Daniel Adam’s Graduation Spotlight

I’m pleased to present Daniel Adams as a new Mindset Mastery Honors Graduate!  

Daniel has been on quite a journey. In his words:

For 10 years of marriage I’ve pursued some different jobs here and there, and I’ve basically floated wondering what the secret to prosperity is. I’ve mimicked all sorts of people and strategies, and when I read that line [in Jackrabbit Factor] about Harold Ashway barking like a dog, I cried pretty hard, because 10 years is a long time to do that.

It is amazing to experience different thinking, and original ideas, and actually plant them. I love how sequential and thorough this [Mindset Mastery] course is, I love how it builds on everything I’ve done up this point…

I love how this course fits so closely with the instincts and principles I’ve learned in church and in life. It resonates. And it’s working.

Daniel currently works as a relationship coach strengthening families, awakening creativity, and inspiring people to step into the fullness of their Creator-ship. Experience his work firsthand at www.YouCanCreate.org.

From struggling to achieve his goals, to doubling his income:

November 27, 2018

I made a goal statement to double our families income starting in October so we could build the kingdom of God, liberated from the scarcity we were vibrating.

[What happened?] A tour guide company approached me and asked me to take guests on hikes at some pretty cool places at an awesome rate. You guys, I ❤️ this game!! The RESULTS from this course have been AMAZING!

And yes, the income doubled. What a fun way to do it! 💖💖💖

But BEFORE Daniel was ready to double his income, he needed to first practice the principles in Phase 1 on a smaller goal, an important step for gaining the confidence needed for bigger goals. 

Here was his smaller goal, in his words:

July 1, 2018

I made a grocery list with the ingredients for fajitas on it, and lettuce, and Greek yogurt, and chips, and mango salsa 💃🏻. We had chosen to budget funds elsewhere, so we hadn’t really been buying real food, for like, some months. So I was pretty excited about testing [my Phase 1 goal on] this grocery list.

I pulled my wife into the living room and we looked at our kitchen, and holding hands we envisioned our cupboards full and the fridge full with all the yumminess on our list. We tasted it, felt the coolness and sweetness of it, heard the crunch of bell peppers and felt the juice in our mouths. She had fun ideas that I hadn’t thought of.

And then I submitted the list over our counter to The Master Chef I was envisioning—I heard we have to put in our own orders.

Two days later I was building a shed on a mountain property and I opened the cooler someone had brought, and there sat the Black Pepper Turkey I asked for. Later that night my sister-in-law cooked corn on the cob and cut a juicy watermelon, also on our list.

I was pumped! And it gets better.

The week after that, my wife was in charge of running a summer camp for teen girls, and our church’s budget paid for the camp food, which sat in our fridge. It was, of course, a bunch of the stuff on our list, so we thought, “Okay, we’ll be more specific next time about it being ours.” Ha. Bummer it’s in our fridge and headed elsewhere else, but we’re happy to serve.

After the camp, the participants donated ALL of the leftover food, which had pretty much everything else on that grocery list.

That was three weeks ago, and we’re still eating fajitas and yogurt.

The night before it came, I took matters into my own hands and bought some of what was on the list. Those items showed up triple of what I bought. We had a good laugh about relying on our own strength.

With his newfound confidence from successfully achieving his Phase 1 goal, he was ready to apply Rare Faith to accomplishing something bigger.

But it didn’t go the way he hoped.

First attempt at the Phase 2 goal – failed:

He writes:

August 9, 2018

[After] …the Mindset Mastery course showed up miraculously in May, …miracle after miracle kept lining up… money from places we had never expected, rich relationships, and transformational healing events and scholarships to them. SO MUCH to be grateful for!!

So in module 13 I was so pumped to make something really impactful. I’ve always wanted to run seminars and retreats, and now I had all the tools to do it. I went all in. I posted the goal statement all around my house about running a seminar. And I felt it, and I knew it was happening:

I meditated and visualized and sensitized on the specifics: where it was, who was there, programming for guests, how they would feel, how I would feel, the grateful hugs we’d share, content for the workshops, how much to charge, and asked everyday, “What do I do next”?

I went WAY out of my comfort zone making requests and inquiries and building relationships all over the community and the internet.

[What happened?] The spa gave me a discount on space rental without me asking. …Two powerful marketers showed up and offered free, detailed advise about how to fill the event. Various contacts invited me to come to their yoga studios and promo the event. And then people started showing interest!!

His battle with the terror barrier:

[But] then the terror barrier showed up as we used our savings month after month… and many of my music therapy clients moved on… and all of a sudden we needed this retreat to sell (can you feel the lack creeping in), and I fought inside myself: can I really live this life? Who am I to make a difference and live my dreams?

One by one, guests backed out or postponed for one reason or another. Monday was the day the resort asked for a final count and I got to report “ZERO…” 

I cried 😢 and… [felt] disappointed…

Ironically, the goal statement did get fulfilled—every word… The goal was that I would “create & facilitate a powerful retreat for 12 women at such and such resort on Aug 8-11”. [But]…facilitate in Spanish and Portuguese means “to make easy”.

There I was at the resort [on the day I set the goal for…] creating and facilitating [making easy] a retreat for women. 

The [fact that the] resort was willing to partner on the event, discount both my cost and guest cost even further, take on the marketing, and offer it multiple times a year was pretty miraculous. And it all happened on the day I set the goal—Aug 8. … the agreements with the resort WERE easy… Win-win-win-win-win for anyone involved.

Rad. 😆 and frustrating 😠because I put a lot of energy into getting that goal statement just right, but the appearance is that [it won’t be until] December [that] I’ll be paid for it…

[But] all our learning always counts. Nothing is wasted. And now I get to set some different goals, with complete confidence that this process really works.

…Perhaps the largest shift is the one in myself. I’ve been so worried (I know what that attracts) about how to make money, that I forgot the part about how when you provide more value than you consume, money is a natural flow.

A slice of humble pie:

…to be applying for part time jobs at $12 this week is a pretty awesome slice of humble pie 🥧 [but] because gratitude is needed in every leg of the journey… I really can make impact on the path or off it.

And when you catch multiple rabbits, does it really matter how long it takes? 

Nope.

Randy Mollup’s line about being grateful for sandwiches and watching them get bigger and better brought tears to me, and I realized where I’ve been in conceited mis-alignment.  …we’re still safe… a little bruised… and pride wounded. [But] I choose to be on the “plus side” of the stickman.

So Daniel regrouped, doubled his income, and then re-set the dream goal to put on a successful retreat. In his words:

January 27, 2019

I made a goal to create retreats for women around Identity. It’s been in the hopper since June 2018. My mind told me so many times:

“You need an email list first.” “You need an instagram following first.” “You need a big name speaker.” “You need different/better credentials behind your name.” “You need blog content.” “Women should be leading women, you have no place here.” “Who will come to the first retreat you offer, what do you even have to offer?”

I made an offering in August that ZERO people signed up for, and that hurt. I felt failure and I disconnected from the goal. 

Until Leslie challenged me to keep going.

So I kept going. And I told my mind to be kind…a lot.
And I said my goal statement…a lot.
And was open to a lot of pivots along the way.

And I FELT my vibration change.

There were lots of time I felt like quitting, and lots of times it felt bleak, lots of time things got a little wild between Tina and I, and each time I got to pivot, and re-align, re-commit and state my goal statement and really feel it. The event itself underwent quite the transition and finally ended up as:

“Women’s Weekend: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Powerful”

…which featured music experientials, guided meditations, visual art experientials, Tina lecturing on perfectionism, individual coaching sessions, and vision board creation:

And I’m really proud of what I made!
And proud of all the resources that came together for my ‘Why’
And proud of the impact this event had on the participants lives, and in their homes, and in their communities, and in the Kingdom (and Queendom 👸 of God)

But check out what Daniel concluded:

…I thought I would somehow like myself more if I met my goal. Nope. Seems like that comes first 💖💕🙏

Daniel’s end-of-course Comments:

I left my job in November 2017 convinced I was ready to create the dream life I wanted: balanced between work and family, with extensive travel, and giving beautiful high vibration service to passionate souls. When this course came to my wife and I … in May 2018 I knew it was impactful, and looking back today the impact runs SOOOOOO much deeper than I realized.

I’m experiencing tears. The joy and hope I felt as I engaged in the material for this course … has been super needed and super valuable. It has impacted my marriage in a huge way…

This course has changed my relationship with God. I don’t see Him as punitive; I see the laws as providing consequence and Him rooting for me to become a master creator!

The applications of law hurt sometimes, and were joyous sometimes, and everywhere in between.

…I had so much anger and sadness and fear come up around ‘not doing it right’, and around failing, around offering something that zero people paid for. …I had never failed so big or so hard. Going to my parents and in-laws for groceries and rent money was the scariest thing I’ve ever done—a far more intense terror barrier than selling the retreat.

I felt lower than I ever had, and listless, and shaken. But every time I read a lesson I felt hope, and during lesson 19 I picked a new goal, to take our monthly income from $1,500 to at least $4,000.

People [began] approaching me asking for services in my zone of genius, a super successful mentor offered me a free and powerful sales training, and I’ve been practicing it with a guitar coaching idea I had, with 100% conversion so far. I’ve created new contracts all over my area and It’s blowing me away how quickly this new goal is manifesting. I [was able] to come back to the retreat idea, and I’m gaining more and more confidence creating goal statements that get me exactly what I want…

The structure of this course has been so good for me. Hearing Leslie’s stories of success, failure, and pivoting have been so meaningful to me. Sometimes the time just isn’t right, so reload and come back to it!

This [Mindset Mastery] course has provided SO much VALUE. It’s the first time I’ve felt my dreams were really feasible and possible. The course is so concrete. I’m a completely different person than I was in May, excited to serve and provide value to others!! Thank you Mindset Mastery!!

Daniel, you really stuck with it and followed through!

Congratulations, Daniel! You’ve done an amazing job! 

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What’s YOUR story going to be?

I want to see YOU graduate, too!

Learn more about the Mindset Mastery program HERE.

Our next GUIDED session begins March 27th – Click to learn more about the GUIDED version.

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The Mindset Mastery Program is not to be confused with the Mindset Fundamentals Ecourse.

The Fundamentals Ecourse is a powerful exploration of the principles that govern success, and takes an introductory approach for effective goal setting. It also fills the gaps to give you a basic but complete understanding of the principles, so that you have a solid foundation on which to develop true mastery. 

By contrast, the Mastery Program is focused on the *implementation* of the principles and the *achievement* of your goals. It is full of interesting assignments that take you step-by-step through two experimental goals, challenging your thought processes, helping you experience success, and setting up a pattern in your thinking that you will be able to utilize over and over for effectiveness with all of your future goals. I hope you’ll join me in one of these programs, to help you take your understanding and success to the next level in ALL the different areas of your life. Learn more about the difference HERE.

Ten Year Trivia

Photo by freestocks.org from Pexels 

Just for fun, and to celebrate my book Portal to Genius‘s upcoming 10th birthday, here are some things you may not know about my books, business, or whatever:

 

1) The name of my business “ThoughtsAlive” came out of a brainstorm in 2002 over the phone with friends Alanna Webb and Marnie Pehrson-Kuhns. Did you know they also pioneered the first online mall in 1996? True story.

2) Portal to Genius was originally going to be named “Hasenpfeffer in Munich”, but my co-author Garrett Gunderson feared that Google wouldn’t be able to provide a “did you mean…” suggestion when a user fails to spell it right.

3) In the year 2000, my husband showed me a letter from Bob Proctor, which asked if we had ever thought about teaching what we had learned. I HAD to do it!! So we invested about $9000 to send me to the training. I didn’t find out until recently that Bob’s letter caught my husband’s eye because my husband was interested in becoming a facilitator himself. When he saw how badly I wanted to go, he decided to keep his own interest a secret.

4) When I asked Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul) for an endorsement for Jackrabbit Factor in 2005, he told me no, he was taking time off to be with his family. I had just read his book Success Principles, which has a chapter called “Ask, Ask, Ask”. So I asked to be an exception. He politely declined again, so I decided to impress him by asking again. He finally had to get blunt with me. I apologized profusely for my rudeness and learned a hard lesson in respecting other people’s agency. You can achieve your goals without any particular person doing any particular thing for you. 

5) The television interview pictured above from 2005 was horrible. I had 3 minutes to explain Jackrabbit Factor but I blanked out. Great picture, awful experience. The show was broadcast throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area and outlying mountain regions but I think I only sold one book.

6) As I wrote Portal to Genius in 2009, I had writer’s block for 6 months, until the turn of events described in Chapter 35 happened to US and got my creative juices flowing again. You can begin reading Portal chapters here.

7) I’ve lost count of how many times people have posted the following video on my Facebook page. I’m called the crazy rabbit lady, so this is right up my alley. It never gets old. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much as I do!!

8) The Jackrabbit Factor has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, and Persian. Whether they are good, accurate translations or not, I may never know.

9) Hidden Treasures was originally intended for my peers in the LDS faith (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), but has since organically achieved best-seller status on Amazon.com and received glowing reviews from people of Jewish, Buddhist, and other faith traditions. The principles are Universal, and its message is unifying. Have you read it yet? It’s free.

10) In 2003, I gathered a decade worth of event notes containing my biggest epiphanies from over 100 seminars, and prepared to weave them into a story. It was originally going to be about a sea creature that evolves into other life forms, ultimately making it to the surface as it learns each of those important lessons. Somehow it ended up being a story about Jackrabbits instead. I’m kind of glad about that.

When life is falling apart

Michelle posted the following question:

Hi, so my husband and I have been trying to live these principles for about a year now. We have seen it work in our lives, even before we read your books. We are saving money to buy your more advanced course. We are changing our thoughts and our language, which has not been easy for me, as I have lived with anxiety for the last 17 years. We are seeing a shift in our mental dialogue. We have some very lofty goals that we are excited to manifest.

The question I have has to do with changing the dialogue when you are in a job that you hate, doesn’t make enough money, and there is no space for promotion or increase of monetary value. My husband works about 60 hours per week and makes about 2000 every two weeks.

We have 8 children and our house is falling apart. My husband can do all the work to fix the plumbing problems, but he has no time. We can’t, at this moment afford to pay someone else to do it for us. We are both stressed out about it. He is very positive about it, but there are times where he can’t see a way to fix the problem. We have a very small set of skills between us. I have been stay at home mom for 17 years and we just had a new baby in December of this past year. My husband had to have back surgery a couple of years ago. He had a great job, but had to leave due to inability to do the work, because of his back, so now we make much less.

We tried to start our own business and don’t all our capital to do it, only to realize my husband has a difficult time doing jobs where people have expectations. He is amazing at everything, but he gets major anxiety. So, we are where we are at this point. I hope you don’t mind me messaging you, but we really want things to change. I know part of the change is being grateful for where we are.

Can you give me some insight? I am taking your Mindset Fundamentals course and that is helping a lot … but I am still stuck with this. It’s like I can see how we will be fine financially when I know we are going to get chunks of money, like tax return coming, but like you said in, I think lesson 8 of your course, it is so frustrating to get those bigger chunks because you want to make sure it goes to the right things, but when it runs out there is no flow, so you’re more stressed out.

We have ideas on creating flow, but are unable to see how to get there at this moment. I know it will come, but I know I need to trust I have enough now and be grateful for what we have. Any advice or inspiration would be so helpful. I know you probably don’t help this way, but if you do see this and you feel compelled to offer words of wisdom I would appreciate.

Life seems to be falling apart more the last couple of weeks that we have been investing in living this way than it has before. It just feels chaotic and overwhelming. Thank you for all that you have written and put together. We are extremely passionate about these principles and can see the truth of them in reading the scriptures and we know that Heavenly Father has led us to read your books to help us fulfill the plan for which he has placed us here. We are grateful for the future that has been created in us. I just need help to be grateful for where we are now.

Here is my response:

Hi Michelle, the good news is it doesn’t matter how chaotic or impossible things seem to be. God has a way of sustaining us and giving us what we need in the moment we need it as we choose to take a deep breath and trust him. It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do – it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. And the only way to figure out how to do that is by trying and trying until you succeed.

You can’t do what I’m talking about unless life IS a chaotic mess… it’s the only path to discovering it’s true. Dare to believe that he’ll give you what you need today. As you get to the end of the day, look back and take notice of the things that went well. Are you still breathing? Are you fed? Do you have a roof over your head still? Look at that – he provided.

I would encourage you to listen to the podcasts if you aren’t already. There’s one that I’m trying to get published but it’s been held up in production called “Keep Calm and Watch What Happens”. Until that gets posted, try doing what the title suggest. When you feel the stress build, choose to be calm with the intention to see what being calm causes… keep repeating that to yourself “keep calm, and watch what happens…”

I dare you to test it. Let go of the need for things to be your way in your time. Practice being calm and let the Lord provide in HIS time, in His way. I promise you will see better results as you do that, than if you continue to fuss and fret that it isn’t already the way you think it should be.

Michelle replied:

That is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you for your response. I had been telling myself, “Good thing, bad thing, who knows.” But I need to remember to be calm and watch. I will look forward to that podcast. I have been absorbing so much and it is bringing life into our lives. Thank you!

For more on this topic, visit www.prosperthefamily.com

If something is a struggle, is it right?

Lisa writes:

Hi Leslie, I am sure you are totally busy, but I am just really bummed out right now. I am currently attending the University of Phoenix online to get my psychology degree. I am taking a philosophy class which I thought I would love, turns out the instructor is very picky so I am not enjoying or doing well in this class.

I read once that if something is a struggle, then it is not the right thing to be doing. If I am meant to be doing something than it should be inspired and easy flowing. I want to be a life coach and thought that with a degree in psychology, it might make things better.

I am worried too because I am getting financial aid and if I fail this class I may have to end up paying for the class or pay loans back or something which will put me further in the hole. I am just sitting here wondering what I am doing and really very upset. I didn’t know who to turn to or even what to do right now, So I guess I just needed to vent. I am scared, lets just say that. I am at work right now, if I wasn’t I would be crying. – Lisa C.

My response:

Hi Lisa!

First of all, take a deep, deep breath.

Second of all, let me add my perspective on the comment, “if something is a struggle, then it is not the right thing to be doing.” I think there is some truth to that, but it’s been twisted.

I gave birth to a few kids, and every one of those labors was a TREMENDOUS struggle. That doesn’t mean in the least that it wasn’t the right thing to do. The truth is that ANYthing worth having is worth struggling for. The key is to keep your “WHY” vivid and alive. When you lose sight of why you’re putting yourself through something tough, then the pain is only magnified. When you remember the people whose lives you’ll change forever, the passion and the dream of that expectation is anesthesia that dulls the pain.

I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I thought, “We can do anything, as long as it gets us closer to our goal, and as long as we know it’s temporary.” We always said that about the un-fun things we had to do along the way.

Furthermore, if you give up now just because it isn’t fun anymore, then how will you ever be qualified to coach someone else through their struggles?

If I were you, I’d do what I could to remember the Law of Polarity and the Law of Rhythm, especially now. As horrible as this is, is how wonderful the reward will be on the other side. If it’s only a little bit bad, then the reward will only be a little bit good. If things are bad today, you can expect an upturn in your mood soon enough. Look forward to it, expect it. Be grateful for the pain today, because it is only through that pain that there could possibly be meaning in the victory.

As for the “flow” concept, yes, things can go smoothly and you can have that peace of mind being in the flow. But it is an internal thing. Life will always deliver challenges. ALWAYS. Life mastery means finding peace of mind and assurance that everything is going to be okay no matter what. When you live in that kind of a state of being, then the resources you need begin to flow your way more naturally. But remember, you’ve got to achieve that mindset before it flows, and that mindset can only be achieved in the middle of hardship. (Anyone can find peace of mind when life is going smoothly; the best rewards come from finding it when life is NOT going smoothly. That’s what separates the winners from the crowd.)

So, in reality, your hardship right now is a tremendous gift to you – you’re being given the opportunity to prove your mental toughness and demonstrate right thinking in spite of it. Pass the test and you leap to a new level of life success. Without the hardship, you would have no opportunity to prove yourself, and no corresponding reward would be waiting.

Anyway, I know this probably isn’t what you wanted to hear, but I hope you find it helpful.

Hang in there – a better day is coming if you respond to this the right way. Think, “How would a champion handle this? How would a highly successful success coach handle this?” You’ve got it inside of you to conquer this – be kind to yourself. Do your best and let God handle the rest. Whatever the outcome is, chalk it up to your experience that adds to the value you’ll have to offer your future clients.

Warmest regards, 🙂

Leslie

Lisa’s reply:

Thank you so so much Leslie! It means so much to me that you took time out to write me back! I love every bit of your reply. It all makes perfect sense! Again thank you so much! Just what I needed.