Category Archives: Positive Thinking Tips

Looking at Life with New Eyes

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The following clip metaphorically captures my experience before and after deciding to home school. This is just MY experience. I loved my public education and have tremendous respect for those who serve so diligently in the system. Their dedication deserves so much more reward and respect than is given. Home schooling isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve been feeling pulled in that direction, I understand your fear. Maybe this video describes you too, particularly at timestamp 3:06, when something is put before you that causes you to look at your current struggle with new eyes.

For more about why I homeschool and how I found the courage to take the leap, CLICK HERE.

Anxiety, depression, and addiction

I had a very interesting conversation with my good friend Peggy Matheson. We’ve known each other for years and they recently had our family over for dinner a few weeks ago while we were traveling through Utah.

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It’s been a fun experience, getting to know Peggy and her husband David, especially because… (okay this might embarrass her, but…) I had first seen her in a movie twenty years ago, and then in a stage play at Sundance Summer Theater, and then in another really amazing movie more recently, and I just think that it’s all very cool that I get to be her friend ;)

But all that aside, we talked a lot about wellness. Mental, spiritual, physical, financial… and I was impressed by some information that they had found, which has made a HUGE impact on their wellness, and the wellness of many others they know.

As you know, I teach that changing our thoughts is key to changing our lives. But Peggy makes a really great point:

“If someone’s mind is stuck in a dark place because of anxiety, depression, addiction, or something even more painful, how can they ever change their thoughts or their life?”  

She’s found an answer to this question, and since I’m a big advocate of tools and resources that can help people overcome tough challenges, I wanted to share her comments with you. She explains it this way:

Because I was feeling so good, the thought took me by surprise. “You’re not good enough.” This was a familiar thought, but typically it came amid a confounding internal barrage of shame and negativity. But on that day, looking in my bathroom mirror, it didn’t resonate with anything inside me. It seemed to be happening outside my head—external and almost foreign. And I was able to let it go so easily!

That’s when I knew the supplement I’d been taking, EMPowerplus™ Q96, was working. And I also realized that the attention, focus, and energy problems, which fed my negative thought patterns, were happening because my brain was malnourished! But let’s go back to where this started.

Several months earlier, I’d met a woman whose 6-year-old son had struggled in school because of attention and mood issues. She’d found a vitamin and mineral supplement that changed his mood and behavior and he was now coming home with smiley faces on his reports instead of frowns! I had friends whose kids struggled with ADHD, so I was curious.

Then she told me the history behind this supplement. In 1996, a man named Tony Stephan lost his wife to suicide. She’d struggled with bipolar disorder for years, but eventually the pain became too great. Then he discovered that two of his children were heading down the same path.

Tony was desperate to save his children when he made a discovery that he considered divine providence. He learned that a very specific formula of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids caused his children’s symptoms to go away! This was absolutely unheard of in the world of psychiatry. But in the 18 years since his discovery, research has verified what he found: mental illness can be caused by brain malnutrition.

The woman gave me a sample of EMPowerplus™ Q96, which I took home to my psychotherapist husband. He started taking it and found it quelled his stress and anxiety. In fact, he hadn’t felt so peaceful and calm in many years. And it silenced his brain chatter too. He fondly remembers the first time he got back into bed following a middle-of-the-night bathroom break and realized his mind was completely silent. “Aahhh… zzzzz.”

I recognized pretty quickly that something miraculous was going on here. My husband was also amazed. But, being a psychotherapist, he was skeptical. He had to read the research, try it with clients, and see for himself. It took him a while, but now he’s convinced we’re in the midst of a paradigm shift in the treatment of mental illness.

I started taking it too. Not only did it calm me down and clear up my thinking, like what I experienced in my bathroom, but it also got rid of my mid-day energy slump and brain fog! It’s amazing how much better life can be when your brain is fed properly.

Then we started meeting others whose lives had been changed by the supplement. Some described subtle improvements—feeling more positive or energetic. Others told us how it literally saved them from depression, suicide, terrible mood swings, addiction, brain injuries, and more. We became passionate.

[As mentioned before... ] Leslie teaches in the FTMF program that changing our thoughts is key to changing our lives. But if my mind is stuck in a dark place because of anxiety, depression, addiction, or something even more painful, how can I ever change my thoughts or my life? This is why I’ve become such an advocate for EMPowerplus™ Q96. It changes lives by feeding the brain and freeing the mind.

Thanks Peggy, for sharing your story.

So, if you want to free your mind, click here to learn more, and find out if Q96 is what you’re looking for.

Disclaimer: Comments and testimonials expressed herein have not been evaluated by the FDA. QSciences does not claim to treat or cure any diseases. Do not alter or discontinue any current medical treatment based on information from these pages. Always consult your doctor for medical advice.

It really is a Spiritual Journey

For anyone who is worried that the principles I share might take them away from their relationship with God, I just want to share one of the most authentic, heartfelt messages of gratitude I have ever received, which recently came to my mailbox:

Dear Leslie,

You have no idea how you’ve been used and are still being used by God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit for my restoration….deep from within the recesses of my mind.

I am in the midst of His restoration and you’ve been used through Portal to Genius book to ignite the process.

I am very emotional, vulnerable, trusting, sensitive, broken, restored, cleansed, renewed in spirit mind and body all at the same time.

I’m feeling led to let you know what is busy happening to me. It is glorious, painful, exciting, excruciating, exhilarating all at the same time and I am saying YES LORD to this restoration.

The time of the enemy is up and being eradicated from my mind where his been stealing, killing and trying to destroy….praise Jesus, God and His Spirit all is about to end!

Satan’s works are being brought to LIGHT especially how he has been strategically busy with his works, deception and death in my life, my mind/thoughts/habits etc/ Praise to the triune God for exposing this!

The process of intentional mind renewal is beginning and I commit to it.

Be blessed Leslie!

Lots of love, GG

Thank you GG, for taking the time to write me.

And for the rest of my readers, remember this… when you read my books, you’ll realize that it really is a spiritual battle we fight to overcome obstacles and achieve goals, and it’s a journey that really is meant to bring you closer to God.

So if you know someone who is struggling, and has perhaps lost faith in God, or lost hope for a brighter future, invite them to begin their new, hopeful journey with the FREE download of Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters.

Remember the Headboard Story?

I thought I had told the story in Hidden Treasures, but I guess I was wrong! Can anyone remember where I shared the story of the chunky headboard? Let me know in the comments below, and then I’ll update my Facebook post (snapshot shown below) to share the resource with my Facebook readers…

 

So again, if you can help me remember where I tell the headboard story, leave your comments in the box below. And if you’re not connected with me on Facebook, Click Here and get connected!

Going Independent

One of my readers sent an email recently that I thought I’d share with you… especially if you’ve ever had a dream of going independent with the thing you love to do.

laura-da-silvaI want to tell you the difference your workshop, and The JackRabbit Factor, made in my life!

In 2012 I attended the Parenting Conference held in Utah. You were doing a workshop on “Stress Free Parenting” and it changed my life! My story in a nutshell and I hope it makes sense!

At the time I was working for DCFS [Department of Child and Family Services] and had a good income and steady job, as did my husband. However, after attending your workshop I thought, “Why am I still at DCFS? This isn’t where I wanted to go career wise!”

So I accepted a job offer to work for a woman in private practice (I’m a mental health therapist). Even though it was HARD to work for her (her style and my style don’t go well together) I was determined to accomplish my goal of becoming a play therapist through the hours I was able to get there.

I got pregnant and decided to have the goal accomplished by the time my baby came into the world. I accomplished this goal and now have my own private practice – I’m where I wanted to be.

If it weren’t for your workshop, and the JackRabbit Factor, I would probably be at DCFS still (don’t get me wrong I LOVED my job but it wasn’t what I wanted overall). I needed the push!

I recommend the book to almost ALL of my clients and yet still baffled when they don’t take the rabbit I am offering them! I am baffled when people just keep doing the same thing over and over when it’s not what they want. I’m glad I’m not on that path and that I’m out catching rabbits ;)

Thank you a million times over!

Laura da Silva, CMHC, RPT-S
www.dasilvacounseling.com
(801) 859-1857
123 E. Main St
Sandy, UT 84070

I think it’s really great to know there’s yet another therapist out there now who understands the principles in The Jackrabbit Factor, who has used them successfully first-hand, and who can attest to their effectiveness in helping others achieve their goals.

Congratulations, Laura! Way to go!!

A Rare Kind of Faith

This page has returned to draft mode while I work on requesting official permission to share Boyd K. Packer’s powerful quote on faith. In the meantime, you can read it directly HERE – scroll down until you see the header: “Alma 32:21. Faith and Hope”

Life’s Challenges: Friction, or Traction?

Positive Thinking Tip: Every life challenge offers traction for rapid progress toward your goal. Friction is optional.

Imagine life like a network of cogs and gears, like the inner workings of an old fashioned clock. Each person, each situation, is passing into and out of our lives as though they were fixed onto one of the gears rotating and making contact with our own.

The mechanism is so complex that we cannot diagram it, nor predict with certainty which gears and cogs are at play to effect the interactions we experience.

One thing I know is that each time we set an intention to accomplish something, the governing forces alter the timing and pathways of each of the gears in motion. Each gear is on a track that can be moved in and out of the pathways of other gears in motion.

At the center of your gear is the axis upon which you rotate… sometimes smoothly, sometimes not. Things run well in the whole scheme of it all when you rotate freely with every engagement of oncoming, spinning gears.

Sometimes, however, after you set a goal, what shows up is a gear disguised as a challenge that appears to want to engage and then send you into a realm where you’d rather not go. So you tighten up your axis and refuse to spin with the oncoming gear.

This causes tremendous friction, and in reality can be much more painful in the long run than loosening the tension at your axis point, allowing the oncoming “challenge” gear to engage with your own, and see where it takes you. You’ll often find that after it spins you in the opposite direction of your goal, it eventually helps you come around to exactly where you need to be in order to receive the goal gear that was set in motion toward you when you set the goal in the first place.

The destination resulting from engagement with the unexpected “challenge” or “adversity” gear is rarely apparent when you consent to engage with it. But you can trust that it will move you into position to receive the “goal” gear as it spins its way toward you.

Those who refuse to engage won’t be where they need to be, when they need to be there. And then they wonder why their goals never come true.

Related Video: When Success Principles Don’t Work

If you refuse to relax in the face of adversity, not only will you feel the full force and heat of the friction, you’ll eventually lose your ability to engage at all with any gear that comes along to take you there… because refusing to “go with it” strips your gear of the very teeth that allow you to engage in the gears that appear desirable.

Every gear, apparently good or bad, has the potential to move you along to wherever you decide you want to be. Get a visual image of where you want to end up, and the right gears will come along to get you there. Keep your axis well-oiled, and you’ll find the journey to be a joyful evolving.

It’s only “hard” when you refuse to spin.

Let me help you stay well-oiled for 12 weeks straight, and just see where it takes you. It’s an amazing experience, well worth whatever sacrifice it takes for you to engage. The FTMF course is one of the most powerful gears I can offer you… and you can view it as a good gear because of the knowledge you’ll gain, or as a bad gear because it costs some money. Either way, it is specifically designed to take you where you want to be.

Even the economy is a gear in the machine of life, which will either cause you friction, or, if you choose, it can provide TRACTION to bring you to the success you seek. I have experienced both opportunities, and continually come to the same conclusion each time.

Your choice. Get started now and be on track for some powerful New Year’s resolutions. Let this upcoming year be your best year ever! Click here for more information about the FTMF: Family Time & Money Freedom Home Study Course.

Originally published November 25, 2008

Yoga pants and good medicine

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 ;)

Meet Ken Carroll

ken-debbie-carrollKen Carroll is one of our FTMF Honors Graduates who went on to Mentor Training as well as Genius Bootcamp Facilitator Training.

He has overcome tremendous odds and conquered the roadblocks to go on to fulfill a dream he has had for a very long time. Because of his tenacity, we’re proud to call him one of our Official Certified Mentors, and strongly recommend his services. He has a unique talent for having compassion for those he mentors, while still holding them to a high standard of commitment to the principles and their goals.

To read more about Ken’s story, click here.

Thanks for all you do, Ken! It’s been a long road, I know… we’ve walked it together for several years now, but wasn’t it worth it.

 

On Meditation

meditationInteresting story to preface…

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.

More on that

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.

Related: Why I have no argument with the scientist

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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