I’m pleased to present Colleen Corbett as a Mindset Mastery Honors Graduate!
When I read Colleen’s graduation application, I was impressed by her willingness to share honestly about the dark times she experienced during the program, and how she applied the principles to get through them.
We all have dark times. We doubt ourselves. This is normal, whether or not you’re in the program. But if you’re inside the program when it happens, you’ve got a whole lot of support and guidance to help you get through it successfully.
When doubt and darkness hit, we discover that our life can turn a corner when we do what she did. She said, “…Then I chose to believe. I chose to believe that what I want, wants me. I chose to believe that the inspiration I had received and the feelings of commitment to this endeavor were real.”
Let’s take a closer look at her experience in the program:
Roses and Rabbits
Colleen wanted to grow her faith muscles during phase one, so she experimented with more than one inconsequential goal. Here is the story in her own words:
My first inconsequential goal was to receive some flowers. Roses and carnations in a vase. After a few days, I decided that it wasn’t inconsequential enough and stopped thinking about it. A couple months later, my mother gave me flowers for Mother’s Day. Roses and carnations! I was very touched because I really wanted them and hadn’t told anyone.
My second experiment was to see a rabbit. It definitely was inconsequential. We have a lot of prairie dogs around here, but rabbits are scarce (at least that’s what I thought at the time. Since then I have seen lots of rabbits). I imagined a fluffy brown rabbit with shiny eyes, whiskers, and a white tail. I thought how fun it would be to see one. A few days later, my husband and I were out looking at property. We were on a hill and I walked over to see what was below us. There were some weeds and bushes below, and sitting there, still as a statue, was a rabbit. At first I thought I was mistaken because it blended in and was so still, but I looked closer, and it was a rabbit just like I imagined. I’m sure I wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t set that intention to see it.
Funds for Facilitator Training
With her faith muscles strengthened, Colleen was ready for phase-two of the Mindset Mastery Course, which includes achieving a larger, more important goal. In her words:
My big goal is to become a Genius Bootcamp facilitator. My bite-sized goal was to get to the facilitators conference. Because our finances are tight right now due to multiple things happening in our lives, I did not feel it would be responsible to spend money on the conference.
Going through Mindset Mastery was an amazing experience for me and cemented that feeling in me. My first phase-two goal that I attempted failed spectacularly, but I count it as a win because it taught me some valuable lessons. After the guided class was over, I still hadn’t completed a phase-two goal…. When I finally decided on something, I asked Cari if she thought it was okay. She said yes and we set up a time to talk about ideas for how I could work on it. Things happened and we never managed to talked about it. Also, the fact that I bought the facilitator package slipped through the cracks, so I didn’t receive an invite to the conference and didn’t know some important information about it.
I tried to follow the correct steps to accomplish my goal. I wrote it down. I found it scarier than any of my previous goals because I didn’t have any ideas about how I was going to accomplish it. I couldn’t see it. Earning, creating, or receiving money for myself has been a big issue for me. I have confidence in my husband’s abilities, but not myself.
I said affirmations daily. I put on my phone: I am so grateful and excited now that I am at the facilitators conference. I spent time feeling the emotions of happiness and gratitude that I knew I would feel being there. I tried to focus more on actually being there than on how I was going to get there. I kept my affirmations focused on being there, and prayed that God would bring my attention to the “how” when it showed up.
In September my daughter forwarded me an email. It was from the bank in Utah where we had a joint account that I had opened more than 10 years earlier. It said my account had been deactivated and if I didn’t take action, they would send the money to the state. I hadn’t used the account in many years. The statements were emailed to my daughter and I kept forgetting that it was there!… A couple weeks later I was in Utah, staying with my daughter, and she said, “maybe you should close out that account while you are here.” Then it dawned on me, I could use that money toward the facilitators conference! I went to the bank and closed out the account. There was $2400 in it! Now I would only need about $600 more to pay for a plane ticket and hotel expense.
I texted Cari and asked her where the event was going to be held so I could figure out the cost of the hotel. She told me I needed an invite to go. I had a moment of distress. I wondered if I had been wrong about my need to attend. I wondered if they didn’t want me to attend. I admit I had some harsh feelings about myself.
How had I gotten to this point only to find out I wasn’t invited?
Then I chose to believe. I chose to believe that what I want, wants me. I chose to believe that the inspiration I had received and the feelings of commitment to this endeavor were real. I explained to Cari why I should be invited and she said she was sure it was an oversight. I emailed Leslie and she sent me an invitation! I cried when I got it. Not just because it made me feel good to get it but when I looked at the information, I found out the price included the hotel and meals. I had more than enough money to pay for it. Happy dance time! I was also grateful because the registration time was up but Leslie still allowed me to register.
The last thing I needed was a plane ticket. I wasn’t worried because I had enough money. I decided to see if I could use some rewards points to pay for part of my ticket. I was totally surprised to find I had enough points for a first-class ticket. So free flight!
I had everything I needed including enough money for rides to and from the airport. Nothing came from our regular income or savings. What I needed was there all along. It took a leap of faith to see it. I know this was an experience that was in the making for many years. There were many times over the past ten years I could have used the money in that account. There was a reason I forgot about it.
I went to the conference and had an amazing experience that taught me a lot about myself and my abilities. I felt like I found a group of people who see what I see. Now I am looking forward to taking the next step on my journey toward becoming a Genius Bootcamp facilitator.
New Home on the Range
I’m going to wrap this up with one more amazing experience Colleen had during our course. Here she tells how she and her husband realized their dream of buying land for a new home:
One of my goals was to purchase a piece of land to build a house on. We needed to make the purchase by a certain date. There was one property that we found and felt really good about. The problem was it wasn’t for sale and we were unable to contact the owner. It took several months of work to finally make that connection.
Numerous times I got scared and wanted to believe it wasn’t possible and we should just give up. I had to make a conscious decision to have faith that God would come through with what we wanted or something better. It wasn’t a one-time decision. I had to keep choosing.
One day our realtor called and said he talked to the land owner’s brother. The brother said he was sure the owner didn’t want to sell. I knew I had made progress through the terror barrier because I said, “well I am not giving up hope. I know it doesn’t look good but I can’t trust the source so I’m choosing to believe what we want is still possible.” I felt strangely calm about it.
Ten minutes after we hung up the realtor called back and said he talked to the owner and he was willing to sell. I’m not sure I have ever put so much mental energy into anything in my life.
I was having extreme anxiety that we wouldn’t qualify for a building loan in the amount we required. The size of the loan scared me and not being able to get the loan scared me. We were already in the process working on plans and land and told people we were building a new house. The money in the bank didn’t reflect what we needed.
I did some contemplating and talking to myself about how the fear was not serving my interests. I allowed myself to take a step back and detach from the emotions I had been feeling. I took on the role of a third party so to speak. I listed what could happen if we couldn’t get a loan. All the scary, embarrassing and unhappy things.
When I was done it wasn’t difficult to see that I was okay and I still had my family and important relationships. I really felt that whatever the outcome, I would come away with great life lessons. I was able to look at the situation more clearly and the fear was gone. It was eye opening.
I had had those worries for months in the back of my mind but never wanted to face them. Hence the high anxiety. When I finally did, I was amazed how much better I felt. I learned that facing the fear was much easier that I imagined. It was actually more emotionally draining to keep running from that fear than to stop and examine it. And the truth was that I didn’t need to worry even though I couldn’t see how things would work out.
There are so many beautiful nuggets of truth in Colleen’s story. One of my favorites is this: “I had to make a conscious decision to have faith that God would come through with what we wanted or something better. It wasn’t a one-time decision. I had to keep choosing.”
Indeed, faith isn’t something that just happens to us, faith is a choice.
It was an honor to witness Colleen’s transformation during the Mindset Mastery program. I’m especially grateful for her generous parting words:
Thank you, Leslie and Trevan, for making this experience possible. ‘Thank you’ doesn’t express the gratitude I feel for what you have done.
Here’s a picture of my sweet grandson who does this every day and inspires me to try and do the same:
Again, congratulations, Colleen Corbett! You’ve done an amazing job!
What will YOUR story be? I’d love for you to join me in the journey. Learn more about the Mindset Mastery Program here.
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 will 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 succeed with a goal of greater significance in Phase 2. Learn more and register here.