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Week 17 – Keep Focused….!

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Virtue #3 on my list is Decisiveness. One of the things that I have been bad with  is paper work. It’s something that I have put off until the last minute but with the focus being on my third virtue of the week I decided that I was going to get all my paper work out of the way. I thought that I was pretty good at being decisive but I have to admit it was clear this week that I really do need to work on it. Just to decide what to eat I felt myself swaying back and forth, so as you can see it really needs some work.

This week started off great…! I was full of beans, positivity was pouring from my veins. Then near the end of the week, I spent probably an hour with an acquaintance and it went downhill from there. For the entire hour all I heard was negativity, negativity and more negativity…..I tried my utmost not to give an opinion but I was defeated, after all I was there nearly an hour………then out it slipped…..an opinion!! I had enough and made my excuses and left. No, to be honest I ran..! You know, after that encounter I felt myself feeling a bit low. I was even snappy with my daughter and other people I came into contact with but then I remembered Og who said “I hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. “HELLO”….there it is, it was surely contagious. I was allowing her negativity to start affecting my mood, which in return I was afflicting onto others. I was attaching negative emotions and bringing myself down and I did not like this feeling one bit. What this really shows me is that I have to keep holding onto all the tools that I have been given; they are my armour keeping my mind focused on the 7 Laws of the mind, my DMP, movie poster.

It has only been 17 weeks into my journey but what I have experienced is the joy of waking up in the morning and being grateful for everything that comes my way. I can tell you that is a Great feeling any day of the week. I had a little stumble this week but I’m back in the saddle and ready to go!

I persist, I win…!

 

Have a fabulous week all….!

 

Week 16 – It All Starts in the Mind

This week’s reading of Haanel chapter 16 had a great impact on me. In section 15 he reinforces that “whatever enters the mind through the senses or the objective mind will impress the mind and result in a mental image which will become a pattern for the creative energies. These experiences are largely the result of environment, chance, past thinking and other forms of negative thought, and must be subjected to careful analysis before being entertained. On the other hand, we can form our own mental images, through our own interior processes of thought regardless of the thoughts of others, regardless of exterior conditions, regardless of environment of every kind, and it is by the exercise of this power that we can control our destiny, body, mind and soul.”

I thought about this during my sits this week and I cannot express how extremely reassuring it is to know that no matter what anyone says, even when things may look pretty bleak, it doesn’t matter what it is…….I just need to have faith and believe! Keep my focus on my DMP, fill it with vitality, enthusiasm, give if life as it will have no choice but to grow and develop. The law of growth says that whatever you think about grows, so I know that once I hold on and do all these things I will attract everything necessary to fulfil my DMP. However, thoughts are to be taken seriously and there are consequences for negative thoughts, Haanel warns, “If the thought is destructive, it will have within itself the germ of its own dissolution; it will die, but in the process of dying, it will bring sickness, disease and every other form of discord.” I know where my mind needs to be!

 

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Vitrue #2 Kindness…this week we have all been focusing on Kindness. It has made me want to do things to help other people, making it my duty to look for ways to make someone else’s life easier. From opening a door at the shop for someone, helping a mum on the bus with her twins, to letting people get in the queue before me at the supermarket. Being kind to someone does Kindnessnot have to be financial, just a smile can make someone’s day. I hear time and time again from people who are about to or have been made redundant, in financial hardship, bad relationships and those who are ill. A simple kind gesture makes all the difference when you’re having a crappy time and the world just seems to be going against your favour.

You know, this week the world seems like such a wonderful place…..! Even though we still hear about the negative things going on around us constantly in the news, I have made a conscious decision not to dwell on this and make it dominate my thoughts. This was something that I mentioned to my mastermind partner Dominique and what he pointed out to me was that the world is still the same but it was me who was changing…..How great is that! I never thought of that at all. Sometimes we all get caught up in our own little world and maybe not intentionally forget about others. Instead we continue to go off and have a pity party with the WHY ME SYNDROME! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been there too but it just does not solve anything apart from make you feel even worse.  Why don’t you try it this week and spread a little more kindness in the world….from picking up litter to greeting someone with a smile. Size does not matter just focus on being kind!

I think Marvin and Tammi summed it up nicely………

Give more, get more………..Until next week!

 

Week 15 – A Make Over Without Surgery

This weeks class was amazing……we were told that we were each going to receive a makeover! imagesCA63W1TYDon’t worry, no surgery involved It is the Benjamin Franklin Makeover. Over the next 13 weeks we are going to focus on 1 virtue a week. These are all virtues we already have in us and by focusing on them intently will draw out our intrinsic goodness and allow our light to shine.

My #1  virtue for this week is Courage. By focusing on this virtue daily I found that my AWARENESS grew and I was able to take bold actions in my business.  Courage was something that I was struggling with.  I now have more control over my emotions and able to step out of my comfort zone with more ease.

What a fabulous week masterminding with my dear friend Cheryl who is also on this course. We both experienced day to day challenges such as negative talk from others. Being extremely mindful not to give any opinions, we conferred with each other as to the best way to handle the situation. Haanel states clearly “words are thoughts and are therefore an invisible and invincible power which will finally objectify themselves in the form they are given.”  Wow, this is serious suff!……with this in mind, it is imperative that we remain the guardsman at the gate and not attach any negative feeling to our thoughts which would then be vocalised and not be in harmony with our DMP. Enough said, Like Mike Tyson getting ready for a fight we put on our gloves someone was going down and it was not our future selves……It was time to put the tools to work that we had accumulated during the course. Between us we dug deep into our bag of tools and utilised the 7 laws of the mind, using the Law of subconscious, Law of Substitution reading bits of our DMP, Law of Forgiveness. Then what a knockout, Old Blue was down!! It was mind-blowing how my spirit was lifted after that and I felt at peace.

I had a great surprise when Cheryl sent me this video of us at NottingHill Carnival 2014 with our families. This was the highlight of my week…..thanks to Cheryl my family and I got to take part in the Carnival.  I am so grateful that I got the chance to have a lovely experience with them and most importantly to have this memory. My grand daughter was so elated to see herself in the video.

And in closing, I challenge you to focus on Courage this week.  See it in yourself and the people around you.  Maybe you want to ask someone out on a date, ask for that promotion at work or engaging in a  new experience. Yes, you can do these things it is already in you. Remember what we think about grows, allow your light to shine!

Have a great week!

 

 

 

Week 14 – Inspiring movie “Door-to-Door”

For this weeks assignment we had a choice of watching one or all of 4 films and linking the four habits that we have been practising that make up persistence; Definite Major Purpose (DMP), Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), Plan of Action (POA) and a Master Mind (MMA).

Door to Door

The movie that really inspired me was Door to Door. A story of Bill Porter, a man who was born with cerebral palsy. From an early age Bill was always encouraged by his mother that he can accomplish anything that he put his mind to. Bill was told by the unemployment office that he was unemployable but he was in no way deterred by their opinion and set out to fulfil his DMP of getting employment and being independent. This has made me look at my DMP and to be more focused and not take my eye of the prize.  Everything for Bill first started as being a thought; I’m no different to him.  I too have thouhgts and written down my DMP, but the difference is that he kept it alive every single day! Not for one minute did he doubt it could not be done. I have to dig deep with the exercisese and keep my dream alive every single day, putting in more enthusiasm, really putting myself in the palce of it already fulfilled. It has also given me a sense of gratitude because I have all the tools to help me to do that.

With all the rejection Bill experienced going to the Watkins Product company he kept a PMA. Not for one minute did he believe that he would not get that job and he persevered until he did. On his route he had doors slammed in his face, ridiculed because of his appearance, verbal abuse but he kept going. There are days when I feel that I’m too tired to read Og three times a day, to read through all my index cards and do the sit.  But Bill has just confirmed how important it is to have a PMA.  All the reads, shapes, colours, sits and index cards are a combination of things that will keep all the negativity out of my mind and only focused on the positive things that I want.  These are the things that help strenghthen my mind and get me to my goals.

Bill’s POA was to knock on every single door each day. for every no that someone said, he did not hear that. What he heard was I will take something next time or come back next week. This has got me questioning myself….I have a written POA, but do I stick to what has been written down? do I take consistent action?  This is an area I have to admit I have fallen short. If I take a few steps each day just like Bill then I will reach my goal. Things didn’t just drop out of the sky for Bill and it certainly will not for me…..It all boils down to me following through on my POA come what may.

Bill developed a MMA with his mother who believed in and supported him with his DMP. Shelly, his personal assistant helped him with his deliveries.  With his physical challenges  he got help from staff members at a hotel to help him tie his shoe laces and putting on his tie, the same time he gave them joy by telling jokes and making them laugh. Bill was surrounded around positive people, all working together.  I am so blessed to have a MMA with other members on this course who are prepared to support and encourage me along my journey to success.

This was an extremely inspiring film for me. Bill never gave up, he was determined to live life to the fullest.  He made great and long lasting friendships with people he met along the way as well as with his customers.  He was filled with compassion, sincerity and love for all.  No matter what challenges we face in life, so long as we have the four habits of persistence we can have what we want. Door- to Door is a great family movie and I encourage you all to watch it and see for yourself the four habits of persistence.

I hope you enjoy and that you find something in this movie that will inspire and guide you.  I wish you all a Happy New Year…….until next week!