Week 23 – The Law of Least Effort

I’m getting packed right now for a cruise to the Cayman Islands and Cozumel.  This is the second cruise that we are going on, and both I earned 100% through my company.  I didn’t have to ask for vacation from anybody or worry that I would have to take time off without pay if I had used up all my vacation.  Even though I will be 100% unplugged from technology (have you seen how much it costs to use the internet on a ship???), When I come back, I will have a paycheck deposited into my bank account.  How?  Through the Law of Least Effort.

What is that, you ask?  Well, it takes less effort to succeed than to fail.  It’s true!  If you are living inline with what God has planned for you and you are doing what you are made to do, it takes more effort to screw up than to succeed.  I am not saying that it isn’t work to build a business that pays you well.  It is.  But the work is enjoyable and seems effortless most of the time.  Think of how many times you did something you love, and the time and years just flew by.  Now think about the times you did things you didn’t enjoy, and how much effort it took to get through your day.  I’ve been there.  I prefer here.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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Week 22a – Be still and know

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I could live on a deserted island very happily.  

It’s not that I don’t like people.  I love learning from people and am happier listening than talking.  But there is just so much noise in the world, and it makes the noise in my head get that much louder, and I lose touch with myself.  It’s easy to hide behind lots of activity and noise.  But all it does is keep me off focus of what is really important.

This week’s assignment of finding 36 hours of silence was tough.  Actually, impossible.  But I’m determined to do it.  I will have 5 days all to myself in a couple of weeks and I will do it then.  I’m very much looking forward to it.

In 1Kings: 11-12, it says:

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lordwas not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

I am learning to listen to the whisper.

 

Week 22 – One thing at a time

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There was a commercial in the 80’s for a perfume called Enjoli featuring a woman who could “do it all”.  The words to describe her day went like this:

I can bring home the bacon

Fry it up in a pan

And never, never let you forget you’re a man….

Yikes!  Talk about giving normal women an inferiority complex!  Did that woman really exist?  Maybe.  In someone’s imagination.   Continue reading

Week 21 – Practice makes Perfect

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Have you ever said something and then wished you could take it back?  When you saw the look on the other person’s face that showed that you hurt or offended them, and your stomach felt sick because you spoke too harshly or too quickly without thinking?  Ugh.  If I sound like I’m speaking from experience, I am.

 

Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.

 

I’m reading a book called The Influencer by Joseph Grenny and team.  I’m learning that those who want to excel at anything must practice the necessary behaviors so that they become vital habits.  This requires deliberate practice and the ability to manage our emotions.  To me, someone who manages their emotions well also manages what comes out of their mouth well.  And if that is managed well, chances are that every day will be a happy and productive day.  I’m getting better, but I still slip here and there, and I pay for it in lost days of guilt and regret.  

Thankfully, I am learning skills through the Master Keys to better control my emotions under times of stress.  My thoughts tell my body (i.e. my mouth) how to act, so if my thoughts are on love, gratitude, and kindness, my words will follow.  As I grow older, good relationships become more and more important to me, as peace in my life is one of the things I seek.  I can only achieve this with deliberate practice and daily prayer.  

How are YOU doing with controlling your emotions?

 

Week 20 – Let the Praises Ring!

 

I’m a singer on the worship team at my church.  This weekend, I’ll be singing at a Women’s Conference, so we chose some songs that we thought were appropriate for the occasion.  One of the songs is called “Let the Praises Ring!” by Lincoln Brewster.

 

The words go like this:

 

Verse 1:

 

Oh Lord my God in You I put my trust

 

Oh Lord my God in You I put my hope

 

Oh Lord my God in You I put my trust

 

Oh Lord my God in You I put my hope

 

Chorus:

 

In You in You I find my peace

 

In You in You I find my strength

 

In You I live and move and breathe

 

Let everything I say and do

 

Be founded by my faith in You

 

I lift up holy hands and sing –

 

Let the praises ring! 

 

Verse 2:

 

Oh Lord my God to You I give my hands

 

Oh Lord my God to You I give my feet

 

Oh Lord my God to You I give my everything

 

Oh Lord my God to You I give my life

 

 

 

In the chorus, there is a line that says “In You I live and move and breathe….”   There is so much comfort in those words!  I mess up all the time, but knowing that I live, move and breathe in Him assures me that it is only through His power that I can do anything at all.  I am striving to be more and do more in my life, and I keep forgetting to tap into the never ending power source that is Him.  

 

 

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Week 19 – Wonder Woman!!!!

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I just discovered that not only can my mind change my body, but my body can change my mind.

The statement “fake it till you make it” can really work, and work fast!  In as little as 2 minutes!  By using High Power Poses vs Low Power Poses, your body can change your mind almost immediately!  Like magic!

This picture of me is of me holding a yoga pose called Tree Pose.  The hands are normally held in a prayer position in front of the chest, while you balance on one leg.  When I hold my hands in that prayer position, I normally can’t hang onto this pose for more than a second.  I am toppling over and anyone who watches me will get a good laugh.  But when I lift my hands and my eyes up (as shown), this is supposed to be a more difficult position, but I find that it makes me feel more powerful, and I can hold it much, much longer, because in my mind, I am offering praise to God, and He in turn is giving me the power to stand in perfect balance.

I sing on the worship team, and when I used to sing solos my voice would shake and sometimes even disappear because of my nervousness.  And then I discovered that if I lift my hands up while I’m singing, the nervousness completely disappears, AND the congregation lifts up their hands, too!  I become a LEADER!!!

 

Week 18 bonus – Happiness is NOW

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…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Phil 4:11-13

 

I had a rough week.  I went off the Mental Diet (again) because we are still not in our house, my light switches are glitchy here in my rented apartment, and I’m really, really tired of cooking on a hotplate.  Poor me, right?  

And then I realized what I was doing and not doing.  I was allowing my old blueprint and ego to call the shots again.  I had gotten lazy and only read once a day and not three times as directed.  I was not consistent at writing down my three gratitudes and kindnesses.  No wonder my head was getting messed up again!  I wasn’t practicing the Law of Substitution!

Ok, back on track.  

Who would the person I want to become do today?

Well, I know she would be diligent about helping others without expectation.  She would be patient, kind, prepared, and neat.  She would be grateful and at peace.  She would look for the blessings of today and give thanks at all times.

Today, I am grateful that my husband changed the light bulb in my bathroom so that my old blind eyes could see better.

Today, I am grateful that the sunshine came out again after 3 days of gloomy skies and heavy rain.

Today, I am grateful that I can see my muscles starting to peek through, which means I am getting stronger.

Last night, I encouraged one of my friends who was feeling defeated, and I was rewarded by seeing her perk up and decide to fight her demons instead of give into them.  

Today, I had the privilege of helping someone who has to make her business work because her husband’s pay got cut in half.  

I really am blessed.

Week 18 – Stopped in my tracks

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I am on a journey of discovery.  I guess you could say that I’m at the point of no return.  It’s been 18 weeks of the MKMMA course, and it’s been anything but easy for me.  I struggle with organizing my time, and reading Haanel is like reading a college textbook to me.  

This week’s reading was not any different.  I read and re-read and re-read each line, but I just don’t get it.  Until I got to 29.

29. Power depends upon consciousness of power; unless we use it, we shall lose it, and unless we are conscious of it, we cannot use it.

That stopped me dead in my tracks.  

I was born for greatness.  God has gifted me with power.  Power to lead others to service.  Power to influence lives.  Power to serve and change the course of someone’s future.  But I’m not always conscious of it.  My old blueprint tries to keep me locked up in my basement with the dragon of fear waiting to gobble me up as soon as I attempt an escape.  But walking with Haanel for 18 weeks is showing me that the dragon is really without any real power, and if I chose to, I could break free.  

Power depends upon consciousness of power;  unless we use it, we shall lose it, and unless we are conscious of it, we cannot use it.

Wow.  He got my attention.

Week 17 HJ – Born to be a Hero

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I’m feeling weird.

It’s been 18 weeks since we started this MKMMA journey and my ego is kicking and screaming.  The mind shifts are still something that have to be consciously done – sometimes.  I can get through the Mental Diet for several days at a time now, which is huge given the fact that a few weeks ago it was a daily struggle.  It really was.

But I can’t remain the same.  I know the truth now and I can’t go back.  I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.

The question of the week was “What am I pretending not to know?”.  Ouch.  I’m not good at confrontations, especially when it’s ME confronting ME.

My Sensei tells me all the time that I am powerful beyond measure.  I pretend not to know that because then I can be mediocre and average and blame all kinds of things for that.  But I know the truth.  I was born for greatness.  I try to hide from it all the time, but it finds me.  Like Jonah hiding from God.  He finds me.

The cement is coming off.

Week 17 – Gut Check

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I remember bringing my first son home 33 years ago.  I was so young, only 21 years old, and I was terrified that I wouldn’t know what to do with a baby.  He was so perfect.  Born exactly on his due date, 8 pounds, 2 ounces, with beautiful blue eyes and long, long lashes.  I fell in love with him instantly.

My husband worked the graveyard shift, so I was alone with my baby during the night.  I would watch him sleep in his bassinet, just listening to him breathe.  I had read all the horror stories about babies suddenly dying (aka crib death), and I couldn’t relax for the first few weeks.  But as the weeks went by, and my baby grew stronger, my mom senses grew stronger, too.  I knew when he was hungry, wet, tired, happy, or sad.  I could pick out his cry amongst 10 other babies in the room.  We were connected.  No one taught me how to do that.  It was my gut that told me what he wanted, without a word passed between us.

They say that a woman’s intuition is stronger than anything.  In fact, it has been called The Sixth Sense.  Sometimes, I feel something so strong in my spirit that I can predict what is going to happen before it happens.  Haanel says that intuition grows stronger with use.  In 17:23 of the Master Key System, he writes:  

Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid of experience or memory. Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the grasp of the reasoning power. Intuition often comes with a suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power. Intuition can be cultivated and developed; in order to do this it must be recognized and appreciated; if the intuitive visitor is given a royal welcome when he comes, he will come again; the more cordial the welcome the more frequent his visits will become, but if he is ignored or neglected he will make his visits few and far apart.

I believe that intuition IS a spiritual gifting, one that guides us to the truth even when the external seems to be otherwise.   I’m learning to trust my intuition, or internal compass, more, but in order to be sure that I CAN trust it, I must be in tune with the voice that guides me.  I’ve restarted the Mental Diet again, much like going on a cleanse of junk food, so that the voice I hear is pure and sweet.  The verse I am praying on is Phillipians 4:8:  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.  Two days so far, and I am feeling refreshed already.