#15: Hidden Treasures Class

I was asked to speak on the topic of my book “Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters”. The following audio is the recording of my class. This book is available free at www.hiddentreasuresbook.com

Class Description:

The Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters class will lead you to a higher awareness of the laws connected to the blessings of prosperity. The ideas will astonish you; and you’ll feel empowered as they comfort, encourage, and enlighten you on your journey to financial peace of mind (and even deliverance). Hidden Treasures is about finding riches after having obtained a hope in Christ, for the intent to do good.

But even more, it’s about discovering treasures of wisdom and knowledge which have been promised to those who diligently seek. Many have wondered, “If the ‘Righteous Shall Prosper,’ Why am I so Broke?” Or, “Should I just give in to ‘setting my heart upon riches,’ or simply resign myself to the smothering prison of debt and the stain of poor credit?” This class will answer these questions, and many more. Includes information and stories not contained in the original book.

Show Notes:

Gideon and the Midianites
What little faith I have is enough, after I send the fear away
The language of faith declares things before they are real
It expresses gratitude before it’s happened
Speaking the truth in advance
Stickman Concept – why it’s so powerful – math problem analogy
The MIND MODEL – video link: www.thoughtsalive.com/stickman
Why your mind is busy but you’re not thinking
Processing
To think is to create
Countenance comes through the body
How to you feel about the way things are?
Thoughts charged with emotion become instructions for the subconscious mind
Does your subconscious believe: it’s safer to be obese. It’s safer to be poor because the rich can’t go to heaven
Powerful question – “what would that feel like?”
Faith is heartfelt belief in something unseen
There are two kinds of faith
Philipians – think on these things
All answers are in the scriptures but sometimes we need a clue
There are laws
Ask in faith nothing wavering
Doubt not fear not, have faith in Christ
There is a Savior who has met the demands of the law and the atonement is applicable here
Whoa – this is not what I asked for! But if I think right, right now, it’s still on its way
Illusions by Richard Bach – Crystal River
The current we worship knows where it’s going
Face problems without emotion
Daydream with emotion
A run through of the 7 laws
Thank you for this awful experience because it teaches me what a good day is!
The child of the king can just approach and ask

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Power, Strength, Endurance

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I’ve noticed that I can get weary easily. I run, run, run throughout the day to get everything done, and by 4 or 5 pm I’m depleted. I drag myself to the kitchen to make dinner, and have nothing left of myself for the family, sometimes until the next morning.

So when I attended a special meeting on a Sunday night in August of 2014 with my teenagers, and the speaker began talking about something that would give them power, strength, and endurance to face (and conquer) their day with strength, and to overcome all that challenges their sense of identity as children of God or which puts at risk their ability to enjoy true happiness in spite of their difficulties, I listened, for my own sake.

Then I tried what he suggested, and it worked!

I’m sharing this with you now because it provides a good reminder as we begin a new year:

He reminded us of the power that comes from studying the scriptures. Not just reading here and there to say you did, but to really search them, make them a priority. He said that missionaries who dedicate two years of their life to serving God have incredible stamina, extra strength, and tenacious endurance, because they get up early and study the scriptures for an hour every day.

However, there are some sad statistics indicating that when missionaries return home, within 2 weeks, 8 out of 10 of them find themselves neck-deep in pornography, and within a year, 1 out of 3 of them find themselves without faith.

Faith is the fuel of life. It is the source of true happiness. To believe in God even if you can’t see Him is to find happiness when life is difficult, to find joy in spite of difficulty. Life is hard for all of us, but those who find faith also find joy anyway.

So how do these missionaries lose ground so quickly? He said that when they come home, they get back with friends and family and stay up late into the night sharing stories from their mission, miracles they witnessed, faith-promoting experiences that would surely change their life forever.

Then in the morning, the voice in their head says, “You served an honorable mission, I’m so proud of you. You deserve a little break.” So they sleep in, and then stay up late again the next night, visiting with more friends and family, sharing more faith-promoting stories, and then sleeping in the next day.

These fine young missionaries haven’t slept in a single day for two years, and now they’re enjoying a little break. After all, they deserve it, right?

But in the morning, they wake late and don’t have time to study their scriptures for an hour like they’ve done for the previous two years. They are not replenishing the oil in their lamp, and within two weeks, it’s gone. So when they find themselves playing a game on the computer (or surfing Facebook perhaps), and pornography pops up, they don’t have the strength to click off.

The contrast of feelings is overwhelming. The heaviness and loss of self control they feel is completely the opposite of the joy and freedom they experienced on their mission. Some wake up at that point and do the hard things to put their life back on track, but some don’t, and within a year have totally lost sight of who they are and how to live strong and happy.

The source of that strength they felt for the two years prior was the Word of God.

So as I listened to the speaker, I realized that I have been feeling weary because I have not made scripture study the priority that it has been at other times in my life. I might read every day, but it hasn’t been first thing in the morning. I can see the wisdom of making an intentional study at the beginning of the day, to provide the strength, the oil for my lamp, that I will need for the following 16 hours. No wonder I’ve been running out of stamina after only about 8.

So I began again yesterday, waking early, eager to study the scriptures first. And the inspiration I received has helped me and my family turn a corner. It feels good. I had all the strength I needed until I eventually hit the sack at 11. I felt like I was my better self practically the whole day.

I need this strength. Life is hard and beats us down on a daily basis. But I’ve just re-discovered the power, strength, and endurance that comes from feasting on the Word of God.

(My scripture of choice that day was Isaiah, for Christ said, “search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah” (3 Nephi 23:1) – I’m telling you what, that’s no small task, but even the effort alone provided the oil for my lamp that I needed that day.)

This article was originally published August 19, 2014.

Here’s wishing you all the best in 2017. May your family enjoy an increase of peace, prosperity, and happiness this year, and in the years to come!

Now you can make 2017 even better! Join me now in the Mindset Mastery (FTMF) Program. Click here to learn more.

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Open your Eyes

When times have been hard for me, oh how often I’ve known I should think differently—more faithfully, more confidently—but it just seemed too hard, or I couldn’t remember how.

You go long enough trying to live the principles without success, and you really begin to wonder if it’s all a lie. I know; I’ve been there.

I understand how it feels to be told that I’m supposed to believe in my dreams no matter what, but to be trapped in fear anyway, or drawing a blank when I try to think better.

Maybe you know what I mean.

If so, I’d like to give you a little wider perspective…

The good news is that peace of mind (and even prosperity) increases as your awareness grows and as your perspective widens.

When your eyes are opened (figuratively speaking), your confidence becomes strong. Gaining knowledge of the laws and principles that govern prosperity facilitates this. And as you align yourself to the principles revealed through this heightened awareness, you pair with an attractive force that brings all that you need into your life.

It’s not theology any more than it’s science, and it’s not science any more than it’s theology. They are simply two ways of describing the same power. It’s just a force that is constantly in effect, reliable, steady, and sure. It’s there and actively governing, no matter how you want to explain it, and whether or not you choose to understand it.

When the effects of unseen forces (like gravity, electricity, aerodynamics, magnetism, or attraction) are observed, the explanations for those invisible forces often vary among the observers. But no matter how people attempt to explain them, the forces themselves are always constant and true.

Like a scientist, you can experiment with the laws, and test the causes and effects of these forces!

This is what I’ve attempted to do through my books and programs—to open your eyes and show you how you can experiment with—or test—the laws of success for yourself. When you apply the principles correctly, you will experience more happiness, greater peace of mind, and unshakable confidence in your ability to obtain all that you need.

And that’s when your RESULTS will also begin to reflect it.

(Notice: the results follow the faith. The windfalls come after the understanding. Success doesn’t precede these qualities, it’s brought about by them. On occasion when a windfall does come first, you may discover that the success rests precariously upon an unstable foundation.)

To me, it’s less about learning how to make something happen and more about learning how to jump over onto the train that’s already going in the right direction.

Students of this information have doubled and tripled their income. They’ve obtained raises. They’ve paid off debt. They’ve funded family vacations. They’ve moved up from cars that won’t start and jobs that don’t give them a sense of fulfillment. They’ve healed relationships, kept their promises, and given their children greater opportunities. They’ve launched successful businesses, achieved NY Times best-seller status, and landed on the Inc 500 list of fastest-growing companies. This information has helped people get the “impossible” job, or achieve the “impossible” goal. Visit our forums to read some of these stories.

But for someone who has tried, really tried, to live these principles without success, it can all start to sound like a pipe dream. Believe me, I know. I was that student for seven years. I went to over 100 seminars and read countless books trying to get all the pieces to fit together and to try and get my thinking into the right flight pattern to qualify for the success.

But for seven years I just couldn’t get it to work, and I was ready to give up.

If this describes you, you’re not alone. I’d venture to say that most people who study the principles feel this way. I wish that wasn’t the case, but it’s a process, and it can’t be shortcutted.

Frankly, it’s uncommon to figure it out, and that’s what makes the information so valuable. Not everyone will dig deep enough or long enough to get the formula right. It’s rare, and valuable, and priceless.

So just don’t give up. Try again. Experiment again. Be the person who keeps experimenting longer than everyone else is willing to.

According to a writer on Quora, “As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, ‘How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?’ Edison replied, ‘I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The lightbulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.'”

He KNEW it could work. So he just kept at it until it did.

And so can you.

Even though there are sometimes more conversations about The Jackrabbit Factor book (because more people have read it and it’s a little more entertaining), I’ve noticed that the lid really comes off when a person moves on to the meatier Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters book.

The Jackrabbit Factor instills HOPE, but Hidden Treasures provides the WHY you can depend on the principles, and the rest of my work gives you the HOW to help you implement the knowledge successfully.

(You may not know this, but I campaigned hard to get The Jackrabbit Factor to the best seller list, but Hidden Treasures ended up there all on its own, because people like you really started to find out how effectively it opens their eyes.)

Hidden Treasures opens eyes even when a person doesn’t think their eyes are closed. It will show you how to have faith when you don’t know how, or if you’ve simply forgotten.

IMHO, the information it contains is so profound and life-changing, that if you’ve read The Jackrabbit Factor, you’ll look back on it like it was kindergarten after reading Hidden Treasures.

If I may borrow a phrase from Bob Proctor: “I have license to brag because none of it is mine.”

The message I share is universal and true; I simply pass it along in the clearest, most understandable way I know how.

Unlike most books on the topic of success, Hidden Treasures doesn’t just tell you that you need to think positive, or that you just need to believe; it gives you the reason, the evidence you need, that makes believing easy.

How would it feel to know with certainty that the thing you need is on its way?

How would you like to know why you CAN be so certain?

Furthermore, the law of attraction, which many success authors write about, is only ONE of the seven laws you need to know, and Hidden Treasures covers them all, extensively.

Perhaps you’ve heard about Hidden Treasures for years but never got around to reading it. Perhaps you read it years ago, but can’t remember it much. Now’s the time to finally get answers to the questions you’ve been asking: the questions that maybe nobody else even knows you’re wondering:

  • “How can I have faith when everything is falling apart?”
  • “Where is the money I need going to come from?”
  • “How long do I have to wait before my prayers are answered?”

Find out right now by requesting the FREE download of the entire book: Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters

Or, if you prefer a paperback or audiobook, select your preferred format select your preferred format here.

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PS. If you’ve already read the books and are ready to let me help you apply the principles, consider joining me in one of the following:

  1. The 8-week Mindset Fundamentals™ eCourse, which gives you a solid foundation for beginning the experimentation phase in your study,
  2. The 12-week Mindset Mastery™ program, which walks you through two very specific experiments, which will prove that these principles are true and dependable (so you can apply the same pattern of application to any future goal), and…
  3. Genius Bootcamp, my live event based on The Jackrabbit Factor sequel: Portal to Genius, which takes you through a 3-day experience where you identify, recognize, and learn to trust the inspired, genius ideas that are always available to help you solve your most pressing dilemmas.

To compare the difference between these three programs, click here. Originally published January 23, 2008

 

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Finding Hope In Spite of Appearances

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When you understand the laws of thought, it is possible to look at life’s problems and actually feel good about them. There are rewards for those who do this.

Hey there – this is going to be one of my deeper posts. I want to speak specifically to any of my readers who are dealing with something especially heavy.

Now, I’m about to throw some deep philosophical stuff at you. Heavy things merit a heavy discussion. So to begin with, read these next lines very carefully, one at a time. Consider each of them, and see if they ring true to you:

  • Courage does not eliminate fear, but knowledge does.
  • Awareness of truth is the power behind a rare kind of faith.
  • Lack of awareness is like darkness. But darkness is merely the absence of light. Since a dark room can be illuminated with just a tiny light, it doesn’t take much to make a big difference.
  • The right kind of knowledge has the same effect on a doubting or fearful heart or mind. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference.

So, if you feel smothered in the darkness of fear and uncertainty, it only takes a little bit of knowledge, and the fear shrinks away like darkness in an illuminated room.

As fear is replaced with faith, it very naturally changes the way you feel. And when your feelings change, the nature of your surroundings begin to shift ever so slightly as well.

With the right knowledge bringing you an increase of faith, people naturally and unconsciously begin to respond to you differently. Someone who has not had two words for you before may suddenly feel compelled to talk with you, and perhaps facilitate a connection that helps you reach your goal. Or, maybe your altered mood causes you to go somewhere you didn’t feel like going before, and that thing you need to be able to reach your next goal is found there.

How it all comes together will likely be a mystery until after it’s all said and done. But for now, you have control over how you feel about what’s going on. If you don’t think so, add some knowledge. Just remember: how you feel will cause you to make choices that either take you closer to the goal, or farther away from it.

Faith is feeling “hope” and “expectation”. Both are necessary for success.

I understand it is difficult to have faith when everything around you appears to be all wrong. That’s why I invite you to read Hidden Treasures.

Hidden Treasures gives you the knowledge I’m talking about. it answers the question: “How can I have faith and genuinely feel good about all the bad stuff I have to deal with?”

Read it FREE here.

Although my story in the book is presented through the lens of my own religious/spiritual background, it speaks to people of all faiths. It’s been gratifying over the last 10 years to receive positive feedback both from members of my faith, as well as other Christian, Jewish, Buddhist readers and more. Even my non-religious (but spiritually minded) readers tell me it has made a huge difference in helping them change their lives.

We all are trying to live according to truths and principles. Happiness depends on it, and so does prosperity.

Hidden Treasures gives you 7 powerful truths that help you live by faith more effectively. It provides the knowledge that eradicates the darkness of fear and uncertainty, and it shows you exactly why you can be grateful and excited about your hardships, right now.

Skeptical? I challenge you to read it without feeling better. See if you can read it without feeling more faith. See if you can read it without experiencing real change in your life.

Read the book, and then just go about your life as normal. You’ll discover that the same activity with higher awareness always yields better results.

Get your FREE downloadable copy here.

If you’ve already read it, please consider sharing this article and invitation with someone you know who could really use a dose of hope. Originally published Jul 14, 2007

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The THOUGHTS That Count

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If we could conduct a scientific experiment with all the variables perfectly controlled where two people with the same upbringing, experiences, DNA, and everything else were thrown the very same challenge, their circumstances from that point on would be different from each other – depending on their thoughts.

Now, I can’t prove it. But I know it’s true. I’ve seen a very real and strong connection between the thoughts I choose and the results I get.

So knowing this, I try to choose empowering thoughts, believing in the long run that it will make a difference.

I choose to believe that the challenge (however ugly it may be) is for my good, and I choose to look for a lesson in it. I choose to believe that something phenomenal can come out of tragedy. As I do this, things always seem to work out better than when I don’t.

While my observations don’t qualify as a scientific experiment under the scientific method, after seeing it work this way for more than 20 years, what I do know is that life seems to go much better when we try to practice faith.

Science has been trying to nail down the effects of our thoughts on the world around us (Quantum Physics); but until they can really dial it in AND get it into the school textbooks on an elementary level, we’re left to experiment with the ideas in our own laboratory of life.

Am I always successful at optimizing my outcomes?

Of course not. And honestly, most of the time I don’t FEEL like choosing better thoughts. But the effects are just as connected when I VIOLATE the “laws of thought” as when I OBEY them.

Learning the laws has simply helped me remember why to choose my thoughts, with absolute certainty that the results for good or for ill will unfailingly follow.

Related: What if it’s impossible to always think right perfectly?

One thing I’ve learned is that if I can imagine it, it’s possible. By LAW. An amazing concept. Not possible because it’s one of those nice clichés that make you feel good, but because there is actually a fundamental law of the Universe that says nothing is ever done without first a thought – AND – that if it can be thought, it can be done. (Not that we always get it figured out in our lifetime.)

Here’s an example:

Two years before releasing my books I didn’t believe I could be a best-selling author. But, somewhat as (not much more than) an experiment, I decided to apply the laws of thought just to see if I COULD.

AFTER choosing my goal (and, admittedly it was TOUGH getting that one on paper, because it was the most outlandish goal I had ever set in my life), I composed my goal statement, which ended up being about eight pages long. (For guidance on composing an effective goal statement, join me in my Mindset Fundamentals™ Ecourse.)

The next thing I did was to read my statement every day before working on the book. I actually put it at the top of my manuscript document, so I read through it before picking up where I had left off each time. I find it interesting that the details of the story came to me AFTER I made the decision to write a best-seller.

(You get what you ask for out of life, so ask largely. We don’t do something remarkable because we already have all we need to do it; the things we need often only come to us AFTER we’ve decided to do something remarkable. It’s just how it works.)

Most aspiring authors write something and then hope it gets picked up by some influential publisher who will promote it and make it a best-seller. It doesn’t always work that way, I’ve learned. For one thing, whether or not you’re picked up by a publisher, it’s typically still 100% your responsibility to make it go. I recommend a person decides to be a best seller even before they begin writing. Don’t you think a person will be more in tune to receive remarkable ideas if they decidedly expect to create something remarkable?

Anyway, after about two months of reading my statement nearly every day, I BEGAN to think that maybe I could. I had no clue how I would, but I began to think it might be possible.

How many people are willing to read something absurd over and over again until it doesn’t seem absurd anymore? This goal-setting/achieving business is such an interesting process.

Then, out of the blue, certain people came into my life who helped me through each step in the process: people who knew exactly what I needed to learn or do next. They came to ME. Serendipitous encounters, as though I had broadcasted my needs with a megaphone, although I did not.

I’m convinced that it was my THOUGHTS that counted.

By my thoughts, I eventually tuned in (like a radio dial) to all the help I needed, because my mind was focused and I finally believed. Like a magnet! Do you realize that all you need will come to YOU as you get your thoughts right, and as you keep moving your feet in the right direction?

Remember, you don’t have to “go the distance”; you only have to meet success half-way. Every time you take a step, it takes a step towards you.

After I finally began to believe my goal statement might actually come true, a Jewish man from New York contacted me after reading my Hidden Treasures ebook. He said that he thought I might have a best-seller there. His contact was particularly unexpected, because my book was originally intended for people of my faith, so In my opinion, it was quite the compliment to receive praise from someone of a different faith. I thanked him, and said, “Actually, it’s the book I’m writing now that I hope to be a best seller,” (because I thought its audience may be wider than the first.)

He informed me that he was currently working with a team of people to help Jack Canfield launch his book Success Principles, and he wondered if I’d be interested in joining their team. I agreed, not having a clue what they would have me do. Through my participation as a volunteer in that campaign, I learned how to launch a best-seller. A few months later, when Jackrabbit Factor was complete, I followed the same simple steps to outrank the new Harry Potter release for about six hours, more than enough time to claim my own title and officially make Jackrabbit Factor a best-selling book.

It happened. On August 30, 2005 “The Jackrabbit Factor” became a BarnesAndNoble.com best seller. From there it went on to be recognized in multiple literary contests, continues to rank on other best seller lists, and has since been picked up by international publishers and translated into multiple languages.

 

But was that first little victory exhilarating? Was it a rush?

(Laughter) Actually, NO.

Was I disappointed?

Of course not.

Can you guess why?

I’ll tell you. It’s because I had already lived the thrill repeatedly in my head for more than a year.

It was more like, “Okay, now I can finally check that one off the list – another crazy idea which finally became real, just as predicted.” And then it was time to set another goal.

It was just proof again that the goal setting process, properly followed, works.

Ironically, the process described in the story itself is the same mental process I went through to achieve best-seller status. If you’ll just decide what you want, I can tell you exactly how to get it. Simply read “The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can”.

Read (or re-read) The Jackrabbit Factor FREE here Originally published September 5, 2005

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Roles – The Secret to Family, Business, & Social Success

ROLES_Cover4Nicholeen Peck helped my family many years ago, before we ever met. She was on a reality show on the BBC called “World’s Strictest Parents”, and I learned some important things from her unusual approach to parenting. “Strict” is a misleading word. Watch her fascinating episode here:

But now she has a new book on Roles. They define our rights, obligations, responsibilities, beliefs, and even who we are.

And if you purchase her book on SATURDAY for only $.99 (ninety-nine cents!), you can be part of the cause of helping it achieve best-seller status. You could say, “I was there, and helped with that! And I got some great information out of the deal, too.”

Here is an excerpt from her book:

How well do we each understand our respective roles? How do we teach our children about proper roles? How would the problems children and parents face change if they better understood roles? Aren’t parents — whether aggressive, passive or assertive — always defining roles anyway? Why do we see the roles in today’s world wrapped around so much confusion and debate when it’s impossible to escape roles?

When I sat down to write this book, those questions were my key source of inspiration. I know that God is a God of order, not confusion. Beliefs have crept into our culture about the so-called proper roles of mothers, fathers, children and individuals; and these misguided beliefs have slowly distorted the way God intends roles to be. In fact, these incorrect, false beliefs and intentions are now wreaking havoc upon society’s roles — and it’s tearing apart families, workplace corporate cultures, and communities.

The purpose of this book is to show how the roles in families set the stage for all of the roles in society. The current and ongoing debate about gender roles in society wouldn’t even be an issue if the roles within families were working properly. When roles are working properly within families, families have a vision for where they’re going, an understanding of who they’re supposed to be, and a passion for their divine purpose.

Ultimately, all those points are what you’re about to see acted out and explained in this book. I felt the best way for me to teach you about proper roles was to do it via story.

Jerry and Janet, the parents in this story, as well as their four children and the co-workers in Jerry’s office, were all suffering from an identity crisis. They didn’t know who they were supposed to be and how they were supposed to act in their given roles. Why? Because there were too many confusing messages in their lives. What’s more, the adults in this story were never taught proper roles in their homes growing up. How could they perform their roles, let alone teach the next generation their roles?

Confusion regarding roles disappears when family members live their respective roles correctly. When roles are lived as they are meant to be, families and work environments will not only be happier and more united, but also more productive and efficient.

When most people hear the word “roles,” they immediately start to feel uncomfortable. Society has groomed us to think that roles are somehow narrow and box-like. Many people think of roles as stereotypical lists they must somehow conform to. In an effort to break out of perceived roles boxes, many family members have simply exchanged one role for another, and entered a new, much more unfamiliar box.

Adopting a new role is not the same thing as “roles freedom” (i.e., freedom within roles).

If you lay all roles biases aside and genuinely observe the roles discovery in this book through realistic relationships and life problems, new insight will be gained. This new insight will enable you to find more success and happiness in your life. It will also help your relationships.

When I was a young mother, my husband told me that he would not stop me from doing everything. He said that he had observed that women nowadays want to have children, raise them, run the home, and be breadwinners. He said he would allow me to do that if that was what I wanted. He kindly said he wouldn’t stand in my way. I could do whatever I wanted.

As I analyzed what I really wanted and what would make me feel the most fulfilled, I realized it was to live my roles as mother, wife and woman. I didn’t want to do it all, even though I could and had been doing it all. I wanted to do what was most important. I wanted to do what I felt I was placed on the earth to do. My life has been one continual blessing since I made that decision. I am more fulfilled now than I ever was when I was trying to do it all. No one is meant to do it all.

For years my spirit has been kicked and poked and prodded to write and release this book. When I first started teaching people about self-government — and how to teach themselves and their children how to create happier families — I took for granted that people knew and understood the power of roles.

Roles are a power. They prepare us to live securely and happily. They also help us to spread happiness and to support and love each other — as well as promote relationship freedom. Too many people today are in emotional and relationship bondage. Understanding roles is a vital secret to breaking away from that bondage and finding the relationship freedom and personal power that awaits us all.

Click to get the book for just $.99!

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Getting Out of Debt

If you’re having trouble staying out of debt, try this on for size:

Perhaps getting out of debt should not be the goal, but something you do on the WAY to a goal.

If getting out of debt is your goal, you may inadvertently condition your subconscious mind to work continually on filling the proverbial hole. When it sees that the goal is nearly accomplished, it can sometimes automatically look for more “holes” to fill. With constant thoughts about debt, and especially with the exhilaration that comes from paying it off,  you can literally train it to pay off debt like a machine.

But when you get to the point that there is no more debt to pay, and if there is nothing else in mind that has already carried more emotion and focus, your subconscious mind panics. It doesn’t know what to do next. So by default, it helps you out – by making sure you never run out of debt to pay!

Think about it.

More debt, complimentary of your own subconscious mind. By your own training!

Without living by effective goal setting principles, and understanding the importance of word selection in your goal statement and how to give your subconscious mind commands that won’t backfire, reaching your ultimate goal can be very difficult.

Reduce expenses where you can, look for ways to make more money, and consider using a percentage approach to your debt reduction strategy. When you start earning more than your basic expenses require, decide on a percentage of the excess to be applied toward your debt, and another percentage to be applied to your other ‘after debt’ goals. Then, as you focus on achieving the fun or meaningful goals, your debt elimination goals will happen automatically.

For more on this topic, read The Jackrabbit Factor.Originally published August 28, 2005.

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Heaven’s Help with Money Matters

Does life ever seem unfair?

Maybe you’ve dealt with more than your fair share of financial struggles. Perhaps you’ve had the feeling that your big break is just around the corner, but that corner never comes. Learn the seven laws that govern the flow of blessings you receive. The laws are like a kite string… and we are the kite. Without the string, we are tossed in the wind, and struggle to soar. But with an understanding of the laws, we can rise to remarkable heights.

As we learn the laws and live by them, we come to realize how much God’s hand is in everything around us. He is a God of order; this is an orderly universe. All that seems so random is not random at all. Learn the laws, live by them, and watch your life take dramatic turns towards greater prosperity.

Have you ever violated a traffic law? How many times? How many times have you been caught? When we talk about law, it is natural to immediately think of the kind of laws with which we are most familiar. In our everyday life, we are more likely to chat with our spouse or a friend about the guy who cut us off to make an illegal lane change, or the new tax bracket that we just qualified for. These are kind of mushy laws, though. I mean, these laws are supposed to be strictly observed, but when they are not, sometimes the violator suffers a civil consequence; sometimes it seems to go unpunished.

So when someone tries to tell you that there are natural laws of success, there is a tendency to think, “I wouldn’t bank on it. Sounds like a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. They are only after my money. There is no such thing as ‘one formula fits all’ to making money.”

Let me explain something… when you think of law, don’t think of man-made laws. They are not absolute enough to compare with the ideas I will be presenting here. When I say “law”, rather think of something like gravity. Gravity is a natural law (a law of nature) that is dependable and constant. You don’t have to believe in it, you don’t have to like it, you don’t even have to understand it. You are still subject to it. Everything is subject to it. When we seem to “defy” it, it is because we are using other laws that are dependable and constant as well. We can use our knowledge of laws to our advantage. Ignorance of the laws leaves us limited in our abilities.

One thing I like to point out at this stage of the game is the following idea. With reference to the fact that you don’t have to believe in a law to be subject to it, picture this: Suppose that you have firm belief in “mind over matter.” You choose not to believe in the law of gravity. You decide that you don’t want to be subject to it any more. So you go to the edge of a cliff, and with all of the positive thinking you can muster, you step off. It is no surprise that, once again, gravity proves true and your “mind over matter” turns into a “mind all~a~smatter.”

“Mind over matter” is a true principle, don’t get me wrong. But it only works when we apply it in harmony to natural laws. Remember that as you read on; because, if you find that you are having a hard time believing any of the laws that I will present, so be it. Just remember that it will save you from a lot of pain if you choose to believe them anyway.I think that traffic laws should rather be called “traffic codes of conduct”. Tax laws should be called “tax rules”. We need them, but they aren’t as dependable as the term “law” would indicate. For sake of this course, it is important that when we say law, we are talking about something absolute, something unbreakable, something that just “is”. You cannot break a law, you can only break yourself against it. If you violate the law, you will most definitely be sorry you did, and unfortunately there is no mercy if you are ignorant. The consequences will come regardless of your understanding of the law.

I think that traffic laws should rather be called “traffic codes of conduct”. Tax laws should be called “tax rules”. We need them, but they aren’t as dependable as the term “law” would indicate. For sake of this course, it is important that when we say law, we are talking about something absolute, something unbreakable, something that just “is”. You cannot break a law, you can only break yourself against it. If you violate the law, you will most definitely be sorry you did, and unfortunately there is no mercy if you are ignorant. The consequences will come regardless of your understanding of the law.

Spiritual laws can be conditional. Sin is when you transgress a spiritual law after you have been given the law and are capable of understanding it. Suppose a 1 year-old snatches a toy from his 3 year-old brother. The spiritual law, had he completely understood it would have instructed him “thou shalt not steal”. If he knew better and did it anyway, that would have been sin. Of course, a 1 year-old is incapable of understanding such a principle, so he is innocent. John 9:41 says, “Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”

Think again about the baby. He doesn’t understand the spiritual law, so he will not suffer the consequences typically attached to violation of that spiritual law. However, the natural law of Cause and Effect is an absolute law. No allowance is made for ignorance. The baby stealing the toy from his brother will discover the effects of this law when his older brother begins screaming and perhaps inflicting pain on the poor child!

Understand that God did not apply the consequence. The consequence was spontaneous and natural. I believe that God would prefer his children suffer no pain, but we live in a natural world that is governed by natural laws. Natural laws are laws that even God will not alter. He does not control the outcome of abiding or violating them. Yet he does understand them perfectly, and tries to teach us through the scriptures and His prophets how to live in harmony with them. The beautiful thing about understanding them is that if we choose to live in harmony with them, we will also be following God’s spiritual laws because they are in harmony with each other. We will find that we can enjoy happiness and peace and abundance now, and eternal joy in the hereafter. What more could God want for His children?

Are we supposed to be poor? What about Matthew 10:25? “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” I have heard it said that in the days of Jesus, the eye of a needle represented an entryway to a city. It was small enough for a camel to enter, only if the camel crawled through on its knees. Humility, and a willingness to remove all extra baggage.

Whenever riches are obtained in an “unlawful” manner, specifically, in violation of natural laws, the prosperity is temporary. Many get rich on a competitive plane. Picture a pie, divided into 4 parts. If your piece of the pie represents the prosperity or wealth you enjoy, then to get more, someone must get less. But you will see that to obtain wealth on, rather, a creative plane, what you are doing is adding some pie to the outer rim of your piece, increasing the diameter of the pie, and thus creating a bigger pie for everyone. This is in harmony with natural law, and spiritual law.

So ultimate success = happiness and abundance here and now, and a heavenly reward in the hereafter. It is a worthy thing to desire, and you can have it.

“Ask, and it shall be given you,” Matthew 7:7. The problem is, we don’t really believe it, because we don’t know that there are absolute laws that we can depend on. If you lack faith in God, then you can trust the laws and it will strengthen your faith in God. Isn’t that wonderful?! Laws should not be viewed as ‘restrictive’ any more than a kite should see its string as ‘restrictive’.

Get a FREE downloadable copy of the rest of this bestselling book HERE. Originally published on April 29, 2003

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Funny Story – Someone Should Have Called the Cops on ME

when you don’t achieve the results you expect, “check the address”.

Some time ago I was in Utah with my husband and two of my kids for a conference, and while we were there, I needed to pick up some books from Garrett Gunderson, my co-author for Portal to Genius.

I love telling people about his book, Killing Sacred Cows, and needed some more to have on hand for my local events.

(Both books are very much worth reading, by the way…)

I texted Garrett while I was there, and since it was on a weekend and nobody was in his office, my only other option on short notice was to pick some of the books up from his home.

He responded, “I’m out of town, so just go get some from the garage in the back of my house. We have some friends staying there in an RV out front – just tell them why you’re there if they ask.”

I rounded the corner to his home and pulled up in front.  “I’ll just be a minute, kids.”

The house was dark, and so was the RV, so I just went to the gate, followed his instructions on how to get in, and made my way to the back garage.  The door was ajar, so I let myself in.

A quick scan of the area produced nothing – I couldn’t find any books – so I texted Garrett again for better instructions.  He didn’t answer, so I called my husband.  “Can you try to get a hold of Garrett and ask him where in the garage are the books?”

A few minutes later, he came back with, “You were supposed to do this tricky latch thing with the gate…”

“Yeah, I did that; I’m already in the garage – where are the books?”

“He said they’re in the back garage…”

“Yeah, I know; I AM in the back garage. Where in the garage are these books supposed to be?”

“He just said it would be obvious.  There’s 5,000 books in there.”

I was stumped.  I looked around, and I saw nothing but 3 cars and some tools, and a few large RubberMaid-style plastic bins – not the best for book storage, and no way there would be room inside those bins for 5,000 anyway.  I checked the rafters above me. I prowled between all three of the cars, scanning every square inch, thinking I must be blind.

Why don’t his directions make any sense? Why aren’t they producing the results that he promised?

I came out of the garage and walked out to the front again.  I turned around and retraced the same steps, following the directions perfectly. I prowled around the darkly lit back yard a bit, double-checking to make sure there wasn’t another back garage somewhere, and ended up back in the same garage with no greater insight than I had before.

I called Trevan again. “Honey, there are NO books in here – and nowhere to hide 5,000 of them anyway.  I’m sure if this pile of books was a snake it would’ve already bit me… but I’m stumped.  Will you call Garrett again?”

Trevan ended up calling Garrett two or three times. He told Garrett, “She can’t find them.”

Garrett responded, “I don’t know how she could miss them! Is she in the back garage?””

“She says she’s in there, and she’s not seeing them.”

To be perfectly truthful, I was getting REALLY frustrated with Garrett for not being more specific, and for not taking my frustration seriously enough to give me some useful instructions.  I felt like he was ignoring my question, leaving me to figure it all out on my own, and I was already late for an appointment and increasingly annoyed at my predicament.  Why won’t he just tell me something more specific like, “The books are in the north-west corner next to the white SUV” or something like that?

Finally, after going in and out three times and scouring the place, I came back to my car and took a deep breath.  Glancing up, I noticed there was another RV parked out front of the neighbor’s house next door, too.

Then it dawned on me.

I was in the wrong house altogether.  I had been prowling inside a stranger’s home; trespassing, combing their property for something that didn’t exist. Once I put myself in the right location, the instructions finally worked.  I met Garrett’s house guest, did the tricky latch thing, found the back garage, and retrieved the books.

Now for the lesson. (Of course, you knew I’d find an object lesson in this, didn’t you?)

Here it goes:

How often do you take advice on how to get what you want out of life, only to find that those instructions don’t produce the promised results?

Garrett promised there were thousands of books waiting for me – an abundance of what I wanted – and his instructions were perfectly accurate.  The fact that I could not receive them was not his fault.  The blame rested squarely upon my own shoulders for not making sure I was first oriented to the location that was supposed to be the starting point.

Perhaps you’ve found hope through various books, audios, or events from me or other teachers of success principles, but are having trouble experiencing the promised results.  If that’s the case, then let’s take a step back and find out if you’re in the right starting point for utilizing those instructions, shall we?

The MINDSET GENIUS™ FTMF (Family Time & Money Freedom) Program can help.  It opens wide its arms to gather in all who struggle to see results, and brings them first to square ONE.  If you’ll allow me to bring you to square ONE, then from there, the FTMF program will walk you step-by-step through an experience where you will get a taste of intentional success with something small, and then gives you the courage and confidence to apply the process to bigger and better things.  In fact, once you’ve experienced intentional success in spite of the obstacles once, and your brain has developed those new neuro-pathways for success, doing it again for bigger life-goals is a whole lot easier.

We have countless participants who get through the program and then repeat it again, the next time for something bigger and even more amazing.

No matter where you are now, after you let me guide you to square ONE, the MINDSET GENIUS™ FTMF course takes you to the next level and beyond.

Get started today.  I look forward to assisting you!

http://www.ProsperTheFamily.com

Leslie

Originally published September 7, 2010

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When You Feel Confused and Don’t Know What To Do… Pick Your Picnic

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John Sims was traveling with an associate. The associate said, “John, aren’t you going to put on your seatbelt?”

John replied with his raspy tenor voice, “Why, are we going to get into a crash?”

“No, but seatbelts save lives…”

John retorted abruptly in his usual blunt way, “Seatbelts don’t save lives.”

“Of course they do!” His friend explained, “Once, I was driving with my family and something told me to make sure everyone was wearing their seatbelts. So we all belted up, and just as we turned a corner, there was another vehicle coming at us in our lane. Even though it was a head-on collision, we all survived because of those seatbelts!”

John was firm, “No, the seatbelts didn’t save your life, whatever told you to put them on saved your life.”

Probably a decade has passed since I heard John relate that story. Leaving a lasting impression on me, its message has deepened and taken on new meaning. He’s right. It wasn’t the seatbelts that saved their lives. True, they played a part in the actual physics of keeping the bodies secure during impact, but the credit belongs to the voice of warning. The “life-saving” seatbelts were there during the entire trip. But the timeliness of the prompting, and the man’s response to it, changed the would-be tragedy into a miracle.

I am reminded of a game I played in high school. Planning to take some friends to a picnic, my friend and I prepared a tape recorder which described our every move as we traveled from our starting point to the final destination.

When it came time for the event, we told our unsuspecting friends to wait at a payphone until we called them and told them where to find the hidden tape recorder. Our instructions: “Turn it on and follow the directions explicitly!”

At the end of the journey was the picnic fit for a king. But along the way, we followed our friends, incognito. The most hilarious moments came when they tried to mimic what we had done, but in the wrong places. Having accidentally fallen out of step, our friends found that the description of our actions no longer suited their surroundings and, to us, it became absolutely laughable. If they had only known where they were trying to go, they could have improvised and found their own way.

Sometimes we look at others who have reached an admirable destination in their life, and then imitate their same steps in an effort to achieve their results. We listen to their tapes, read their books, and attend their seminars; and then we do our best to follow what they say. While we can learn a great deal from people who have what we want, we must realize that we’re not always on the same sidewalk, so to speak, as they were when they began their journey to the picnic. We’ve had different life experiences and carry with us a different variety of baggage, all of which makes a difference. We need to have the destination clearly in view, so that when someone else’s instructions do not work, we are still able to improvise our way to success.

So, how do you identify your picnic? It’s so simple that most people discard the idea as unimportant. This is one reason why few ever discover the power behind it. All you have to do is simply DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT.

If you knew you could not fail, what would your goals be? This is actually the toughest part of achieving success; the part that at least ninety-seven percent of the population will never do. Create a description of the success you desire, and commit it to paper. Write it in the form of a gratitude statement as though it has already happened. Then you are entitled to, and can trust the impressions which come to your mind. By doing this, you’ve done it: you’ve ‘spotted’ your picnic table. As you hang on to the vision, you’ll know instinctively just how to get to it, because it will be in clear view. Without it committed to paper, your impressions will seem random and you’ll struggle to know what to do next. Perhaps you’ve already felt that way.

Take control of your life, and experience the exhilaration which comes from proceeding methodically toward your worthy ideal. Your success begins with the dream…and happens after you’ve done your part to enlist the voice of inspiration on your journey. See it in your mind, commit it to paper, and be grateful for it before it’s even yours. This puts you in tune with that ‘inner voice’, and you’ll finally know just what to do, and when.

This article, originally written November 14, 2003, was adapted and expanded to become the award-winning international bestseller: The Jackrabbit Factor

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