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The 4th Grade Expert

edisonRemember when we started school? Remember how we looked up to the older kids? I do.

I remember being ‘in awe’ of the older kids and how they seemed to navigate through school, classes, students and teachers with ease, while I never seemed to know which way to turn.

We are all experts (to a degree) … the 4th grader is an expert in all things … to the 3rd grader! Picture of Thomas Edison … who didn’t manage well in public school and was taught primarily by his mother!

The question is this … will YOU seek the advice of the 4th grader, the high school grad, or the college grad? Will you do your ‘homework’ to find out who is the best?

Experts are people who have done deep study in an area over time, who have embodied that study, live it, walk it and talk it, and now teach it to people who get consistent results, measurable, over time.  Leslie Flowers

I don’t confuse having a college degree with affording someone expert status in that field. They are not necessarily synonymous.

If I need heart surgery, not only had there better be a big fat degree on the wall, but he/she also must have done hundreds (if not thousands) of these surgeries and have consistent measurable results over time.

So it’s not about degrees. Jobs that require saving lives, require degrees and certifications.

There are however many industries that do not require degrees or certifications to be an expert.

Speakers, authors, coaches, facilitators, and online product marketers do not need a degree or a certification. Some coaches as example have certifications. Some do not. The certification does not make the expert coach. It is via the application of the ‘art’ that expertise arises.

Because a coach paid and passed written work, does not mean they engage well with human beings. Or that they practice their craft. It only means they took and passed a course.

In the same light, a person can learn to coach without getting a certification and become a world class expert!

You can also look at cub reporter Napoleon Hill who was engaged by Andrew Carnegie (steel magnate) almost 100 years ago to interview successful members of our society. The reporter became an “expert in success.’ He studied it, lived it, walked it talked it, and wrote what most consider to be the greatest contribution to the 20th century Think and Grow Rich.

Don’t hold yourself back in stepping out in your field because you don’t ‘think’ you are, or could be, an expert!

You are an expert if your area of expertise is one that people gain consistent measurable results over time when learning with you! If you love the field you are in — really LOVE it — take the time and revel in the results of those you teach. For their results constitute your expertise.

If this topic interests you, you may wish to review this BLOG.

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Learning to Earn!

You may already know that there are two kinds of imaginationsynthetic and creative.

Synthetic imagination is reworking former solutions to come up with a new puzzle or map to solve an issue.

Creative imagination is the entrance of an idea via universal energy that flows from form, to form (you and me), through form (us) and back into form (manifestation).

PROBLEM: Creative imagination is programmed OUT of us while we are in school.

How many times did I hear, “Leslie stop day dreaming and pay attention to the lesson!”?

Right. It was actually the DAYDREAMING that should have been cultivated … not the lessons!
But oh, well, so it is for all of us. We learn to shut down for the most part creative imagination. Some of us NEVER learn to evoke it again!

Creative imagination is required for success. Leslie Flowers 2012

All ideas are available to all of us. You can tell how true this is when you had an idea that you ‘let go’ and someone else, sometime later, executed your EXACT idea!

If you don’t grasp and hold the idea in your conscious awareness, fall in love with it and hold it top-of-mind, consistently and over time, unfortunately, it will never manifest for you.

Really, though it isn’t our fault. We simply were ‘unaware’ of what was happening. Now we know and we can DO something to ‘reprogram’ our selves and restore access to creative imagination.

3767729028_6278b420eaSpent quality time with my 4 grandchildren this weekend (ages 7, 7, 5, and 4) and here is what I noticed as I watched them play school, play American Idol, and all sorts of games ….

They only have CREATIVE IMAGINATION! There has been no time to ‘have’ former experiences from which to draw, as they just now are arriving at the age of reason. This is when their conscious mind is coming of age (forming).

It is beautiful to watch how they developed these games and characters. They were literally FLOODED with imaginative ideas, one after another, in what seemed to be a never-ending stream.

I cannot end this piece without giving you pointers on how you can rebuild and resurrect your creative imagination. For this type works with intuition and is the closest communications we humans will ever have with the Universe or God.

  1. Come up with one thing you really, really want. Note it is not what you need … what you WANT.
  2. Write it down as though 1) time and money were NOT ISSUES FOR YOU, and 2) you have ALREADY ACHIEVED IT.
  3. Add color, form, weather and others in the description.
  4. Add how you feel, having already achieved this dream!
  5. Revisit it weekly and tweak and add details to it.

Not only will you find you are ‘getting’ words and ideas creatively from the universe as they ‘pop,’ via Ethernet, into your head, you are also building the ‘mental muscle’ of imagination again!

And oh, by the way, you will like see this dream show up because the ‘feeling’ you have imagining yourself already having what you want with great detail, establishes the perfect vibration to attract whatever you need into your arena to see the dream fulfilled!

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Napoleon Hill – The Man

What kind of man was Napoleon Hill? Was he kind? Did he treat people well? Did he respect women? Did he apply his works? Was he a cusser? A womanizer? A cheat?

How would we know these things about him to begin with? We can read about him and what he reported.  Wait, you don’t know WHO he is? Not to worry!

Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich and the 1st ever consolidated Philosophy of Personal Achievement, was a cub reporter for a newspaper when he met Andrew Carnegie, the great steel magnate!

Carnegie offered this 20-something the opportunity to meet, know, and interview more than 500 of our country’s greatest achievers in diverse areas of life and business. And there would be no pay! Hill met with them more than once and charted their businesses over a 20 year period. Who in their right mind would take on a 20 year gig without pay? Perhaps that’s an indication of who Napoleon Hill – the Man – was.

Why did Carnegie hire Hill to do these interviews anyway?  To see what those people were doing that the rest of us WERE NOT! Now there is a Blueprint for advanced achievement and wealth … and guess what? While Think and Grow Rich is the 6th best selling book of all time, PEOPLE DO NOT STUDY IT. Oh, they may read it, OR, be one of the masses who ‘buy books and NEVER READ THEM them.’ Yes, it’s true. Buying … and even reading a book does not commit it to memory or to habitual behavior … the whole point of the book!

I listen to Hill’s old recordings of the philosophy of personal achievement as often as possible. In these recordings, Hill reveals some of ‘what makes a man.’

As a young boy, Hill’s mother died and his father quickly remarried and introduced his new wife, Napoleon’s step mother, to Hill, who had decided he was not GOING TO LIKE her.  Who could replace one’s own mother anyway?

As determined as Hill was to dislike is step mother, she was the first person to see the potential within him, encourage him, and be his biggest proponent. She was a huge influence on him for this and another important incident.

One day his stepmother’s dental plate fell to the floor and broke in two. Hill’s father was able to solve a way to bond it until another could be made. The plate worked so well, the father began to offer dentistry services. All went well, finances increased and the Hill’s were on their way toward living a more than meager life.

Another day a notice arrived by mail alerting the Hill’s that to practice dentistry, one had to be ‘certified.’ At that point Mr. Hill the father was ready to give up. The step mother however, launched him into action and encouraged and inspired to take the training! And he did, achieved his dentistry certificate, and moved his family into more and more comfortable surroundings.

Napoleon Hill learned acceptance and persistence from his step mother. Then when he stood around a cast iron kettle with others, sipping the cooked product, later to be sold for $500, including the kettle, by the doctor who created the libation to a local druggist – Hill met his wife to be. They were sipping coca cola.

Highly influenced by a powerful woman 100 years ago, and then offered the opportunity to connect with 500 US greats and their habits and practices of wealth creation over time, Napoleon Hill became a man’s man. While I am clear he was not a perfect man, he did walk the walk and talk the talk for to consolidate this volume of excellent teachings would require immersion and infusion of the principles and philosophy into his own being.

One of my favorite quotes by Hill, paraphrased, from Think and Grow Rich is this ….

Successful people make quick decisions and are very slow to change them, if at all.

On September 11, I will facilitate an ABSOLUTE Mastermind™ based on Think and Grow Rich over an 8 weeks, in person, my 30th of this kind. More information HERE  on this study.

Do It AFRAID!

Everything sounds perfect … except for one thing, she said. “I’m AFRAID!”

“Yes,” I said, “I know. Did you know that really successful people look at ‘being afraid’ as a BIG GREEN LIGHT to grow? We muster courage when we are afraid and when we DO IT ANYWAY, we grow in awareness of our REAL and infinite potential!”
She did it … AFRAID!  That was my daughter when given an opportunity for which she had prayed and asked for two years.
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A 16 year middle school science teacher, twice nationally certified, and recent teacher of the year, my daughter started seeing herself stuck in one job until retirement and she was not happy about that visual. [Many would be thrilled to have that kind of tenure, right?] She is well liked, well known, and well respected in her position, yet under normal teaching curricula; she was unable to teach only advanced children or her favorite subjects, in depth.

She was offered a position to ‘create’ a science curriculum for advance students in 6, 7, and 8th grades for an entire county. But it would be at a different school!

She was comfortable at her old school. She knew the curriculum, the teachers, the students and the administration. And they all knew her.

This would be a new school, a new curriculum to develop, new administration, teachers, and logistics. Nothing to count on except, if this new curriculum were done well, SHE would be the ONE to teach it to other science teachers all over the county? How perfect!

After our talk as you saw above, she made the Decision (8th principle of success in Think and Grow Rich) and took the job. While she mentions to me that as students matriculate out of middle school, they always come back to see her and she would miss seeing them, hey, she says out loud, she could put a picture of herself on her old classroom door with her new location so those kids would find her.

Remember this … when you ‘feel’ uncomfortable, there are only 2 ways to go …

1) Your comfort zone where you grow very little (if at all).
2) Out of your comfort zone where you muster courage, stretch, and grow into your own greatness.

Next time something you really want shows up and it scares you … will you do it ‘afraid?’

5 Good Reasons to Stop Second-Guessing Yourself

Have you ever committed to an event and had every intention of going from day one, and having a great time and then about an hour or two before, you don’t ‘feel well,’ or ‘have a headache’ and begin to ‘talk yourself out of going?’

It happens to me more than I care to admit. The conversation is “I don’t feel well and they won’t miss me anyway.” It’s called second-guessing yourself.
I asked myself this question “why did I agree to go to begin with?” recently when this exact thing happened to me. I committed weeks in advance without a second thought to an event I knew I would love.

I wanted to see everyone, have a bite to eat, a glass of wine, and have some fun!

It happened one Thursday evening not long ago. My stomach really did start hurting about 2 hours prior to the event. I searched my memory banks for ‘negative’ thoughts as what we ‘think’ always shows up, one way or another, in physical form. [I caused the illness to get out of going!]

I even sent an email to the host saying I ‘may not’ be in attendance.

Then I said, “No. Not this time. I’m going!” I took 2 Tums and in seconds I felt better.

Why is this important? It is important because of what I would have missed if I had BELIEVED my old limiting beliefs that I am transparent, don’t make a difference, am not seen, and do not make a difference.

Here’s what happened that evening at the event — 5 really great reason to attend!

  • Met the building operations officer, saw the brand new training room, and discussed cost for doing workshops there. Prices seemed pretty fair. Love the location even though it’s at least 30 minutes from home. I began thinking about what kind of workshop I would host there.
  • Sat down with a dear friend to chat … she won a door prize … nice Malbec which she said she’d not drink and gave it to me.
  • Reconnected with my daughter’s childhood friend. They competed in baton from about age 6 to 18. She’s all grown up and a Ph.D.!
  • Then came an announcement. Several people were dubbed ‘experts’ and my name was called.
  • Then the big door prize as I sat behind the glass just the other side of the announcer. I had not won a prize yet so I put my fingers to both temples in an effort to channel being a winner, as a friend of mine calls it. INSISTING I win. <strong>And so it was.

Guess what the doorprize was? Three months using the training room and office, valued at $350/month – $1050!

The next time you catch yourself doing some second guessing and are working to talk yourself OUT of going somewhere you really want to be … think of me. It could not have been a more fruitful evening for so many reasons … and I would have missed a lot. [graphic at left  is me doing the ‘happy’ flowers dance!]
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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.

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