Cloudy with a Chance of $20

I’m pleased to present Cari Skrdla as a new Mindset Mastery Honors Graduate!

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, and to succeed with a goal of greater significance in Phase 2.

From the beginning, Cari did an amazing job at expecting the extraordinary. She wanted to make some major changes in her life and we stood back in awe as she applied the laws of thought to transform her faith, relationship, and career. I am delighted to share some of what she experienced during her journey through the Mindset Mastery Course.

Cloudy with a Chance of $20

For Cari’s inconsequential goal, she really did expect the extraordinary.

Normally, I don’t encourage money goals for the Phase 1 experiment, because most people come into the program with intense concerns about money (after all, it’s why they’re taking the course). But Cari didn’t have that concern and joined the program for other kinds of goals, so this $20 intention qualified for her Phase 1 experiment. In her words….

My inconsequential goal was to see money fall from the sky.

I was taught to work for what you receive. That’s one reason why I thought this was the perfect inconsequential goal. I remember thinking, this would require a miracle.

I set the goal and forgot about it. The day the goal was met, I was asked by my daughter to take her to school so she wouldn’t be late. When I returned home, the light was on indicating my hatch was open. This was strange to me because it was not on previously and I had not gotten out of my car or opened the hatch prior to my return. I got out of my car to close the hatch before going into my garage. I opened the hatch and then slammed it shut. It was that moment that my peripheral left saw money floating to the ground. It was a brand new $20 bill.

I looked everywhere for where it could have come from. To this day I still have no idea. I tried placing the bill on the bumper and slamming the hatch shut again, just to see if it could have fallen out of of my purse, swooshing up when the hatch shut, but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t recreate the bill falling from that high above my head. 

I just smiled and counted it as “goal achieved”. 

When she set this goal, Cari ranked it a 10 (on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the hardest) for difficulty. After the program, she ranked it a 5. Cari says,

Since doing this work, I have created a lot of things in my life that have helped me build the muscle and confidence to exercise rare faith.

Yes! We loved seeing Cari’s faith muscles strengthened and the amazing results that followed.

For her phase-two goal, Cari followed her intuition to get a new job. Here she describes how scary and difficult this transition was in the beginning, and the amazing results she experienced after applying faith, hard work, and laws of thought.

Stepping up to a New Job

My Phase 2 goal was to become a full-time employee at ThoughtsAlive working for and supporting Leslie and Trevan Householder.

My fear was saying goodbye to Landmark Worldwide as a participating program leader. I have been a program leader for close to 7 years and transformed myself and others through the program offerings. Facing this fear was appropriately tied to the terror barrier I had around my desire to become a Genius Bootcamp Facilitator (GBC). Every day I wondered, “Will I be okay leaving a community that was there when I had no one?”

I chose to face my fear in writing and without emotion. Even the worst-case scenario lost its hold when I just wrote what my fears were. The fear of losing touch and the fear of losing what I had gained. It’s just not possible.

The outcome was my resignation as a program leader. I kept my agreement to give notice six months before completion. I honored the Holy Spirit and did not try to move forward with GBC without completing my relationship with Landmark. I am not afraid.

In January 2017 I created my Phase II goal, working full-time for the Householders. On July 17, 2018, I resigned my administrative position at Argosy University to work full-time at Thoughts Alive. This was no easy process; I was not unhappy at my job and I was doing quite well in my performance. It took the promptings of the Spirit and the support and agreement of my husband to move forward when the call came. I remember the shock on the face of my Direct, President Jensen, when I told him I was resigning…. Within the hour I submitted a formal resignation. That same hour Leslie Householder sent me a text that she missed me. I responded by saying I had just quit my job to come and work for her. She said, “I have no idea what that looks like…” but together, we figured it out. What a blessed day.

Personally, I love this story. I had been feeling for some time how much I needed an assistant who knew what I needed even better than I did, and Cari fit the bill. She brings to our company a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and expertise beyond my comprehension. Every day I discover something new about why God brought her to us. As you can tell, we are thrilled to have Cari on our team! She has already been a huge light to so many participants in our programs.

One of my favorite stories EVER is the one she shares as a partner in my podcast, “Principles of Personal Freedom” where she describes the day she got arrested. Don’t miss that episode!!! You’ll quickly discover why I love her so much.

In addition to having the courage to leave her job for a new one, Cari was able to improve her marriage. She tells the story here:

Marriage Breakthrough

During this course, I broke through the terror barrier of sharing myself, my ideas, and my space with my husband. Having been previously married to someone that I dared not share with unless I wanted to face alienation and criticism, I learned not to be open. Openness is very important to my husband and I broke through that.

Wow Cari, thank you for sharing what is possible when the laws are applied to all areas of life, even relationships.

Cari sums up her experience in the Mindset Mastery program with this final advice:

Focus on the object of your faith. What you are believing is just as real as your current circumstances and your faith will cause the new reality to overtake the current one. Stay strong and celebrate like it’s already done.

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

PS. Cari is hosting a Genius Bootcamp for Professionals in November. Click here to learn more.

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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.

___________________

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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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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#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

Resources mentioned:

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#56: Disappointments, Marriage and Miracles (part 1)

This is part ONE of two on the topic of disappointments, marriage, and miracles. Learn about God’s moment to moment sustenance, and how, if we’re not careful when we feel stressed, our “level of thinking” will remind us of all the OTHER things we should be stressed about as well. Learn a simple adjustment that helps you pray in a way that is in harmony with the laws, for better results. If you have ever been hurt or disappointed and feel hesitant to dream again, listen to this episode.

Click here for part 2

Originally recorded in Mendon, Utah on Oct 11, 2018

Resources mentioned on the audio:

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The Pendant

I received an email from one of my readers and I just HAD to share it with you. Check this out:

Hi Leslie,

I have been following you for over a year now and I can’t tell you how much these principles have meant to me and changed my life, AND the lives of those around me…

[Here’s my] experiment with the laws of thought over the past 4 weeks:

It is written in letter form to a girl who came to play soccer with us one Saturday and lost a special pendant from her necklace on the field.

The Pendant

As soon as I heard you had lost a piece of jewelry, I immediately wanted to help you get it back. Knowing from my past when I’ve lost necklaces or other jewelry that has meant a lot to me, I know how sad it can be, but I’ve also had enough experience of finding things miraculously that I knew it had to be possible to get this back for you. I went off to a corner of the playground and started to pray. I realized I had been a bit snippy in some of my remarks on the field earlier, so I quickly re-centered my heart and made myself right with God. Then I expressed my desire to help find your pendant and get it back to you. I knew it was on the field somewhere so I asked for His guidance to help us find it. I could feel that God really loves you, and wanted to give you your pendant back, so I was confident that we would find it!

I recruited my 5 year old son and my nephew, David, who had played soccer with us and told them that we were looking for a teardrop pendant that had been dropped somewhere on the field. They immediately got on their hands and feet and started prowling around “like tigers” (in their words 😂). It was seriously only a few minutes before David jumped up, saying, “I think I found it! Is this it?” We were all so excited and grateful, we immediately dropped to our needs to say a thank-you prayer for helping us find it so quickly. I knew it had been a miracle! But that was only the beginning…

Heading back to the car, we had been picking up some litter on the field and I noticed more trash in our car so I decided to do a little bit of cleanup before leaving. After gathering all the trash out of our car and throwing it in the trash bin next to the field, I got back in the car. As we were getting ready to pull away I all the sudden realized I had no idea where the pendant was! My stomach sank and I thought “I can’t believe I misplaced it this quickly.” But I knew I had just had it and it couldn’t have gone far. So I quickly prayed again, knowing that if God helped us find it once and I had it in my hand only a few minutes earlier, he could help me find it again. Immediately the thought came to check in the trash can. Sure enough, in my effort to clean up the trash, I had accidentally thrown the pendent away with the rest of it, and after searching in the trash can for a few seconds, there it was sitting at the bottom. Again I breathed a sigh of relief and gratitude, and, slightly reprimanding myself for letting something so precious end up in the trash can, redoubled my efforts to take good care of it. In the meantime, I texted a few people to let them know we had found it and to ask how to get it back to you. Eventually, I got a hold of Chuck’s number to text him the amazing news.

Later that Saturday as I was at someone’s house babysitting their kids, I got a text from Chuck saying that he would be driving into Nenana that night and could pick it up and bring it to you at first-day school the next day. Just as I was about to text him back, thinking that would be perfect timing, my stomach sank again as I realized I had no idea where it was to give it back to him. 😱 I had no recollection of where I had put the pendant when I got home. Thankfully, since I honestly wasn’t home to look for it, I thought I could buy myself some time by letting him know I wasn’t home that night but to let me know when the next available time to meet up could be. I went home and, this time much more frantically, prayed to find it. This time there was a total mental block of anything that happened when I got home from the soccer field. I could not even replay anything in my mind; it was like my memory was completely gone. At this point I was tempted to feel really guilty. Guilty that I had been so careless. Guilty I had disregarded the previous two miracles and felt unworthy to ask for it a third time. Guilty that it had been my fault and result of my carelessness that the pendent was lost, and how embarrassing it would be to have already said we found it and then for me to have to go back and admit that I had carelessly misplaced it. But I KNEW I wasn’t careless, I cared a LOT! I couldn’t explain why I had been so absent minded, but I KNEW my heart was definitely in it and I cared a great deal about getting it back to you! I had had enough experiences to know that these self-critical thoughts were tricks of the adversary to shake me from my faith that it was possible to find it once more and return it. It was really tempting to give in to those feelings of unworthiness to ask a third time, but knowing the goodness of God, I admitted my fault of not consciously taking better care of it, and plead for grace, knowing that God cares about the details in your life and mine. I held fast to the vision of being able to give it back to you and even though it seemed like all was lost, I believed that it must still be possible.

I searched, and searched, and searched again, but still nothing. I thought, “Man, there really must be something special about this pendant, because if God already helped me twice, there has to be a lesson behind what’s happening now, because I’m really doing all within my power to find and bring it back.” Two days passed and I went to Wellness meeting. Chuck was there. My heart sank knowing that I still didn’t know where the pendant was, but I knew I had to be upfront and honest with him about what had happened– there was no hiding here! So after the meeting was finished, I told him everything that had happened, but expressed my faith that it would still turn up, I just had to be patient, and asked if he would pray too. Chuck was so compassionate and affirmed his belief as well. He told me that it indeed was a very special pendant, and that you had been so sad to lose it. That just redoubled my desire and commitment to exercise my faith that it would show up again. Chuck recommended that when I found it, I should type up the story to give it to you, so that’s what this is for! I went home and searched, and searched, and searched some more, again to no avail. It really was in God’s hands now, but instead of getting discouraged, I let myself feel peace, trust, and confident in God’s love and timing.

Over the next days I still battled with the thoughts that I had blown it, that I was believing in something unrealistic, that this was “too good” of an outcome to really be true, that this was expending too much emotional energy, and that you didn’t know I had found it yet (Chuck told me he had only let your parents know so it could be a surprise for you) so maybe I should just let it go. But I couldn’t. I had faith that if I prayed for this pendant to be restored to you, and I had already felt peace about it, AND had found it twice that IT WASN’T OVER YET. Just because it seemed like my prayers had already been answered twice and it was too late to ask again, perhaps my original prayer hadn’t been fully answered yet because the process wasn’t complete, and that this experience was PART of the process, just several obstacles that needed to be overcome to make the reward that much more sweet. So I kept holding on to that vision, and my confidence just became more sure that it was going to show up.

Last Friday evening as we were cleaning our house to have some guests over, my husband held it up and asked “is this it?” I can’t even express the emotions I felt as I saw that pendant again. Gratitude, awe, relief, amazement, confidence, peace, and more gratitude! But most of all, I felt the significance of this experience and what it taught me: that just because the battle seems lost, doesn’t mean it’s over. That self-disparaging thoughts will shake us from our belief of what’s possible and are a tool of the adversary to get us to feel unworthy of going to God with our needs, desires and worries. That God is faithful to bless his children with the sincere desires of their heart because he loves them so deeply we cannot comprehend! And lastly, the power of faith, of seeing it done and holding onto the hope of the final outcome and being guided to the next step of the process to overcome the seemingly impossible challenge. God is all about accomplishing the impossible and delights when we give him our faith to join Him in the process. Thank you so much for allowing me to have this precious experience by lending me your pendant. May this story add even more value to this already precious pendant. It has meant everything to me ❤️.

Isn’t that such an amazing and powerful experience?? Thank you for facilitating that for me… [and for] thank you for being such a powerful conduit for God’s principles to work in my life. These principles have quickened me and my life mission in so many ways!

Love you so much, Amie V. 🥰

Thank you for taking the time to share this, Amie! 

I love how intentional Amie was in thinking “in the certain way” throughout the challenge. And that includes getting back on course when she felt herself getting off track. It’s not an easy thing to do, but there is really no better way to understand how this all works than by simply practicing the principles and exercising that rare faith muscle. Keep up the great work!

Do YOU have a story to share? Let me know!

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