Getting Personal Here…

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It’s after 2 in the morning and I’m still wide awake – just read my sister’s blog Og Invents Wheel and Other Wonders, and I’m re-inspired to try harder to share more of my real and raw experiences, too.  Here comes a real and raw one now:

If you’ve known me very long, you may have noticed how I’ve sort of fallen off the map since May. (Thankfully, today’s technology allows me to automate much of my business and take a sabbatical when I need one without it being too obvious. One way I did this was by pulling out some of my favorite, archived articles/blog posts and recycling them, or talking about other interesting people and the messages they had to share instead of my own.)

As I’ve said before (like I did in my class, “Lessons Learned Since Writing Jackrabbit Factor,”) our world turned upside down about 5 years ago. Everything that had been going so well (you know, all those reasons I wrote Jackrabbit Factor and Hidden Treasures in the first place) suddenly imploded. Well, not suddenly – it actually all seemed to happen in slow motion – so slow that we hardly noticed what was happening.

Let me back up. After our first big financial breakthrough in 2000, and 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”.

A hard lesson I learned was that, sure, while it may be true that in every adversity there is a seed of equal or greater benefit, that doesn’t mean the adversity will go away with right thinking. It only promises that something good can be born from it.

It seemed that no matter how much positive thinking I mustered, our situation refused to improve. It felt as though the principles were suspended on my behalf and it didn’t matter how well I lived what I had been teaching, none of it seemed to be working as it had in the past.

So as you can imagine, one of my biggest stresses was figuring out what to do with the business. My husband had long since left his job to help me with it. But now, what about my books? What about our websites and programs? If the principles really didn’t work any more, how could I possibly continue teaching them?

I wondered if it was time to just pull all the books from the bookstores and issue a public apology.  But, even as I fought my own demons, I continued to receive mail from readers all over the world who shared their success stories and profound gratitude for my work.  Ben Southall attained the World’s Best Job out of 34,000 applicants and credited my book for his success on a national news program. Publishers from other countries were asking for the rights to my book. Business owners were talking about how my programs had helped them multiply their revenues. Mothers shared stories of how they got the money they needed even after all appearances indicated it should have been impossible.

I read their expressions of gratitude and began to feel jealous of my readers’ successes. I began to feel like a pawn – an instrument in God’s hand, helping thousands of people achieve their dreams, but not being allowed to achieve MY dream, which was to just live a simple life enjoying my children and focusing 100% on my own little family.

Each time I seriously thought about quitting, I remembered those people and their stories. Simultaneously, I felt God telling me, “Keep teaching – you don’t make the principles true or false by how well you live them.”

Actually, we had quite a few arguments about that, God and I. But He always won. I’d throw my Felicity tantrum, and get bitter, rebellious and cynical. I’d try to ignore the needs of the business and just DECIDE to live the life I wanted. But then life always had a way of throwing me back into the work.

In my rebellious moments, I derived tremendous pleasure out of cleaning a toilet, or reorganizing a cupboard.  After all, that’s what normal people do, right? I just wanted to be normal. I wanted to let go of the pressure I felt to be a shining example of right thinking.

I can’t tell you how many times I logged into Facebook, sorely tempted to update my status with what I was really feeling.  I can be really good at sarcasm, but I also know how damaging it can be, so I resisted.

Over time, I began to learn new lessons. Deep, profound, clarifying insight into the same principles I had thought I understood before. My mind opened up and all the pain began to have purpose again. I began to write the Jackrabbit Factor sequel, Portal to Genius, to document what I was learning. We had new breakthroughs, and began to see our finances turning around. We had some of our best months we’d ever had, but still had a pretty deep hole to climb out of.

The final verdict was this: I knew the principles were true. I knew that things around me changed according to my thoughts and emotions. I knew that things went better when I lived with childlike faith, and took the time to “see” the outcome I really desired and answered the question: How would it really feel if…?

It’s just that sometimes I didn’t feel like doing it. I was tired. I was discouraged. I was impatient. I was embarrassed. Thinking right takes effort and intention, and frankly, sometimes it’s just plain easier NOT to do it.

Anyway, I really do need to get some sleep, but all this is leading up to why I had to drop off the map in May, and what’s happened since.  It’s actually very exciting. 🙂

So stay tuned… and g’nite!     Read the follow-up post here

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Leslie is the award-winning, best selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can, Hidden Treasures: Heaven's Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters, and Portal to Genius (all FREE downloads!). She aims to help you crush every challenge, achieve every goal, and vanquish every monster under your bed. Above all, Leslie is a dedicated wife and mother of seven children.
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73 thoughts on “Getting Personal Here…

  1. Than k you very much for this post. After reading your books and seeing great progress in or life, we faced something very similar. Something that made us doubt our new course. We are not giving up, but I am so glad to know that you had a setback, despite “right thinking” and I am excited to learn more about your solution…

  2. Oh my…I could simply say …ditto…but I’m not quite as far along as you…tho your post has given me a place to start unraveling… If you have the time to look at my website you will recognize the signs of adding and adding trying to find the part that will sustain me. What you cannot see is the history and the current inner activity. I know in my heart that I have been given the gifts I have to share with others…yet I feel more like the reluctant messiah in Richard Bachs book, Illusions. People throw tantrums when I say I am done. If I try to reduce my work load by finding homes for some of my horses, two things happen…1. Just as I finish pulling my skin off and let go enough to say goodbye…someone says …”stop”…” I’ll pay for him to stay”. Which of course they only follow thru with for just long enough for me to give up the idea of reducing… Or 2. I find a good home for a horse, prepare my heart, which involves a bunch of emotional diarrhea …get the horse ready…with his ton of hay to help with the transition…and then they change their mind…I feel incredibly stuck.

    Your post has given me hope…not that I will find a way to continue with what I am doing, but that the spirit that supports me, has nodded with approval, I have run the race, I have done the work, the field has been sown, it is time to move on…I read a passage in a book the other day that said…if the lettuce does not grow well, you do not blame the lettuce! …or perhaps the story of a young girl digging madly through a pile of horse crap…when asked why she was doing it…she responded…with all this crap, there is bound to be a pony somewhere! It is time to stop blaming myself, stop thinking it through…stop looking for a pony in a pile if crap…and instead to celebrate life…I can walk and talk and dance and hold my grandchildren …that is the pony I want…

  3. If a person fails it only means that the road will change for the better.
    It also means that the previous road was not intended, because you deserve better

  4. Leslie,
    I love your real and raw truth… I believe it’s just as helpful as what you teach formally… I believe we all face these kinds of contradictions in our lives… and I believe what results from it when we push through is a deeper, greater, and more profound level of understanding, ability, and possibility. Thanks for sharing yourself and your experience… every bit of it is encouraging and inspiring!

  5. Thank you, Leslie, for being YOU. Really. I love your openness and authenticity. I like how you shared how you felt and sometimes wanting to go on fb and share how you really felt; then choosing differently. Actually, I liked the whole article. It was like a breath of fresh air and mystery all rolled into one. I am looking forward to what you have to share next time. Thanks for risking and sharing.

  6. Oh Leslie! You should definitely leave it! It is so unbelievably scary posting something like this. I am so proud of you for doing it and not taking it down. Leave it! I recently took an unscheduled hiatus from my own blog. It happens! You’re awesome and I love receiving your newsletter, real and raw. 🙂 Thank you for sharing from your heart!

    Oh and, what happens next??

  7. Having read The Jackrabbit Factor and many other good books, I have come to the conclusion that thinking right is really how we exercise faith. I work with hundreds of people every year and everyone has periods of 2 to 5 years where things seem to fall apart. Some people have it once in their lives and others several times. But in my own life those trial times are the times I have learned the most and have gained the most compassion for others. Somehow it always turns out ok in the end. Thank you for being “real”. It is much easier to follow someone’s insights and inspiration when you know they are real like the rest of us.

  8. Leslie,
    We don’t always have to learn from our own experiences. I am grateful to learn from others so I don’t have to keep repeating the same mistakes. I am so glad you shared and hope you will leave it up.

  9. Hi Leslie,

    You are so right!!! If one believes in certain principles or has certain religious beliefs, those beliefs alone might not work at that time, or at all! There is always the Cosmos and it’s infinite paths to reality and its absurd sense of humor to consider!! For instance, I have been working to get my life back on track after a looong period of setbacks and disasters (almost 5 years now), but all I have to show for it is more misery and heartache! However, if you know these beliefs to be true and have not yet arrived at where you think you should be, it probably only means you still have some learning to do!! So we do what we humans are sooo good at: pick ourselves up and try it again!!

    Best regards,
    Angelo D. Minneboo

  10. Hi Leslie i have no idea how to drive here to places like blog anyways i just wanted to say thank you, i posted something earlier to encourage you to keep on with what you do well. I don’t have a degree I didn’t finish high school but I have a positive attitude towards learning from those who are willing to give us the inspiration to get out of our comfort zone. Again thank you..
    Regards
    Mii

  11. Once again, you have come through with this post at the MOST appropriate time – at least for me…

    After having attained the house, the family, the car, the 840 credit rating, savings and travel, it all fell apart in a flash – in of ALL months May (2008)… We lost it all – and we are just now starting the climb back out (moving back with my father in my 40’s was NOT what I had intended, lol – at least not consciously!)

    I’ve said it to you before, and I’ll say it again now:

    You are right – the principles DO work, and they work all the time. Sometimes there has to be a “jolt” to remind us that our quest is never really finished, and there are always deeper, much more satisfying truths to uncover.

    You’re human, Luv, just like the rest of us. Even the best teacher continually learns something new!! It is, however, an incredibly beautiful statement of your integrity, as well as your desire to truly help and guide the rest of us, that you can be this honest and open with everyone. Such impeccable authenticity is one of the most precious gifts you share with us!

    You’ve been a true inspiration and a real friend, even though we’ve never met. During the past 2 1/2 years, you’ve also been a large part of the life-line that has kept me from giving up during some of my darkest moments!

    Thank you.

    I can’t wait to read your next post! You sure know how to write in the cliff-hangers!!

    HUGE hugs for you!

    Many Blessings and Much Love

    Sue

  12. Thank you for being REAL! I, too, have had some of the same experiences and I can honestly say, I appreciate you being honest about it all. It’s not the “perfect” that people are drawn to……it’s the imperfect. Because most of us feel at ease with others who are like us and we are all “imperfect.” Sometimes, God just has to bring us to our knees so that we don’t forget to look “up”. So, KEEP THE POST……it just may spread the HOPE we are all looking for in this life. You go girl!!!

  13. Hi Leslie,

    I haven’t even been around your information for years, but just the other day your name came to mind and so I decided to search you again on the internet. Four years ago when I was 19 I was searching a lot and found a lot of information on LOA and I was so grateful to find your information that so clearly defined these principles in a way that felt comfortable with my beliefs. Because of this I have tried significantly to make changes in my life regarding success and your books really helped. Perhaps I was led to you because of the difficult time you are having now. I wish you blessings, and I WILL pray for you.

    God bless,

    Lisa

  14. What wonderful honesty, Leslie. It all goes to show that you are human. And that gives everybody hope, because sometimes people will look up to successful people like they are some kind of gods… and then think, “well, their success cannot happen to me because they are super-human.”
    But nobody other than God is god-like. We are all just people. Some of us are just more willing to take chances than others, and that is natural. My two children don’t have the same appetite for challenge, and that goes for all of us… in all areas of life…
    What you have shared is the valuable lesson that one should not (1) give up or (2) start doubting.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Hi Leslie
    Over the years I’ve known you yes you’ve been very honest and hope you don’t pull down this blog. I believe in the future it will serve many a person looking for the information that you post.
    God Bless You and Your family Abundantly
    Sonny
    P.S Still setting up my website.

  16. I love you Leslie!! Always have and always will. Thank you for having the courage to speak your mind in a time when that isn’t always the popular thing to do.
    ~Stella

  17. Leslie,
    I would say keep it up. This is my reasoning. I am just starting out to do teleseminars and workshops. It really is helpful to hear that other who “have arived” where I want to be are still human and have difficulties and struggles. When I go through mine I will look at this post and I won’t feel so awful. There can be a tendancy to think we have to be perfect to teach others. Thank you for sharing your soul with us and thank you to everyone who has posted as well.

  18. Hi Leslie,
    I have a story, it’s a hard one to swallow and started 53 years ago, recently with the help of Bob Dyer’s Book “Excuses Be Gone” I realised the folly of my own created “Duality”. I am now watching the Jack Rabbits, and I count myself as being part of your select group who have rediscovered the Source. I have a web site about a Queensland seaside city called “Hervey Bay”, it’s URL is http://www.hervey-bay-holiday.com. I have been organising it for over three years but I found it was not fitting with my passion and was about to set it aside as I could not for the life of me see how I could link it to my passion; which is teaching the masses that they need to make a subtle change to their thinking before books like “Think and Grow Rich” will work for them.

    The exciting prize waiting for those that feel the pain of failure is that when they break out of the paper bag they will know they are part of the Master Key as opposed to those who through there Type A personality seem to have been born with the Midas touch, and think their Ego is the Master Key and they remain within their own created Duality.

    You through your reference to “The Greatest Job in the World” promotion held here in Queensland have opened up a huge cavern of opportunity as I can now link your work, Ben and Queensland to my website and head down my desired path; may you be blessed with infinite future success and may your future past be eternally blessed. Cheers Geoff

  19. I have to admit I really didn’t know what you were referring to at first as I haven’t followed very much lately as you stated it is difficult to stay on track at times(my words not yours exactely) I do remember now and of lately, I have been trying to pick up my pieces and move forward without taking in to much so as not to remain lost..HOP HOP HOP thank you and I will make a decent attempt to follow.
    ty marty embersflame on facebook

  20. Leslie,

    God Bless You! Your words give me the one thing I could not do without – Inspiration. Every single day I hear you say “FIND A WAY”.
    Thank You for bearing your soul.

    Gratefully,
    Ken

  21. Thank you for sharing! You have no idea how much I needed to hear that! (tear) The previous comments explains much of how I feel. Can’t wait to hear what’s on the other side of the last few months 🙂

  22. Leave it! It is so real. We all get down and have troubles. To hear that someone like you has them too, and wants to give up, validates our trials and tribulations. We have to continue to work on them and trust they will work out. You give us all the hope that we can come out of these times as well.

  23. WOW LESLIE! THAT IS OVER THE TOP POWERFUL! WHY? BECAUSE IT CONFIRMS THAT THE PRINCIPLES WORK, BUT, THAT THE JOURNEY IS NOT A ONE TIME EVENT, OR TWO OR THREE, AND THE JOURNEY IS NOT NECESSARILY TO THE SWIFT OR TALENTED, BUT TO THOSE WHO ENDURE WELL TO THE END. Moreover, it proves that the stress of life can cause us to turn away or divert for awhile, but that we can always “repent” so to speak, and come back and get going again with renewed determination! Further, that you are human and not always perfect in execution, and we can ALL relate to that, big time!

  24. Hi Leslie,
    I guess I started your program shortly after you took some time off. I have to let you know what I think of it. I love it. It has been a step in a path that I started in April of this year. I am older (60) and have been in debt all of our married life. I started listening to Davy Ramsey and that started this path I am still on. Next came your website about using thoughts to find the things I want in this life. Next you sent Heather Madder’s info to me and I signed up for her course to show me how to get the mechanics done. I listen to Ty Bennett I think you might have also sent me that link. I’ve learned some great tips on writing to keep people’s interest. I think a lot about the Jackrabbit factor. I don’t know if I want to become a millionaire, but I do want to believe in myself and that I can accomplish my dreams. Thanks for teaching me the laws that I can have my dreams. And thanks for helping me see that I am where I am because this is where my comfort zone is. I am changing my comfort zone!!! Shelley

  25. Leslie,
    I first read “Jack Rabbit Factor”, followed by “Portal to Genius”.
    I have read that three times now and it has truly been life changing.
    It changed the way I pray, reminded me of many principles of truth I had taken for granted, and has caused me to read many more things that are shaping the way I teach my kids, interact with my clients, and what I expect of and for myself.
    One thing is for sure, mortality is a testing ground, and although true principles abound and work, they certainly don’t come without a growth curve attached.
    I love the quote, “what you are looking for is already looking for you.”
    Reminds me to keep after it until we cross paths.
    Thanks for your contribution to society, and for moving forward even in your own trials.

    Mike Fife

  26. Leslie, it takes solid character to admit things aren’t working. One of my friends remarked how the economy imploded in the wake of The Secret phenomenon because the focus was essentially greed and personal wish fulfillment. I know you were distanced somewhat from all of that. Maybe the universe was adjusting to teach the lesson: All things are possible that are expedient in God’s plan for His children. His hopes for us don’t always coincide with our wishful thinking.

    Thank you for sharing your candid thoughts.

  27. I’m going through all those things right now…tired, discouraged, impatient…it takes a lot of work to stay in “right thinking”. Thank you for letting me know it even happens to you – it makes it easier somehow. Thanks Leslie.

  28. I’ve been wondering about you. At the same time I’ve been especially busy with my own life and doTerra oils. My service mission at Bishops’ Storehouse is completed. I’m now on the Scout Committee.

    My children organized a big family reunion over Thanksgiving. It has been wonderful.

    Glad you keep picking yourself up so you can move forward. God bless you.

  29. Please keep it. The thing that makes you different is your honesty and candor in the things you share. It gives us all hope in our individual journeys. Thank you so much!

  30. Leave it! It was beautiful and really touched some key points in my life and made me realize that I need to get onto that bandwagon of postive thinking. I’m happy to read that you are no different than anyone else and just because of your knowledge aren’t immune to the struggles of life. You will be blessed and will grow stronger from them.

  31. Dear Leslie-
    THANK YOU for posting your true feelings and struggles with us! As one who is still learning the art of abundance in it’s basic form, even after reading all three of your books mentioned above, and after attending a workshop on “Living [My] Soul Purpose” with Garret White, after attending a one day “Freedom Fast Track” seminar with Garret Gunderson, as well as a couple of Kirk Duncan’s “3 Key Elements” programs. Despite my own struggles, I have faith that these principles do work, and for those like you and Garret W., they still work, but perhaps there are still higher laws that are important for you to learn, as you mentioned in “Portal”.
    You have an extremely important message that (I feel) the Lord wants you to continue to share, because, as you’ve seen from others’ responses, the principles do work when we actually apply them. My challenge is taking all the information I’ve learned & believe in, and incorporating them into my daily life.
    If you were to issue a retraction on FB, pull your books from the bookstores, etc., it seems like you might be letting The Adversary get the better of you; there is nothing he would like better than to let you get so discouraged as to have you quit after a [prolonged?] struggle. I have faith in you and yours & Trevan’s ability to receive the inspiration necessary to work your way out of any holes that you may have dug yourself into.

    God will bless & reward you, and you’ll then be able to continue to support the rest of us in our journeys, as well. You are in our prayers.

    ~kent~

  32. “Thinking right takes effort and intention, and frankly, sometimes it’s just plain easier NOT to do it.”
    Thank you for these words. When I shared similar feelings with my group they were full of cautionary words. I just wanted to hear that other people sometimes got frustrated or discouraged. I believe in all of this stuff, but sometimes I do get discouraged (usually it happens when I’m overtired or have too much to do).
    Just reading about the fact that you too have moments when you feel this way, makes me feel more normal. What’s important is to move through these moments, not not try to have them.
    Thank you for sharing.

  33. You and I must be separated at birth! The exact thing has been happening to me lately. It seems God has suspended my success while approving other peoples. I’ve wanted to start my own business for many many years. In the last few I’ve wanted to start a successful website, with no luck no matter what I try. I encouraged my little brother to start his own website selling his talents and his success was almost immediate! He now makes more online in a month than I do punching a clock! I argue with God as well, only to lose and keep hearing, “Just be patient, it’s coming.” Thanks for this.

  34. I had a powerful lesson taught to me this weekend. I had a client e-mail to cancel an appointment and all future appointments as well as wanting a refund without telling me the specific reason. Selfishly, I started worrying that maybe I offended them. Maybe they found someone who gives them better service than I do. Maybe someone said something bad about me and they believed it. All of my concern was for myself. My thoughts were all about how this would effect me financially and otherwise. Then I decided to let it go and serve them by giving them what they wanted and reaffirm my dedication to serve them in the future should they need me. I accepted the need that they had without requiring an explanation…though I really wanted one. What I got in return was the real reason. It wasn’t about me at all. They had a family situation that was serious and needed the money. They just didn’t want to tell anyone. I realized that my selfishness if I continued with my initial train of thought could have pushed them away. Instead it gave me an opportunity to serve them even more. I needed to forget myself again. I offered my faith in them, their family and the situation. I promised to pray for them and then I spent the weekend doing just that. I prayed that they would have good people and experiences to guide them. I prayed that memories of love, good times and all of God’s blessings would be brought to the forefront of their minds. I prayed that any distractions or negative influences that had caused this situation would be cast out and replaced with gratitude and God’s love. I didn’t ask that they be changed…just that they would have better information brought to them to help them make decisions that would bless their life. Influence them for good so that whatever steps that they take, will be the ones that will ultimately make them the happiest. I got a call today. Everything has changed. My client didn’t know what kind of prayers I had prayed, but this morning everything is fixed and things are good for them again. Appointments are back on my schedule. A miracle happened for someone over the weekend. What I learned from this is that when I am truly caring for others with a desire and prayer to be what they need me to be, willing to give them what they are asking for, and more than happy to do what part God wants me to do…however small, I get more. Serve others and forget yourself. You will get what you want in the process without even focusing much on it. God already knows what that is. Most of the time I am getting exactly what I deserve. Positive thinking does work, but it is most effective when used for the benefit of someone else. Picturing good for someone else and seeing them get what they want, then doing something to help them have their greatest happiness will ultimately help you as well. I hope this helps.

  35. Leslie,
    I love this and appreciate it! I am going through the same things, too, right now. I suppose it is because there is a lesson and something bigger coming. I will always be grateful to you as a mentor, teacher, but especially a friend who I have learned so much from and know I can come to and “talk” these problems out. I hope that we can continue to “grow” together. It is much better having a good friend to go through it all with! ;o) Especially those who have high thought vibrations or at least understand them when we are at a low waiting for the upswing. Love and appreciate you!
    Denise

  36. Oh Leslie, you are my favorite red head, do you know that? 🙂 I have always felt a sweet connection with you even though you were “famous.” You are a beautiful mother, author, speaker, and friend. Thanks for your honesty! Knowing Garret on a more personal level, I know he would agree that he too has had plenty of struggles since you wrote Portal to Genius together. But to keep on trucking, that’s the secret I’ve learned and can tell you’re trying to do even amid trials. What a glorious challenge eh?

    Since being inspired at your Genius Bootcamp in May to start my gratitude blog, dailysunshineforyou.blogspot.com, I have been thrilled to see up to 100 viewers per day. Wahoo! Even strangers are checking in and getting excited about the idea. It’s been fun, but there is definitely social pressure to post EVERY single day. I asked Wade if I should continue after the holidays. And he said very assuredly, “Cath, you HAVE to. People are drawn to you and the joy you share!” There you have it. Thanks boss. I sure love him. 🙂 So I keep posting and hoping to share my light even on days I’m grumpy because there’s always something to be grateful for, right? And I hope you keep writing to, Les, because I like you and your message (a lot), and I know I’m not alone.

  37. Loved your candor and it’s speaking to my soul right now with what I’m currently facing. It’s time for me to be silent & listen to God and then take the inspired action. I’m looking forward to the next post.

  38. I would just say, welcome to my w0rld. Just because you have inspired so many doesn’t mean you don’t have to do it right every time – it just mean that you’re living the Law of Rhythm and the good is just around the corner.

  39. Keep! Thank you for your post! Usually I will have a couple weeks when I feel like I’m plugging along doing great with the principles, shifting my focus to only positive things and really cleaning up my vibration.. then I’ll just wake up tired of it all! It’s during those times when I feel like having a tantrum just like my little daughter! I am learning that when I have those times, the ONLY thing I need to do is get quiet, meditate, and get back in touch with Source Energy (God!). There is no outward action that will help when I am going through a low time, so I fly under the radar and nurture myself back into alignment. Sometimes I’ll quit whatever I’m doing, and just put in a funny video and laugh my way back into feeling better. I’m finally learning that there is nothing more important than feeling good! Because when I feel good, everything else is being taken care of by the Universe. I am so glad that you revealed your true feelings, because it helps us realize that we are all in this together! We are all learning, and it’s nice to see that we can all benefit from eachother! Keep us posted 🙂

  40. It’s hard to be perfect but by showing your failures you give others courage to keep going…I’m starting another book even though my success in selling my other books has been so limited. I’m not writing them to make money but to use my voice. The next book is entitled Discovering My Voice: Poetic Recollections.

  41. I read Hidden Treasures and Jackrabbit Factor in the first part of 2007. I was 26. My husband and I were making about 20k year. Your books excited my mind and the possibilities that were in our reach. I got right to work on an idea we had been toying with for the past year but too afraid to try. That first year we lost 16k but we tried to keep focused. It paid off. We now make double what we used to made in a year each and every month, working from home. And we get to in turn help people by paying them a 12% return on their savings. The way you convey Gods laws, you truly are an instrument in his hands! Thank you!

  42. KEEP IT!!!

    Can I just say, “Amen!” to everyone else’s comments? Sharing your raw and real moments, whether brief or extensive, gives hope to others (namely me) who are not “shining example[s] of right thinking.”

    Keep up the good work! Love ya!

  43. I usually don’t make comments but I will this time. Dear Leslie, first I am terrible at typing but as you can see I still attempt to do it. I love the way you are so real. Forgive this way I am going to say it but you aren’t afraid to be naked, so open with your experiences. Your love for people wins over your need to fit itn, be accepted or appear something you are not. This is why soo many love and appreciate you. Give yourself some slack, ok? We all need time -outs. The Lord pulled away several times to sort things out and reboot. He was given so much more the tests and help from above. You are human and you are constantly striving to overcome and be the best you can be. Thank you for helping us along the way.

  44. Thank you for this, Leslie. I think that it is great to let us know that LIFE happens, even to people that know the principles. Living it still takes work. Thanks for being so real and approachable!

  45. I love this entire blog post but the sentence that stands out for me the most is ….” you don’t make the principles true or false by how well you live them.” I’m so glad you’re still teaching this…..

    April Gregory

  46. Please leave the post on your blog. It is a very inspiring story, and I for one, would love to find out how it all turns out. I have no doubt it will be great for you and motivational for the rest of us. Thanks for all you do. I really think there may be another book/training/CD in all this.

  47. Leave it up Leslie. This makes you real and it is good for people to know that you are. They are then able to relate to you even better. The world needs your stuff. Keep on giving it Leslie.

  48. Leave it up. It shows how we ALL have to struggle and endure to the end. As we patiently learn new lessons, the new insight strengthens us. Thank you for being frank now that you are seeing some progress. If you had told us your thoughts this summer, we could all have drowned. Waiting til now shares that hope you were striving for and that we all want. Keep it UP!

  49. Hey..well, I’m totally waiting for the rest of the story!@ 🙂 I have had some of the same desires, hey, I just want to be home with my kids, can’t I just forget about this “soul purpose” stuff and live my dream. I also was given the opportunity to see what I would do if I knew I was dying. I would give away my business and spend all the time I possibly could with my kids. Live like I’m dying” Quit biz, focus more on motherhood, swim with dolphins spend more time at the park and more time playing games and reading books with my kids. Guess what happened when I started to live that way? I was up at 3 am, 5 am, etc. with burning ideas I just had to share and get out there for others to see and my business (the one I had just given away) finally picked up. So my take away is that, for me, I get to focus where my deepest desires are, follow my intuition, share the message I was born to share and as long as I have things in place to receive, God really does bless my efforts when I put my time and energy into what I believe He wants most for me. I am excited to know your answers. 🙂

  50. Hey Leslie!
    You and I haven’t connected in many years, but we have many things in common, including the journey we’ve taken. (I’m a Professional Success Coach with five kids … you have me beat by one! 🙂 Funny that I saw your note and read the post today … it was just about an hour ago that I actually read the sales page for one of my own twelve week courses I sold in 2007, http://www.CreatingMiraclesTogether.com . (I hadn’t read it in years!)
    When I read my own sales page, I realized how many amazing things have changed (in me) since then … although it’s been quite a journey. (sounds like yours) What I’ve learned is that GOD definitely has an amazing plan for us … and if we are a person who will have a great impact on others, it usually entails a period of great testing … when we realize very deeply that we’re not the one pulling the strings! 🙂 At first this might seem like it’s not a good thing .. but quite the contrary, it’s the most amazing, empowering thing of all … and kind of a “rite of passage” that we need to go through.
    I know that I am destined (probably like you) to affect millions of lives for the good … but there were some things in me that needed to get fixed first. You know the old verse about not being able to put new wine into old wineskins? My “wineskin” needed a bit of fixin’ first, before the wonderful new wine could be poured in.
    The good news is that there is a glorious light at the end of the tunnel … you just gotta trust the LORD’s plan is perfect! 🙂 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail!”
    It’s an interesting and somewhat confusing reality … knowing that we do create our reality … but there really is someone else in charge~
    I’ve been where you are, and have come out the other side. It’s glorious … and oh, so worth it! If you’d ever like to chat briefly about it, I’d be honored, just let me know. I just friended you on fb!
    Many blessings, Mary Jo Wehniainen

  51. Thanks Leslie! I love real! I think we all do! I can relate to just wanting to be the mom. Life is crazy. We are still in the pit, and I hate to jinx myself… but I would like to share, because I think you know how low we were, that my husband’s business has been increasing… I wonder sometimes, is it the principles? I wonder, because so often I am not keeping them perfectly. I’m still working on my ftmf course goal! It is good to know that even though we are not perfect, things can still work out. We just keep plugging away, willing to keep learning and growing. The greater the struggle the more glorious the triumph… thank you for your example!

  52. thank you for your candor. People relate better to real people….we learn that it isn’t a ‘magical’ thinking panacea…that it takes diligence and intention and commitment and focus to keep us keeping on in our journey to wholeness. :^)

  53. Thank you Leslie,
    I appreciate that you let your followers know that you are “real”.
    Your honesty and genuine approach is so encouraging and refreshing! It’s good to be reminded that all of us go through tough times and that we are not alone. Change is inevitable..The only constant is our God.
    God Bless You!
    Don P
    OneMansHeart.com

  54. “In my rebellious moments, I derived tremendous pleasure out of cleaning a toilet, or reorganizing a cupboard. After all, that’s what normal people do, right? I just wanted to be normal. I wanted to let go of the pressure I felt to be a shining example of right thinking.” This could be me talking. I get the whole “this is a darn lot of work and I am tired”. I have been thinking of dropping off the map myself and now I think I will just buck up and keep plugging along. Thanks for the real and raw. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that life is work and we should just get on with it. Warmly,
    Mary Ann

  55. What an authentic post! Don’t you dare take this down! It’s too real. People seem to think the stuff is easy, and this shows how difficult it often is. Thank you.

  56. Don’t pull your “raw” experience. We all live in the real world and regardless of “right thinking” life always follow the patterns you so skillfully teach. We will have ups and downs, adversity and pain, as part of this mortal experience and it is not always tied to our “thinking”. Satan and Heavenly Father both use these patterns, as well…

  57. Thank you for being so honest with yourself and with all of us. It’s important for everyone to realize that with success comes new challenges and adversity. God gives us the capacity to deal with what we need to deal with. Thanks for reminding us that not every single day will be a picnic and that we all have new mountains to climb after conquering old ones.

  58. I just want you to know that I have (ever since I read your book) seen the world through different eyes. I did not realize how many other’s peoples dreams and rabbits I had been chasing. I am now going to chase my own rabbit and your post has been Godly in timing. Thank you for your honesty. That “sells” people better on anything you have to say than anything else, and I truly appreciate it! Kristie

  59. Leave it! This is such a powerful thing to know that people actually work through this even once they know the laws. We are working through one of those right now, and it is HARD! It is also awesome, and I can see it other side. But the real part of this journey is priceless to understand.

  60. Heya,
    It’s about bloody time some one got real and said how it is sometimes. It is hard, you get discouraged and there are some days where you just think “What The?”…. but that is how we move into a more real space of identifying truth. We can’t be ‘thinking right’ all the time. It’s not natural and doesn’t allow more truthful ideas to come through. I believe we learn from the good AND the bad. We need contrasts in our lives to be able to round out our experiences. Until the entire planet becomes aligned with higher principles of love we are all going to learn from these contrasts that enter our lives, and we use them to bring our beliefs back to a more honest place for us. Keep up your wonderful thinking, the good and bad. Because you’ll never know how far you’ve come until you can see the light even in the darkest places. Rock On!

  61. Thank you, Leslie! I appreciate your honesty. I often have demons of my own making me want to quit, and I’m so grateful to hear that I’m not alone. I agree that positive, right thinking is hard work. I’ve had to let go of the idea that I can be perfect all of the time. All I can do is do my best and God makes up the rest. Thank you for being the wonderful woman that you are. Love you!

    Brandi

  62. One of the things I’ve admired most about you over the years is your humble honesty. Most inspirational and motivational authors seem to only post those parts of themselves that reflects the “success” that they’ve attained and want to help you attain as well. If only such authors could realize that sometimes its good to speak to us from levels closer to where we feel we are at in our lives, identifying with our difficulties in the now, rather than the past which they have since overcome. You have always been so real and many of us truly connect with your message and teachings during those “raw and real” moments, as you call them. In moments like this, I wonder if you realize how much you teach and reach in those moments when you feel that you may not be. You are so awesomely appreciated and have affected so many lives with your teachings! I know I speak for many, thank you again for being the way you are, at the height of your success and in the moments when we learn that you too sometimes struggle with these powerful, life changing principles you teach.

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