When Things Look Bleak

47tips-bleakPositive Thinking Tip: Reflect with gratitude on your current blessings and previous victories.

I remember being in a real slump a few years back… on the verge of some pretty exciting things, but attacked by some new thoughts of concern.

I had set some lofty goals some time previously, and as the target date was approaching, and as things appeared to be bleak, it took all my energy to continually push aside doubtful thoughts.

For several days in a row I was plagued by questions such as:

  • “What if it doesn’t work out?”
  • “What if you miss your goals?”
  • “What will you do if the resources you need don’t come through?”

Each time an anxious thought came into my head, I rejected it. But just rejecting it wasn’t enough to leave me with burning faith, either. I was losing sight of my objectives, and felt weak in my ability to apply the very principles of prosperity I teach.

“Oh, give yourself a break, Leslie… you’re just pregnant.” I’m acutely aware of my emotional state when hormones are all wacky, and I learned to trust in God’s mercy in spite of myself. I believe He can bless me even when I’m not perfect (thank heavens)… and I’ve learned that because I choose that way of thinking over the more typical “I’m not worthy of His blessings” mentality, He is then able to send the blessings, by law…

Still, even though I have, in the past, been able to believe in my goals in spite of myself, that particular week was especially tough. Hope was fading, and I struggled not to just give up.

So I turned to two of my closest friends for support, and to help me fix my thinking. I knew that it was my thinking that needed fixing, even more than the circumstances around me (the lack of evidence that I would succeed). It was my thinking that needed fixing, because my success depended on it.

Let me share with you what they told me:

Marnie’s advice – “Dig into gratitude for what you have and what you know is coming. Also… depression isn’t such a bad thing because it makes you willing to change, helps you see contrast…also the whole [law of] rhythm thing… something great’s around the corner …refocus spiritually… Doctrine and Covenants 6:33-37 really helped me get through [a similar slump]”

(The reference she was talking about reads: “Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail… Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.”)

My husband’s comment: “God hasn’t brought us this far to fail now…”

That struck me like a ton of bricks. It made me think back to all of the miracles He has performed for us, and it would be absurd to think that He would bring us this far, only for us to give up on our dreams and fail to accomplish the worthy things we’ve set out to do.

Suddenly, the struggle seemed like a waste of time and energy. No longer did I feel like I was IN the struggle; I felt like I had just set it aside as something I chose to have nothing to do with.

I found a quiet place and took Marnie’s advice to think on all the things I have to be grateful for. And you know what? It wasn’t just a nice exercise, it was literally an action step taken to get me back on track. Because I have a growing understanding of the laws of success, I knew that to take a half hour or an hour to allow myself to feel gratitude to God for all He has done, maybe even to the point of tears, was to put myself in harmony with Him again, and prepare myself to receive the very blessings He wants to send me.

No matter how far we come in learning these principles, we will be challenged our entire life to continue exercising those “muscles”. They can atrophy if we let them. Once again, I became excited about my dreams.

It’s true: we can make of our life anything we want it to be!

Above all, the only things that really needs fixing when things look bleak are your thoughts.

0795_Leslie-author-FB-sq-rotated-flippedGet your thinking right, and everything else falls into place.

Download a free copy of The Jackrabbit Factor or Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters, and I’ll help you make the transformation, one step at a time.

Prosper on!

Leslie Householder

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Principles of Prosperity in Action

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One of my subscribers recently shared an experience that brought tears to my eyes.  She writes:

“I got The Jackrabbit Factor for Christmas last year and read it to myself and then to my husband. He shared it with a friend and now they talk rabbit talk.

“My husband is a professor of Acoustics at BYU. We have 6 children, one just graduated and the youngest is 3. We have heavy student loans for all the years in school and our finances are worse than they have ever been. I have always stayed at home with the kids and have home schooled all of them up till high school. Anyway, I’m sure you didn’t need to hear all that but I finally got a copy of your Hidden Treasures: Heavenly Help with Money Matters before Thanksgiving.

“My husband is so swamped at work with all the many demands that BYU has and he is trying to decide on a business idea because we know that we can’t afford to stay there with out any other income. So he told me to read the book and learn it so well that I could teach him. So I read it once and then came to the question section. While he is in Hawaii at a conference, I stayed up late and pretty much reread the book and answered the questions. I think I finally get the rabbit book now.

“So yesterday I remembered that a radio station was giving away 4 tickets a day to the 10th caller when a certain song was played to the Trans Siberian Orchestra. My 16 year old is way in to music and wanted to go so badly but no way could we afford $50 tickets. So I decided to try the laws (I thought of the story about the ticket). I signed up to find the hour that the song would play and told my family I was going to win 4 tickets. I tried to visualize all day them saying I had won and how excited my son would be. I wrote down how grateful I was that we won and how we would feel. I even called my husband in Hawaii to tell him I was going to win and then I was going to get new blinds for our front window which has ugly lace curtains. He laughed and said OK!

“Well the song was to play between 4 and 5 PM so I turned on the radio and my 13 year old was right there with me. I punched in the number on my 18 year olds’ cell phone and told her to call when I told her to (so we would have at least 2 chances). My excitement was growing and I did think “well I have tomorrow I could still win but it has to be today”. Of course they waited till 4:51 PM to play it but when I heard it I called 3 times but the lines were all busy. My daughter came out of the bathroom and said mom it’s ringing. I grabbed the phone and went into the garage because all my kids were screaming by this time. I could hardly hear the guy as he said hello. I immediately screamed, “did I win,” and he told me I had. A roar went up from the house and I began dancing, yelling “It works, it really works.” I had to give him some information and I need to go pick up the tickets but we are going to the concert next Saturday!!!!

“My kids were all amazed. What are the chances that you actually get through, let alone be the 10th caller? The Lord worked his miracle and now I have greater faith and hope that we will prosper and that these business ideas my husband has will work. I am so excited to teach him. Oh, by the way, he was astonished that I won. (My curtains are coming down to make room for new blinds.)

“I can’t thank you enough… It is so clear now. I think I will teach this to my kids also, then my sister whose husband has given up on all hope of a better life. Thank you for following the promptings. I know you have been inspired on all this.

“My husband has been listening to Earl Nightingale for years and years. So when he heard you learned from Bob Proctor, who learned from Earl—He was ready to listen. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Thank you, dear reader, for taking the time to share this wonderful, inspiring story to show the principles of prosperity in action!!!!

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