The Unexpected Cure for Doubt

I remember when my husband and I were trying to live on about $1200/month.  We were both working full time and fighting a losing battle to stay afloat.

We listened to motivational audios that urged us to believe in our dreams, and we knew that we could have any kind of life we really wanted, but when it came right down to it, it was always impossible to see where any extra money would ever come from.

I can see now that at the time, having faith in the face of scarcity was an impossible expectation.  Here’s why:

The thing that made it so difficult is that we knew exactly how much money we were getting, and we also knew just how much our expenses exceeded that income.

If true financial success cannot be achieved without at least some degree of FAITH (believing in something without tangible evidence), how in the world is a person supposed to have that kind of faith when all evidence proves that it’s utterly impossible?

I learned that there are three things that, over the years, helped me build that necessary faith.

  1. Continuing Education – learning new marketable skills and studying the laws of success
  2. Work – investing time, money, and energy in other income streams outside of our regular jobs.  (Even when they didn’t produce a profit – and they didn’t – for nearly 10 years!)
  3. Choosing to Believe in God, and believing that He was interested in our success – and trusting that it was being orchestrated, if we’d just kept moving our feet.

For nearly a decade, we worked and studied, and worked some more.  We believed the abundance would have to find us sometime, if we just kept trying.

It makes me think about the early settlers of my desert region:

There were a lot of ditches to dig and canals to build before they were prepared to utilize a flow of water.  I’m sure it took many, many years to put those systems in place.

As you explore your talents and look for new ways to monetize them, just picture yourself digging ditches and building canals.  It’s so easy to think that a massive, sudden flow of money would solve all of your problems, but in reality, that gush could be just as devastating as a flash flood in a valley where the settlers are trying to create a system for a steady, constant supply of water.

You don’t want the gush until your systems are in place!

It dawned on me that after my husband took the leap toward full-time self-employment (when we really couldn’t predict exactly where the money would come from like we could when we had a regular paycheck), the more trenches we dug, the easier it was to have faith in God.

Isn’t that interesting?

Having put forth so much unrewarded effort for so long, in the face of scarcity, instead of saying, “I can’t think of a single place the money could come from,”  we could more easily say, “The water could come from any one of the hundreds of trenches we dug all those years!”

Compared to our first few years together, how much easier it now was to finally believe!  How much easier it was to have faith!  And faith is the critical element.  All the work in the world without faith can be just as useless as all the faith you can muster without work.

As they say, “Faith without works is dead.”  Truly without some personal effort, faith is meaningless.  Why? Because you demonstrate your faith BY working! You’re proving your belief in the abundant life by putting forth the effort to get those money-making systems in place.

And, when faith is low, work can help it grow, too.  This is why the unexpected cure for doubt in my opinion is: Education, and WORK.

If you can’t think of where to get the money you need, shift your focus to increasing your knowledge, and get to work finding some kind of meaningful services you can perform for others.

God did not bring you this far to fail now… stay in forward motion.  Your reward is waiting for you!

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YOUR Greatest Show

This clip from the Greatest Showman means a lot to me, because it shows the joy and wonder you can experience, no matter what your current reality may be. And as you take time to live “Your Greatest Show” on the screen of your mind, and as you feel it as though it has happening now, you set into motion unseen forces that begin to deliver everything you’ll ever need to accomplish that vision.

This has happened for me so many times in the last 18 years that I have been testing the principle, that there is no doubt in my mind that it is a true principle. You can depend on it. And the passion does not have to be constantly intense. It can be small, it can be brief. No, the key factor for all successful outcomes is not the intensity of the vision as much as it is having ZERO DOUBT.

For more on this topic, watch the Visual Aid that Changed Everything video (free!)

The Rare Faith Photo Contest!

Now accepting submissions for the Rare Faith photo contest – through May 15! 

Winners will receive:

  1. Grand prize: Mindset Mastery Premium ($847 value) OR 2 Coaching Sessions
  2. First place: Mindset Mastery Regular ($197 value) OR The Science of Getting Rich Study
  3. Second place: Mindset Fundamentals ($37 value) OR Hidden Treasures Audio on 3CDs
  4. Third place: a limited edition signed 3d hidden image Jackrabbit Factor poster

If you win, your submission(s) will be featured in my newsletter and blog, with a link to your personal or business website (if desired).

What I’m looking for:

Photos in two categories, unlimited submissions accepted:

  1. People: Photos of you (or others) with my products
  2. No People: Photos of my products alone
  3. Something else? A creative way of conveying or capturing a principle from my work

Digital products are okay, too, if you find a creative way to capture them in a photo!

Why a contest??

I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to present my products and services on the web. The idea for this contest came after Mindset Mastery Participant Stephanie Lee posted a picture (see image below) of her copy of the program in our private participants’ Facebook group. She’s a professional artist who captured the Mindset Mastery program in a way I’ve never imagined it before, and I loved it!!

With her permission and using her photo as an example, I invite you now to show me even MORE ways to see my products in a new light. I’d love to see photos of the products in interesting settings, or creative shots of the products in typical settings.

Category 2: No People: Photos of my products alone. Photo credit: Stephanie Lee, http://stephanieleeart.com

Here are some other examples to give you ideas:

Category 1: People: Photos of you (or others) with my products. Photo credit: Stephanie Lee, http://stephanieleeart.com

 

Category 2: No People: Photos of my products alone. Photo credit: Stephanie Lee, http://stephanieleeart.com

Preferred Format:

All formats will be accepted, but I PREFER landscape (horizontal orientation) with .jpg or .png file type, minimum pixel dimensions: 640 wide x 427 height. If your file is larger than these dimensions, you do NOT need to resize it.

How to Enter:

Each file should be named with “contest” and your full name. For example: contest-john-smith-01.jpg. Multiple entries should be named with consecutive numbers (contest-john-smith-02.jpg, etc.).

E-mail your submissions to leslie@thoughtsalive.com with “Photo Contest Submission” in the subject line. Include:

  • Photo(s) attached with filenames in this format: contest-john-smith-01.jpg, contest-john-smith-02.jpg, etc.
  • A photo caption or description (long or short)
  • Your mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Short bio (optional)
  • Personal or business website link (optional)
  • Why you wanted to enter (optional)

Terms:

All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited.

All submitted entries may be published on our web sites or print material.

By entering, you grant Thoughts Alive LLC a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use your submission, potentially with your name and likeness (provided by you or obtained from public sources), in any and all media for any purpose, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law).

Potential winners will be required to sign and return a sworn Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release. If required documentation is not returned within seven (7) business days of notification, or if notification is returned as undeliverable, any prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.

We are not obligated to publish or otherwise use any photo submitted. Each entry must be the original creation of the submitting participant. Entries may not contain objectionable or illegal material, or anything that violates the rights of third parties. Entries containing any forbidden matter or material otherwise deemed inappropriate will be disqualified. You ARE permitted to photograph my products for the purpose of this contest. By entering, you represent that: (i) your entry is your own original work; and (ii) you own or have the rights to convey any and all right and title in any material submitted as part of your entry into the Contest.

By participating in the Contest, you agree to release Thoughts Alive LLC and its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, directors, officers, and agents from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, or other errors or problems which may occur in connection with the Contest, whether computer, network, technical, mechanical, typographical, printing, human or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes, in any Contest-related materials, or that may limit prize fulfillment or a participant’s ability to enter the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to amend these official rules and to disqualify from the Contest any person it believes has intentionally violated official rules.

JUDGING:  Winning entries will be selected based upon skill, originality, relevance, and usefulness to our marketing purposes. By entering, you agree that the decisions are final and binding. Judging will be completed by the 31st of May, and winners will be notified within one week. By submitting photos, you agree to the terms of this contest.

AWARDS: Prizes will be awarded within thirty (30) days after winner verification. All taxes and any other incidental expenses on Prizes are the sole responsibility of each winner.

No More Scary Goals: Let them Meet You in the Middle

Do you think it could really be possible that when we pursue a goal, we don’t have to kill ourselves off to accomplish it? Do you think, just maybe, we actually make it harder than it needs to be? Can we hope for some unseen help to attain our dreams?

I think so. Truly.

I believe there are scientific laws that are steadfast that never change. They simply are. Every night when the sun goes down, I can be sure that it will rise again in the morning. It’s constant and never-changing. (At least so far.) 🙂

There are also Laws of Thought that are constant and never-changing. One law I learned from Leslie Householder is the Law of Cause and Effect. It’s been known by other names as well: The Law of the Harvest, The Law of the Sower, and others. It’s basically this: When you move forward in a specific direction, there is an equal force moving in the opposite direction.

Huh?

Let me say it another way…

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For more on this topic, read Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters (free!)

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