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Week 22a: They Blinded Me With Science!

If the subject line sounds familiar to you, you’re right!  It’s a play on She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby.  (A song on any 80s music fan’s playlist!)

This week we listened to an audiobook of The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D. Wattles.  And if THAT sounds familiar to you, it should…I think the book is on just about every list of books that entrepreneurs absolutely MUST read!

“If you have not consciously made the decision to be rich, excellent, and healthy, then you have unconsciously made the decision to be poor, mediocre, and unhealthy.”  Author, Wallace D. Wattles

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve known about the book for YEARS, though I never picked it up.  And many people who HAVE BOUGHT the book haven’t finished reading it.   (I’m guessing they didn’t put it on their service card and promise to do it!)

Thankfully, you can find full recordings of the book on YouTube!

NOTE:  There are several…and some of the people reading the book have such a monotone voice that lulls the listener to sleep…  This one is my favorite, though feel free to find a recording in a voice that speaks to you…literally!:

Don’t feel like listening to the 2 hour audiobook?

Here are some my favorite quotes from The Science of Getting Rich:

On Success & Being Rich

  • Success in life is becoming what you want to be.
  • Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich.
  • No man is kept poor because opportunity has been taken away from him.
  • Get rich; that is the best way you can help the poor.
  • People must be taught to become rich by creation, not by competition.
  • You must get rid of the thought of competition.  You are to create, not to compete for what is already created.

On Desire

  • Desire is the effort of the unexpressed possibility within, seeking expression without through your actions.
  • The desire for riches is simply the capacity for larger life seeking fulfillment; every desire is the effort of an unexpressed possibility to come into action.
  • It is the desire of God that you should get rich.
  • The universe desires you to have everything you want to have.

On Thought

  • Thought is the only power which can produce tangible riches . . .
  • You must never think for a moment that the supply is limited.
  • To think what you want to think is to think TRUTH, regardless of appearances.
  • By thought, the thing you want is brought to you. By action, you receive it.
  • To think according to appearance is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious, and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work man is called upon to perform.

On Gratitude

  • The whole process of mental adjustment and atonement can be summed up in one word, gratitude.
  • Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude.
  • The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive.
  • Gratitude will lead your mind out along the ways by which things come.
  • There is a Law of Gratitude, and it is absolutely necessary that you should observe the law, if you are to get the results you seek.
  • Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are.
  • The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best.
  • The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith.

On Being Specific

  • You must form a clear and definite mental picture of what you want; you cannot transmit an idea unless you have it yourself.
  • You can never get rich, or start the creative power into action, by sending out unformed longings and vague desires.
  • All you need is to know what you want, and to want it badly enough so that it will stay in your thoughts.
  • The more clear and definite you make your picture then, and the more you dwell upon it, bringing out all its delightful details, the stronger your desire will be.

On Faith

  • The man who can sincerely thank God for the things which as yet he owns only in imagination, has real faith.
  • It is faith and purpose in the use of the imagination which make the difference between the scientist and the dreamer.
  • Hold to the FAITH that the imaginary is being realized, and to the PURPOSE to realize it.

On How to Focus Your Attention

  • Think and speak of all the things you have asked for in terms of actual present ownership.
  • It is easy to understand that the nearer we live to the source of wealth, the more wealth we shall receive.
  • It is by your will that you determine upon what things your attention shall be fixed.
  • To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things.
  • To fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best, and to become the best.
  • The science of getting rich does not require you to apply power or force to any other person, in any way whatsoever.
  • To get rich, you need only to use your will power upon yourself.

Week 22 – Yoga and the Comfort Zone

Throughout the MKMMA course we’ve been challenged to get out of our comfort zone.  For those of us who have been even remotely faithful to the exercises, we can all attest we’ve been out of our comfort zone too many times to count over the past 22 weeks.

Now that I’m engaged and looking at getting married in the next few months, I’ve adopted the “bridal frenzy” that is “I’ve GOT to lose weight for my wedding!!!”  (OK, truth be told, I wanted to lose weight for ME…but hey, the whole wedding thing is a good excuse to kick my efforts into high gear.)

So what do I do?  I step out of my comfort zone and into…BAH-BAH-BAH-BAH…the Fitness Center!  Now let me just say that I’m one of those people that doesn’t visit a gym unless I’m dragged in.  But now I don’t have an excuse…it’s included in our homeowner’s association, so I want to take advantage of it.

The fitness center has a “motto” of sorts on all their shirts:

If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.

And they I see they have Zumba classes.  “Woo-hoo!  I LOOOOOVVVVVEEE the Zumba DVDs!  I’m gonna do THAT!  That’s easy!”

OK…so my first step is a baby step outside my comfort zone:  going to the fitness center.

What I’ve learned is that the classes are very different from the DVDs.  VERY different.  I felt like a fish out of water.  And I have to admit it was slightly uncomfortable being the only person out of about 30 who didn’t know what the heck was going on.

But I had fun!  So I went back.  And so far I’ve been to Zumba 3 times…and I’m starting to feel a little more comfortable.

Time to expand the comfort zone!

OK…step 2:  a class called “Cardio Strength.”  It’s an “anything goes” type of class.  The first time I went the instructor was leading a “cardio kickboxing” class for the first time.  Man-oh-man was it a challenging workout!  And yet because no one knew what was going on, I almost felt like I had the upper hand because I’ve had some experience kickboxing.  The workout was challenging, and I had a blast!!!  (And I was sooooooo sore the next day from throwing all those punches!)

That was a bigger step outside the comfort zone!

So I went back.  Unfortunately, this week’s class was running…sprints, up and down the hill, etc.  Due to an injury, I can’t run.  So it wasn’t just that it was outside my comfort zone…I could do permanent damage.

And you know what…I was sad when I left without a workout.  Hopefully next week’s class will be something I can physically do.

Time to expand the comfort zone again!

Next up:  yoga.  I already know this will be the most challenging of the classes for me.  Back in 2006 my doctor encouraged me to take up yoga for stress relief, strength, and weight loss.  I got a whole 5 minutes into the DVD and wondered how much time was left.

So here we are, 9 years later.  I’ve changed.  My body has changed.  Time to give this another shot.

The class moved slowly (to me…especially compared to the high-energy classes like Zumba and kickboxing).  I was physically able to do all the poses, though I had to exit the pose early on a couple occasions.  But I got too comfortable in one of the poses…and I fell asleep!

Apparently that’s the REAL danger of the comfort zone…you can get SO comfortable that you don’t have to pay attention…and then you get results you didn’t want.

Yoga, silence, and the comfort zoneSince I was told that wasn’t a “typical” class I went back for another yoga class today.  While this one was slightly more active — and I did NOT fall asleep — there was the issue of the silence.

Here’s what I mean:  the yoga class is quieter than most libraries.  And then you get into a pose and hold it for 30-90 seconds.  That doesn’t seem like a long time until you’re holding a pose for that long.  And then it can seem like forever!  And while I was in these poses, I found my mind wandering to all sorts of things.  And that’s when the instructor said:

Concentrate.  Focus.  Balance.

That was a “lightbulb moment” for me, because the reason I was so UNcomfortable with yoga is BECAUSE of the silence.  I had nowhere to be but in my head.  I was directed to concentrate, focus, and balance.  These things are not natural to me, and they are REALLY uncomfortable in silence!

So…while I don’t see yoga as my “thing,” it might be just the thing I need to expand my comfort zone.  Get inside my head.  Get comfortable there.  And then see what NEW experiences take me out of my comfort zone.  After all…

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

 

Week 13 – Persistence: Cause or Effect?

When I was a little girl, my dad would go out and ride his bike.  Like most little girls who wanted to spend time with their daddy, I would want to go bike riding, too.

My dad was older than me (obviously!), stronger than me, had more experience riding a bike than me, AND he had a ten-speed bike.

I, on the other hand, was young, inexperienced, and had a one-speed bike…MINE.  My bike would only go as fast as my little legs could peddle.

Together we rode up and down hills that left me red-faced and huffing and puffing trying to keep up.  Dad would always ask if I wanted to stop and rest, and I would always refuse.

I can do it!  I can keep up!

Dad always said I was quite a “stubborn little girl.”

As I grew older, he began referring to me as a “determined young lady.”

Whatever terminology he used…I always considered myself to be persistent.

Persistence is defined as:  firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

Yep!  That’s me!

I refused to back down, admit defeat, or request special treatment.

I will persist until I succeed.
I will persist.  I will win.
~Og Mandino

I have read these words as directed in The Greatest Salesman in the World, and I’ve been thinking about how I have persisted in my life…and how I have quit…and what that has cost me.

And I’ve recently changed my thoughts about persistence, because in the MKMMA we learned that persistence is a HABIT.  Persistence is not the CAUSE of success, but rather the EFFECT that is created as a result of four tiny habits:

  1. A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment.
  2. A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.
  3. A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestion of relatives, friends, and acquaintances.
  4. A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.

Hmmm…

So…to develop the HABIT of persistence, I must first have a definite purpose, a definite plan, a positive mental attitude, and a friendly alliance.

Where I have succeeded in life, I have had a strong grasp on the four tiny habits.  Where I have quit, I have lacked one (or more!) of the four tiny habits.

We are only halfway through the MKMMA course, and I KNOW I am strengthening ALL of these habits…

…and the RESULT is the HABIT of persistence.

To create this new habit, I am reminded that I must start each day anew with my habits:

I forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this is the best day of my life…
…If I persist long enough I win.

I’m still that little girl:  stubborn, determined, persistent.

I’m just creating new habits.

I persist.  I win.

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Week 4 – I Can Be What I Will To Be

This week I discovered how much of a failure I’ve been in my life.

…modern psychology tells us that when we start something and do not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we are forming the habit of failure; absolute, ignominious failure.  ~ Charles Haanel

OUCH!  This statement really hit home for me…HARD!

I’ve always had a lot of interests…I like to explore new things and activities.  Some I like and stick with.  Some bore me and I quit.

This month I’ve been busy packing boxes to move out of my home for the past 15 years.  I look at all the “stuff” I’ve accumulated.  All the books I’ve bought but never read.  All the courses I’ve started and never finished…

I realized I’ve been a failure up until now.  And the worst part is that I’ve trained myself to be a failure!  I have literally created the habit of failure.

Double Ouch.

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The good news is, success and failure are created the same way…with our habits.  Sure, I’ve created the habit of failure in the past, but…

I Can Be What I Will To Be

Oh, how I like the sound of that!  This affirmation is a fun one.  Not just the words themselves…I enjoy playing with the emphasis on the words.

I can be what I will to be.
I can be what I will to be.
I can be what I will to be.

The light at the end of the tunnel lies in how we create habits, which is the same way we gain physical strength…EXERCISE!

It’s just like a baby learning to walk.  The first time a baby gets up to walk, he finds it difficult and fails.  The process gradually becomes easier, and the baby learns to walk.  Then the walking becomes automatic.  (Do you remember the last time you had to think about how to walk?  I certainly don’t!)

Since I’m moving, I’ve been patching up the “not-so-pretty” places in my home and adding a fresh coat of paint to get ready for a fresh start on a new chapter of my life.  And that got me thinking about the quote I mentioned earlier…

It’s time for a fresh start with my habits.  Through this course, I’m starting to put patches on my old habits, and giving them a “fresh coat of paint” by creating new, good habits in my life.

Moving, just like personal development, can be daunting at times.  You go through rough patches where you feel like you’re not making any progress, and then BAM!  All of a sudden the clouds have cleared and you wake up refreshed and renewed.

I’m not quite there yet (with either the move or the personal development), but the adventure lies in the journey.

And I Can Be What I Will To Be.