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…
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~Oprah Winfrey
I really struggled with a topic for week 11. Even though there has been plenty of happenings, I couldn’t pin-point one that seemed to fit. Then last night, after I had waited and waited, it came to me! This was actually a week of accomplishments! So, why had I not celebrated those successes? I decided it was time! I went to YouTube, and found my celebration song . I put on Kool & The Gang’s Celebrate, and did some dancing. As I did, and my husband watched laughing, and I shared with him the things that had been achieved that I so easily forgot…
My definite major purpose (DMP) has been approved! My guide and I have been working to get the draft molded into what it needed to be for weeks and weeks. That is something to celebrate!!
I hand-wrote all 400 words in my DMP, which doesn’t sound like much, but for someone who only writes short to-do lists and random sticky notes, that is an accomplishment! That is something else to celebrate!
I also recorded my affirmations and a shorter version of my DMP to music. This part was pretty fun. I already knew what music I wanted to use, which is a super high energy fun song. I went to trusty YouTube, found the instrumental version of DJ Kalid’s All I do is Win and played that on my computer as I recorded the words words on my phone. That night, I played it for my husband as I danced, it was fun! That is something else to celebrate!
Listening to my affirmations and DMP to music is something I look forward to doing everyday. It gives me energy!
I encourage you all to CELEBRATE! We have accomplished so much so far, and we should take time out to do that!
Today I am remembering my grandfather with GREAT memories of joy and love. He died one year ago, and while I miss him so much I can appreciate the wonderful memories I’m left with.
My grandfather, Willie Beene, was a man that loved his family and friends, loved to laugh, and was so very active even into his late 70′s. He was famous for his impromptu gatherings that he would call people on a whim and invite them to get together at his house. While my grandmother was not quite the people person, she was always on-board to cook and help set-up for said gatherings.
One of the greatest things that I can see is his impact on my and my family’s life. He showed us that life is ment to be fun, exciting, and it is important to get over your differences to enjoy the fun and excitement.
As this week went by, I could not help but think of the jokes he would tell. I’m not sure where he got them from, but he would always share a new joke with us from the time we were kids I can remember this. His life was a shining example of laughter being the best medicine.
I am grateful for the 34 years that I got to enjoy him, and I will never forget!
“I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man with no feet.”
When I think over the things that I have experienced in life, I think back to when I was a child. There was a time that our electricity was turned off because the bill was not paid by a certain deadline. My mother was a single mother with 5 children, and we never sat in the dark and cried about the situation (yes, it happened more times than once), but we found some way to enjoy it. There would be candles, lots of laughs, and staying up past our bedtime, which was always fun! There had to be an urgency in my mother to get the situation figured out, but she hid it really well from us.
No matter how bad the situation looks, it could always be worse. The value in a childlike perspective is that it generally holds positivity. If we are able to maintain that view, that is what we allow to be attracted to us. Though it is easier said than done, awareness is key…And the journey continues.
Before my husband and I were married, we were pretty aware of our major personality differences. He is organized, neat, and kind; while I am spontaneous and adventurous. I am forever grateful for our premarital counseling which pointed out some areas that we would have to be careful in because of our differences. Because he is such an organized and systematic person, which I can appreciate about him, I have learned to get better in that area as well. It does not come naturally for me, but I am much better at hanging my coat where it belongs, not leaving socks by the couch, and many many more things that would have caused him to either clean up behind me or extend great patience .
This brings me to my service card…It was usually not that hard for me to figure out a service to add. Since my husband and I both work and have volunteer commitments as well, there are some things that get neglected around the house. By around the 2nd our 3rd week, I could see him listening for my service for the week. The switch from the word chore to service was something that I experienced in my heart as well. Since cleanliness and organization is more important to him, I started to allow him to make suggestions on what he would like to see done for the week. I really feel like this is doing a service to my household, and it makes my husband smile. The service card has made a difference in my life, and I am grateful.
This week one of the key ideas that stood out was about my future self.
I can appreciate Mark’s passion when he explained to us how important it is to do these exercises and get familiar with our future self. If we don’t, we will treat them like a stranger and procrastinate, make excuses, and eventually quit this quest of improvement.
As I pondered this thought, the details about the study that was mentioned played back in my head. My future self is a stranger if I choose not to get to know her better, if I don’t spend time with her now she will not be what I want for her to be.
I also considered the words of scroll I, ” I will walk tall among men and they will know me not, for today I am a new man, with a new life.” I believe that in order for others to look at me and not recognize who I have become, I will have to get to know my future self now better and better, until I become her.
Wow! I have some more becoming to do. And the journey continues…
I will greet this day with love in my heart…
I was impressed with scroll #2. It made me realize, again, that love is so very important in every area of life, and business is no different. If I genuinely serve someone through my business based on a need that I believe can be filled with my product or service, I am showing love and concern for them. This is such a great perspective, and I am grateful that it was brought to my attention again. I should always lead with love. In business, in conversations, and all interactions.
Speaking of love…my husband and I celebrated 4 years of marriage this week! We are blessed and excited for the years that we have seen and the many more years to come. As I think about love in marriage, it is not always easy to show. Sometimes if the other person is being cranky or grumpy it makes you not want to be quite so loving. What I’ve found is that perspective makes a big impact on attitude. I’ve chosen to ALWAYS remember that we are on the same team, and when my spouse isn’t being lovely may be one of the times he needs me to show love the most. My husband has reminded me over and over again, through his actions toward me (especially in my pregnancy), that love is patient and kind. He’s a gem
And the journey continues…