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Characterization of God

MC900056759I caught the last 15 minutes of Joel Osteen’s weekly television show this morning. I rarely do, yet when I do, I always get an insight for myself. Today was no different.

Osteen talked about ‘God doing this,’ and ‘God doing that,’ to bring abundance, with a snap of his finger, into your life; bringing you from the back of the line to the front of the line, shifting the tides in your favor. He made God out to be a very busy man!

His presentation was speaker perfection … make a point, tell a story; make a point, tell a story … have a percentage of ‘feel good’ moments every so many minutes … the things I learned in 2009 from Speaker Expert Steve Siebold when I took his Gove-Siebold Workshop and became a certified speaker.

I noticed I saw for myself, I conjured up an image of God, as Osteen spoke — and gestured as God might, crossing his arms, granting wishes, changing the ‘wind,’ and I reminded myself that most all of us think in pictures, and images have us ‘feel’ a certain way, and the way we feel draws more of people with ‘that’ into our lives based on universal law. I saw a Santa-type, benavelent God. Do we each have our own unique character of God with which we establish quick rapport?

Osteen’s stories were motivating, Bible-based, and easy to understand, thereby boosting my own vibration and good feelings, further peppered with hope and gratitude — deriving the EXACT vibration for optimum co creation! As God moves to us, through us, and on to the next being, to be honored with this repeating process forever — we are in best harmony or flow with universal law when in the state of gratitude and love.

“I am the mirror of your greatness and you are the mirror of mine.”

“I shine an intense light in the world. How big my light appears to you is in direct proportion to the light you have within yourself.”

So I concluded that it is not the characterization of God that causes good fortune. It is using that image to find, match, and feel, and then generate the vibration of love and gratitude to quickly align, and co-create life in optimum abundance, by being precisely who and what we will attract. Consistently generating this feeling, the more we easily build Faith in the power of the universe to bring us the things we want.

“We bring up this perfect feeling at will by always and intentionally looking for the greatness in others.”

If we recognize love and gratitude in others it means we have it in ourselves. The more we purposely practice looking at people and situations this way — finding the good — the more often and quickly we are in collaborative alignment with God and universal law. As we ascend our personal mountain of conscious awareness leading us again to our genius and infinite potential, we look back and realize what seemed to be a convoluted path getting to this level, really was a simple straight line to live our unique purpose of service, and once again become one with all there is.

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Top 5 Ways to Start a Lasting, Effective Mastermind

For more than 4 years I have facilitated mastermind groups steeped in success, virtues and universal principles. Being on the mindset faculty of the Ultimate Life Company in the area of mastermind excellence, I had to become a ‘reporter.’ That is, to look over more than 30 masterminds I have facilitated, averaging 8 weeks each, with 6-15 people, to see what ‘worked’ and what ‘did not work.’

What is a mastermind? It’s when 2 or more people come together with a similar purpose or intention.

My own mastermind teachers, Bob Proctor and Paul Martinelli are expert mastermind facilitators.  Proctor does it via  collaborative partnerships, or what he calls MSIs, multiple streams of income, as we know that to be a success across the board, we need more than one stream of income to gain alacrity.

Martinelli’s own, personal mastermind developed 10 millionaires over a 4 year period.  Not only did he teach Proctor’s mastermind methods then, but went on to share them with Mary Mannin Morrissey’s international consulting team, as well as John Maxwell’s.

AND … here’s the CATCH …

It is the FOUNDATION  – the infrastructure – adopted and adhered to by all members that has a mastermind be lasting. I give my mastermind candidates that same foundation and even with that, to my knowledge only one of the 30 groups still meet on a regular basis today (3 years later). And their results have been extraordinary.  Even more fascinating, yet not really surprising – that was a group of men.

So we know even when we KNOW what to do (have the keys to creating and continuing masterminds of excellence over time) WE JUST DON’T DO IT.

If then you are considering building your own mastermind group, here are 5 key agreements  you will want to establish with your group  BEFORE YOU START  to have your ‘best shot’ at success. Without them, you “don’t have an ice cube’s chance ….” in having, creating and sustaining an effective mastermind.

Keep in mind that while everyone agrees to adhere to these agreements, it will be up to the Facilitator to keep everyone on course and BE THE ONE who keeps the group on track.

Create group intention or purpose which is read at the start of each meeting.

  1. Create a consistent schedule that includes a start and end time (minimum 60 minutes; maximum 90 minutes).
  2. Be in communication if as a candidate you will arrive late, miss a meeting, or miss a weekly paired accountability call.
  3. Freedom to step down from the mastermind group if you can no longer adhere to guidelines.
  4. All candidates MUST  ATTEND the first session and 80% of all meetings.

And remember, “Learning is the miracle grow for humans!” – Leslie Flowers

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©Leslie Flowers June 2012, exponential personal growth expert, helps mature women re-engineer their businesses and their lives by steeping them in living life with principles, virtues, and higher awareness. Faculty member in Mindset Mastery at the Ultimate Life Company, with Bob Proctor, you can catch her programs on mastermind excellence and expert goal setting and achievement at their site. You may read her archived voluminous personal growth teachings — Drops of Awareness — at PathsofChange.com, which house each step on her own path of change over the past 10 years.

Why Successful People Ignore the “How”

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Did you know that You do NOT have to know HOW to do what is required to have what you want?

Not, that is, if it is your greatest wish to “be successful.” What does success mean to you? For me it is being ‘happy, healthy and wealthy’ in all areas of my life. I’m not one bit interested in a lot of financial riches without the rest. In Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich, Hill cites a group of highly financially successful US businessmen who were not happy or healthy, and all died in pretty short order. So they didn’t even get to ‘enjoy’ their riches. That’s not what I want for myself. What about you? 

Not knowing HOW has people feel very uncomfortable when going after what we want … so, we simply STOP or as many say we ‘GET STUCK.’

I have learned that the ‘key’ to being successful is WHY I want what I want, not HOW!

You may have noticed that what I write about is always opposite of traditional thinking. Why do I do that? Because traditional thinking is for the masses, the sheeple, the people who simply ‘get through’ life. They struggle to make ends meet which most often causes illness and no certain success or measurable results. Anyone can become more aware by learning, but alas, the masses do not see the value in continued learning. That’s why there are so many of them!  

And I have perfect Faith (from measurable personal and client results) that whenever there is a yes, a ‘no’ exists simultaneously. Where there is a bad economy, there is also, and at the same time, a fluorishing economy! WE get to say which it is! If we go along with everyone else, the masses, we’ll be wrong as they always have been and always will be.

Opposites … let’s take SMART Goals setting as example. It’s the perfect example of how mass mentality while pervasive, simply does not work!

Used in the automobile industry for decades … did it work? You tell me! That method does not work for corporations, small businesses, micro businesses or entrepreneurship.

Two of the 5 steps are simply inaccurate and do not lead to success. Yet it is still and was what the masses were using for mass results. If you are a success, you are not using that method. 

You don’t have to be Ready! You must start NOW regardless of circumstances! You do not need money to start on your dream … another opposite! Most say, when I get this, have that, or kids are out of school … then I’ll start. It’s all about not knowing HOW. It’s “doing it afraid!” that makes a successful outcome!

You must have a desire or focus .. that’s the AIM.

You must take immediate action … that’s the FIRE.

You must be READY for reaping what you have planted!

Even the logo below is the opposite of what we ‘thought!’

The only HOW we need is one or two steps toward what we want. 

THE HOW COMES ‘to you’ ONLY and once you are in ACTION, and not 1 second before.

Out of the box thinking leads to higher awareness of our infinite potential as human beings.

“Learning is the miracle grow for humans!”

Come join me Friday June 29, 11:30 – 2 pm at RallyPoint for lunch and lots of learning. I’ll do a deep dive into tried-and-true success principles, goal setting that actually leads to true achievement, and how what we believe gives us what we have. $39 includes lunch and materials. In private room at RP. REGISTER

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©Leslie Flowers June 2012, exponential personal growth expert, helps mature women re-engineer their businesses and their lives by steeping them in living life with principles and virtues. Faculty member in Mindset Mastery at the Ultimate Life company, with Bob Proctor, you can catch her programs on mastermind excellence and expert goal setting and achievement at their site. You may read her archived voluminous personal growth teachings — Drops of Awareness — at PathsofChange.com, which house each step on her own path of change over the past 10 years.

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The Acorn and The Oak

The acorn, a seed, lies on the ground, dying. If you harnessed the most powerful microscope along with slicing and dicing the acorn, NO WHERE WOULD YOU FIND AN OAK TREE!

Once planted and fed, the acorn draws to it or attracts everything andanything to make it grow. At what point does it become an Oak Tree? Is it with the first root, when it breaks ground, or when it reaches a certain height? I don’t know, but what I do knowis that from that acorn comes an oak tree.

And so too does our DNA contain our unique Purpose in life. The feeding of human beings is via learningand with that, we draw everything and anything we need to have us grow into our own unique and FULL potential.

Consider ….

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.” James Allen

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©Leslie Flowers April 2012, exponential personal growth expert, helps mature women re-engineer their lives  following a whole life shock. You may read her archived voluminous personal growth teachings — Drops of Awareness — at PathsofChange.com, which house each step on her own path of change over the past 10 years. You can see Leslie presenting April 27 and 28 at the Southern Womens Show at the State Fairgrounds. Topic: Believe~2~Succeed.

3 Ways Ego Upstages Purpose

No matter how smart you or I think we are, no one can think two thoughts at the same time! It may ‘look’ like we do, and absolutely on some days I sure ‘feel’ like I’m doing ten things in the same instant, it just is not so.

This is important because the ONLY thing over which human beings have control over … is WHAT WE THINK! 

So if we can catch our ‘ego’ at work by recognizing it’s personality, we can kiss it off to make room for a thought that we love … our purpose, or search for it.

To make that choice you must know some things about ego and purpose. They are somewhat like the proverbial devil and angel.

The ego is a collection of beliefs (paradigms or habitual thoughts) about ourselves and our abilities that show up particularly when we attempt to think or do something new … something that would take us out of our comfort zone.

Comfort zone is where we are very clear about everything.
that’s why it’s comfortable!

We each have ultimately the same purpose — to serve others. Our unique purpose and vehicle for service, lies within in our DNA.

Ego is managed by our subconscious mind, where Purpose is managed by universal energy or the God-like part of us and our connection thereto.

You know your Ego is in the way of your Purpose this way:

  1. You have a new idea and you ‘hear’ yourself thinking: “I can’t do this, I’ve tried before and failed, I’m not smart enough,” etc. THE EGO IS A LIAR! IT IS OUR ENEMY! WE CAN BE, DO OR HAVE ANYTHING WE WANT!
  2. You share your ideas with others who ‘agree’ with your Ego and you find yourself ‘dropping’ the idea. THE EGO WON AGAIN AND YOU GAVE UP CONTROL OF THE ONLY THING OVER WHICH YOU HAD CONTROL!
  3. You sign up for a class and the night before, you find yourself coming up with a dozen reasons NOT to take the class. EGO MANAGES OUR THOUGHTS MORE THAN WE DO! And you find yourself questioning your own choices.

Take heart. We all have Egos and we all have Purpose. The difference between those who are wealthy, happy AND healthy, the 3%, is that these folks have learned and honed the skills to SHUT DOWN the Ego’s voice so as to allow in the whisper of Purpose.

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©Leslie Flowers April 2012, personal growth expert, helps mature women re-engineer their lives  following a whole life shock. You may read her archived voluminous personal growth teachings — Drops of Awareness — at PathsofChange.com, which house each step on her own path of change over the past 10 years. You can see Leslie presenting April 27 and 28 at the Southern Womens Show at the State Fairgrounds. Topic: Believe~2~Succeed.

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