Cloudy with a Chance of $20

Meet Cari Skrdla, 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 sometimes hosts a special Genius Bootcamp for Professionals. Click here to check the schedule.


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. Click here to view all of your different options.

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