What am I pretending not to know?
This is such an interesting question…When I think about it, the question that comes up is, Why would I pretend not to know something? What would that benefit me or anyone else? Then I consider the fact that there is a part of me (a part of the brain) that has a job to keep me safe and excluding some details that promote change, risk, and doing something outside the norm cause fear, etc.
It was funny, but when asked myself that question, I knew the answer. It was clear to me that I allowed my old blueprint and habits to ignore the strong knowledge that I am capable of being very successful in my business.
Since answering this question, I added the answer to my stack of index cards that I go through regularly. My deck is stacked, and I’m believing this will help accelerate the process.
One of our daily activities is to read an obituary in the newspaper daily. The first one that I read was for a lady named Barbara. She was 51 years old, and I was surprised to read that we had some things in common from the start, the month that we are born and the city we were born in. As I read on, I saw that she had many passions of which were teaching, traveling and laughing . Not only did she have a passion for teaching and traveling, but she spent time in the Middle East teaching, and later on was awarded teacher of the year after she moved back to the United States. There were many details given about her life and family, but the one that was left unsaid was why?
As I considered the three questions we were given to ask (Do I think this person would love to trade places with me? Who can I let know how grateful I am for their presence today if it is my last? How will I behave today to finish the masterpiece of my life elegantly?) I can say that I experienced great appreciation for life. Reading about someone who seemed to make a great impact on the lives of many, the way she seemed to have, makes me realize the importance of making an impact NOW.
This activity has been an eye opener for me. Getting to learn about the lives of some people I never knew that have left their family, friends, and all that they have accomplished behind makes me want to take today more seriously.
After saying and listening to my Definite Major Purpose (DMP) numerous times, I can’t help but ponder the huge impact that living out my dreams will have on others. What an example it would be for my unborn child, nieces and nephews, those around me, etc. I can’t help but imagine that it would cause them to consider the possibility of more for themselves, that it would inspire them to dream bigger and see a future of greater things than what they’ve seen.
This thought of inspiring others energizes me! Not only am I on this mission to meet my future self for me, but those around me and even some that I have not had the pleasure to meet just yet.
The journey continues…
This week my husband and I have been spending more time together listening to teaching messages. One of the key things that have been standing out is about abundance.
There are so many scriptures in The Bible that talk abundance, like in Philippians 4:19 where it says that my God will liberally supply your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus or in Ephesians 3:20 that says, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”
As part of the review this week I went back over week 10′s lesson, which also pointed out how lavish and extravagant nature is. I believe this is something that needs to seep into my head. There is no reason to play it small!
“When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you Queen for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that gal has to say.”
~Excerpts from the Gal in the Glass by Dale Wimbrow (lines 1-4)
I’ve found that sometimes you can make things look so good on the outside that people have no choice but to praise your work. The real challenge is taking the stand in the mirror when heart, intentions, and the real amount of effort that was put forth is clear.
After weeks of reading this poem nightly and looking at myself, it has finally hit me as more than a routine. When Mark spoke about the drift, I could really start to see that when I look in the mirror the insight is there. I know that I am not putting forth all the effort I should be giving for my future self. I know there is more to give, and not only that, but that the effort would be so worth it.
Discipline was the word that I focused on this week, and I was able to notice even the smallest amounts in people and take note of it, so I decided to do the same in myself. Instead of being down, I made a choice to praise my efforts and push forward.
This week I got to focus on kindness. Not only were my thoughts focused in that area, but the thoughts of the whole MKMMA crew! Wow! When I think about the impact that my focus has, I am so blown away to think about that amount multiplied. There were so many encouraging experiences shared by the members that I got to read and comment on. I really felt the love every time I logged in and that lifted my spirit!
This group of people are an inspiration!
This week was a scheduled zoom meeting with my guide and tribe. Initially I had something else planned for that night, but it was cancelled a few hours before. I know this was no “coincidence”. I believe this video call was what I needed. It was necessary for me to know that there are people who are rooting for me and wishing the best for me. I am aware that I am not alone, but sometimes you just need to hear that. I got what I needed from that call and my tribe. I so appreciate that!!
This week I watched the movie Cool Runnings. This was an inspirational family movie about a Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the winter Olympics. Throughout this movie I could see “The Formula”
1. His definite major purpose was backed by a burning desire. He was training for the Olympics in the sport of track. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, of which were not his fault, he did not make it. But because of his perseverance and persistence, he learned that he may have another option to make it to the Olympics, and that was by creating a bobsled team.
2. He had a positive mental attitude. He was so confident and determined to make his dream a reality that he was able to get others to believe also.
3. A plan expressed and continual action. Because he was a hard worker, he spent more time studying and preparing than the others on his team. He was a leader and stood out as one.
4. A Mastermind Alliance. His coach and team did not start out on the same page, but they caught the vision and were able to encourage each other through the journey. They ultimately turned a lot of heads and showed people that there was no limit to what could be done.
This movie had so many great take-a ways! Scroll III says, “failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.” If he would have stopped after the unfortunate accident that caused him to not make it to the Olympics in track, his story would have been a lot different. Also, he was so persistent! Scroll III also says, “If I persist, if I continue to try , if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed. I persist until I succeed.” There was success on his journey. Not only did he make it to the Olympics, but his coach and team were able to be apart of the fruition of that vision.
Cool Runnings was a great movie!
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
Our thoughts are so important! What you think about holds a great amount of weight in showing what your future will look like. Proverbs says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Our thoughts are the key!
There is some guidance on how to deal with negative situations or things that have the potential to put you in a negative or heavy mood. Check out Philippians 4:6-8- “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
In this passage of scripture current circumstances are not denied, but even with negative things in our midst, we are directed to give that care to God and think on the things that are pure, lovely, and a good report. So our duty is not only to cast our cares, but also to maintain a flow of positive thoughts. There is a reason for that! We become what we think about, and that is why it is so important to renew your mind, be confident in the finished work, dwell on good things and your expected outcome.
This week I wrote out about 30 more index cards of things that I’ve achieved. I probably have over 75 cards now. This is an excellent way to keep the thoughts properly directed. It was also something that fills my husband in on things that he may not have known about me
One of the things that had the biggest impact on me this week was our mirror exercise. Sunday afternoon we spent 50 minutes reading our one sentence Definite Major Purpose (DMP) while looking in the mirror.
Of course I thought it was strange when we received the instructions, but after repeating “Do It Now” 25 times, I was on board! One thing about being on board…Mark J mentioned that at this point trust has been established, and that is so true!I trusted that this activity would be a life changing experience, and it was just that!
As I stood in the mirror repeating my statement over and over again, not only did I begin seeing my own beauty, but I also believed what I was saying. It was like I was stating facts to someone about myself. I was confident that I was a Generous Giver and Disciplined Six Figure Earner. It was like I had an experience as my future self, and it was beautiful! This gave me something that I had been on the fence about, and that is strong belief. I BELIEVE!!
The journey continues…