Goal Achievement as Easy as Breathing

Are you ready for a fresh start? Could you use a shift in your life?

There are a lot of people who are enthusiastic about making life changes, and so they work really hard to discipline themselves into new habits. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s HARD!

There’s a better way.

Your mind does a lot of things for you that you never have to think about, and that can include goal achievement.

Think about it: how much discipline do you need to keep your heart beating? How hard is it to remember to breathe? These tasks are handled automatically by your subconscious mind. Pat yourself on the back; you are successful at staying alive, thanks to your subconscious mind—a gift from God provided to each one of his children to handle for us the things that would threaten our survival if we forgot.

Imagine someone telling you, “Wow, you are so good at keeping your heart beating, you are amazing. You are such an example of one who breathes so naturally! If I could just breathe half as well as you, I’d be thrilled!” It seems ridiculous, doesn’t it?

So, what if goal achievement could be handled just as naturally?

If someone congratulates me on achieving a goal that was achieved this way, it almost seems silly to take credit. Sure, I had to hold the vision and take action when action was required; but knowing what to do and when to do it became almost as instinctive as breathing.

Setting a goal and turning it over to your subconscious mind is what activates the extra faculties of intuition, inspiration, or instinct. Turning it over is accomplished through repetition and/or emotion. To put it into simpler terms, it’s praying WITH a clear vision of what you’re trying to accomplish, and a feeling of gratitude and expectation as if it’s already been achieved.

Too often we pray for what we need, while envisioning the disaster we’re trying to avoid, or feeling worried about our potential failure to obtain it. All three parts need to agree: what we ask for, what we see in our mind’s eye, and how we feel.

When those three parts are aligned, things really begin to shift.

Seriously, test it with something small today.

Here’s the thing. Everyone is ALREADY shaping their future using their subconscious mind; they just don’t realize it. I’d venture to guess that most people haven’t noticed the connection between their previous thoughts and feelings, and their present results. But when you begin to trace the effects of your thoughts and feelings, you begin to discover the incredible power that often lies dormant inside your mind.

Wait a minute… if your subconscious mind is already helping you achieve images you handed it previously, what will your results be? Are they predictable? Yes—perhaps more than you realize. To get a clue, ask yourself this:

  • What have my repeated thoughts been about?
  • Which thoughts generate my most frequent emotions?
  • Do I fear and worry, more than I anticipate and excitedly plan for better days?

So that’s the first step: pay attention to your thoughts. And then remember that as you set goals and let your sub-conscious mind do the hard work, achieving them can become as natural as breathing. You are the captain of your soul.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud,
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus by William Earnest Henley

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For a video explanation of this conscious-to-subconscious transfer, watch The Visual Aid that Changed Everything.

Related: How to know if you’ll reach the goal

Originally published January 3, 2006

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Unseen Help

there is unseen help. When your goal is detailed and clear, the help stays on task with maximum efficiency.

I love the idea that there is unseen help available when you set out to accomplish a difficult goal. However, there are things you must do, or you may never see EVIDENCE of that help.

I know you’ve probably heard this before, but one of those things is writing your goal down.

I thought I already understood this. In fact, I had been teaching seminars on that very concept for a decade. But then I learned a very expensive lesson.

In one sense, I had become lazy. But really, I was just fatigued. I had stopped relying on unseen help to bridge the gap between what I could do, and what needed to be done. I had been running faster than I had strength. And I had neglected one very important step.

So even if you think you know what I’m going to say, I hope you’ll let me save you from making the same mistake.

It was years ago when we created an online training program, which was supposed to be released quite some time before it actually did.

The reason for the delay taught me a powerful lesson in goal achievement.

After I had 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 six months of the project, the developers asked me how certain pieces should be handled. 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 planned – we looked back on the project, and ultimately realized that it still wasn’t ready to release, because basically, our developers were running after a moving target.

That we put a date to the goal was irrelevant, because the target had not been clearly identified.

During those months after the target date, the site was intricately developed; but every time we thought it was nearly done, we’d discover 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 the finished project SHOULD be.

All I had was a general idea; and I just took it for granted that the developers would figure it all out for me. After all, they’re the experts, right?

(I guess I assumed they could see my vision, without my describing it in detail.)

Ultimately, after going in circles too many times, the developers finally INSISTED that 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.

Frankly, after already spending more than a year creating the curriculum, I was frustrated that I’d have to also 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 ideas floating around between the developers, problems kept cropping up.

Beta testers lost data, new registrants found themselves trapped in frustrating loops; and worst of all, we ultimately realized that the whole system had been built in the wrong environment, causing problems that weren’t going to go away unless we started all over.

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’ve successfully achieved many of my goals without going through 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 smoothly (and less expensively) goals can be achieved if you DO take the time to create a ‘spec’.

I learned that yes, 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?

  • Are you vague, or are you perfectly clear about what you’re pursuing right now?
  • Do you change your mind often?
  • Do you sit back undecided and say, “Oh, whatever is best“?

The truth is, what’s best is that you choose.  Excellence doesn’t happen TO YOU.  You’ve got to step forward and initiate the change for which you keep wishing.

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 became 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, in present-tense, as though you were describing exactly how the finished project (your life) will look when it’s done.

Imagine that you really do have an unseen ‘developer’ somewhere, busily working for you, orchestrating the right people and opportunities for every one of your objectives.

But every time you change your mind, your assistant must 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.

(By the way, I never physically met the developers we had hired; so in many ways, they were just 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 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. You’ve been given the free agency to select good causes in which you will 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.

So decide what you want to accomplish, and then ask clearly – and in faith – for the assistance you need.

Don’t be paralyzed by indecision. Don’t wait 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.

To learn how, read The Jackrabbit Factor (free). If you already have, then it’s time for the next step. Let me help you activate that ‘unseen help’, so you can proceed with confidence that you’re not going it alone. Originally published August 19, 2011

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

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

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

“No, but seatbelts save lives…”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Releasing Bitterness

I received a letter that I don’t want to lose, and it has some valuable insights in it, so I’ll just post it here. My friend began her letter with a quote:

“It is my opinion that many really good teachers do not come from joyful households where all was easy. They come from a place of much pain and suffering, and they’ve worked through the layers to reach the place where they can now help others to become free. Most good teachers are continually working to release even more, to remove ever-deeper layers of limitation. This becomes a lifetime occupation.” Hay, Louise L. (2011-11-07). 21 Days to Master Affirmations (Kindle Locations 240-243). Hay House. Kindle Edition.

Leslie,

While I was reading this, I thought of you and all the times in the past year that you have mentioned in my hearing of your struggles to keep going despite the personal struggles you have had with the program and principles you teach.  Louise is the first “self-help” writer I ever read who actually HELPED me, when I read You Can Heal Your Life.  It was nearly twenty-five years ago, and I was becoming very ill.  I did not heal my body, but many things in my LIFE healed through what she taught me in that book.

I felt similar changes within myself when I began studying with you.  That is why I continued, why I pursued my Mentor Certification, why I continue to study, search, practice, and what Louise calls “release”, to move forward in my own life so I can learn enough to teach others with my own voice and not just parrot what I have learned.  Not that what I have learned is not good 🙂 you know that.  But you didn’t want “clones” to come out of your class, you wanted individual teachers who can help others.  Which is why I am still studying, expanding, searching.

I recently crossed paths with a young man in a parking lot.  We hit upon the topic of “bitterness” in our lives.  It made me realize that I still have a LOT of forgiving to do (my “hit list” of people I must forgive in order to free myself from the pain that holds me back in my own progression), and at age 60, now, I’d better get on with it! 🙂

Following the example of Goal Statements, I wrote it down.  I felt my pain pour out onto the page as I thanked God, in advance, for freeing me from the pain and bitterness of the memories I hold like a viper to my breast about these people.  It reminded me of the saying “Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person will die.”

I know I’m not totally free, yet.  It’s a list of four people, and two of them are still involved in my life as they are closely related family members.  But it was a start, and it felt SO GOOD!

Thank you for teaching me a way to start this!  If you ever need encouragement to keep going, please, please, PLEASE keep teaching, Leslie.  Our world needs what you so very capably teach.  I can’t imagine us without you.  I can’t imagine me being able to teach without you.  I can’t imagine how I would ever have healed as much as I have in the past two years without you and all I have learned FROM YOU.

If ever I can guide one other person onto this path of healing and peace for themselves, I will feel as if I have done you justice.  I do my best to give a “Jackrabbit” lesson to everyone who gives me the opportunity to work it into the conversation.

My usual signature to people I care about is “Love and Hugs,” but I want you to know that with this letter, it is so much more than that.  I just don’t know how to say it.

Love and Hugs,
Jan 🙂

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Randy Gilbert (Dr. Proactive) Interviews Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the general outline of our conversation as I had planned it would go (though the real audio interview took some interesting tangents)! Nevertheless, I thought this would make interesting reading:

Interview with Randy Gilbert, Inside Success Show – May 10, 2006

Introduction and Questions for Leslie Householder

The topic for today is “The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can,” an incredible tale of a couple who reached the breaking point when their fear of not being able to earn a living despite hard work destroyed their family and opened up the opportunity to rebuild it.

Our next special guest uses an allegorical tale that echoes with the financial fear common for too many households in America in order to teach the success principles of the ‘top 3%’ in a way that connects. This is a fun way to learn how to think like the successful.

If you want to learn how to live without desperation, take the risk out of risk and put financial fear in its place, then I highly recommend you give your attention to this expert on financial success principles.

I’m introducing Leslie Householder, author of “THE JACKRABBIT FACTOR: WHY YOU CAN.”

Leslie Householder is a wife and mother of six young children. She is the founder of ThoughtsAlive.com and the author of “Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters” as well as the E-Course, “Heavenly Help with Money Matters.” Her articles have circulated in numerous internet and print magazines.

Leslie has developed her talents as a seminar speaker and personal success coach since 2002 and is now a sought after guest speaker. She has authored many workshops including, “Working with your Subconscious Mind to Achieve your Goals,” “Leaning on the Lord in a Financial Crisis,” and “Tuning in to the Abundance God has for You.” She has held numerous teleclasses, servicing participants across the world, and also conducted seminars as a facilitator for Bob Proctor’s Life Success programs in several states in the continental U.S.

Her young family has been her motivation to compose a message, which will continue to reach her audience even while she watches Oobi with her preschoolers and changes diapers at home (approximately 36,135 diapers so far and still counting).

You can learn more about Leslie and her message at ThoughtsAlive.com.

Leslie Householder, welcome. It’s great having you on the show and I’m really looking forward to the details of this fascinating topic, however, before we get into some of your strategies, please share with us some of your inside story.

Leslie, what do you consider to be your humble beginnings? Your website mentioned measuring purchases against ramen noodles.

You know, I was so hung up on paying bills that groceries always took last priority. And that was extremely frustrating because quite often we didn’t even have what we needed for bills. I discovered that Ramen was about the cheapest way to fill the hole at 10 cents per person per meal – on sale. Humble beginnings? Well, I remember being out of groceries and getting angry with my kids for complaining about whatever it was I made. I finally told them, “look, if you want something better, you’re going to have to take it up with God.” I was irritable and went into a depression that affected me for much of the first 7 years of our marriage. At one point when we lived in an old 2 bedroom apartment, the neighbor kid broke my broom in half and because I didn’t have $7 for a new broom I called the cops on him. That’s where my mentality was.

As a young couple, you and your husband invested a lot in success seminars. What motivated that choice?

It all started the first year we were married. We had decided before tying the knot that when the children came, we both wanted me home to raise them. After only 5 months, we had our first on the way, and that began the search for a way to get me home from work. Someone approached him at the grocery store and after chatting for a while, my husband mentioned he was looking for an opportunity, and the guy introduced us to some pretty wealthy people who taught us how badly we needed to change the way we thought. We started attending seminars, and realized how important it was for us to associate with people who had the lifestyle we wanted. We just didn’t know it would take us 7 years to fix us.

Why did you choose to use an allegory to teach the messages in your book “Jackrabbit Factor?”

Well, after 7 years and being deep in debt from chasing seminars all over the country, I had had it. It had become a habit to go, (I call ourselves seminar junkies), and so the thought of giving up felt like mourning the loss of a loved one, but I couldn’t take it anymore: feeling so good at the events, and coming home to the same old stressful life. So I consented to attend just one more, and then my husband would have to carry on without me. Gratefully, that’s the one that did it. We finally GOT IT, and within 3 months, our income more than tripled. So, you asked: Why did I use an allegory? Because what we learned has been written about in hundreds of “how-to” books, but I realized that the only way to really get it, is to understand it on an emotional level. We had to get the ideas out of our head and into our heart, and the only way to do that is to experience those changes on an emotional level. In my mind, the best way to do that, is to experience the change vicariously through a character in a story. My objective was to take a person through every little emotional shift WE had to experience before the results finally showed up in our life. If I could create an experience for the reader to GET IT in 2-3 hours, then they wouldn’t have to live it for 7 years like we did.

Was there someone in your life, a mentor, who helped develop your interest, and ambition besides, of course, your husband? Leslie, help me pull people’s attention into the next segment, what are the two biggest benefits our listeners will receive by learning the tips and strategies you are about to share with us?

Well, the seminar we attended was created by Bob Proctor. I was so liberated by what we learned from him that I couldn’t NOT share what I had learned. I trained to teach what he teaches and now have my own seminar business. He continues to be my personal mentor, and I’ve been able to bridge the gap between the superstar gurus and ordinary folk like myself. I’m a mom. People who read my books or attend my seminars comment often on my relatability and how, even if they’ve studied success principles for years, now they finally GET IT. That is extremely gratifying, and was my whole motivation for doing what I’ve done. I think if a person will simply allow themselves to get lost in a story for a while, I think they’ll get it too, and by applying what they learn will experience dramatic shifts in their own circumstances for the better.

Leslie, since your story was a way to illuminate some success principles, let’s focus on those. The concept you seem to have focused on the most in this book is the law of attraction. Would you agree with that assessment, and if so, why have you focused on it?

I’d say that’s fairly accurate. But it’s funny, because I learned it under a different name. I learned that there are actually 7-8 very specific laws of thought which I expound upon in my book Hidden Treasures, and understanding all of them was crucial for ME to being able to maintain the right mentality long enough to see the results. The law I focused on in the story the most is what I call the Law of Vibration. There’s a reason I have sort of stuck to that term in my work, and it is because it helps me remember WHY it works. Let me explain… If I were to bring a radio into the room and turn it on to a station, we’ll hear music. Now Randy, did the radio attract the music? No. The music was already there, the radio simply made it audible. It manifest through the tool we call a radio. We are like a radio. Our bodies are tools which operate on a certain frequency which is determined by the kinds of thoughts we entertain, and the thoughts we feel the most emotional about. See, emotion is the key. Our strongest emotions literally put our bodies into a vibration which tunes us into corresponding circumstances. The things we desire are already all around us, but if we are not on the right frequency, they won’t be manifest in OUR personal life… just like the radio. There is beautiful, majestic, inspiring music all around us, but if the radio is not tuned to that frequency, it will not broadcast through that unit. My problem all those years was that I was extremely emotional about how bad things were. I allowed myself to get angry about our lack. By remaining in that “vibration”, so to speak, by law I was only tuned in to more lack, and as a result, that was the very thing that continued to manifest, or broadcast in my life. But then we learned how to use our imagination to live the life we wanted in our heads, and FEEL it, and by law things began to go our way. How can you know what frequency YOU are on? By the circumstances in your life. If you don’t like them, you have to change your frequency, or your vibration, and you do that by allowing yourself to feel the success you seek on an emotional level, even before it is actually yours. Feel it first, and it will begin to manifest, by natural law. We have to ask ourselves what kinds of thoughts get the most emotional attention. Do we love the thought of prosperity more than we hate the thought of poverty? The kind of emotion doesn’t matter, love or hate… whichever is strongest is the one that will shape our circumstances.

Richard, the character who is going through this process of development, is told that he needs to know what he wants first. Are you referring to having goals, or is this something more?

It is about having goals, but it doesn’t have to be that formal. People aren’t setting goals to live in lack and limitation, but it happens, and will continue to happen until they exert the concerted effort to change the way they think. But it doesn’t mean forcing yourself to think differently, it means allowing yourself to daydream. Get lost in the thoughts of how it will feel to live the way you really want, knowing that by doing it, you’re actually affecting the universe and altering the opportunities that will be yours. Attraction? I like to look at it more as a heightened sense of awareness of the life that is already available to you. The one idea that will change YOUR life is continually broadcast and in the room right now. Change your frequency and your mind will pick up on the idea. You’ll know just what to do.

You mention in your book that sustained thinking is not something that most people are willing to do and yet we need to first think about what we actually want. Do you have any advice for those of my listeners who haven’t yet decided what they want, how they can be proactive about considering and making those decisions?

Most of the time, if a person doesn’t know what they want, they default to identifying precisely what they DON’T want. That’s dangerous because if, for example, you want to lose weight, and you set a goal to do that, your subconscious mind translates it in a way that sabotages you. When it hears you’ve lost something, what does it do for you? _________ When it hears “weight” it automatically associates it with ideas that you trained it to associate with, namely “heaviness, or weights and measures”. So to set a goal to “lose weight” you have given yourself a command to put you into a state of being where your subconscious mind wants to help you “find heaviness”. Another example, don’t set a goal to get out of debt. If you succeed, your SC mind will freak out because it has a well established command to pay down debts, and if there is no more to pay, it will help you find some. Getting out of debt should never be a goal, it should be something you do on your way to a goal. Automate it – a percentage of your income – as much as possible, and then get to work aiming for something higher. The more money you make, the more will go toward the debt but your mind will not be focused on it. So if you don’t know what you want, identify at least what you don’t want and then create an affirmation that is entirely positive. Instead of “I am out of debt”, say, “I am so happy and grateful now that I keep my promises and enjoy time and money freedom… Money comes to me in increasing amounts on a continual basis… I prosper.”

Leslie, you make a very clear illustration of the difference between ‘doing’ what the successful do, and ‘thinking’ the way the successful do. Can you share that with us as well as why you feel the thought structure is so much more important?

There are just so many factors that come into play. At one time, and in a certain market, with some long term goals firmly in place, we felt an urgency to purchase some extra real estate. Where did that feeling come from? It came in response to our setting some long term goals. We followed our gut, believing that in 2-3 years, with maybe 10 properties, we could achieve our goal. The good news is that we listened. What we didn’t know was that we would accomplish our goal with only 2 properties in 8 months. A lot of people saw our success and decided that maybe they should get some real estate. My question was: what is the specific end result that they are after, and what is telling them to buy now? Monkey see, monkey do? It wasn’t WHAT we did, it was WHY. We had a goal, and felt an impression. If I make significant decisions without a firm goal decided upon, and without the gut feeling that comes from nowhere but within, then in my mind, I’m gambling. That’s why it’s so important to understand the laws of thought, and learn to recognize and trust your inner voice. There’s a section in the story that helps a person do that.

Richard is able to realize that he has a problem and with some mental effort understand how the system works and that there must be a better solution, yet he can’t seem to break himself completely away without the help of his first mentor. How important is it to have that outside guidance and support?

Well, it all comes down to one of my favorite quotes of all time: “The significant problems we face in life cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Einstein. If I don’t like my life, then I need to change my thinking before my life will ever change. But if the way I think now is precisely what got me here, then I HAVE to rely on someone in a better place to teach me how to think like them. It is far to common for people to listen to the opinions and advice of others who are in fact living the same kind of life that the person is trying to get out of.

At the end of your book, before the epilogue, you list some success principles as ‘points to ponder.’ Could you share a few of these with our listeners?

These are some of the principles that made the biggest difference in my life. When I am uncertain, the points to ponder help me remember true principles that I can depend on.
~ There is no obstacle so great that there is not also a way prepared for me to succeed. There’s always a way. If I can see it in my mind, and if it does not violate anyone else’s free agency, then it is possible. I will not give up until I find the way.
~ I have all I need to get started, and that’s all that matters. Like an acorn in the ground, I will act on my immediate surroundings. In time, my connections will lead me to obtain all I need to accomplish my grand design.
~ Whatever my circumstances are, I can always choose my own thoughts. As I believe that there is only abundance, my eyes will be opened to see solutions and opportunities that would otherwise be hidden from my view. I expect to find that which I seek. It is my choice to maintain an expectant mind-set, which actually lights the way. Without an expectation, the way remains hidden in the darkness.
~ When I have a choice, I choose to believe. It does me no harm to believe. If I am wrong, I will cross that bridge when I come to it. In the meantime, I have nothing to lose by believing. I choose to believe. It is a choice.
~ Doubt not, fear not! It just simply isn’t good for me. Doubt and fear are emotions that can put me in harmony with the very thing I fear. I will choose to dismiss fearful and doubtful thoughts because they are mental images of circumstances that may never happen. Why would I ever want to waste mental energy attracting something I don’t want?
~ How badly do I want wisdom? I expect to make sacrifices for wisdom. I eagerly make the necessary sacrifice because I know it will be worth the price. Wisdom may be one of the only things I will take with me when I pass on. An investment in my knowledge will pay great dividends. I changed how I FELT about investments. I got excited about what it was going to do, rather than feeling sick about the increased debt.

What one point do you believe that, if worked on for the next week or so, would have the greatest positive effect?

I’d like to share one that we discuss in my second book, and in my seminars: The Vacuum Law of Prosperity. This was the first law I consciously put to the test, because I could see it work quicker than the rest. Bob has an aunt who was always apologizing for her ugly curtains… Carpet… So I would suggest to the listeners that they take a look at something in their life they have been griping about, and give it away. Nature abhors a vacuum, and will not let you go long without the thing you’d like to replace it with.

Even though America is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, many citizens still seem to be dealing with a poverty mindset from the depression. How do you see this changing in the future?

That generation who lived through the depression have a real tough time changing their mindset, and many of their children have adopted the attitude that there is never enough, and you’d better be frugal, save everything, and see how little you can live on.

Where do you see your own passion for teaching wealth and success leading you and your family in the future?

Well, I have 6 children, and recently found out that there’s another one on the way. Ironically, I was teaching seminars several years ago, but felt conflicted because I had never really set out to create a career. However, I felt obligated to share what I had learned, so I actually wrote the Jackrabbit Factor so that I could just be mom, and let the book share my message, and not feel guilty about not teaching seminars all the time. But on the contrary, because of the book, the demand for seminars is greater than ever. So we’re creating a team of fabulous instructors who hold my seminars for me, and let me raise this family with full focus. Besides, I’m having a lot of fun teaching my children how to use the principles in their own lives. They’ve got some wonderful stories of their own, in fact. And one day, I’ll write the sequel to the story. I’ve told a few people what it’s about and the reaction I get is “THAT HAS to be written!!” But for now it is still top secret 🙂 Oh, and I’d like to see JF become a major motion picture, too.

Leslie, I’m sure you’d agree that children are our real future, could you just take a real quick moment to think about how you would teach children to have a prosperity mindset?

Experiment with it yourself, as a parent, and then teach the kids what to do and trust the principles will come through for them, too. You don’t have to step in and make sure their dreams come true.

We’re down to the last few moments of the show, are there any other inside success secrets that you want to share with our listeners and make sure they take with them today?

Just one more thing, I’ve learned that you don’t have to be perfect to see this work. You can have the faith only the size of a mustard seed. It’s sufficient IF you reject the doubt. It’s more about refusing to doubt than it is about being 100% perfectly faithful. You can choose to believe in your dreams, it’s a choice.

“I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.”

Jessie Belle Rittenhouse (1869-1948)

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The Parable of the Jackrabbit

Let’s just imagine for a minute that you have a certain goal, and let’s say you know someone who has already reached it. Maybe it is earning a certain degree, or opening a business and making it fly. Maybe it is a better family life, or a talent you’d like to master. Perhaps it is a highly developed relationship with your Father in Heaven. Before you try to duplicate what others have done to attain what they have, be sure of one thing. Understand the Parable of the Rabbit:

A man was on a journey and came to a field. In this field he observed a dog, jumping around, darting to and fro, disappearing in the long, long grass each time he landed. The man stayed back, fearing that the dog had a terrible disease that caused him to jerk wildly and bark incessantly. Cautiously, he passed along side the field on the well-paved path, keeping an eye on the ravenous dog to be sure it did not harm him. Coming to the end of the field, suddenly the dog appeared in front of him, holding a jackrabbit in its jaws. Placidly, the dog glanced at the man, and walked away.

This man was hungry. Thinking about the dog, he decided it would sure be nice if he could have a rabbit to eat, too. So he turned around, retraced his steps along the path for a time, and entered the grassy field. “Well, here I go,” he said, and he began to jump and dart, growl and bark. Up and down, back and forth, trying to duplicate all of the crazy movements he had seen by the dog, believing this would somehow produce a rabbit. All day long he did this, and at the end of the day, he was still hungry, and very very tired.

Disappointed, he returned to the well-paved path. He said to himself, “This is a well-paved path, many people have traveled this way before. I guess I just need to stay on it, and eat whatever I find along the way.”

Isn’t it interesting that not only did duplicating the dog NOT produce a rabbit, but it probably kept them very far away?

During all those “starving student” days, I remember buying in to a handful of home-based business ideas. Making beaded jewelry from home was one of them. I also remember getting very frustrated because my results were not amounting to all of their advertised testimonials of big success. Now, I understand that I was jumping and growling, expecting a rabbit to appear. I had no expectation or vision of living the success they promised. I couldn’t even picture what it would be like to have abundance. All I knew was that there was never enough money, and in reality, that scenario was all I expected. It would have been very different if I had a vivid picture in my mind of living abundantly, so that when a vehicle to get me there came along, my results would have surely been much different. I have only seen a significant change in my financial picture since finding a rabbit that I could chase and capture. There are many legitimate business opportunities out there that get written off when they “don’t work”. What is really going on, is that the subscribers just don’t see a rabbit. The activity becomes nothing more than jumping and barking at empty fields.

This brings up 2 points. First, the man was right in leaving the path in search of the rabbit. I heard a very wise person once say, “If you want to do the right thing, look around at the people in the world, see what they are doing and where they are going, and you will do well to do just the opposite.” Doing what everyone else is doing is often the absolute WRONG thing to do. “Broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it,” Matthew 7:13-14. Remember, any rabbit worth catching doesn’t sit around on well paved paths, there is a price to be paid, a seeking is required.

So if you want a rabbit, you may need to leave the well-paved path, but before you start jumping and barking, make sure you have your eyes FIXED TIGHT on a rabbit. This is the second point: All of the madness will be fruitless if you don’t see your rabbit. Going through the motions without a clear goal in mind is energy wasted. You would burn out before attaining the degree. You would become impatient with the members of your family when things get rough. You would tire of the practice required to master a talent. Your efforts to grow closer to the Lord would too easily be thwarted without a burning desire to know Him. Satan has no power over a determined seeker.

So, to duplicate the movements of the dog, without chasing a rabbit too, will NOT get you a rabbit. Identify your dream, visualize it, make it real in your mind, get excited about it, and chase it hard! Daydream about what it will feel like to have that degree, that business, that kind of family life, that talent, that relationship with God. Others will look at you and the choices you make and they might even think you are crazy. They just don’t see your rabbit. But God does, and He will help you catch every worthy and righteous one that you have your eyes on. He can see where it goes when it disappears out of your vision, and He will prompt you by the Holy Spirit, which way you should go. Practice listening to those quiet promptings, and practice obeying them. Your dreams will return to your view and sooner or later become your reality. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” Proverbs 3:5-6

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