Stern Words from Down Under

Meet Mindset Mastery Graduate, Corrine Smallman.

She had previously participated in a Virtual Genius Bootcamp and began pursuing her goals with more confidence and enthusiasm. But she wanted extra help putting the principles into action, so she joined Mindset Mastery.

The things she accomplished in Mindset Mastery were VARIED and UNUSUAL.

Her experience shows that Rare Faith principles can work for practically ANY kind of life change you desire. One of her dreams was to join the Australian Army, not an easy feat for a female who was old enough to be the mother of more typical recruits. But first, she needed some practice with the principles to build her confidence, which we accomplish through an exercise during Phase 1.

Following are her responses to some of the Mindset Mastery graduation application questions, in her words:

Q. What was your experience with the Phase 1 experiment? (The “inconsequential goal”)

I had 2 inconsequential goals…….to see a $1 coin, and to get 7 eggs. I didn’t stipulate anything else. I actually thought I had asked to be given $1 and to get an egg from each of my chickens, but I hadn’t.

I [later] saw a $1 coin on my grandson’s desk, and then my daughter bought a carton of eggs, because my chickens weren’t laying well at the moment. So, I did get my $1 and eggs. I think I need to be more specific next time.

One lesson that can be learned from the inconsequential goal experiment is that if your results are not quite what you hoped for, you can choose to get more specific and try again.

Q. Tell us about your Mid-Term experiment.

At the mid-term, students are instructed to apply the formula now to something more difficult, meaningful, or important. In one of her experiments, she needed the local council to approve some storage containers on her properly, but they were technically illegal because they could be seen from the road.

Here was Corrine’s report after completing this step:

Needed to Pass Inspection

My mid term goal has just come to pass. The containers I put on my property just passed and were finalised today. This has been ongoing since January this year, with the council actually telling me to move them because they were illegal.

I used what I learned in Mindset Mastery …… and against all odds, they were passed. … Heaven only knows how this happened.

Hoped to join the Army

The next is I was accepted into the Army into Intelligence, with a fitness camp and a Return to Area (RTA) so I will be working in my area and not somewhere else in Australia. This was explained to me as being very, very hard and not to get my hopes up with the RTA. Its not unheard of, but it is very rare.

Needed a Car

Lastly, I needed to get my son, who is serving his mission, a second hand car for when he returns (I will be on Army training). I have been online looking and looking. I couldn’t find what I wanted:

  • 2008 Toyota Yaris
  • 4 door hatch, white colour
  • Under 100 000 kms
  • In good condition, CHEAP

I was looking and nothing came up. At one point I was ready to compromise and then I did something I have never done before. As the old thoughts of lack creeped in: You better get that or it will sell and you wont get another good deal …… or ……. thats the best you’re going to get so you better buy it ……. etc. Usually I would listen and follow what I was told, out of fear and lack, and be grateful I got something ….. anything. This time I said NO.

The cars I have seen are not what I want. I don’t need to fear or wig out. I will stay calm and what I have asked for will come to me. There is always an abundance.

About a week later I felt an urge to look online and as soon as I opened the page there was a car with exactly everything I asked for, and more. I bought the car that afternoon.

So I’m thinking that this stuff really does work. Sometimes I need to remind myself of what has happened and I find myself so grateful.

As if all of this wasn’t already enough success, Corrine continued in her Mindset Mastery program and began applying what she learned to a larger goal that seemed entirely beyond her reach. I asked her:

Q. What was your bite-sized Phase 2 “difficult, meaningful, or important” goal?

Here is how she worded her goal statement:

“I am so happy and grateful to have visited Ann, and to be with her and Jimi in her home, spending time with my friends, talking, laughing, crying, and being together.”

I wanted to visit Utah, and spend time with the people I have met through Guided Mindset Mastery there.

Considering that Corrine lives in Australia, this was quite the “bite-sized” goal!

Q. What happened?

She reported:

I had no idea how this was going to happen. Finances wouldn’t allow for this, and also getting the time off work during one of the busiest times of the year. I received a message from a dear friend saying the tickets were paid for. This took my breath away, and I hit the terror barrier. It took a few weeks; however, work granted me the leave– something uncommon for this time of the year.

That’s remarkable.

Even though time off work being granted was still in question, she nevertheless had tickets to take her across the world. This speaks not only of Corrine’s willingness to move forward despite uncertainties, but also of the faith of her friends in the community who arranged for tickets even before she officially had the time off.

Often it’s the faith and support of others (both unseen and earth-side), that help us reach our goals and dreams. But it rarely works out that way until we let go of the “how” and just believe that miracles can happen. For Corrine, not only was she gifted flights to take her from Australia to the United States, but she was able to get work off during a time of year it wasn’t normally allowed.

Next, I wanted to know:

Q. What was your experience facing a fear from assignment/lesson 18? How effective were you at being able to think truth in spite of appearances?

It isn’t easy to think truth in spite of appearances. I did wonder, a few times, if I was going crazy. I needed to go back into my vision to feel how it would feel, and I had a few stern words with the thoughts in my head.

This is exactly what thinking truth in spite of appearances looks like, and sometimes it takes giving those old, limiting-beliefs a good, stern talking to.

To experience better results in your life, attend Genius Bootcamp (in person or virtually), where we do a deep dive into the ‘visual aid that changed everything’ and how you can use it to experience profound changes in your life, too.

Q. Did you experience a Terror Barrier Breakthrough during the course?

Corrine responded:

Yes, when I was told the tickets had been purchased. I found that very overwhelming and had to focus on the truth and allow myself to receive.

Corrine brings up an important point here–being willing to receive. It wasn’t until she gave herself the permission to receive the gift that she was granted the time off work.

Q. What would you tell someone who is facing their fear right now?

Breathe and focus on how you feel, on the unseen help, and how you felt when you envisioned your outcome originally…..keep going.

Keep going, indeed. This is one suggestion that seems to be given most by our graduates. As Winston Churchill said it, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Another way to say it (if you’re on a horse or if it’s pulling a wagon) is, “Never say ‘whoa!’ in a mud hole.”

Way to go Corrine, thank you for sharing your journey to the United States with us.

In the end, Corrine had this to say about the Mindset Mastery Program:

“I have completed Mindset Mastery [Self-Guided] and Guided Mindset Mastery, and both courses are invaluable to myself and my family. I believe they should be taught in all schools. Leslie teaches the truth, how things work, and how you can succeed in life. If you don’t know the rules of the game or how to live them, it’s impossible. These courses gave me hope and allowed me to get back into the driver’s seat of MY life. Also, what I love is learning to walk hand in hand with my Savior and learn to trust Him. The course is a must to have hope, confidence and success in life. Thank you Leslie and Trevan.”

Her contributions in our group were inspiring. I’ll wrap this up with one of her shares, which is worth pondering, from Russel M. Nelson:

“Deny not the power of God,” the prophet Moroni declared, “for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men.”

It is our faith that unlocks the power of God in our lives. And yet, exercising faith can seem overwhelming. At times we may wonder if we can possibly muster enough faith to receive the blessings that we so desperately need. However, the Lord put those fears to rest through the words of the Book of Mormon prophet Alma.

Alma asks us simply to experiment upon the word and “exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if [we] can no more than desire to believe.”

The phrase “particle of faith” reminds me of the Lord’s biblical promise that if we “have faith as a grain of mustard seed,” we shall be able to “say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto [us].”

The Lord does not require perfect faith for us to have access to His perfect power. But He does ask us to believe.


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