While we’ve been on the topic of meditation and other tools for increased well-being, I might as well remind you that laughter really can be the best medicine.
That, and Yoga Pants.
Enjoy this. I know you’ll feel better
While we’ve been on the topic of meditation and other tools for increased well-being, I might as well remind you that laughter really can be the best medicine.
That, and Yoga Pants.
Enjoy this. I know you’ll feel better
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.:
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?
As I shared in an earlier post:
…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:
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.
10/10/13 Update: FreedomWorks organizes a volunteer crew to clean up DC on Saturday
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My friend Alie emailed this image to me and I thought it was a great visual reminder to watch your thoughts, words, and deeds – in this case, specifically your words:
(Click to enlarge)
Thanks and appreciation goes to Barbara M. Moreau who is credited at the bottom left, and/or Frank J. Austin, Many horses. I’ve never met either of you, but I love your visual aid!
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Let me tell you about a guy I know and the unexpected (and surprising) miracle that showed up after he taped a box fan to the front of his personal motor coach…
His name is John. John was traveling with some business guys in a large and very expensive rig. It was important for him to get to a meeting where he was to be the key speaker. However, as they motored along, he realized that the engine temperature was beginning to rise.
One of his passengers was concerned that John was going to ruin the engine if he didn’t just pull over and wait for help. John knew plenty about auto repair, but just didn’t have the tools. Also, they were so far from civilization in any direction that to wait for a tow would be simply unacceptable. It would take far too long to get the help, and the tow fee for a rig as big as his was going to be so huge, he didn’t even entertain the idea.
He pushed that motorhome along and kept going.
As they approached a final hill before the next town, again the passenger warned John that he should stop. He said, “John, even if we DO get to the next town, it’s Sunday, and there won’t be any shops open to repair it anyway.”
John turned to him, weary of his pessimism, and said, “I’m NOT going to stop until I HAVE to!” He hadn’t yet done all that he could do, so in his mind, it wasn’t time to change plans. Instead, he bull-headedly focused on his destination and kept faith that SOMEhow he would find the way to make it to the meeting on time.
Then his mind began to think… what did the rig need to stay cool? The engine fan had stopped. It needed air circulation. Well, he had a large box fan, so he used duct tape and fastened it to the front grill of the motorhome, ran the cord through the window, plugged it in, and hiked that final hill.
What a picture that must have been to any oncoming traffic! They pulled into a Burger King, and sat at a table contemplating what to do next.
As they talked about their predicament, a Burger King employee overheard them and said, “Hey, I own an auto shop. Here, take the keys, open it up, and you can use my equipment.”
They were soon on their way and John accomplished exactly what he had set out to do. Against the odds, they reached the meeting in time.
So here’s the point:
John’s “miracle” was waiting in that town the whole time. He didn’t have to “go the distance” – he actually met the solution half way, by pressing on and having faith that the solution would be at the (true) end of all he could do.
That is life. That is how we need to approach all of our problems, be it financial, emotional, spiritual, or social.
We must do all we can to get ourselves TO that miracle we seek, and TRUST that THAT is where we will find it. We mustn’t let that final hill, the hardest part discourage us; for after all, ‘there is no witness until AFTER the trial of our faith’.
Originally posted September 28, 2005.
‘I’m in a hurry to get things done, I’m… rushing, rushing till life’s no fun.’
Does that phrase (from Alabama’s song) sound familiar? Has life become so fast paced that you’ve gotten sucked up into the whirlwind of it all, feeling totally out of control?
Do you feel like you can’t afford to stop long enough to catch your breath, and do you continue to race on the treadmill of life that often seems to be going nowhere?
At some point you have to ask yourself, “What’s the point??”
Even if you have a pretty good sense of what life is all about, and you are confident about its purpose, you can fall into the trap of living frantically day in and day out to meet deadlines, obligations, and expectations.
When you’ve had enough of that, and something inside you says, “You were born for something greater than this… there’s a more significant contribution you were meant to make during your time here,” or, “Why does peace and happiness always seem to be just one more task away?…”
What do you do?
First of all, it’s healthy to recognize those impressions within yourself. It is true, you WERE meant for more than this. You wouldn’t be having those feelings unless something greater was beckoning you to come do your part, make a difference, or quit waiting for whatever-it-is before you can be happy. You know it, but where and how do you begin?
Here’s how you begin: Today, do the things you have committed to do, giving it your best. You see, if you want to change your ‘space’, or your world, and escape the bondage of whatever kind it is that you feel, you must live the life you’re IN with completeness. You must more than ‘fill your place’. When you have ‘filled your place’, you become bigger than where you are, and circumstances must change, just to be able to continue holding you.
As James Allen describes in “As a Man Thinketh”, when a man completely and genuinely alters his thoughts about his [problem], and discovers the true perspective that God intends for him to adopt, it will “become so out of harmony with his mentality that it falls out of his life as a garment is cast aside, and, with the growth of opportunities, which fit the scope of his expanding powers, he passes out of it forever.”
I like the way Wallace D. Wattles put it: “You can advance only by more than filling your present place.”
Don’t wait until you have the time to start something new and grandiose. Be grandiose where you are. In other words, be a spectacular you, right where you are, in just the very thing you are already doing.
If you want to have a better job, be bigger than the job you already have. Do it better than you ever have before… enjoy the feeling that comes from doing well, and before long, it will not be able to contain you any longer. Old circumstances will fall away and new ones will present themselves which will give you more opportunity for growth.
Do I mean, be a superperson and get 10 times as much done as the next person? NO. I simply mean, be present. If you are completing a task, allow yourself the pleasure of enjoying the task. Do it carefully and well, but most importantly, choose to enjoy it.
If you’re busy getting a lot of things done, and simply cannot slow down, you CAN do the same things you are already doing with a calm spirit. Much of the time we get all worked up and frantic about our deadlines and pressures, but we have to remember that the things that we do and the things that are happening around us are nothing more than events. We’re the ones that add the ‘stress element’ to the equation. In fact, if we can go about our day calmly, we will accomplish more than if we try to force things to happen faster. Force negates. What you push will push back. That’s one of those laws.
So much of what needs to happen is out of your control, so quit trying to control it! It’s not your job. Your job is to do the things that YOU can do, and trust God to handle the rest. If you are calm, He will. If you are frantic, He seems to step back and let you try to handle it on your own, so that maybe you’ll learn a lesson. At least that’s my interpretation of how He seems to have handled me. I finally had to ask, ‘How many times must I experience that feeling of abandonment before I learn that I CAN’T do it on my own anyway??’
I’m learning to calm down, and trust. Let’s resign as Manager of the Universe. Let’s have faith that by keeping a calm spirit, we will be in the right ‘vibration’ to allow the blessings to flow our way. Keeping a frantic spirit prevents the blessings from flowing. We cut ourself off from the Source of all good when we demonstrate our doubt through our stress. A faithful heart has no place for stress and worry.
I started reading the book of Mark in the Bible again recently. I think I’ve made it through about 7 chapters so far. Perhaps this is the first time I’ve really tried to picture myself there, taking the time to think about witnessing the miracles happen for myself. It would be a hard thing to read through all of those chapters without feeling a little more confident that something good could happen to me, too. Jesus performed miracles for the worthy and unworthy alike. He showed mercy to the broken hearted who hoped for relief.
No matter how you feel about yourself right now, you can be blessed with an abundant life. Need a ‘faith-lift’? Maybe you should read Mark. (Why did I choose Mark? Because it happened to be the shortest one of the 4 gospels, that’s all. If you’re short on time like me, it’s a good one to read.)
I also recommend reading Portal to Genius. You can read the entire prequel and first three chapters for free. Just visit PortalToGenius.com.
Main content originally written July 28, 2005
If you ever have kids who complain about their Mathematics assignments and say, “When am I ever gonna use this?” – here’s something you can share with them.
I was spotlighted this month on the Brigham Young University Mathematics Department Alumni page. Following is what it said – it just may help you answer that age-old question:
“Leslie (Robertson) Householder graduated from BYU in 1996, she was deeply impacted by one professor’s insistence that the main purpose for studying Math is to gain problem-solving skills. Having experienced a number of unexpected life challenges after leaving BYU, and by applying the problem-solving techniques she learned, Leslie found herself on an entirely different career path.
“Leslie’s passion for math was not lost on her new ventures, however. The series of difficulties she faced caused her to begin asking new questions, as she had been trained to do. It was her appreciation for dependable mathematical principles that caused her to also believe in, seek for, discover, test, and prove other principles that she suspected must be governing these other aspects of her life.
“Leslie is a mother of 7 and an internationally published, three-time best-selling and award-winning author and speaker. Her first book, Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters was written with her LDS peers in mind, but has found wide acclaim with readers of all religious backgrounds worldwide.
“Leslie’s second book is an allegory, The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can, (available in its entirety as a free download at www.jackrabbitfactor.com). Credited for helping one man acquire the World’s Best Job out of 34,000 applicants, The Jackrabbit Factor has also been translated into multiple languages including Turkish, Spanish, and Chinese (already available in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and scheduled for release with its sequel in Mainland China later this year).
“Nevertheless, her favorite work is Portal to Genius, the sequel to The Jackrabbit Factor. Based on the premise that the solution to every problem is only an idea away, the life principles she discovered were brilliantly woven through the book as it follows three story lines: a young couple at the end of their financial rope, a father who needs a medical miracle for his son, and a businessman who needs $4.5 million by Wednesday, as they each discover how to access their own portal to genius.
“Learn more about Leslie and her work at: www.47tips.com.”
You may not know this, but our online School of Life Mastery was originally expected to open a LONG time before it actually did.
After I created the curriculum and loaded the content, my husband (who, in his previous life worked in the IT department for Universal Studios) headed up the site structure and development.
Many times, during the first half of the year, the developers asked how certain pieces should be handled; and not only did I answer with vague generalities; but (to everyone’s dismay), I also quite often changed my mind.
Even worse, sometimes my answer was, “Oh, whatever you think is best.”
Well, months later – having also spent tens of thousands of dollars more than expected – we looked back on the project, and ultimately realized that it still wasn’t ready to open because basically, our developers were required to work on a moving target.
Putting the original date to the goal was ineffective, because the target had not been clearly and perfectly identified.
During those months after the target date, the site became intricately developed; but every time we thought it was nearly done, we’d see that it wasn’t quite right and needed to be reworked.
My problem was that I didn’t know well enough – right from the beginning – what I wanted. I didn’t know how it SHOULD be.
All I had was a general idea; and I guess I just took it for granted that the developers would just figure it all out for me.
(I guess I assumed they could just read my mind and see the vision I had without my spelling it out in detail.)
Ultimately, after going in circles one too many times, the developers finally INSISTED we give them a fully-developed ‘spec’.
A ‘spec’ is a document that specifies in absolute detail, every single aspect of what the site needs to be able to do, and precisely how it’s supposed to look and behave under every possible user action.
It’s the blueprint for the website.
After spending more than a year creating the curriculum, I was frustrated that I’d have to help create a ‘spec’.
I wanted to say, “I already did MY part; can’t you all just figure it out?”
But with only vague directions, and different perceptions and approaches between the developers, problems kept cropping up.
Beta testers were losing data, new registrants were finding themselves trapped in frustrating loops, and then worst of all, we finally realized that the whole system had been built in the wrong environment, causing problems that weren’t going to go away unless we essentially started all over.
So here’s the point of my confession. I’ve been teaching people for years the importance of putting goals in writing, with detail.
And to be honest, I have successfully achieved many goals without going to the trouble. It’s tedious work to put it in writing, and I don’t enjoy taking the time. But this experience taught me how much more quickly, and more smoothly (and less expensively) goals can be achieved if you do take the time to create a ‘spec’.
The school finally opened much later than we wanted, but it’s changing lives now, and I hope you’ll join me there: School of Life Mastery.
I learned that goals can be achieved if you just muscle it through, one way or another; but you’ll be more efficient, and your “developers” will be better utilized if you don’t leave so many variables up to chance.
So what about you and your goals?
The truth is, what’s best is that you choose excellence. Excellence doesn’t happen TO YOU. You’ve got to step forward and initiate the change you keep wishing for. Life provides hardships and challenges so that you’ll wake up and start doing the uncomfortable things that help you become your best self. That’s why the hardships are a gift. The painful site delays and setbacks have been a gift, to teach us this important lesson.
So, if you care about the outcome of your goal, and if you care about how quickly and inexpensively it is realized, then take responsibility for your life and write a ‘spec’. Write your goals in detail, as though you were describing exactly how the finished project (your life) will look when it’s done.
Imagine that you really do have a ‘developer’ somewhere busily working for you, arranging the right people and opportunities for every one of your objectives.
But every time you change your mind, he has to drop everything and start all over. If you’re unclear, then even if you don’t change your mind, it’s almost guaranteed that what shows up will be different than what you really meant.
I can say that from personal experience!
(By the way, I never physically met the developers we were working with; so in many ways, they are like the ‘unseen help’ that comes to your aid when you set a goal.)
So, create that well-documented ‘spec’. Or if you’re not a techie, maybe it’s easier to imagine that you have some kind of an angelic ‘foreman’ waiting for your blueprint.
Sure, you could probably still achieve almost any goal without a blueprint or a ‘spec’; but the time, energy, and money lost from meandering and course-correcting can easily set you back so far that you may run out of steam entirely before the dream is realized.
That’s the risk you take when you do not put in writing the things you need and want with detail.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that God and the Universe will ‘figure it all out’ for you. In that case, you may end up meandering and course-correcting a lot more than necessary, because you’ve been given free agency to choose the good causes in which you choose to be anxiously engaged. Heavenly ‘help’ is available to you as soon as you’re ready to enlist it. But it won’t impose upon you.
Decide what you want, and then ask clearly and in faith for the assistance you need.
Don’t be paralyzed by waiting to know exactly what your goals ‘should’ be. If you think about what you want, and make a decision firmly and resolutely to go for it without hesitation, then if for some reason it’s wrong, you’ll find out soon enough and have sufficient momentum to make the proper course correction in time.
I hope you’ll join me in the FTMF home study program (either through the physical version that gets delivered to your door, or through the online version in the School of Life Mastery), where I help you create a powerful goal statement and show you step-by-step how to make sure the ‘unseen help’ is activated on your behalf. When this edition runs out (soon!), the new edition probably will NOT include my personal assistance at the mid-term ($199 value, included free). So if you want my personal attention on YOUR goal, be sure to get one of the versions we currently have in stock before they’re all gone!
Choose either the online version or the physically delivered version, or get more information at: www.prosperthefamily.com