Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Good day and I hope you are having a blast this week. The other week I was driving from Minneapolis to Austin Minnesota in the dark of the night when I ran into a heavy fog on the way. There was not another single car or truck on the highway, so I had my high beams on. Instinctively I shifted my high beams to low beams hearing my high school drivers ed teacher's voice in my head “always turn your high beams off in the fog because the light will reflect off of the water droplets and blind you". This gave me the topic of this week’s blog post. I am always grateful and amazed at the way these posts come to me. I hope you share in my amazement.
I recall listening to Jack Canfield recount his mentors lesson. W. Clement Stone used to say “you can drive from New York to Los Angeles in the dark by just seeing the 200 feet illuminated by your head lights”. That saying has many lessons in it. It is about faith as well as planning and confidence in yourself and in The Source. Here I want to expand on the saying that W. Clement Stone coined so long ago. I want to add “when you are driving in the dark it is OK to turn your high beams on and look ahead a bit more, however when you hit the fog, make sure to use your low beams or better yet use the yellow fog lamps and proceed a bit more slowly”. In the real world terms, it is OK to plow ahead and look to the big picture when things are going according to plans. When you are faced with the challenges of life i.e. the Fog, you need to really slow down, and concentrate on small steps right in front of you, and move one step at a time. It also helps to like many other countries that equip their vehicles with yellow fog lamps, to get out of your routine and step out of the box. You have to be open to other ideas that may not be routine thinking to you. Look to the wisdom from people who have experienced the fog before and have learned that yellow fog lamps work better.
This post goes hand in hand with my other post called The Forest Is Too Overwhelming. When we get used to doing things a certain way, when unexpected challenges face us, we think that the same actions that were working will continue to see us through, or we get lost in the overwhelming big picture. Slow down, break the challenge down. Try to use the same imagination and creativity that helped you succeed, and see if there are other ways that you can attack your challenge. You’ll be amazed at how just sitting in a quiet place with pen and paper and writing a question you are pondering as though you are writing and asking The Source for advice, can help. You must then be quiet and listen. Listen for the answers that flood your mind. Write them down. You’re an amazing being and The Source loves you and wants to help you if you just ask and listen to the advice. This is just one out of the box type of thinking. What other techniques have you used to tackle challenges that were out of the box? Share them on our Facebook page. We can all benefit from your experiences. Just create comments on the tag that had this blog posts notice on it. Lets see how many techniques we can all come up with over 500 people on the page regularly.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Good day and I hope you are having a great day. I was on a plane doing some of my MBA homework in economics and a series of concepts prompted me to put up this post. I hope you enjoy them. I promise it is not as boring as the subject of economics and the macro and micro portions of that.
There are things that we do on a daily bases that do not require us to know the intricacies of the process in order to be successful at them. Take driving a car for example. You normally do not need to know how the car works to drive it. It suffices to know that when you press the gas and the car goes faster and you press the breaks and the car slows down. When the car breaks down however, you need more knowledge of the different bits and pieces that make up the machinery to be able to go about fixing the problem, or you seek advice from someone who is familiar with those specifics.
Same type of thinking applies to the Law of Attraction. The majority of people can benefit from a cursory knowledge of the Law of Attraction (LOA), what I like to call macro-LOA. Think good thoughts, and your reality reflects it. Stay positive, live in the now, and you will get opportunities for more of them to enjoy. All is good and well as long as things are going along smoothly. When things don’t go the way we want, or if we are faced with a situation where due to lack of deliberate intent we ended up by default in a less than pleasing situation, then the knowledge of micro-LOA is imperative to be able to change the situation and our behavior. All you need to really grasp the fullness of what I just mentioned is to think about the last time you had a bad day. It is not easy for most people to turn their feelings around on a dime. When you are upset, angry, feel like you have been wronged, you rarely have access to the good and positive feelings that are needed to get you out of your rut. That is why the study of LOA has to be continuous, encompassing detailed concepts of positive mental attitude, goal setting, visualizations, affirmations, meditation etc, as well as the global perspective of listening to emotional indicators, or stopping to smell the roses.
This is the reason why it is so important to keep feeding your mind positive content. As you increase your knowledge, you become better equipped to handle those breakdowns which require you to have micro-LOA skills. It is also very important to take action and practice all these skills that you learn. As you can imagine you will have a hard time fixing an automobile transmission by reading the manual. It is very difficult to utilize these skills when you are faced with negative feelings of a challenge in life. Taking action, and making mistakes, are teaching tools that are available for you to hone your skills. These circumstances will teach you real life lessons that encompass both the use of micro and macro-LOA principles. Sort of an on the job training or apprenticeship type of education which is usually worth its weight in gold.
The great thing about learning about the subject of LOA now is the abundance of material in different formats. If you don’t like to read, watch YouTube (basics of LOA) videos on the subject or listen to the different teachers who have podcast available online. This is such an awesome topic because as you search for it, more and more information comes to you and you can do with the information as you wish. Perhaps that is how you ended up on this page.
The next step will be to share what you learn, with others so they can also benefit. Sort of a pay it forward principle, and the best way to learn is to teach. This is why I ask my readers to comment on myFacebook page after each of my postings. Learning is a never ending process specially with the Law of Attraction. No matter how new or advanced you are with this stuff, I and many others can learn from your questions, and inputs as well as your experiences.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Good day and I hope you are having a great week. I was studying some Lean Sigma concepts the other day as part of my expanding education and I came to a lesson called “Scoping a Project”. In essence the challenge for any problem solving project in the real world is to define and breakdown the problem to a manageable piece that can be tackled. Most of the time projects seem to have a focus like “Solve World Hunger Issue”. They are just too broad to tackle in any meaningful way. These type of global topics wastes resources, energy, and leads to disappointments which leads to giving up or declaring the problem impossible to solve.
Success in any area of your life is usually the same. It is just too broad to tackle all at once. I have read both Wallace D. Wattles, and Jack Canfield state this in different ways and I am paraphrasing here: “Success is taking small successful steps over and over every day. Smalls successes done each and every day will get you to your goals.” The challenge is that the majority of us cannot define the small steps, or more to the point we cannot recognize what we think we want to overcome is just too broad a challenge that needs to be broken down into smaller pieces.
Take disciplining my little ones for example. To deal with this concept all at once posed a major challenge for me. I made both myself and my kids miserable when I tried to overcome the global “be a good kid” challenge. No one was gaining anything from the experience. I had to break down the issue to things that at first encompassed keeping them out of danger. Next came the things that were important to their health. We were fortunate that the basics manners and associations with others they just picked up from mimicking the actions of my wife and me. At each stage the hardest part was to let others things just be resolved by ” what felt good to ME”. For example when I was working on timely sleeping habits, I had to allow some snaking if it would be the peaceful resolution to keeping on track with sleeping ritual. This went against every fiber of my parenting thoughts and instincts. From the perspective of The Law of Attraction though it makes perfect sense. I have to be feeling good to attract positive incidences to me. If I start a conflict when I am concentrating on a behavior, that only will attract more negative conflict to me and hinders my child’s progress. It is so much easier to say and write this than to practice and to this day I have to keep on reminding myself that my emotional alarm system is there to help me. I went through a time, as I am sure many parents have, where I felt like I was doing everything wrong. I kept on asking myself and the Universe “how am I attracting all this negativity in my kids behavior?”. I knew for certain that I had been blessed with two very well behaved and well-adjusted kids. I was tackling something that was just too broad for, and here is the key, MY COMFORT ZONE AT THE TIME. Perhaps if other stressors were not present at the time, I could have remained positive while dealing with multiple areas of disciplining my kids. What matters is your feelings are telling you that you are chewing more than you can handle NOW. Perhaps after an exercise session or a walk around the block you can manage more.
If you see repeated setbacks, try to see if you can break down the path to your goal into smaller pieces that you can succeed in with less difficulty. Listen to your feelings until the steps feel good. The size of the steps are in a large part dependent on how strong your WHY is? Maybe it is time to rewrite all the positive feelings and positive reasons that you want this goal again on paper. There is allot of power in this exercise.
So the moral of the story is to scope your goals into little pieces that are actionable. As the old saying goes, “The way to eat an elephant is one bit at a time”. Do not try to eat the whole elephant. With practice you will get good at this. I caution you though it is not easy to see it if you are not familiar with the concept. More important if you have not practice it by taking actionable steps. We are so used to seeing the whole project or challenge. Sometimes looking at the forest is just too overwhelming.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Good day and I hope you are having a great week. Today I wanted to go into the magnificent being that you are and all the power that is available to you.
I read a quote by Bob Proctor that said “…Another thing you should know about Spirit is that it is a power which is forever flowing into and though you (we also call this power THOUGH). But as Spirit or thought flows into you, you CHOOSE the image you will then form with it”. Read that quote again and let it sink in. Specially take note of the last part. That implication has an immense amount of responsibility with it. It means you actually have to control your thoughts. Well you don’t really have to if you want to just go about reacting to your reality instead of creating it. I am guessing however, since you are reading this blog, that you actually want to manifest your reality instead of being a byproduct of it.
Enthusiasm comes from the Greek “en theos” meaning “In God”. Whatever your religious beliefs may be is irrelevant here. Do not look at this from a Theological point of view if it distracts you from understanding the core of the matter. If you are spiritual then this should give you comfort. If you are not, then look at it purely from the stand point of logic, and take it as a learned skill set to succeed.
When you are in the zone, or in the groove of things and all is going well, how do you feel? You feel awesome. You are enthusiastic, because you are at one with the source energy that, yes you guessed it “flows into and through you” all the time. The same energy that is in everything in this universe is in you. You are what Esther and Jerry Hicks call in your “natural state of well being”. Your cork is floating unrestricted. It means that your vision of things is in line with what you see in your reality. That only happens when you have come to realize that your thoughts are what makes your reality. You may be doing this automatically without even thinking about it. Some people call this confidence in your abilities and others may call this faith in your ability. It is all semantics. Don’t get lost in the little things. Grasp the truth.
There are however times for all of us when we are faced with challenges. How you feel when those times occur, will shape your destiny. It is really simple to feel great when things are going well, but we do not operate in a vacuum. There are other incidences that will merge with our vibration. You stub your toe by accident when you get up in the morning. You suddenly start to decline in your vibration, and even though the energy that created this world is flowing through you, you now see the picture differently in your thoughts, i.e. that force that is in you is now being reshaped by your thoughts. Consequently your reality will be reshaped to manifest those new thoughts.
Do you see why it is so important to have some kind of “faith”? You need a place of comfort and solace to turn to when the fecal matter hits the oscillating percolator. You need a “rock” to steady yourself. You HAVE TO keep control of your thoughts when things do not go your way and make sure you’re thoughts do not betray you. Keeping your thoughts positive at all times, or at the very least neutral is imperative to you receiving what you desire.
Why is this so important? Because you cannot Yo-yo your energy and expect to achieve any progress. Rhonda Byrne in her second book The Power pointed out that you only need to feel good 51% of the time to have all that you wanted. You have to progress forwards. The sad thing is that with all the hustle and bustle of our modern life, we tend to spend most of our thought on negative things. We are taking 2 steps back for every step we take forwards. We start our day with visualizing great things, but then when our kids start throwing a tantrum we lose it. We spend 15 minutes meditating every day, but then we spend 45 minutes listening to the local news while sitting in the rush hour traffic on the way to work. You see my point? This is much like what I alluded to in my post “DON’TSHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT” a few weeks ago. It is not what you say, it is your emotions that dictate what comes into your reality and it is all cumulative.
This is why I love what Esther and Jerry Hicks teach as their core values and teachings of Abraham. “Nothing, absolutely nothing is more important than you feeling good right now.” Keep track of the things that will show up to make you take a step back. Use it as a game. The object of this game is to see who loses their cool first. Don’t let things illicit emotions of fear, worry, hate, and anger in you. Control how you react to your situations and you WILL CONTROL your reality.
I hope you enjoyed this post. As always please feel free to comment and share your thoughts on my Facebook page and don’t forget to followme on Twitter. Until next Tuesday, my best wishes for your success.