Week 16 – Negative to Positive with Kindness

I work in a very nice building and a nice office.  However, when you walk in our office, you could cut the negativity with a knife.  It is SO hard for me to explain to anyone, but this office is the most negative that I have ever worked in.  I wonder over and over why I am here.  I am a very positive person.  But, when you work in a negative world, it is easy to be drawn into the negativity of others.

We have a woman who works here that is so hateful and bitter to everyone.  I can’t help but wonder what is going on in her life that causes her behavior.  But, every morning, I walk in and I say “Good morning” to her.  Sometimes, I get a grumble; sometimes nothing at all and ever once in a while, I will actual hear a “Good Morning” back.  My co-worker cannot understand why I even make the attempt when the day before I have been snapped at by this person!  But, I persevere.  I really do want to brighten her day, but not sure that is happening.

Two of my co-workers are always telling me that life seems easy for me.  And, that life is a drudge for them; everything always goes bad for them.  I try to explain that when you think negative, you get negative and when you think positive, you get positive.  You are what you think.  They can’t grasp that concept as of yet.

My daily prayer is that God will either help me to be satisfied with what I am doing here in this negative world or that he will open a door for another opportunity.  He opened a door once before and I was blind to it or ignored it.  So, I’m praying for better vision and another door, if that is what He wants for my life.  In the meantime, I have heard from Him that He wants me to be a positive force in a negative world.  So, for now, that is what I am trying to do.

This week, our word to observe is Kindness!  I am trying to be kind to everyone here no matter what is given back to me.  I remember that we must give without expectation of reciprocity.  I will keep my eyes open for those acts of kindness toward me that are very hard to see in this office.  My Bible Study today says that you can see light or you can see darkness in any storm.  We can choose to see light, believing it is there and we can see it with correct vision in faith.  That is what I am believing.

As for a door to open for me, I know it will one day.  In the meantime, I will do as God has asked me to and to be a positive light in a negative world.  I will be kind even though I see no kindness around me.  I will see my problems here as opportunities.  Hanaael says in Scroll IV that

I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise.

 

Week 15 – Words

As I was trying to decide what to write about this week, things started hitting me from all different directions.  While reading Haanel this week, he said

…as word are only thoughts taking form, we must be especially careful to use nothing but constructive and harmonious language, which when finally crystallized into objective forms, will prove to our advantage.  We cannot escape from the pictures we incessantly photograph on the mind, and this photography of erroneous conceptions is exactly what is being done by the use of words, when we use any form of language which is not identified with our welfare.

I started a Bible Study this week and one of the things it pointed out was that we had the ability to speak words of life or death to ourselves.  We are our own greatest encourager or discourager.

And, this brought me to a sermon my pastor shared one time that “Words are Containers full of Motive, Purpose, Direction and Will”.  We build our house by our words.  Man creates the world he lives in by the music he listens to, the images he sees, the words he speaks.  Thoughts are your words and words can give you life or death.  We must be careful with the words we speak because it creates our environment and our atmosphere.

It’s weird how everything I’m doing lately ties together.  Maybe they always have, but I’m just being more tuned int to it!  I love this course…it is making me more aware of my surroundings and how I react to my surroundings and think of myself.  In  Og’s Scroll IV, where he says “I am nature’s greatest miracle!” , it ties to my Bible study today where I read that I am ONE with Christ, so therefore I am glorious because He lives within me and so there is no pride in saying I am glorious because of that.  Just gratitude!!!

 

 

Week 14 – Perseverance

This week, we were asked to watch a couple of movies from a list provided.  I love watching movies, so this assignment was an easy one!  The first movie I watched was “October Sky”.  What a wonderful, inspirational movie.  The movie takes place in 1957 in a coal-mining town.  Homer Hickman is inspired by Sputnik that they are able to see in the sky orbiting the earth.  He has a dream of sending a rocket into space.  Many of the people in this coal-mining town have no other dream than to work in the coal mines like their fathers.  Homer wanted more.  He was mentored by his teacher, Miss Riley. Despite the negative influence of his father, Homer persevered and made a rocket.  When that rocket failed, he made another one and another one and another one.  He kept studying and building and firing off his rocket until he was able to get it perfect.  He won a science fair and got a scholarship to college, where he became a Rocket Scientist.  He persisted and he won!!!

The next movie I watched was Cool Runnings.  The characters in this awesome movie wanted to go to the Olympics.  They were runners.  However, they were tripped up (literally) in their race and did not make it to the Olympics in that sport for their country, Jamaica.  The main character, Derice Bannock , sought out an individual who had won a Gold Medal for bobsledding.  He talked him into coaching a bobsledding team, which they took to the Olympics.  They practiced and practiced and visualized their turns with pictures and masterminded with each other.  They were ridiculed by other teams for their lack of knowledge of the sport. They were laughed at by everyone!   They even had to borrow an old bobsled.  In the end, they appear to have what it takes to win the race.  However, their old bobsled could not hold up to the pressure of the speed and the turns and near the finish line, they crashed.  Determined to finish the race, the team members put the bobsled on their shoulders and carried it through the finish line amid all the cheers from the crowd.  The narrative at the end of the movie states that they qualified to return to the Olympics four years later where they were treated as equals.  They had a goal and even though they didn’t win, they persevered and finished the race.  Their coach, played by John Candy, told them:

A Gold Medal is a wonderful thing and if you a not enough without it, you are not enough with it!

I think this sums it up for all of us.  The prize is a wonderful thing, but you’ve got to be OK without it to be OK with it!  We all have to persevere for our goal in life.  If we don’t make it, so what.  The journey was worth it and made us the person we become.

 

Week 13 – 2 Steps Forward – 1 Step Back

My old blueprint has been rearing its ugly head this last week.  Not sure why, but I’m trying to persevere.  I work in a very negative environment.  The people in my office don’t ever appear happy and always speaking negative.  It’s SO hard to do the mental diet in this environment and I pray everyday that God will open a door for me in some positive environment.

I have always been a positive person.  When I started working here 3 years ago, someone told me that no one talked in this office until I came on board.  I always come in with a smile and a peppy step and say “Good morning” to everyone.  My co-worker tells me she can’t believe I do that when the people I say that to have been so hateful to me the day before.  But, I try to look on the positive side of things.

I do Commercial Property Management, so the calls I get are of a negative nature also.  They are always about “problems”.  Very rarely do we get a positive phone call.  It’s always complaining.  So, do you see where I’m coming from?  It would take me pages to explain all the negative forces in this office, but just trust me, they are here!

As I was doing my “Sit” this morning, I prayed for God to open a door for me for a new job that was a little more positive and clearly I heard Him tell me that I need to “BE the difference where I am”.  That doesn’t mean he won’t open that door someday, but I think I’m supposed to be a positive force in a negative work environment until that time comes.  It sure pulls me down, but I need to be that positive force as much as I can.

I will persist and I will win!  It just may not be in the timing I hope for!  God’s timing is not our timing!

Week 12 – Things are starting to happen!

15541339_10211303210199812_1118670091719378990_nThings are really starting to happen for me!  Last week, an old friend started reaching out to me.  She wanted to meet up with me and buy one of my products.  I was really excited to get to see her again.  So, we met after work today.  I thought it would be a quick, short meeting – her buy my product, tell me what she was doing these days and then we would be on our way.

Boy…was I wrong!  We chatted for 3 hours about most of the things that we have been talking about in this Master Key group!  Things she is doing all align with what I am doing.  She even started a group that meets once a month to Mastermind together.  Some of the things she was telling me about aligned perfectly with things I need and am doing.  She’s been the first person that I can truly share my DMP fully with.  It will be SO easy doing my SIT where we talk to a friend about our DMP!  I just did it!

I agreed to try out her group next month.  I am SO excited.  The things she spoke into me were all the words I needed to hear today.  Is this coincidence?  I don’t think so… I can be what I will to be!  I am SO excited about rekindling this friendship and I don’t think she just showed up by accident.  Things are starting to align for me.  I see great things coming.  She even showed me a planning book she had just purchased.  Guess what one of the affirmations was in the book?  “I will persist until I succeed”.  Wow!!!

It’s all starting to come together!!!  Things are starting to happen!  I’m excited!!!

Week 11 – I almost gave up

so-closeI have been very discouraged lately with my business and how slow it is going.  I had thoughts of just quitting.   Then, came Scroll III of The Greatest Salesman.  It spoke to me like no other.  I have really been working hard and just don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere.  But, you never know when you’re just about ready to succeed.  I truly believe in persistence.  And, I WILL PERSIST UNTIL I SUCCEED.

The paragraph that really spoke to me was:

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.  Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.  Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

I plan on continuing no matter what.  I will keep moving and doing what I’m doing to move forward.   I will persist and I will win!

On my DMP, I list an income I plan on earning in 3 years.  It seems very out of reach at this point in my life and if others who know me saw that amount, they would think I’m crazy.  However, I have seen others reach that in a much shorter time and I know if they can do it, I certainly can.  I even thought of changing the amount, but I don’t want to set my sights too low and find out that the higher amount was there for me all along.  I will persist and I will win that prize!  I can be what I will to be because I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy!  I always keep my promises!

 

Week 10 – Excuses

Have you ever noticed how many people have tons of excuses for their failures?  As Hannal said in his introduction to the Master Key – Part Ten speaking of the ordinary man:

If he fails as a businessman, he says that luck is against him. If he dislikes music, he says that music is an expensive luxury.  If he is a poor office man, he says that he could succeed better at some outdoor work.  If he lacks friends, he says his individuality is too fine to be appreciated.

There are always excuses.  They cannot see that there is a cause and effect to everything.  They are totally ruled by their emotions.  I remember years ago when I used to listen to Dr. Laura on the radio and someone would call in and say, “I feel….” and she would get on to them and tell them to not say they “feel”.  She said to take the emotion out of it to make a good decision.  She was right.

I also do not like people who are always blaming others for something that has gone wrong.  Can they not take responsibility for their own actions and why do they constantly have to point out someone else’s failures?  At my job, if someone finds something entered wrong,  filed wrong, just done wrong, they always have to point out who made the mistake.  But, when the time comes that they made a mistake, they don’t want anyone pointing it out to them.  It really makes for a very negative environment to work in.

I try to stay positive in my office.  I’ve always been that way, but this Mastermind Alliance course has helped me be even better.  I try to really love people for who they are and how they are…even if I don’t agree with them or like their attitude.  I deal with a lot of tenants of commercial property.  When they call, they are usually calling about some problem or complaining about something.  If I handled the situation they way my boss tells me to, I would have all of them hating me and not really accomplishing anything.  I treat them with respect and show a genuine concern about their problems and I find now that when they call, they always ask for me.  And, if I make a mistake with them, I admit it and don’t blame it on someone else.  It really pays off to show them you are human and truly care about them.

I try to show love to all that I meet, admit my mistakes when I make them and do not make excuses for my failures.  And, I always keep my promises!

 

 

Week 9 – Negativity

I have been very conscious of the negativity in my life this last week or so.  I am basically a very positive person but I can’t believe all the negative people around me.  My 8-5 is as a Commercial Property Manager.  And, of course, most of the calls I get from tenants are of a negative nature.  Things that are wrong with their space – roof leaks, trash in the parking lot, AC not working, etc. etc.  Then, the people I work with.  Oh my gosh!!!  One of our maintenance guys comes in every other day or so and the things going on in his life are all bad things.  But, all he talks is negativity.  I told him to have good thoughts and positive thoughts and maybe things would turn around for him.  But, he doesn’t get that.

The girl I work most closely with is also very negative.  She is currently suffering from the bad choices she made earlier on in life.  She constantly has trouble with some of her kids and/or their fathers.  If anything could go wrong, it tends to go wrong with her!  I told her the other day, that she needs to affirm positive thoughts about her life and the lives of her children instead of all the negative talk she does.  She said that she has been told that before but it doesn’t seem to help her.  “Why do good things always happen to someone else and never me?”

So, my goal this week is to repeat the affirmation of “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy” and affirm it for them, too!  I’m hoping I can help them in my own way by being “positive” for them.  As Haanel says:

Not only did I affirm if for myself, but for others that I knew needed it.  Whatever you desire for yourself, affirm it for others, and it will help you both.  We reap what we sow.

This will also show my co-workers that I love them!  I truly want what’s best for them and I want their lives to change for the better!

Week 8 – Challenges

This week has been a challenge so far!  Mostly a time challenge, but I’m trucking through it!  I have found, from the past, that when you are doing something really right, the Devil tries to keep you from it.  I have had obstacles thrown in my way all week.  I’m not sure what happened to my Monday, but it came and went so fast I didn’t have time to blink.  Tuesday, I had Bible Study after work.  This was a good thing but the Devil kept telling me I didn’t have time for anything else.  Satan, get thee behind me!  Wednesday…after work, I had a meeting that was supposed to only be about 30 minutes, ended up an hour.  Then, I rushed home so I could get on my Mastermind call with my Guide.  I was late, but got on and it was awesome!  I’m usually a very talkative person, but I could really only observe this week.  I’ll step it up soon.  Then, I had to rush off to an emergency board meeting.  I’m on the board of a Volunteer Fire Department.  We had some issues to resolve and that was the only time everyone could get together.  Today, Thursday, after work, I have a birthday party I have to attend.  I would skip that one, but the guy who planned it wanted me to scan some pictures and bring.  Argh!!!  I’m not sure when I’m going to get my invoicing done for my side business that I was supposed to do on the 15th!!!  I feel like I’m rushing, rushing, rushing all the time.  So, I need to get some “calm” in my life for just a few minutes!

All that being said, I finally experienced something this week from Og’s Scroll I.  He says:

As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind i begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before.  My vigor increases, my enthusiasm rises, my desire to meet the world overcomes every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I am happier than I ever believed it possible to be in this world of strife and sorrow.

I found myself waking up at 4:30 every morning this week.  I was excited to be up early and start my daily process.  In the past, being up at that time of morning would NEVER excite me.  But, now it does.  I have so much to do and I want to get it done!  Exciting!!!!

My biggest challenge this week (and every week, it appears) is getting into the Alliances.  I just don’t know why that is such a challenge.  But, I promise that I will start getting into there more often.

I know these challenges seem so small but they have been real obstacles in my life lately.  I take a vacation next week and I my plan is to get “caught up” on things and relax.  Life is good and I love it!

An update on my co-worker who wouldn’t talk to me after the election. I think I have figured out something about her.  She gets in a funk where she won’t talk to me about something, but doesn’t know how to get out of it.  So, I came bearing gifts this week and now she is talking again – maybe more than ever.

Wherever I go, I bring a gift.  I may bring a compliment, prayer, trinket, flower….but I promise I will give something to every person I encounter.  I promise to give without expectation of reciprocity from the channels i enrich because I know I am in the dynamic flow of giving & receiving.

I really did not “expect” anything out of her when I gave her the gift.  I just wanted her to know that I loved her and cared for her.  It worked and I am much better because of it!!

 

Week 7 – I will be what I WILL to Be!

I know not everyone was happy with the election results but my candidate won! Was he the best choice? Maybe not, but he was our nominee and I truly believe he was the only one who could have beat Hillary.

One of the things I noticed about him was that he would “speak” the fact that he was going to win. He had “willed” the fact that he was going to win. He is successful and I’m sure one of the ways he got there was “speaking and “thinking” his desires. He probably learned this very early on and that has accounted for his financial success in life. I don’t know, but we are being taught that we need to “speak” positive into our life, “speak” success into our life, “speak” so that our subby hears what we “will to be”.

Haanel says the the first step is idealization.  Then comes the process of visualization. And the third step is Materialization when it is accomplished.  I’m sure to be successful, our new President-Elect made a mental image of being President and then he had Earnest Desire, Confident Expectation and Firm Demand, which led to Attainment.  This is a quality of successful people,

I have not started my quest for not thinking anything negative yet – My Mental Diet. I had a board meeting on Monday night that I knew was going to be heated. I knew that I would just be starting over after that meeting. It was funny…through all the “heat” of the meeting, I truly was not feeling any negativity. Then, I knew we were having the election on Tuesday. I have been so tied up for the last year learning all I could about the candidates and educating myself on facts. I knew that there would be a lot of negativity throughout the election results evening. I definitely would have had to start over.

So, I start my quest tomorrow. I don’t care what others are saying about Trump or Hillary. I know what I believe and I know how I feel. I am not going to let “their” negativity influence me. It’s over and I’m glad.  Whatever the outcome, I was determined to be content. I knew that the day after the election, November 9th, my Savior would still be King and God would still be on the throne. I knew whose hands this country was truly in. And, I was ready to accept what happened.

I sit here writing this as my co-worker will not even speak to me. I have said nothing about the outcome of the election. I know her candidate did not win. And, she knows mine did. It is an unspoken fact in this office. However, she is treating me as if the outcome is MY fault. Get over it, as Mark would say!!!

Today is a new day and I will address it with love in my heart. I know where my strength comes from and I am happy to accept this day as a new day and a new beginning.