Choosing to Heal

Meet Maralise Pond.

Maralise started the Mindset Mastery program self-paced version a few years ago. Eventually, she decided to get the extra support that comes with the Guided Mindset Mastery program at the recommendation of her sister, Honors graduate and Rare Faith Program Facilitator Bethany Theulen.

And now, we’re thrilled to be introducing Maralise as one of our newest HONORS Graduates!

As always, we have a few questions of our graduation applicants. Here are Maralise’s responses:

Q. What was your Phase 1 experiment (the inconsequential goal)?

My first inconsequential goal that I thought of and wrote down [was] I wanted to find baby tortoises from my adult pair that I have. And it just never seem to happen. I imagined the excitement, I imagined holding them in my hand, the excitement of telling my sister that I found babies, but it just wasn’t happening so I kind of just let it go.

Then I lost 2 of my 3, 1 1/2 year old babies that I’ve had for a year. I was very sad. I dreamed that night that I actually found them and when I found them I said, “Oh there you are!”

Well the next day I went out to try and see if I could find them in my backyard and I looked into their pen, just in case and they were there! When I saw the first one I said, “Oh there you are.”

And then I thought, that’s exactly like my dream. And then, I realized my inconsequential goal had been achieved. I wanted to find baby tortoises and I did! I just didn’t clarify it enough that I wanted to find newly hatched babies. But I was very excited.


(Maralise and her brother)

Q.  Did you face a Terror Barrier during the course?

Yes, one of the Terror barriers that I had was the assignment of writing my goals and the steps in the statements that I had to write. I just I couldn’t do it, I just had no thoughts, didn’t understand it, couldn’t get past it. It bothered me for several days, I just couldn’t write them.

And then I remembered the statement from the Jackrabbit Factor of, if you start to panic close your eyes and picture it. And so I did. I just pictured what I wanted to write and it was easy to do after that. I just sat down and wrote my life statement and my bite-size goals and my short term goals with ease.

Q. What was your goal or intention for the Phase 2 experiment?

Maralise had knee problems, and chose to heal – in other words, choosing to do her part to help them heal, not just in her actions, but also in her thoughts. She described her goal this way:

That my physical therapist would mention that I had greatly improved in my knee mobility.

I love the way she set that up. She could have said, “That my knee would improve” but she also knew she needed some kind of way to make the goal measurable. So she imagined hearing the therapist SAY something about her improvement. She continues…

I had been working really hard at therapy and on my stretching exercises at home. It was extremely painful, since my knees are so bad. But I worked hard at home and at therapy.

Then one day at the end of therapy my therapist said, “Wow you have really improved since you’ve started here, your mobility is much better.”

I was really happy with that and then thought, that was my bite sized goal!

Goal achieved. Well done!

Keeping track of intentions and taking note of when they actually come true is a powerful way to gain confidence in the Rare Faith principles. Taking our life goals one bite-sized piece at a time is how we get the job done.

Maralise wrapped up her Mindset Mastery experience with these words:

I have really enjoyed my Guided Mindset Mastery class. I have learned so much from the lessons.

Because of this class, I am going to have my knee surgeries done. I have needed them replaced for many years, but I just figured it can’t be done, I don’t have the money or the time. But because of what I learned in the first couple of lessons, I made the goal of having my knees replaced. That is what I have focused on and thought about.

And things are falling into place, lining up so that this is happening. As I was filling out my graduation form, one the section made me think of a statement that my brother always says, don’t let it beat you. So I am not!!!!

Thank you (facilitators) Shelly and Bethany, it was a great class!

Congratulations, Maralise! Keep up the great work!!


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