Things Undone

Positive Thinking Tip: Clear out the cobwebs of your life. it will be worth it. You’ll travel the rest of your journey much lighter, and you’ll definitely go much farther.

We feel happiest when we are on the grow, and striving for something more. Whether we are striving for better physical health, financial health, emotional health, or healthier relationships – it just feels good to improve.

And although we should certainly practice gratitude for all we already have, if we’re not also reaching for SOMEthing else, we stop growing and start decaying. There is no standing still.

But sometimes we begin our next journey with too much in our backpack.

If there’s ‘junk’ from your past that is affecting your self-confidence, it can feel like carrying a bag full of rocks, which only makes your journey more difficult.

No, I’m not going to define ‘junk’. If you have some, you probably already know what I’m talking about. I’m not talking about times when you’ve been a victim… that’s not the kind of junk I’m talking about. (Although holding grudges can count for some seriously heavy rocks, and emotional trauma can really be debilitating.)

For this post, I’m talking about the kind of junk that you are personally responsible for, and over which you have some immediate control.

If you’ve done something you regret, and have not ‘taken care of it’, then your self-confidence will be affected and your ability to have faith in reaching your goals may be adversely affected, too.

If you are a ‘perfectionist’, stop here and read this instead.

You may or may not be a religious person, but I believe it’s important to get your heart lined up with your Creator before you launch an all-out quest for the abundant life. If there are ‘things undone’ in your life that need repair, your conscience knows it, and it’s liberating to make things right to the best of your ability, first.

By doing so, you become more confident that your purpose for seeking abundance is for a good and worthy reason. As it says in Matthew 6:33: ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things (might I say: everything you need) shall be added unto you.’

With the self-confidence that results, your faith in yourself, and in God who helps you, will be stronger than ever.

I picked this topic today because of a great lesson I heard on Sunday. It posed the question: when we make a mistake, do we try to excuse it and cover it up? Or do we take responsibility, confess it completely where needed, and face the consequences?

To answer that, imagine this:

If you had a pile of dirt, and you wanted to hide it, would covering it up with more dirt take care of it? No. It only makes the pile bigger and more conspicuous. While it appears you’ve successfully covered it up, you’ve only turned it into a bigger pile.

A wonderful speaker by the name of Richard G. Scott said it this way: ‘Do not take comfort in the fact that your transgressions are not known by others. That is like an ostrich with his head buried in the sand. He sees only darkness and feels comfortably hidden. In reality he is ridiculously conspicuous.’

God knows, the ‘Universe’ knows, and YOU know.

A person’s self-esteem and confidence only grows when s/he seeks courage to face the music, make things right as best they can, and restore self-respect.

Life on the other side of it is full of light. It is free, it is liberating, and worth whatever price it takes to finally do the ‘things left undone’. It is even worth risking one’s relationship with another human being to make things right with one’s Creator. In fact, our relationships with those we love may actually be strengthened in the long run when we do our best to put ourselves right with God. After all, being in the right with God is the only thing that really matters anyway. If you’re not religious, you can call it being true to your conscience.

I want you to succeed. I want you to experience abundance in all areas of your life, including financially. I think many of my readers are Christian (not all, but many), so I’m also going to include another passage: ‘And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good.’ (Jacob 2:19)

Now, this is an unusual topic for my newsletter, I know. I also realize this message isn’t for everybody right now, but it may be for somebody. To embark on a quest with a backpack full of stones can be exhausting and frustrating. Let’s keep our loads as light as we can along the way by identifying each stone we carry, taking it out, putting it down, and leaving it behind.

Now, what if someone finds out you have stones in your backpack? How mortifying that could be!!!

Realize this: everyone has stones in their backpack at one time or another in their life. And in truth, there is more shame in carrying them around in secret than there is to taking them out and putting them down, even if those around you get a glimpse. In fact, doing so just might inspire someone else to have enough courage to do the same.

There are amazing, wonderful, abundant blessings awaiting you. Take care of things undone, so you can move forward and claim all there is to enjoy out of life. If there’s fear associated with considering such a step, understanding the “stickman” illustration can be VERY empowering. To understand fear and how to deal with it, learn about the stickman here.

Originally published November 8, 2002.

photo credit: hellostanley via photopin cc

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Trick or Treat?

With Halloween nearly upon us, I thought I’d answer the question:

“Is it safe to learn from Leslie Householder?”

In other words, is the information you’ll learn from me a trick to trap you, or is it a treat that can properly liberate you?

“Who would wonder such a thing?” you may ask.

Well, if you must know, an old friend contacted me a couple months ago for the first time in twenty years because she said she saw my name somewhere on a list of people who had gone to the devil. She basically said, “I just HAD to see what you were up to, because you were on this list with a whole bunch of other people who I happen to highly respect!”

Hmmm…

It makes me think of the time when I called the cops on the kid who broke my broom (because I was so stressed about money), and now whenever I share that story, my husband likes to pipe in with,

“Yeah, she lost her mode of transportation that day.”

Thanks honey.

Anyway…

So, people have been critical of what I teach.  They get suspicious when they hear anyone talk about how our thoughts affect our circumstances. Yeah, I know, people will judge.

They probably don’t know that some of the most godly leaders on the planet throughout history have all taught that we should watch our thoughts, and have faith.

But no matter. These people will judge me, they’ll judge you. Just don’t let it stop you from doing what YOU know is right. The important thing is to always stay aligned with your own conscience, and follow it no matter what… discerning between the good fear that keeps you safe, and the deceptive fear that prevents you from finding and living according to the truth you find.

This is life mastery.

If you’re worried about my teachings or trainings, just know this: I have a hyper-sensitive conscience of my own and have wrestled plenty with the concern of learning things that maybe aren’t always taught in Sunday School. Like some of my readers, I used to be concerned about whether these philosophies were of men, only mingled with scripture, or if they were actually true and eternal principles.

On the day that I set aside to seek my answer, studying and praying intently for direction about whether the principles were right and true (or not), among other things, I found additional insight on a plaque posted on the foyer wall of a temple I visited in Los Angeles that reminded me, “[My faith] embraces all truth that is revealed and that is unrevealed, whether religious, political, scientific, or philosophical.” – Brigham Young.

(Not to mention that I was raised to believe that if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of  good report or praiseworthy, I should seek after these things.)

President Boyd K. Packer shared some insight that was included in the Sunday School manual here. He said,

“There are two kinds of faith. One of them functions ordinarily in the life of every soul. It is the kind of faith born by experience; it gives us certainty that a new day will dawn, that spring will come, that growth will take place. It is the kind of faith that relates us with confidence to that which is scheduled to happen. …

“There is another kind of faith, rare indeed. This is the kind of faith that causes things to happen. It is the kind of faith that is worthy and prepared and unyielding, and it calls forth things that otherwise would not be. It is the kind of faith that moves people. It is the kind of faith that sometimes moves things. …

It comes by gradual growth. It is a marvelous, even a transcendent, power, a power as real and as invisible as electricity. Directed and channeled, it has great effect.” (Quote by Boyd K. Packer © By Intellectual Reserve, Inc., used with permission).

(post continued below…)

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So then, what’s the issue?

People sometimes fear information related to the law of attraction because it dances dangerously close to greed, selfishness, instant gratification, or even witchery.  True principles will always have their counterfeit or misuse.

When people know more about the counterfeit versions than they do the true and correct principles, the resemblance between the two can be enough to make them run the other way.

It’s understandable, and I assert that it is the responsibility of each individual to come to their own conclusion – first by studying it out completely and then asking God if their conclusion is right.

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For those who will do this, and who will ask for a spiritual confirmation, it will come, bringing them the peace of mind they seek.  If their conclusion is wrong, they’ll be left with a stupor of thought.  They can test it both ways until they have their sure answer.

Now, if you have ever been nervous about learning how to use your thoughts to influence the results in your life, I totally respect that concern. But it’s important to realize that you are already constantly influencing the results in your life by your thoughts – I’m just here to help you do it consciously, so that your results are more in line with how you really want your life to turn out.

However, in spite of all I’ve said, if your conscience ever tells you that you absolutely shouldn’t learn any more from me, then by all means, listen to your conscience and follow it.  Context and timing is everything! You may simply dismiss it politely with respect for this particular person’s point of view.  I just ask that you reserve character judgment until you’ve done your own homework to study it all out in your own mind, and ask God for yourself about the conclusion you come to, rather than blindly taking the word of your neighbor’s great aunt’s brother-in-law or anyone else.

(I’d do the same for you. 😉  )

As for my training events, you will never be asked to do anything out of harmony with good and right principles.  You will never be encouraged to do anything that threatens the family unit.

While you can use the principles to achieve any goal, I would only encourage the pursuit of goals that are in harmony with God’s will, and I’ll teach you to achieve them through means that align with scriptural principles.

NOTE: While I thoroughly enjoy donating time to speak for non-profit organizations whenever circumstances permit, I do not officially represent any one of them, nor are my events or programs officially endorsed by them. If you are interested in having me give a Sunday “Fireside” or speak to your religious organization about applying these principles of faith to strengthen families and/or combat financial bondage, contact me here.

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