The Rare Faith Project Team

A big thank you, to all who donate their time and talents to provide improved podcast transcripts for the deaf and hearing-impaired community. Having transcripts that are true to the audio also helps them be searchable, and more easily cross-referenced for the serious student of Rare Faith principles.

I am grateful to each of the following volunteers who have been working on this project:

Cassie Eriksen (UT) – #39: The 19 Rules of Prosperity – in process
Diane Ritman (AZ) – #38: Moms, Guilt, and Balance – in process
Roseanna Becraft (KY) – #37: Why do I do what I do – Done!
Tim Taormino (MD) – How to Make a Bestseller – Done!
Elizabeth Beuhring (UT) – #36: Monetizing Your Gifts – in process
Lori Squires (UT) – #35: Producer Power Hour – in process
Elaine Larsen (AZ) – #34: Succeeding With Your Talents – in process
Dixie Conger (UT) – #33: Reality is Not What You Think – in process
Michelle Jackson (UT) – #32: Teaching Children About Money – in process
Becky Glazier (AZ) – #31: Knowing Who You Really Are – Done!
Katrina Musanga – #30: Live your Purpose – in process
Patti Empey (Canada) – #29: Stay at Home Moms Making Money – in process
Linda Heywood (AZ) – #28: Parenting Principles Preview – in process
Jill Hemsley – #27: How to Profit from Your Losses – in process
Kathi Hausmann (AZ) – #26: Mission Impossible – in process
Angie Kleven (NV) – #25: A Leap of Faith – Done!
Denise Allen (UT) – #24: How to Know if You’ll Reach the Goal – in process
Stephanie Lee (OR) – #23: Mysterious, Uncanny Coincidences – in process
Renae Van Why (UT) – #22: Lessons Learned Since Writing JF – in process
Jan Lambert (ID) – #21: The Power of your Thoughts – in process
Bonnie Peterson (UT) – #20: Portal to Genius Virtual Book Tour – Done!
Amber Warren (CA) – #19: Making Cents out of Setbacks – in process
Alisa Hancock (TX) – #18: Making Money from Home – Done!
Ken Fong (CA) – #17: When a Mentor Fails You – Done!
Karen Schroeder (WY) and Jim Sumsion (UT) – #16: How to Surrender– Done!
Nan Hancock (ID) – #15: Hidden Treasures Class – in process
Joyce Pierce (TX) – #14: Portal to Genius Class – in process
Jill Hemsley (CA) – #13: Happiness, Security, and Fulfillment – Done!
Kimberly Reid (NV) – #12: Awaken Your Genius – part 1 – in process
Ann Boekweg – #11: Mission Impossible & Other Lies – in process
Tim Taormino (MD) – #10: When Change is Hard – Done!
Jane Simson (South Africa) – #9: Avoiding Painful Career Mistakes – in process
Toni Soderquist (UT) – #8: A Rare Kind of Faith – in process
Chandrie Carder (Wales) – #7: Does the Breakthrough Ever Come? – in process
Beth Thomas (SC) – #6: Belief Breakthrough – part 2 – in process
William Davis (UT) – #5: Simply Divine Principles – Done!
Kaylee Larsen (UT) – #4: Parenting with the 7 Laws – in process
Randy Soderquist (UT) – #3: Belief Breakthrough – part 1 – in process
Sue Stephenson (UT) – #2: How to RECEIVE – Done!
Janel Williams (UT) – #1: Trusting Your Instinct – in process
Linda Weitz (OR) – LBW 12: Hitting Your Target – Done!
Sheryl Johnson (UT) – LBW 11: Cents out of Setbacks – Short – Done!
Sheryl Johnson (UT) – LBW 10: Goal Achievement Like Using a Phone – Done!
Nagarajan Chidambaram (India) – LBW 09: It’s a Language Thing – Done!
Lucetta Lilly (UT) – LBW 08: Law of Relativity – Done!
Marne Traasdahl (AZ) – LBW 07: Law of Rhythm – Done!
Tim Taormino (MD) – LBW 06: I’m Doing Pretty Good – But – Done!
Tim Taormino (MD) – LBW 05: The Impossible Loan – Done!
Kathi Hausmann (AZ) – LBW 04: Perfectionism and Prosperity – Done!
Tim Taormino (MD) – LBW 03: Bleach and Blunders – Done!
Karen Hall (AZ) – LBW 02: Failure is Feedback – in process
Brandy Womack (CO) – LBW 01: Happy Without It – Done!

Amanda Johnson (UT), a special thanks for creating one of our very first transcripts before this project even got underway.

I am also grateful to all of the other volunteers who are not yet listed, but who are waiting in the wings for an assignment.

If you are interested in joining the Rare Faith Project Team of Volunteers to help with this (or other future projects) from the comfort of your own home, click here to learn more and let me know. Thanks!

Laying it all down

I got a super fun video message from Jon and Trina Gunzel last night that I just had to share with you (video below). These folks have been students of The Jackrabbit Factor for some time now. They went through the Mindset Fundamentals Ecourse in 2015 (previously known as the Jackrabbit Factor Ecourse), and have taken what they’ve learned to launch themselves into a crazy new life.

Before I share the video, let me give you a little back story.

Meet Jon and Trina Gunzel:

Back in April of this year, they explained the following on their blog:

We had the most wonderful neighbors, our dream home and property!  We had the best friends, church family, and community!  Yet, we couldn’t ignore a prompting to lay it all down and go help a lot more people.  

After a lot of praying, some major ARE YOU SERIOUS??? moments, and designing an 8 week plan to make it happen, we decided to push ourselves outside our comfort zone and go on the road full time.  We’ll be touring all 50 states with our two children,  Wyatt and Abbie, over the next three years.  

Our goals are to grow closer as a family, continue to learn and develop individually, and to help a lot of people in the process.  Since our work goes with us anywhere, we’ll be hosting seminars, having book signing events, and coaching individuals and groups.  Of course we’ll share our exciting adventures and learning, homeschooling our kiddos, in a variety of locations.

Since beginning their new adventure, they created an ebook called, The Roadmap to More Time, Money, Love & Freedom, which reveals 3 destructive habits that prevent you from achieving more, and living MORE of your potential and purpose in life.

They had JUST launched the webpage that delivers their new ebook, when this happened…

I’ll let them tell you what happened in their own words:

We had the most awesome Jackrabbit Factor moment tonight! We just launched our online funnel for our flagship product and when we walked outside less than a minute later there were rabbits everywhere! It was so cool and we instantly thought of you.

Thank you for all that you do!

Thank YOU, Jon and Trina for thinking of me!! I can’t tell you how many people over the years have had similar experiences about seeing rabbits – real ones – that encouraged them along in their journey at just the right moment. I think I may need to start an official collection of all those rabbit-sighting stories.

To learn more about Jon and Trina Gunzel, click here. You can also download their free ebook: “The Roadmap To MORE Time, Money, Love and Freedom” at

Way to go, Jon and Trina, and thanks again!!!

Now, I want to spotlight YOU!

If you want YOUR story featured in an upcoming newsletter, describe your experience and provide any related pictures or videos that will help me inspire someone else. I want to know any of the following: what you’ve done with the principles, lessons you’ve learned, obstacles you’ve overcome, or just what was going on in your life when a rabbit sighting meant something special to YOU.

The principles DO work, and your story might be just the thing that someone else needs to read in order to brave a try. Just shoot me an email! Send it to leslie [at] thoughtsalive dot com.

Want to experience something worth sharing?

Start your journey now with the Mindset Fundamentals Ecourse – or just click here to learn more!

LBW 08: Law of Relativity

Whatever life delivers, it just IS. It’s not good nor bad, until you *compare* it to something else. Use the Law of Relativity the *right* way to stay on track. If you’ve decided that what happened to you should NOT have happened, know this: what happened is perfect. This podcast helps you understand why.

The audio above was derived from the following article:

Midnight Ramblings on the Law of Relativity


We’ve all had setbacks and sometimes we get some that are more of a doozy than others. You know I want to talk today about the law of relativity.

I’ve picked this topic because it’s something we all employ every day, whether or not we know it. When we use it properly life gets better. When we use it improperly, which is the default setting for most of us, life seems hard. The law of relativity states that, “nothing we experience is fundamentally good nor bad, just like the immutable fact that energy is, each life experience we have also just is.” Our mind has three main components: the conscious mind, our aware mind which is what the conscious mind is, the subconscious mind which keeps our life-sustaining functions operating automatically, and the third component is our body which is the tool of the mind. Remember we’re not a body, we live in a body. So if you go stub your toe you can remember, ‘I’m not a body, I live in a body. I’m not a body, I live in a body.’ And sometimes that can help you get through.

And we gather data with our five physical senses the information comes in with no inherent significance. It is our conscious mind which attaches meaning to the data input. Our conscious mind decides whether the experience is good or bad, strongly influenced by programs that are running constantly in the background of our sub consciousness. For example, if an income check arrives in the mail for four thousand dollars the figure just is, it simply is what it is. For a person who has a subconscious program running that says he is accustomed to receiving income checks for fifteen hundred dollars at a time, the four thousand dollar check he sees is good and would probably initiate very positive feelings. However, for a person whose subconscious program says that he is accustomed to receiving income checks of twenty two thousand dollars at a time, the four thousand dollar check will appear bad and may initiate feelings of panic and despair. Well what’s the truth? The truth is that the four thousand dollar check just is; without conscious mind interception, the person sees it as bad will begin to feel bad and by law his body will begin to move into a negative state or a negative vibration, if you will. In this condition he is cut off from his personal link to inspiration. Let me say that again:

When you are in a negative vibration you’re cut off from your personal link to inspiration, the instinctive part of you that can lead you to the very solution you need in that situation.

So in order to keep the channels of inspirational guidance open, you need to remember that the $4,000 check is not good nor bad, it just is, and your conscious mind has a god-given ability to purposely assign a positive meaning to the data input. Let me say that again, your conscious mind has a god-given ability to purposely, by choice, assign a positive meaning to the data input. By assigning a positive meaning to it and feeling good about it, by law your body will move into a positive state or a positive vibration and open the way for the solution to be eventually discovered.

How does this happen? Well, if you choose a grateful and positive state, no matter what the circumstances are, you not only keep the channel’s open with God but also prepare yourself to make connections with the right people who will say or do the right things to trigger the ideas which will open the way for you to come out on top in the long run, without fail, so long as you persevere in the positive hopeful and expectant state. Because people around you will be attracted to you and your purpose and you’ll find the right help from the right people just at the right time. The law of relativity can help this happen, and here’s how. Whatever life delivers know this: it just is, it is not good, it is not bad, until you compare it to something else. If you constantly feel life has been beating you down, it’s because you have conditioned yourself to expect it should have delivered something different. You’ve decided that what has happened should not have happened to you.

However, the truth is that what has happened in your life is perfect. Providing you gifts disguised as hardships delivered on schedule according to a combination of natural law, your thoughts and actions, and the grand design of things, so that you could have opportunity through your free agency to find the seed of equal or greater benefit promised by Napoleon Hill, and become a better happier more fulfilled person in the long run. What is. is perfect, that disappointment, that heartache, that pain, that burden is perfect and is actually a gift. Think about it, without the hardship, the benefit attached, that does exist by law though not generally obvious, could never be yours. The problem, is that if we fail to discover the treasure contained in the hardship we are given the privilege of experiencing it time and time again until the lesson and benefit it contains is finally learned and enjoyed. Have you ever felt like you just keep having the same problems over and over and over again, and you’re wondering when is my life going to stop doing this to me? It’s because there is a gift there is a seed of equal or greater benefit contained in that hardship, and it will continue to be presented to you time and time again until you discover it.

Once you discover it and utilize it for what it was meant, then you do move on and life changes and you will find that your life can experience that quantum leap that you’ve been looking for. As James Allen describes in ‘As a Man Thinketh,’ “When a man completely and genuinely alters his thoughts about his problem, and discovers the true perspective that God intends for him to adopt, it will become so out of harmony with his mentality that it falls out of his life as a garment is cast aside, and with the growth of opportunities which fit the scope of his expanding powers he passes out of it forever.”

How then, do we change the way we feel about our troubles? How can you possibly assign positive meaning to something that seems so intolerable? The answer: use the law of relativity. Think about it, think about how it could be worse and simply generate feelings of gratitude that it isn’t. Instead of using the law against yourself, by constantly comparing your situation to others who appear more happy, work with the law by comparing your situation to how much worse it was before, as the case may be, or to how much worse it could be. You have much to be grateful for, and genuine gratitude never goes unrewarded. Here is a true story to help you feel better about your situation because I am confident that you are not financially worse off than this. Success magazine did a piece on Donald Trump and it stated, ‘not everything has gone Trump’s way, of course in the early 1990s, for example Trump struggled to stay in business during a deep slump in the commercial real estate market, unable to make payments on nine point two billion dollars in debt.’ That’s right, nine point two billion dollars in debt. He writes that, ‘a low point came when he passed a beggar on the street and realized the beggar was worth nine point two billion dollars more than him.’ Wow. Here at his low point Trump actually used the law of relativity against himself. How would you like to be financially worth nine billion dollars less than a beggar? The good news is that he was smart enough to stop the negative thinking cycle and consciously choose his focus.

The article continues, ‘Trump says, “he recovered by concentrating on how to revive his business and not panicking over its problems. “I focused on the solution not the problems.” he said. “I was steadfast in my positive approach, sure I had a lot of big problems, but I regained my focus and just kept working at it, knowing it would work out.”” His nine point two billion dollar negative net worth turned into billions in a positive net worth through his commitment to discipline thoughts and actions.

He who thinks his lot is the hardest financial or otherwise has the greatest opportunity for joy and accomplishment. But it requires relearning his understanding of the way life works, he must be as humble as a child choose to worry not what anyone thinks of him, turn to God and consider the possibility that if he learns how God wants him to think, life will finally begin to improve. If after changing his thinking a bit, life hasn’t improved or if he decides that he doesn’t have the peace of mind and fulfillment that he seeks, then the thinking alteration process is just not quite complete.

Too many people refuse to consider that the way they think could actually be completely wrong. Of those who consider the possibility, too many lack the determination to discover the truth, which can be an exciting and joyful journey or it can be a time-consuming and uncomfortable process. Either way, he who submits to it until the process is complete will experience uncommon freedom and fulfillment, enjoying a degree of serenity and achievement that could never be comprehended before. So, how can a person know if his thinking is off kilter? Well if he’s unhappy there is some new thinking that maybe God wants him to learn. We’re meant to be happy, you know perhaps he needs to begin by just choosing to believe that that statement is true, because it might not be his present way of thinking, to believe so. Now, you might be thinking, ‘no, he is unhappy because he needs to behave differently.’ Well the fact is, that all behavior springs forth out of that person’s way of thinking.

So, if we want to change our, behavior, we must begin with changed thoughts. If the behavior must be changed radically then there must be a radical change in the way of our thinking. If we’re unhappy it is the unhappiness that is also a gift, an internal guidance system that keeps us searching until we find the answer. When the answer is found, we can experience true happiness, the kind that is deep and abiding. All aspirations have one ultimate purpose, to find happiness.

When we cease to wait for external factors to cause us to be happy, and rather find happiness and peace of mind, just as our external factors are, ironically, that is when our circumstances finally begin to change. However, you must not seek the happiness now for the purpose of changing your circumstances, or the happiness you find will not be the real thing. Your intentions will trap or liberate you depending on what they are. When happiness cannot be found as things are, then the promise ‘seek and ye shall find’ guarantees that if you seek happiness and you intend to find it without any alteration of external factors, then I believe God will nudge you this way or that and give you suggested action steps, in your heart that if you follow, you’ll surely find the way. Happiness is a natural byproduct of lawful living, and by lawful I mean by living the laws of God.

These are not just ‘The Seven Laws of Success’ discussed in my hidden treasures book but they also encompass the Ten Commandments and so forth. God’s laws were established and given to show us the way to happiness. Living by law is not restrictive but liberating. A kite might appear to be held down by the string, but when in reality it is the ‘restrictive’ string that keeps it in the air. Otherwise, it would be tossed about only to ultimately crash to the ground.

Same goes for the laws of God. On the surface it may appear that the laws are restrictive keeping us from being free to do whatever we want to do. But like the kite, without a string when we disregard the laws of God, we feel free for a time, but we will eventually come crashing down. And the only way to return to the freedom of the skies, so to speak, is to re-adhere to His law and let the winds of life blow our way.

Allow the hardships to be the wind that keeps you soaring. That’s how to soar. That’s the formula for success. Adhere to law and let the stormy winds of life blow. Don’t wish for no wind, don’t wish for no hardships, because without them you have no true joy, it’s impossible. However, just because there is so stormy wind does not automatically mean the kite will fly, it must adhere to the string and face the wind head-on. Ease will never compare to joy. So, what is your goal? Are you looking for an easy life or happiness no matter what comes your way?

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Prosper By Degrees

Originally published Jun 8, 2012

When my husband and I learned about the principles of prosperity and began to consciously live by them, we experienced dramatic results, tripling our income in just 3 months. But the ‘good fortune’ wasn’t going to last forever.

Trying to be super-smart with our new-found wealth, we anxiously invested it in a number of wrong places. A combination of inexperience and haste led us to invest poorly, and get in over our heads to a dangerous level.

Add to that the fact that we had involved ourselves with business people who eventually slipped into hiding or went to jail, and perhaps you can get a glimpse of how quickly a fortune can be lost, even with the best of intentions.

In the wake of our poor decisions, needless to say, we were left with a big mess to clean up. But no worries – we understood the principles that had brought us the wealth to begin with, so we would just practice them again, and turn things around in short order.

Or so we hoped.

But we discovered that sometimes the consequences of our decisions have a more far reaching effect that can’t be turned around with just a snap of the fingers, so to speak. Turning a corner like that is something like turning a massive cruise ship around. You might get the rudder turned in the right direction, but it can take some time before the effects are noticed.

We had erroneously believed that we could “make” those bad decisions into good ones somehow just by “thinking right.” While it may be true that in every adversity there is a seed of equal or greater benefit, that doesn’t mean the adversity will go away with right thinking. It only promises that something good can be born from it.

In a determined push to create another massive financial breakthrough like the first, I locked on to the vision of a quick rescue, another big windfall. I’d seen them before, experienced them more than once. Many, many times we had used the principles to produce tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in a short period of time, so that’s what we were running for.

But something was different this time. For some reason, the mental discipline and goal setting strategies weren’t paying off like they had in the past. It seemed that something was preventing the blessing. The formula wasn’t panning out.

In time, I stopped trying so hard, out of sheer exhaustion. I started to accept whatever was, just as it was. I decided to find peace and happiness even in our mess, and begin focusing again more completely on my family relationships.  It seemed I no longer had real influence or control over our finances (since I kept failing to meet my goals), so I directed my attention to the little things in my world over which I could make a difference.

It was during a Sunday School lesson at church that I had my next great epiphany. The class discussed a story about two groups of people who lived more than 2000 years ago, comparing and contrasting their experiences:

The first group was led by a man named Alma. Alma and his people were devout believers who worshiped God and were diligent in keeping the commandments.

The second group was led by a man named Limhi. Limhi and his people relied just a little too much on their own strength and wisdom. Both groups were in subjection to the same oppressive government.

When the government sent an army to destroy Alma and his people, they were warned by God ahead of time and were able to escape.

When the army came to attack Limhi’s people, they were given no warning.

Limhi’s people tried three times to deliver themselves from the oppression, and each time, they failed. Eventually, they began to reevaluate their approach, and decided that they needed to pay more attention to the commandments, and rely on God for their success with patience.

The record then states:

“…the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of [their oppressors] that they began to ease their burdens; …The Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage [yet]… they began to prosper by degrees in the land, and began to raise grain more abundantly, and flocks, and herds, that they did not suffer with hunger.”

That description – that the Lord did not see fit to deliver them, but allowed them to begin prospering by degrees – was my answer.

I had been expecting a big miraculous rescue, and was dissatisfied with anything less. I had thought I was being obedient to the commandments of God all along, but recognized I could do better.

What I feel that God wanted me to learn was simple: to not run faster than I had strength as I had been, but to take it at a pace that I could maintain throughout my life, so that I don’t burn myself out and become completely useless to Him.

So I slowed down and began to envision Him opening doors and preparing the way for long-term success. I lost interest in anything that promised big, quick bucks, because we had already experienced that kind of success. Instead, I became increasingly interested in principles that would allow us to rebuild on a more solid, long-lasting foundation.

It’s just a matter of getting back to the basics. It’s making smart choices, and sacrifices. It’s being smart with what we have, and anticipating gradual improvement. It’s watching more closely how we spend our money, and watching for evidence that we are being prospered by degrees.

We started noticing and celebrating each little bit of evidence, and realized that were were being prospered by degrees. I stopped lamenting the lack of a massive windfall, and started being grateful again for every simple blessing. The growth has been gradual but consistent. Our good fortune has been added upon every day.

When the needed rescue doesn’t come by one miraculous windfall,  look for evidence that you’re prospering by degrees.

It’s been a humbling process, but one that I am grateful for. I know we’re wiser for the experience, and that it will make a big difference for our future. Our family is already much happier, too, because I’m finally living at a pace that I can maintain.

Read The Unexpected Cure for Doubt

There’s time to build your life right. There’s time to build your business right. There’s time to build relationships right. Looking for shortcuts can become an addiction. As you slow down and prayerfully live receptive to God’s guidance, you’ll find that there is no greater shortcut than that.

And when that guidance says, RUN!” then by golly, you’d better run!

But sometimes we run when we’re really supposed to stop and take the time to sharpen the saw, and reconnect with God.

Originally posted June 8, 2012

Read more details about our experience here. And as always, I appreciate your comments!

Decision, 8 Days before Eviction

Today’s Mindset Mastery Program participant spotlight is on Sherri C. She writes:

I don’t even know where to start. The Jackrabbit Factor came into my life at just the very right moment to “jackrabbit” my way through extreme hardship — the condo we had been leasing was foreclosed and sold (without anybody telling us, the tenants!) and we had to find a place to live, with three kids and a dog, during the school year, THAT quick — and it all worked out, beautifully, perfectly, magically — a wonderful home, with a swimming pool, even!! — without drugs, alcohol, breakdown or collapse, or even recurrent Shingles (stress brings it back). This was HUGE.

At one point during the whole thing, I wrote in my journal: “The first thing I will do when this all works out and we move into our beautiful new home [which we hadn’t found yet], I am going to order the entire Mindset Mastery program from Leslie Householder — first thing shipped to our new address!” (I wrote that March 22nd — 8 days before EVICTION, one day before we stumbled onto The Perfect House on an Internet listing, two days before we toured the house, negotiated and signed a lease, 8 days before we moved!)

I had to delay a bit, because of money issues — I had no idea how I would find the money to pay for this program, with the expenses of the move and not getting our lease deposits back (still working on this one, three months later). But not for long — on April 14th, when our accountant finished our tax returns, we discovered we had a $1500 REFUND coming back, when the year before we had to pay — that was the money!!

I am a chronic, obsessive worrier, especially about finances and money. The Mindset Mastery Program has been a God-send. It has taken me two months to get through Phase 1, and there have certainly been times when I have been discouraged or doubtful, but overall, the abundance in my life, the love, peace and harmony from the hope and confidence in these principles and Universal Laws is life-changing.

I have so many goals and dreams, and sometimes I get impatient, but, as I have learned in this course: When I have a choice, I choose to believe. And all those goals and dreams, the abundance in my life, is already happening.

I am very excited to start Phase 2!

Live, Love & Laugh,

Sherri C.

Learn more about the Mindset Mastery program here.

The 12-week Mindset Mastery Program is not to be confused with the 8-week Mindset Fundamentals Ecourse. The Fundamentals Ecourse is a powerful exploration of the principles that govern success, and takes an introductory approach for effective goal setting. By contrast, the Mastery Program is more focused on the *implementation* of the principles and the *achievement* of your goals. It is full of interesting assignments that take you step-by-step through two experimental goals, challenging your thought processes, helping you experience success, and setting up a pattern in your thinking that you will be able to utilize over and over for effectiveness with all of your future goals. I hope you’ll join me in one of these programs, to help you take your understanding and success to the next level in ALL the different areas of your life.

#39: The 19 Rules of Prosperity

How to get from where you are to where you want to be.

In this audio I’ll explain:

~ Why obstacles don’t need to stop you
~ How a stay-at-home mom of 6 generated $250,000 in 8 months
~ How to use your limited resources to access unlimited resources
~ How to write and “submit” a goal statement that works
~ Why the Law of Attraction is so often misunderstood
~ How they got a $43,000 idea after running out of resources
~ When it’s safe to imagine the worst case scenario, and when it is NOT
~ When to “ask” for a person’s help, and when to stop asking
~ How to find the right people who will help you achieve your goal
~ How to find your ideal job or opportunity
~ Why you can get more excited if the goal is not achieved on time
~ The real secret behind word-of-mouth advertising

Resources mentioned on the audio:

The 19 Rules of Prosperity (free) guide
The Jackrabbit Factor (free) download
Mentor Training

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A message from Viviana

How many times have I said that there is so much going on behind the scenes that we can’t see, to help us accomplish the things we were put here to do, and to become the people we were meant to become?

I love when people write me letters. I read every one of them. They keep me going sometimes, when I might be having a rough day. I also know that when I share them with others, it can help other people around the world have a better day, too.

I’m sure this letter will be no different. Pay particular attention to the date stamps of each of the following incidents.

Viviana writes:

Hello Leslie,

I absolutely love your amazing contribution.  I felt strongly that I needed to write to you after reading the Jackrabbit Factor 2 years ago.  Last year I read Portal to Genius and Hidden Treasures and on Oct.15th, 2016 I ended my journal entry with: “Bottom line: WRITE TO LESLIE”

Exactly a year to the date, Oct 15th 2017, you made it easier when you offered access to your ecourse [to a small focus group] in exchange for feedback… [Well,] I got A LOT of feedback for you.  So much in fact, that I don’t know where to begin.  Just for today, while I try to gather my thoughts and put them into words, I’d like to share with you my journal entry about last Sunday night.  In the meantime, know that I am literally THRILLED with your books, your articles, your podcast, your insights, etc.  I feel extreme resonance with all of it. I just wanted to send this quick note before the day was over.  When you read my journal entry below you’ll understand why.

Journal entry

Sunday night while my son read Narnia to me, I had my computer without volume so I could listen to him. As he read I looked at my email see if I had any new mail from Leslie Householder.  I love her inspiring messages and reading them is a treat I give to myself.  I didn’t think she would have any new posts since she had just posted the day before. But for some reason as I went to her website, the words: “Follow me on Facebook” stood out to me.  I am pretty sure she has that on every single article.  Have I not gone to her Facebook before?  I know I hardly ever even open my own Facebook. But I thought, since there is no new article on her website, maybe I’ll find something I missed in her Facebook.  I logged in, went to her page, and as I glanced at the images while still nodding as my son read out loud his book, I saw that the Facebook posts were the same as the podcasts, which I have already listened to.  I am scrolling rather fast sort of thinking “I’ve read all this already”.  My attention was mostly focused on listening to the story my boy was reading to me, when I noticed my name being displayed on the screen. “Vivian, come on” “You can do this” “Come on honey…”

I got startled! What on earth??!! Is Leslie Chatting with me? Does Facebook show you when someone is on your page? Does Facebook work like those dating sites that when you view someones profile a chat box appears and they are communicating with you?  I don’t like those, since for some reason it takes me a while to put thoughts into words. The chat feels like too much pressure. I did get an email a few days ago from Leslie asking “Did you receive my gift?” But I figured it was one of those automated template responses. Was I supposed to give feedback now instead of at the end of the 8 weeks? All these thoughts just flashed through my head in a fraction of a second. Then I realized the words appearing on my screen were the caption to the video that was playing (since I had the volume off). So I clicked on it, and it was a man talking about God always leaving a gap for us to jump to him (leap of faith) So the speaker compared it to his daughter “Vivian” standing at the edge of the pool as he encourages her to take the jump, close the gap. Then it asked: Is God asking you to jump?

I loved the concept. And then I thought, “Who names their daughter Vivian now days???” I have felt I needed to write to Leslie, specially after reading her “Genius” book.  I even remember writing in my journal: “Bottom line, WRITE TO LESLIE.” That was a year ago…and now…I see my name…on HER Facebook, saying “Viviana, come on.”

I thought that was more than a coincidence. I’ve always FELT I should write to her, but now I even feel as if I am supposed to.  It’s as if God is reassuring me to follow through with it.  I mean, I was definitely going to write at the end of the 8 weeks to give feedback about her program. As I was thinking about this I glanced at the Facebook page again and noticed the video was released on April 13th. WHAT????!!!!!!! I don’t know what opened wider, if my eyes or my jaw, which dropped in astonishment.  This video, saying “Viviana, come on” on Leslie’s Facebook, was released on April 13th, which is…my birthday! WOW…this is soooo weird….

So I thought, “Ok, OK, Lord,  I’ll write, I would LOVE to write, but it is practically midnight now, and whenever I even think about communicating with Leslie I feel so overwhelmed with gratitude that tidal waves come out of my eyes, and Heavenly Father, you know when I cry my eyes get puffy, and I have to go to school tomorrow…I can’t show up puffy to school and scare the kids…BUT…this Thursday… I start the Thanksgiving brake, so on Thursday I can write her  (and cry) to my hearts content 🙂

I was sooo excited about the “synchronicity”. I explained to my boy what happened. Just a few hours prior, we had family Home Evening and he had given the lesson about the Holy Ghost. So I was very grateful that he was there with me to witness as this guidance happened so he could experience it with his own eyes. We turned the lights off and I said the night time prayer: “Thank Thee Heavenly Father for the guidance of the Holy Ghost and for the little secret messages to point us in the direction we should go. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”  And my boy says:

“Little? Secret? They aren’t secret and they are definitely not little.”

Wow, I was sooo touched that my 11 year old boy could actually perceive it that way.

Before I started writing all this, my anti-virus program popped this message on my screen: “Don’t let your support expire.”

Then I switch to the internet and I had many tabs open.  The one displayed was one of Leslie’s articles which I had been reading a couple of days before.  It said in huge bold letters: What would happen if you don’t respond today?”

And I thought:  “I am responding today.  I AM responding today. I got the message.  Point taken already!”  🙂


Shortly after she reached out to me and we connected, she realized that the Mindset Fundamentals Ecourse (she was already in) and the Mindset Mastery Program were two DIFFERENT courses. She wrote:

Because I had already read all your books, articles, and listened to the podcasts… I thought: ‘I know my thoughts affect my reality, but I need a system to keep my thoughts on track…’ It wasn’t until 2 weeks into the [Fundamentals Ecourse] that I noticed an email from you which showed the Mindset Fundamentals and the Mindset Mastery SIDE BY SIDE! It was only THEN that I finally noticed they are TWO different programs. Immediately I purchased the Mindset MASTERY and I was delighted to see a workbook, questions, accountability check, journal, etc. YES! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Viviana

And then a few weeks later she shared part of her experience (to that point) in the Mastery Program, which reveals a very important and powerful principle that I want to share with the world! She wrote:



I watch the stickman video. My first thought was: I’ve already seen this. Then it got to the number patterns game. Again, I already know the pattern, but I did it anyway. I got up to 21. Then Leslie reveals that there are 4 quadrants, which I already knew. The lines defining the quadrants remained on the screen and I did it again. I did exactly… DOUBLE. Got up to 42, and it would have been more if I had not gotten stuck on 15 for a while. LOL

But what I LOVED about this little experiment is that even though I ALREADY knew about the pattern, having the lines on the screen STILL gave me DOUBLE the results. One of the issues I keep facing since the first time I came across “Thoughts Alive” is that I already know the information. It started when I was a kid when I read “the Silva Method.” Since then, several books, “long plays”, videos, tapes, movies, etc. have in mysterious ways found their way to me throughout the years. So what I am thinking now is: even though I already knew the pattern, I got DOUBLE the results when the grids were on the screen. So what if…even though I already know the laws of thought, about visualization, gratitude, act as if, etc…

…what if just having “the lines” (the program from Leslie) I simply get DOUBLE the results I am currently getting?

Hmmm… And the most amazing thing is that the improvement was INSTANT. I didn’t have to practice for a week. I am very visual. Those two lines across the screen gave me DOUBLE the results IMMEDIATELY! Wow.

As I continued watching the video, I loved the analogy of the math sum: Hard to do in your head, but super simple when writing the symbols down. I remember seeing the stickman figure on the video a couple of years ago, and I couldn’t see what was so great about it. Yes there is the conscious and the subconscious and the body. But were the rest of the stickman figures not on the video I saw 2 years ago?

I believe just the rest of the stick figures ALONE, will be the grid on the screen that will instantly DOUBLE my results. What would it be like to instantly have Double the time, double the ideas, double the faith, double the wisdom, double the health habits? hmmm…things can add up exponentially pretty rapidly. Of course there is a gestation period for certain things to blossom physically, but the exhilaration is instant.

The thrill is in the journey.

Well, that is my observation of my first week doing the Mindset Mastery program. That is what my BRAIN has observed.

However, my greatest excitement in doing this program is the witness I experience from the SPIRIT. I find great resonance. I have never been as excited about buying something as I was when purchasing the program. Why? I don’t know. I had just bought another program from someone else the week before and I didn’t get that excited about it. Neither did I get tsunamis building up in my eyes as I read. Why? I don’t know. But I know that my spirit is connected to the infinite. I know that my spirit knows things my mind doesn’t understand. Add to that the synchronicity I experience guiding me in this direction (Heavenly assistance), and its a triple combo 🙂

For instance, last week, as I was thinking about the power of thoughts, belief etc…I noticed the sun coming through my window, bouncing off the corner of my glass table and lighting up ONLY the picture that says “Faith, Hope & Joy.” My living room walls had no sunlight except for that little spot right then and there when I had that thought on my mind. I showed it to my son who was sitting next to me and then took a picture. I love being guided.

Whether I go to bed at 10, 10:30 or 11, I keep waking up at around 3. I get up, drink a glass of water, and then do the program…for about 3 hours. Then I go to sleep for a couple of hours. I am also paying attention to what I dream about. This is sooo fun! I am really looking forward to the time off from school to dive in and totally immerse myself in it 🙂

Thank you Leslie! It’s like Christmas morning every day!

With great gratitude,


Thank you Vivana – I love this. I hope this whole experience – captured so beautifully because you were willing to WRITE about it as it happened – helps other readers pay attention to, and act, on the promptings they feel as well. The promptings are there to nudge us in the right direction, to bring us to all of the help and resources we will need to grow into our greatest potential. Well done!!

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When Have I Done Enough?

Years ago, my friend Natalie taught a lesson during our women’s meeting at church about “Having Temperance in All Things”, which had a profound effect on me. I’d like to share my epiphany.

First, let’s establish a definition:

Temperance = moderation and self-restraint

Before her lesson, I’d say I easily understood the concept of “moderation” in terms of harmful substances (like sweets), or addictive behaviors (like binge-watching your favorite shows). But when I thought about what temperance in ALL things means, I had some trouble.

For example, I was never very good at knowing how to be temperate in goal achievement. I’d aim high, and then I’d overbook myself and get overwhelmed by all that needed to be accomplished.

I didn’t know at what point I could take a break and say, “I’ve done enough.”

Part of the problem was that I truly had the mindset that I could do anything – and that there was no such thing as doing “too much”.  I didn’t always know how to temper my ambitions, because frankly, they helped me achieve some things that I was pretty happy about.

However, sometimes my mortal body couldn’t keep up with the pace of my thoughts and expectations, and so predictably, I went through periods of unbridled ambition, followed by periods of crashing and burning, until I regained my strength to start it all over again.

I’m telling you, that kind of pattern can eventually break a person, like bending a metal rod back and forth until it finally snaps.

According to the Law of Cause and Effect, I knew that each time I took a step toward my goal, it took a step toward me. So I wondered, “How could it ever be okay to stop stepping?” Well, that morning before church it felt like I was on the verge of another crash-and-burn, so I prayed for insight. I wanted to know how I could keep making progress without burning myself out or incinerating my relationships.

We got to church and during the third hour, I joined the ladies meeting.

That’s when Natalie, at the front of the room, began. She said:

I like to make cookies.  In fact, I have a wonderful recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies that just works. Over the years I’ve used it, as long as I follow the right steps, we predictably end up with perfectly delicious cookies.

If I set the timer for 13 minutes and take them out when it dings, they’re perfect.  But if I get busy and ignore the timer, pretty soon I’ll start to smell them, and by then it’s too late. Even if I get a whiff and then run to take them out, it’s too late. They’ll be hard, dark, and good for nothing, except to be thrown away.

So, after mixing all the ingredients together, letting them bake is one of the most important parts – otherwise, you just don’t have a cookie. But baking them for the right amount of time determines whether or not they will turn out good. That’s why the timer is so important: to help you make sure the cookies don’t burn.

Life is the same way.

When you’re trying to accomplish something good, your energy and attention on the goal is one of the most important parts, like heat in the oven baking a batch of cookies.  However, you’ve got to turn off the energy and attention when the “timer” dings, or you just might ruin it all. So listen for (and heed) that inner voice that says, “Ding! That’s enough…”

Wow. I got it. I finally understood how too much of a good thing can be bad.

That lesson had a profound and lasting effect on me. I was amazed and grateful that the Lord answered my question so directly, so clearly, and so quickly! For the first time in my life I could finally understand that yes, there IS such thing as too much, and if you push the limits, you run the risk of ruining everything.

Too much of even the most wonderful things can turn into something bad. So remember:

When the “dinger” rings, it’s not just okay to stop, it’s critical!

Finding that middle place, finding your “13 minutes”, is so important. We have to trust that it is by “small and simple things” (instead of longer-than necessary intensity on things) that “great things are brought to pass”. Choosing this belief and abiding by it is an act of faith of the highest order.

After my epiphany that day, I tried to listen more carefully to the Spirit of God that serves as my “timer”. It quietly alerts me when I’m pushing things too long or too far. And instead of rationalizing that “I can still do MORE!”, I try to remember burnt cookies, so that 1) my goal can get just the right amount of energy, and 2) so that I can also avoid burning myself out as well.

As for the Law of Cause and Effect? Well, sometimes the right action is to take no action at all.

Natalie concluded her lesson that day by giving us each a perfectly formed cookie and saying:

“Careful baking is what determines the quality of my cookie, and temperance in my actions determines the quality of my life.”

Thank you, Natalie, for being an instrument in God’s hands that day. My prayer was answered (and my family thanks you for it, too!)  🙂 Originally published Mar 27, 2010