Who knows what it is you should be doing to make a more successful and happy life? But just knowing what to do it not always enough to actually follow though and complete what it is that should be done. We have always been told in my business to sit down on Sundays and schedule out the week, 8 people to contact a day Monday through Friday. For many years I have not done this. Finally, last Sunday evening I decided I would do it, scheduling it on my calendar. Sunday evening I was so tired and everything in me did not want to work on it. I felt my old blueprint fighting the future self. Being able to recognize this I pushed through and made myself overcome thinking about what I did want. “Do it now!” Then Monday during my kiddos’ naps. I sat down and attempted contact with all the people on my list. I even got a new customer! How about that. It has been a busy week with an event I was inviting to and booths, meeting new people. And I have completed the initial follow up promptly this time. Yay for more progress! What I am learning is being applied!
I have been thinking, do I focus on what I want to have or what I want to be? In part 17 Haanel talks about concentration and what we worship. In point 11, he states,
“Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts, but the transmutation of these thoughts into practical values; the average person has no concept of the meaning of concentration. There is always the cry “to have” but never the cry “to be”; they fail to understand that they cannot have one without the other, that they must first find the “kingdom” before they can have the “things added.” Momentary enthusiasm is of no value; it is only with unbound self-confidence that the goal is reached.”
My husband has often used the Bible scripture from Matthew 6 to encourage friends, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
So in that last sentence, Haanel was quoting Jesus?
How easy it is to think about what we want. So I’m working on keeping focus on the person I want to be, or I am. I’m thinking about giving myself permission to use the power in me and be happy. I’m thinking about the abundance I have been blessed with. It keeps getting better. And how much more enjoyable it is to be masterminding with others of the same mind, especially with how much faster we can progress when we do so.
At the beginning of each year my business team encourages us to pick a word to focus on. I chose the word,”action.” Then I googled an image and put it on my phone’s wallpaper.
How great I even found one with a magnifying glass! And that is what I have been doing this month, action, finally. I feel like last year was persistence without action, just not giving up and trying to reprogram my thinking and not get overwhelmed. Then this year once the time freed up I am starting my persisting as the word really means, with action. I’m setting aside the time to make my calls and doing it!
I’m thinking more about Og’s chapter, really enjoying thinking about how I am unique and how to share that with the world. And I’m excited about the digital connections helping me figure out how to utilize Twitter. Sunday I had the opportunity to talk with a friend of a friend who is doing health coaching like I want to. I much appreciate learning from her experience and thinking how to set it up for me.
Also, I’m thinking about the section that says, “There is no room in the market place for my family, nor is there room in my home for the market. Each I will divorce from the other and thus I will remain wedded to both. Separate must they remain or my career will die. This is a paradox of the ages.” I do agree with this, but how much more challenging it is to do this as a stay at home mom, having to work in stolen moments. Nap times are the best time for work, but my children will dictate when my work needs to be wrapped up. If I’m not at a good stopping point, the transition is difficult. More thought and masterminding needed here.
So I’m still motivated and doing better. I watched the movie Rudy at the end of last week and really enjoyed it. It is based on a true story of a boy at the age 7, knew he wanted to be a football player for Notre Dame, but he didn’t really have the athletic skills or the grades to get in. For so long he listened to other people saying he couldn’t do it. He didn’t give up completely, focusing on his burning desire, then he reached his breaking point and went all in to get what he wanted. He still had a lot of work but the power of belief and not giving up and no longer listening to other people, well, you will have to see the movie. I relate because I have had many, even close family and friends, not approve of network marketing and discourage me from continuing. I have not given up but I have not made much progress, not enough to impress them. I really believe this course is helping me get unstuck. My last conference was at the beginning of this course and I heard so many people that made it to the top of the company. Many of them had stories of being stuck for years, then hitting a point where they finally started working on themselves and taking all out action to make it happen. This was so encouraging for me because I have felt stuck for years and I am so ready to move up. Then the next couple months did not go as hoped, facing more discouragement and business, but I was still not giving up. Now this month, is a new story and this has been a great week!
Since I started this course I have been working physical therapy while my oldest child is in preschool 3 days a week up to 3 hours. That doesn’t seem like much but with a 1 and 4 year old demanding much attention and cleaning up after them and all, it has been challenging to work in the time. I have been waiting for my work to hire someone so they would not need me anymore. The money I earned at the PRN rate was very helpful for us during Christmas and while my husband’s secondary business was not having any events. So I was thankful for it but knew it was not helping me accomplish my Definite Main Purpose. I was thinking over the weekend how ready I was to be done with it and realized I had not really asked God to release me from it. I decided to trust his timing on it and seek his will with everything. Then Monday I went into work and my boss let me know that they had just hired someone so that ended up being my last until they call saying they need help as needed again. I had been out the last week for traveling so I was totally surprised. I am already using the time well and getting to work on my business and even more motivated than I have been in a long time. I have felt so overwhelmed and paralyzed at times, but now I have such hope and know I can be what I will to be. No more excuses. All out action. I have much to share to help others and no need to keep it to myself!
Happy New Year’s! It is an exciting time. A year is gone that we can pause and reflect , remembering good times and maybe challenging times that made us stronger for today. Now we have a new year with refreshed hope for a better year.
December was an enjoyable month with fun Christmas things to do with our girls, with my oldest 4 years old having more anticipation and excitement this year, and my youngest being a year old to be engaged this time. December was also challenging for me with all these activities and 30 hours of continued education for physical therapy to complete. What a relief I feel now that it is accomplished and to have so much more time on my hands. I am excited to step it up with this masterkey experience and my nutrition business.
Since today is the first, we moved on to the fourth scroll. I was excited to see it paralleled with my bible devotional this morning!
It is from my bible app called “A Big Life – Your Unique Grace” I liked this paragraph, “Do you recognise your strengths? Or are you consistently overlooking the very things—talents, gifts, attributes—that God intends you to use? Who does God say you are, and what has he called you to do? The key to living a life of purpose is being able to answer these questions.” And then the prayer was, “Lord, I ask for the strength to move past the restrictions that I or other people have put on me. Show me how to live a big life with wisdom, to find my unique place of grace and to live free.”
Scroll 4 starts off with, “I am nature’s greatest miracle.” And then talks about how unique we all are from each other. This part stood out to my the most, “I am here for a purpose…Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”
No new year’s resolutions, but I am continuing with making another step each day, but I am very encouraged and motivated to take the actions to make this year stand out with new drive and boldness!
I love Christmas time, the cooking, family time, fun things to do with the kids now, and reflecting on what Jesus did for us. We are traveling now to spend time with more family out of town. Only 3 and a half hours more of my physical therapy continued education and what a relief that will be to have done, and another accomplishment to write on a card. I really like this exercise of writing down accomplishments to reflect on. It is amazing to see others and what they speak and how it impacts their life. I’m contributing to work on being the observer and giving more love.
Another note, being a parent really does reveal natural sinful actions that need encouragement to work against. For example, my 4 year old was so excited to open presents and ended up tearing through them quickly and continued to ask to open more. We are teaching her to be grateful for what she has. And it makes me think how I can be more grateful too. I am really blessed with more than I need.
Again, I’m thankful for being able to mastermind with others going through the course and our guide. They continue to encourage me and not let me be hard on myself for what I am behind on but focusing on what I am doing well. By reading my DMP, I did accomplish one goal and signed my 4 year old up for gymnastics, calling about the lessons on the last day that was good for being able to get her in!
While working on my continued education for physical therapy that is consuming my time this month since it is due in 12 more days, I have learned some things that agree with this master key class. I have picked some courses that teach more about communication, and nutrition. Lesson 12 of the Master Keys says, “Knowledge does not apply itself; we as individuals must make the application, and
the application consists in fertilizing the thought with a living purpose.” And in one of the physical therapy courses there was a quote, “It’s not what you know. It’s what you do with what you know. Those who are most successful in life practice what they learn.” So true. We need action. And to persist in these right actions.
I’m enjoying seeing progress in some actions I am making, and will continue to make progress and see more and more good changes.