on something so depressing?
…after having enjoyed our new success for several years, we made some careless investment decisions. When we finally became completely conscious of the problem, we believed that we could “make” those bad decisions into good ones somehow just by “thinking right”.
…in every adversity there is a seed of equal or greater benefit, [but] that doesn’t mean the adversity will go away with right thinking. It only promises that something good can be born from it.
The positive thinking skill also helps you cope when things don’t change. So when it appears that the country is falling apart, optimism is more important than ever. We need to be optimistic, hopeful, and most importantly, inspired, so we’ll know what to do.
So, as much as you may want to stick your fingers in your ears and say “lalalalala”, these issues will affect you. They will affect your children. You can face them once they can no longer be ignored, or you can look to higher ground now. Picture life the way you want it to look – your freedom, your happiness, your prosperity – and you will be guided and inspired on the steps you can take to help it happen.
And if the steps look something like getting politically involved – gasp!, don’t be shocked. It’s been happening to quite a few of us.
And actually, the steps may end up looking like something else, and that’s okay. If enough people hold the vision, and do the part they feel inspired to do, this nation will endure. I believe God is orchestrating its preservation and I hope we wake up and do our part soon enough, so it doesn’t require more serious conflict to restore it.
Unfortunately, too many of the protecting provisions are already gone, and the delicate balance of power has already been destroyed. So in order to pass on the promise of freedom that our fathers enjoyed, restorative amendments will be necessary. It takes more than a vote, we must learn, inform others, and stay involved with the representatives who get it. It may take a miracle, but I happen to believe in miracles.
Yes, you can still achieve goals, expect miracles, and succeed according to the principles, even if the government makes it difficult. But if you don’t move to higher ground while you still can, the difficulty may overwhelm you so much that you don’t even get the chance.
Stay tuned – together we can use what we know about overcoming obstacles to experience miracles in our personal lives, and who knows, maybe we can even make a positive difference in the condition of our country.
Future topics coming soon:
How (and why) to have a civil political discussion
Law of Polarity – what good can come from political conflict
A heated political debate where I was proved wrong (and I didn’t see it coming)
How to NOT lose credibility with the fence-sitters (both sides blow it all the time!)
Nicholeen Peck told me there’s a honeymoon stage when you’re teaching your children (and yourself) self-governing. All of my previous posts about my Parenting Transformation Journey would fit into the honeymoon stage, I guess.
Then I had a business obligation that I had to see through, and it threw me off my schedule. Getting back on track after the event took me a few days. On the Monday after, I was close to being all caught up, but still had a number of things that had to be wrapped up on the computer, and the constant interruptions through the day were really wearing on me.
Eventually the interruptions stopped, and I finally got to where I could focus.
At the end of the day I finally left my room to see what everyone was doing, and to make sure they had all eaten, and then to get them to bed. That’s when I noticed this sign posted outside of my door:
“No one bother Mom!!! If you do you will Die”
Yep. There’s the evidence. Honeymoon’s over.
That’s why I haven’t been posting or tracking for a long time… there’s been a lot of work that needed to be done to get back on track, and I just didn’t feel like I could work it AND write about it all at the same time.
But I had a wonderful opportunity to sit in on another class with Nicholeen Peck last Saturday, and I was reminded about the Power of Calm. Already, I’ve been able to divert potential conflict twice in the last 24 hours, just by practicing this one piece:
“It seems to me that you have something you want to tell me, and I really want to know what that is. But I need you to be calm first, so that we can talk about it…”
Baby steps to self-governing, baby steps to self-governing.
Control is the objective of a government which sees its people with low potential. Freedom is the objective of a government which sees its people with high potential.
There are basically two world views.
One believes (on a fundamental level) in ‘control’ as the solution to all problems; the other believes in ‘freedom’ as the solution to all problems. While there are countless positions along the spectrum in both directions, those are the two poles.
Government is necessary to maintain order, but how it should achieve this is the never-ending debate.
Control, or freedom?
How much control? How much freedom?
When appropriations run dry for running federal parks, we quickly see which view is currently in play. Understandably, the authorities want to make sure the people feel the pain so all will be motivated to come to a resolution more quickly.
However, here’s where the world view bubbles up:
One side intentionally creates that pain by barricading open air scenic views and monuments, since there will be no one available to clean up the trash or sweep the streets. The pain is intentionally inflicted, and, in fact, the authorities must go out of their way to inflict it.
The other side would leave the scenic views and monuments as they were, and allow the trash to pile up and the streets to get dirty. The pain is natural and consequential.
There will be pain either way; but in the first case it comes actively, and in the second case it comes passively.
In the first case, there is NOTHING the citizens can do to remedy the pain without the government allowing it (by passing a budget, or removing a barricade).
In the second case, the citizens are free to pitch in and voluntarily help, IF they choose.
It’s true that the trash may in fact stay there until the government workers return. That’s always a possibility, but in a national crisis, I think it’s an unlikely one.
The fact is, there’s an army of citizens in this country who take enough pride in their country that they would show up. Any local scout troop or church group would be honored to do just that.
They don’t need a paycheck from the government to pitch in, because they receive spiritual and psychological income – and they know it’s worth it. There are enough people in America who still know what that feels like, and they show up where there’s a need.
That is, unless they can’t GET to it because it’s been blocked by a barricade.
There you have it: control vs. freedom, in a nutshell.
Even though I’ve been on a sort of sabbatical for about 2 years to focus on my family, I felt compelled to do an interview on the topic of finding and fulfilling your mission yesterday.
The 1-hour interview took place on Marnie Swedberg’s Christian radio show where we discussed:
Two things that will always try to stop you from finding and fulfilling your mission (and what to do about them).
How to adapt to change and unexpected obstacles.
One simple truth you can depend on to always bolster your courage.
How even mistakes and bad decisions can lead to the fulfillment of your mission.
One trick that always turns ‘impossible’ into ‘possible.’
How to get clear answers from God.
So if you want to know what to do when your life’s mission (or current objective) seems impossible, Insider’s Club members listen free on week 54, or you can purchase the audio download now for just a few dollars!
(Free access to the audio from this post expired 10/14/13)