#61: How and Why to Fear Not

In this episode (also known as “Faith and Finances” or “Go and Do”), Leslie explains the importance and power of choosing faith over fear in facing life’s storms. The cure for fear is not courage, but knowledge. Join her for a scriptural look at God’s pattern for overcoming every challenge life throws your way. The principles are true, dependable, and sure. Discover exactly what to do when you just can’t shake the fear.

Originally recorded August 3, 2019 at the LDS Mid-singles Conference held at the University of Utah Institute.

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The Power of Visualization

I’m pleased to present Cheryll Turner as a new Mindset Mastery Honors Graduate! Cheryll was so committed to internalizing the Laws of Thought, she went through our program twice. The first time was in the regular Mindset Mastery course and the second was in our Guided course. Watching her apply the Laws with determination and humility was inspiring.

Customer Service Stunner

Cheryll introduced herself in our private Facebook group with this story of how she went from hearing a “NO” to getting expedited shipping and free product:

I have been working on a digital photo album this year for my two-year-old granddaughter. I had intended to finish it in time to give it to her for Christmas. I finished the book around Thanksgiving and was set to put my order in but there was a problem that prevented me from completing the order.

I did all I could think to do to figure it out on my own and then contacted customer support twice with no luck. I even asked the second representative if I could just give him my payment information and have him put the order in for me. He told me he couldn’t do that.

December came…and I became very frustrated about the whole thing.

I came to Module 7 on Friday where we were asked to consider a situation that concerned us, stating only the facts and the worst and best outcomes for the situation. This was easy for me since this photo book had been on my mind for weeks!

I went through the process in my mind, completed the module, and proceeded to move on to Module 8. But something kept nagging me to take action! I decided that if I was going to teach these principles, I needed to live them and have some success.

I made a third call to customer service and remained very calm and respectful. The rep was very nice, extremely helpful, and decided after only five minutes that since we couldn’t figure it out, she would put the order through for me after taking my payment information…. She applied the discount code; I qualified for free shipping and got a second book for free because of the hassle! She then upgraded me to expedited shipping at no extra cost and said it would arrive by January 2nd. It arrived just minutes ago!

Do I think that any of this was a coincidence? Do I think that it’s a coincidence that it arrived on the day I am working on Module 12-The Law of Perpetual Transmutation? Believing is seeing….

Thanks for sharing that, Cheryll.

Did you notice that it was during the last phone call, in which Cheryll approached the situation with calmness and respect, that the customer service representative made a choice to help her? I can’t help but assume that the customer service representative felt her goodness, and reached out to match it with expedited shipping and an extra free book. Cheryll’s thoughts are alive and powerful indeed!

The Missing Cake Pan and a Preemie Home in Time for Christmas

In the Mindset Mastery program, students are instructed on the laws and principles that activate unseen help. That unseen help orchestrates resources, connections, and/or impressions that nudge the students toward all they need to realize their goal. In Phase 1, they practice what they’ve learned on an inconsequential goal – something NOT connected to anything they’re intensely concerned about. This helps them experience success without undue stress, to build the mental muscle memory they need to apply what they learn to a goal of greater significance in Phase 2.

Cheryl’s Phase 1 inconsequential goal began with a missing cake pan, but turned into something much more meaningful. Here is the story in her own words:

My son’s birthday is on Thursday and there is a special cake I made each year that was his favorite. Since he’s married this year, his wife said that she would continue the tradition and make the cake for him. The cake requires a bundt pan but I couldn’t find mine and she doesn’t have one. I determined that I must have given the pan away after he left home so the only solution was to purchase another one. There are two thrift stores in town and I figured surely, I would find one at one of them without having to go purchase a new pan.

I have great success with accomplishing small goals almost on a daily basis so I figured I would find a bundt pan at one of the thrift stores this way. After picturing the pan and feeling it in my hands, I used every sense I could to see it in my mind. Then I went to town (literally). The first thrift store had a bundt pan but not the one I had envisioned…. With no luck at either store, I drove out to my sister’s house and got her pan. It didn’t feel right because it wasn’t like I had visualized. Hers was a different color, much heavier, and didn’t feel the same in my hands as the one in my mind. I figured I had found a bundt pan even if it wasn’t like I had visualized or in the way I thought I would.

I took the pan to my daughter-in-law today and she was very grateful. I told her my story and knew she would appreciate it because she and I had both visualized my preemie grand baby (her son) being home for Christmas, which was two weeks before his actual due date, and it happened! She’s a believer. When I got home this evening, I needed to find something in one of the cupboards just outside of my kitchen. When I removed what I was looking for, there in the back corner of the cupboard was the bundt pan I thought I had given away and had gone to two thrift stores to find…

Just like I had imagined it.

I love how Cheryll’s powerful, focused thought led her to exactly what she wanted.

Finding Money for an Expensive Training

For Phase 2 of the program, Cheryll stepped up to a much harder goal. Here she tells the story in her own words:

My true desire has been to go through the steps to become a facilitator and I was setting goals to rank advance in my business to pay for the costs associated with becoming a facilitator…. In order to facilitate, you have to complete the Mindset Mastery Course and graduate with honors as one of the steps. With that in mind, I decided to set my Phase 2 end goal to have the money to enroll in the Guided Mindset Mastery Course…. My goal was to have the money and enroll by the 15th, which is in two days.

As part of my first drafted goal, I decided that I wanted the funds to come from somewhere other than my monthly budget. It occurred to me one day as I read my goal statement that perhaps I needed to tweak it enough that the money wasn’t part of it and that I would say my goal to reflect my desire to be in the course no matter where the money came from. I felt good about that and when the money did come, it was part of my budget that could easily be used in other places but could be used to enroll in the Guided Mindset Mastery if I needed it to be.

Because I was unsure about whether or not I was reaching my goal, I sent an email to Leslie explaining the situation and asking for her input. I received an email letting me know that she was out of town until Friday so I figured I would just have to pray about it and go through the steps she teaches. I could either use the money that was budgeted for something else or I could wait for the money to come from some unknown source. Either way, I was determined to be enrolled in the course and reach my goal.

Later…I received a phone call from Cari, Leslie’s assistant. I was so pleasantly surprised! After discussing my dilemma for a couple of minutes, she said she felt like I had reached my goal because I had the money and I was ready to enroll in the Guided Mindset Mastery Course but then she surprised me again when she said she didn’t think I needed to. She said that to become a facilitator, you do need to go through the Mindset Mastery Course, but since I was already taking the online course, I shouldn’t need to take the Guided course unless I really wanted to. I wasn’t sure what to think. Could I have possibly reached my goal without actually enrolling in the Guided course?

The wonderful news is that Cheryll decided to go ahead and take the Guided course, even though it was not required. I was beyond thrilled to have her in our course again – her contribution to her fellow students has been valuable. She finished the course with these beautiful thanks:

“[This] course has been such an amazing experience for me and I’ve had to overcome some mental and emotional blocks along the way that have been with me for years. I’m excited to move to the next step in the process of becoming a facilitator!”

A Friend and Money Dilemmas

Cheryll moved right into the Guided Mindset Mastery Course shortly after finishing the regular version. She demonstrated during her Phase 2 goal the power of visualization. Following is the story in her own words:

My phase two goal was to attend Kirk Duncan’s Present Yourself workshop in June 2019.

I was gifted the tickets from a friend of Stephanie Lyons just before Christmas 2018…. This was a miracle in itself, for me!…

Right away I started putting things in order, beginning with my mind and my focus to find someone to take the other ticket…. I wanted to go with someone who was as thrilled about it as I was and who would help keep the energy high as we attended together. I found a friend who was excited to go and we started dreaming and making plans to attend.

I began saving money for food, gas, and a hotel, which was no small matter for me. I continued to visualize and to feel the excitement of attending and the great experience I wanted to have. Two weeks before the workshop, my friend said she wasn’t going to be able to attend…. That news set me back a bit but I continued to believe that I would go and have an amazing time!

I mentioned it to my sister-in-law (who had declined when I asked her the first time) and she hadn’t remembered me asking her. She had been recovering from a work-related injury when I asked her the first time and was on pain medication as well as worrying about what would happen to her financially because of being out of work.

By the time I asked her again, she’d had some time to recover, was not taking pain medication, and was thrilled that I asked her to go! I would have to drive to Nevada to pick her up but I knew that was the experience I had visualized, so I agreed to do it.

Looking back, it seems so effortless almost because of the way it worked out, but it was anything but effortless! The night we got to the hotel it was chilly and raining and I could feel myself getting a head cold. That’s when it occurred to me that I hadn’t completed my goal just because I’d come that far. I began my affirmation as I visualized myself sitting at the workshop listening to Kirk Duncan. The next three days were an overload of information, excitement and amazingness!

Cheryll, thank you for bringing us along your journey of faith and courage. You are truly an inspiration. Finally, thank you for this message you left for our whole Mindset Mastery Facebook group:

How grateful I am for this course and all of you here and for the growth I’ve experienced by being a part of this! Your shares and encouragement of me and others has made a tremendous difference in my life.

Again, congratulations, Cheryll! You’ve done an amazing job!

__________________

What’s YOUR story going to be?

I want to see YOU graduate, too!

Learn more about the Mindset Mastery program HERE.

___________________

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

The Fundamentals Ecourse provides an introductory exploration into the principles that govern success 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 those 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. There is a self-paced version, but we also have a GUIDED version if you want to go through the lessons on a weekly basis with an expert guide. View all your options here.

I hope you’ll join me in one of these programs, so I can help you take your understanding and success to the next level in ALL areas of your life!

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#59: Adversity and the Seeds of Equal or Greater Benefit

Sometimes adversity persists until you finally make peace with it. Finding a seed of equal or greater benefit it contains can help that happen. As you find the seed and nurture it, your energy shifts, and sometimes that’s when you’ll see the adversity itself finally begin to shift as well. Discover how life is like a series of cogs and gears, and what you can do to experience traction instead of friction.

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#57: Disappointments, Marriage, and Miracles (part 2)

This is part TWO of two on the topic of disappointments, marriage, and miracles. Learn about what to do when your spouse is not on the same page with you about goals. Discover how rare faith principles can also be applied to concerns not related to money. If you have ever been hurt or disappointed and feel hesitant to dream again, listen to this episode.

Click here for part 1

Originally recorded in Mendon, Utah on Oct 11, 2018

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Alicia Howard’s Graduation Spotlight

I’m pleased to present Alicia Howard as a new Mindset Mastery Honors Graduate! 

I am amazed and humbled at Alicia’s ability to live the principles, particularly the Law of Vibration. Even when she came up against terror barriers, and even when others expressed doubt, she kept her brain “tuned in” to the right vibration until she was able to accomplish a goal she hardly dared believe possible. Well done!

Her phase-one inconsequential goal started with a rainstorm:

My daughter and I were headed to the store…in the pouring rain. On a whim I set a “goal” as I was driving to find a parking spot directly in front of the store within 3 stalls closest to the door. I drove right to where I had envisioned it, and there was an open spot, 2nd stall. It was fun to have that happen.

I love that this goal was small and simple. The laws work for the small and simple things too, and this is one of the best ways to start practicing living the laws.

Her phase-two meaningful goal, however, was a much bigger challenge.

She tells us her story here:

My long term goal was to attend a week-long workshop in October, so my bite-size goal was to have the money to register for the workshop and for the travel by June 26th…. To attend the workshop, seemed impossible. I could see no way I could get enough money at all, let alone by June 26.

I had two “stipulations” for the money. 1) I didn’t want it to come from our family finances, and 2) I didn’t want to borrow it. Although I didn’t build these things into my goal statement, I kept that energy every time I said my statement.

Once I set the goal, I tried to be open to any ideas to get the money I needed. One idea was only going to bring in $20, but I wanted to demonstrate that I was willing to do my part, so I did it. Another idea brought in a couple hundred dollars and also allowed me to sell items from my previous business to make some energetic space for whatever was coming next.

Last Monday, registration opened for the workshop and would close when 50 participants registered, so I felt some urgency, but didn’t panic. The organizers also agreed to pay airfare for anyone who registered by Friday. At this point I had about half of the total I needed.

I got online to look at the hotel where the workshop will be, I scouted out different airfare options. That was the first time I got super emotional about my goal. The excitement I felt made me want to jump up and down and shout it to the world that I was going! It was so real to me.

Up until this point (Tuesday night), I hadn’t told my husband about my goal because I felt that it would be really difficult to keep my head in the right space, with the reaction I was pretty sure he would have. But by Wednesday, I knew I needed to tell him about my goal, if for nothing else, just scheduling purposes because I would be gone for a week.

I told him, and his reaction was just as I anticipated. This was my terror barrier. I spent most of the day Wednesday journaling and using all the tools from the course to keep my doubts and fears at bay. I literally went back through all the notes I’ve taken over the last 12 weeks to keep my head in the right space. I kept reading my goal statement and working to keep my vibration up so I could access the ideas needed to create the rest of the money. It was an all day effort!

Thursday morning, I decided to go ahead and register. Although I didn’t have all the money, they had the option of paying in 4 installments. So as an act of faith that the rest of the money would come, I paid the first installment, and registered!

I began to think about temporary jobs I could get to earn the rest of the money. Although I didn’t love the idea to getting a job, I was committed to doing whatever I felt inspired to do.

Friday morning, I just felt uneasy at the thought of getting a job right now. But again, I wanted to be open to all the ideas. Later that day, I met some of my sisters and Mom for lunch. While we visited, I thought about sharing my goal with them, but hesitated because I was afraid that their reaction would be similar to my husband’s. After a while I felt it was safe to share…so I asked them for ideas of how I could earn money because I was going to this workshop in October, and needed to pay for it. They were very supportive and encouraging.

We parted ways and as I got in my car, my mom called and asked me to follow her home, that she wanted to gift me the $2000 I still needed!

I was so humbled and grateful. It was sort of surreal, I expected that I would be screaming and jumping up and down, but instead I was in awe and amazement that it had worked! (The next day I did the module that talks about how we feel the emotion we expect to feel ahead of time, so when our goal comes to pass, it’s not very different than what we have been feeling all along—so true!).

Alicia’s story illustrates several laws of thought:

She used the Law of Cause and Effect when she said, “One idea was only going to bring in $20, but I wanted to demonstrate that I was willing to do my part, so I did it. Because she was willing to take this small step toward her goal, it took steps toward her.

She lived the Law of Vibration when her spouse struggled to support her, but she spent the day journaling and reviewing tools from the course. Wow. The hardest work we often do is keeping our thoughts right. She was willing to do this work and it paid off.

Finally, I know she practiced the Law of Relativity, which states that nothing we experience is fundamentally good or bad, from this message she sent me:

I’ve learned how to be curious about my thoughts without getting emotional…. It was therapeutic to take a look at my fears and answer them. As I took the fears to a worst-case scenario and answered them, they lost all their power, and I was extremely hopeful that I would figure it out, no matter the outcome. I knew that my fears were just emotions that were a lower vibration, so I became proactive in finding new thoughts that would put me in a higher vibration to find the solutions I needed.

Following is how Alicia ended her story, but I have a feeling it’s a beginning as well:

So there is my story…I love it! One phrase in my goal statement was ‘the story of how the money came to me will always be a testament to the power of laws and faith, and God’s desire and willingness to bless me with the desires of my heart’…

Thanks so much for this course!  I’m grateful the Guided class came online just at the perfect time when I was ready to move forward! I love looking back and noticing how small little events, that didn’t seem to relate to each other, in the end, worked together to facilitate my experience! I’m so grateful for the things I learned.  Hearing from the other class member in the guided group each week was key to my own success.  I’m not sure what is next for me, but I’m confident that whatever it is, I will be successful with the tools you have given me! Much thanks! Alicia

Again, congratulations, Alicia! You’ve done an amazing job!

__________________

What’s YOUR story going to be?

I want to see YOU graduate, too!

Learn more about the Mindset Mastery program HERE.

___________________

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

The Fundamentals Ecourse provides an introductory exploration into the principles that govern success 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 those 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. There is a self-paced version, but we also have a GUIDED version if you want to go through the lessons on a weekly basis with an expert guide. View all your options here.

I hope you’ll join me in one of these programs, so I can help you take your understanding and success to the next level in ALL areas of your life!

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