Think Prosperously, Behave Frugally

Here is a question from one of my readers that I thought was worthwhile to share with  you.

Question:

How do you think, especially speak, feel, and act as though you are rich, and…

A. not spend money you don’t have?

B. still give positive responses as though the money is here now to people asking you to do things you don’t have the money for???

How do you “feel” like the money is here now, when you see something you want to buy, and can’t responsibly do that?

My Answer:

You can accomplish the “feel” task during a quiet moment of meditation – a finite length of time. Sometimes I’ll just go lay down for a nap and let myself daydream and feel the abundance I’m hoping for, and allow my mind to experience its reality, even if it is just for a few minutes. That’s planting the seed, and turning it over to the subconscious.

Then when you’re back to life as usual, behave responsibly. Say no when an irresponsible purchase is tempting you. Determine the difference between an irresponsible purchase and one that may lead you to the solutions you are searching for.

If you have planted the seed, then you will be led to opportunities, and there may be a twinge of fear in taking advantage of them, but it is a different kind of fear than the kind that accompanies frivolous purchases. Deep down, if you have a clear vision of where you ultimately want to be, you’ll know the difference. If it’s the kind of fear that prevents your progression, then it is worth facing. If it is the kind of fear that protects you from making a mistake, then pay attention to it.

How can you know the difference? If you spend the time visualizing and feeling like I’ve suggested, then when the fear comes, you’ll know in your gut which kind it is.

Out of all I’ve just said, the part that most people will NEVER do is to take the time to daydream, visualize, and FEEL, and approach it like a task on their to-do list. Do it, then check it off, and watch for the opportunities to come. Do it, and notice how much more clearly it is to discern a distraction or trap from an opportunity.

When you get confused or fearful, do it again, check it off, and move your feet forward, expecting clarity to come as you go.

Be smart with your spending, only live abundantly in your mind, enjoying the “experience” of virtual prosperity, but then live life as normal. In time, circumstances will re-arrange themselves to open the right doors and bring you the right opportunities, until reality can reflect the images of your thoughts.

Optimism will lead you to financial solutions, but be smart and live responsibly in the here and now.

Above all, stick to sound principles. We got caught a big debt trap even several years after learning these principles, because we got too excited about changing things too quickly. It was a painful lesson to learn, so now I discourage you from using credit to purchase my trainings or products. I’ll tell you instead to read The Jackrabbit Factor FREE, and do what it teaches to obtain the money you need.

I strongly advise you to give 10% to charity and save 10% of your earnings as well, no matter what you make. If you can’t, then get another or better job, or cut back on your lifestyle. Yes, I just said that.

Build a solid financial foundation. Do the hard things now on the way to your dream. Establish sound financial habits that will follow you into prosperity. If you are careless with the little money, you’ll be careless with the big money. It happened to us. It’s pretty much a law of nature: human nature.

Pay attention to the market trends and don’t get caught up in the frenzies. There will always be ups and downs. And ups. If you missed a window of opportunity, just put your life and house in order so that you’ll be ready for the next one. Practice delayed gratification.

You might be surprised to know that we are not paying for our children’s educations – we’re teaching them that they will need to earn the money or get scholarships. We are teaching them to avoid debt like the plague, even for their education. So far so good. I hope they stick to it, even if it takes them longer to finish. I tell them to sacrifice, work, think long term, and watch the opportunities come. I believe God honors and blesses those who practice wisdom.

He also lets us do stupid things, so trust me – be wise. Be the weird one in your circle of friends who doesn’t have all the luxuries, because you’re working a long-term plan. As the old adage goes, the last shall be first and the first shall be last.

All the while, practice the principles of right-thinking. Have faith. Think optimistically. Create a vision for where you’re going. Trust in the Law of Rhythm, and the Law of Polarity, and the Law of Vibration, especially. Read all about these laws FREE, here.

When you’re out shopping with your kids and they beg you to buy something, don’t say, “I can’t.” Instead say, “I choose not to spend my money on that.” Speak to empower. Even if you can’t afford it, your mind will hear and feel the response  “I choose” differently than “I can’t.” And it time, you’ll see the effects. When the words you speak are in line with correct principles, your life can’t help but begin to move in a better direction. Originally published September 12, 2006

Related: To Debt or Not To Debt. Learn how the way you feel about the purchase can also affect the overall outcome.

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#50: Why do my Finances NEVER Change?

In this audio, Katie Vrajich interviews me as part of her Healthy, Happy Women Summit, where she interviewed five different women about topics that women seem to struggle with most: body image, food relationship, money relationship, parenting, sexuality, and mental health/self-care. My topic was on the money relationship segment.

As Katie says: “When you’re slogging through trials it is definitely easy to lose sight of where we’re going and why! I feel a renewed desire to share what I know and lift all the rest of the people who are currently slogging.”

Participant Feedback:

“THANK YOU…!! The cure for doubt is action…:)!! God cannot steer a parked car… The solution to every problem is only an idea away… What is the one thing, to do today? Decide what I want, and put it into writing, and then imagine…THANK YOU Leslie and Katie…” -Tina

“That was wonderful! I really enjoyed the positive feeling today. I will go check out your books, and I look forward to writing down what I want and taking the next step toward it. I want forward growth, even with the backwards steps.” -Janelle

“Thank you so much for this. I love the help with understanding some of these laws. Especially the part about how one negative moment doesn’t kill the dream. And thank you for your amazing books!!” -Aimee

Resources Mentioned:

The Visual Aid that Changed Everything – free video

Hidden Treasures book – free download

Jackrabbit Factor – free download

(Also in Freebies section at the bottom of this blog)

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Meet Katie Vrajich

Introducing… Official ThoughtsAlive Mentor Katie Vrajich!

Katie had a complete turnaround when she read the Jackrabbit Factor. She went from apathetic, bored and BLAH, to excited, grateful and determined!

She quickly chose to do the Mindset Mastery Course, and according to Katie, “It changed everything!” Within the next year she and her husband tripled their income, and they decided to repeat it again for brand new, next-level goals.

She says they learned so much along the way. Katie continues to offer support and inspiration for life. Seriously, this journey is not always easy. It is rewarding and good, but reaching big goals requires big changes, and sometimes those changes are very painful!

She wants people to know that they are not alone in their struggles.

Learn more about Katie at her Family Blog, see what she’s up to at her Mentoring Page, get her FREE Report: 6 Secrets to Getting Unstuck and Creating Momentum Now, or check out her online Healthy, Happy Women Summit (where I was a guest speaker).

“The more support that one has on this journey, the better, so if there is anyone out there trying to hit crazy goals this year too, please come and tell me about it! Declare it to the world (or at least me.:))!” – Katie

Follow her on Instagram – @lovekatiev

Listen to Katie and me talk about some of our lessons learned in how to make the principles work for us on this special episode of my Rare Faith Podcast.

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The GUIDED Mindset Mastery Program

ANNOUNCING! The “GUIDED” Mindset Mastery Class 

No more “going it alone”!

I love the Mindset Mastery Program. It’s been around for nearly 10 years and we’ve seen hundreds of students experience it’s powerful process.

But previously, the only two options for completing the Mindset Mastery program was 1) regular online, or 2) premium shipped (with my assistance at the midterm). In both cases, it was primarily a self-directed course, with optional interaction with fellow participants in our private Facebook group and discussion forum.

However…

While some people are naturally motivated to push themselves through the lessons and challenging assignments to graduate with Honors, others have more difficulty staying on track. 

Sometimes participants get to one of the more challenging lesson assignments and then pause, digest, prepare to tackle, and then wrestle with it… ultimately overthinking how they should proceed, and they get stuck. Paralyzed. And too embarrassed to admit it and reach out to the community for support.

While there is no deadline for completing it in these two formats (one of our graduates took 4 years to complete it), and while the online community is always available to help a person get over the hurdles, sometimes people think they are the only one struggling, or that they should be able to figure it out on their own, or they doubt anyone in the group would understand why they’re stuck, and actually know how to help.

The good news is that the Mindset Mastery program is rooted in principles which are accessible to everyone, no matter what their background, experience, or skill level. It meets each person where he or she is at, and helps them level up and increase their confidence in achieving goals with Rare Faith.

The bad news is that so far, we’ve only made the program available to those with one learning style.

That’s why it’s time to create a THIRD enrollment option:

The GUIDED Mindset Mastery Class

This brand-new 15-week course is a hands-on, structured, group-paced course, patterned after a tremendously effective program format, where you meet for one hour each week online with your Expert Guide and eleven other class members, as you go through the program step-by-step, week by week, together.

You’ll be guided through ALL of the 24 Mindset Mastery lessons online, with a proven system for holding you accountable, and keeping you on track for graduation.

When does it start?

NEW SCHEDULE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, our original plan to hold this class on Thursday evenings needed to be changed, so…

We will have a mandatory Tech Check on Wednesday, January 2 at 8pm MST. The remaining sessions will be held Wednesdays (Jan 9 – Apr 10) – from 8-9pm MST.

A great way to kick off the new year!!

How much does it cost?

One semester takes you through the entire class. Cost is $497, but if you are already a Rare Faith newsletter subscriber and want to claim one of the 12 maiden voyage “pilot program” spots, you can save $100. Discount available only through November 26, 2018 or while there are still openings, and applied at checkout.

What do I get? 

When you enroll in the Guided Mindset Mastery Program, you’ll get all the same materials that come with the online version of the Mindset Mastery program, a knowledgable expert guiding the class through each challenge and fielding questions along the way, and an accountability system for keeping you on schedule and progressing toward successful graduation.

You’ll experience the powerful life-changing journey in a small group of 12 like-minded students, who are experiencing the same process with you from week to week. You’ll enjoy ongoing support, so you can more easily make progress at a steady pace through every single one of the mind-expanding units, from start to finish.

Who is this for?

The Mindset Mastery program is for anyone who wants to gain practice and confidence in applying that “Rare kind of Faith” that causes things to happen. This is accomplished as a scientific experiment, of sorts, in two phases:

Phase 1 – You use the principles to experience success with an INCONSEQUENTIAL goal, in which the outcome is beyond your natural control.

Phase 2 – You use the principles to experience success with a MEANINGFUL goal, in which the outcome is beyond your natural control, by:

  1. Identifying a long-term, life’s purpose goal.
  2. Identifying a shorter-term goal that is difficult, meaningful, or important.
  3. Identifying and accomplishing a bite-sized piece of the shorter-term goal, which is beyond your natural control, to which you apply the principles, with success.

Through this proven process, you’ll experience the success pattern for yourself, and teach your brain a skill that you will be able to repeat again and again for making steady progress toward the achievement of ALL your goals, throughout your life.

Not just for newbies!

This class is not only a fresh start for NEW enrollees, but it also provides a fresh start for existing participants who got stuck along the way, or for veteran graduates who want to experience the process at a whole new level, and who want to enjoy fresh, new success.

There will also be an opportunity to learn how YOU can potentially facilitate future classes for a home-based income.

Registration opens November 1st. Registration is NOW open!

Click here to register for the GUIDED class

Other options:

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