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What is your value?

I thought about value this morning while I read The Greatest Salesman by Og Mandino. This month’s reading talks a lot about multiplying our value, and a lot of people take that as “make more money” or “work way harder” and I’m not convinced that this is what Mandino is referring to. Does how hard you work or how much money you make determine your value? Some people think this is the case, but I disagree.

He talks about a grain of wheat which becomes many grains once it’s planted – but I don’t think it’s just about having a bunch of kids, or even “duplicating” yourself in a business sense, even if that was a possibility. That particular concept sounds like putting cement on others to me.

He talks about setting goals, but are the goals really what gives you value?

So what is your value?

You have intrinsic value from being alive, being human, giving and receiving from others in your group. But there’s more:

A field of clay touched with the genius of man becomes a castle …value-castle-917427_1920

… cannot I do the same with the clay which bears my name?

It seems to me as if this is saying it’s what we do with ourselves that makes the difference. Sure, you can eat and sleep and go to the bathroom and have kids and interact with others of your kind and do whatever you need to in order to have and get those things comfortably. But is that any different than what animals do?

It’s the genius of man, our thinking, which improves and multiplies the basic value that we’re born with.

We all know those “field of clay” people – and I certainly don’t look down on those who have no aspirations other than to eat and have kids and such. Just like the field, they have intrinsic value. They are good and useful and even beautiful in their own right. But I don’t think that you’re here because that’s what you want to be. You want to become a castle, metaphorically speaking. You want your life to be grand. You want to be a refuge of safety, an inspiration, a tower of strength, the launching point of something new and exciting and wonderful. You have dreams of making the world around you better.

Today I surpass every action which I performed yesterday. I climb today’s mountain to the utmost of my ability yet tomorrow I climb higher than today, and the next higher than tomorrow. To surpass the deeds of others is unimportant; to surpass my own deeds is all.

A lot of people believe their best days – the times when they had the most value, the most worth – were when they were in high school, or some other point in the past. To me, this is just cement.

Multiplying your value

I believe that multiplying my value means multiplying the abilities I have inside. Being able to do more than I did yesterday, last week, last year. Being more of a person than I was. Having more inner strength, more kindness, more love.

Multiplying my value means increasing my courage.

It does take courage to multiply your value, I think. That little seed needs courage to emerge from its shell. If it makes the wrong choice as to when to emerge, does so too soon, it can’t go back in. On the other hand, if it waits too long, stays in the seed, refuses to come out, it rots. But if it takes the opportunity to emerge, and persists in doing so, it can become something amazing.

 

Darkness

This week has gone well, and for my old blueprint, darkness tends to follow.

This time, I asked myself: Why should I feel this way when things are going well?


darknessThis month’s reading in The Greatest Salesman is about multiplying your own value. It makes the analogy of a wheat seed and how it multiplies from one to many seeds, which then multiply to many more. But in this, Og Mandino writes:

To grow and multiply it is necessary to plant the wheat grain in the darkness of the earth and my failures, my despairs, my ignorance, and my inabilities are the darkness in which I have been planted in order to ripen.

So darkness has value.


I’ve felt that darkness has value for a long time now. I feel as if much of the problems of the world are an attempt not to feel, not to think, to avoid the potentially dark areas in ourselves, as if they had some sort of power. But they only have power when ignored and suppressed, as far as I can tell.

I get the feeling that a lot of people – in and out of the Master Key Experience – are surprised or put off that one of the items on my DMP is a story which is so dark that I’ve seen people read the back cover, put it down, and walk away, saying, “I can’t read this.”

I admit, it’s not for everyone. But neither is it simply a wallow in darkness. I believe that stories have great power, and when you’re in darkness yourself having someone tell you, “see, there’s someone else here too” is a comfort that those who shy away from it will never be able to give. But you have to be willing and able to go there in order to help.

Darkness has its own beauty as well. The smallest bit of light becomes even brighter, and this is where the seed is transformed, reborn if you will, to become something it could never have been otherwise.

Do you think the seed is doing well? It’s doing what it was meant to do, becoming what it was intended to become.

I realized this week that asking why I might be in darkness when things are going well was the wrong question. The real question is: am I doing what I was meant to do? Am I becoming what I was intended to become? Am I breaking the hard crust of cement which has surrounded my life? If so, darkness might be exactly where I need to be right now. πŸ™‚

The Law of Attraction is no secret

You might remember that movie “The Secret”? I never saw it but as far as I can tell from looking on Wikipedia that the premise is that the Law of Attraction is a secret that is being suppressed by some sort of conspiracy.secret

Which makes no sense to me: if it’s really a “Natural Law” (as Haanel claims it to be over and over) then it is just as evident as any other.

I wrote last week about knocking a chunk of what we call “cement” off – basically, getting to a root of something from my old blueprint which had been holding me back from what I could be. The next day I watched a webinar about releasing money blocks with some fantastic tools in it which I was now in the mindset to be able to use. Two days later I sold over $1000 of courses from one of my websites.

Cause and effect? Or coincidence?

Does it matter? My credit card company doesn’t care; they just want their money. πŸ˜‰

Just for fun, let’s go backwards here. I’ve been pounding away on this particular website trying to make it profitable for over five years now. I’ve written hundreds of pages of information, and up to now, over 70% just clicked away from it. The particular course I sold all that with just now has been up and running for two years now. Barely a bite.

Could I have been attracting the wrong people, perhaps?

I haven’t changed much of anything on my website, except to make it more mobile-friendly a couple of months ago.

Anyways, I take the view that if something works, I don’t care about the details of why, unless it’s really relevant or interesting. I have too much to do with my life to spend time trying to analyze everything.

I’m pretty happy with this unexpected “experiment” – and this is making me think about my other experiment, which has been going on for over a year now. I’m making progress, but it’s not going as fast as I would like. Now I’m wondering why, and what different thoughts I might need to have in order to make it go faster.

You can do all this too: there’s no “secret” or “magic” about it. But first you have to begin looking at what you’re thinking right now, in real life. I have a booklet called “The 7 Day Mental Diet” which is free. Fill out the form at the top of this page (or the one that pops up, they both go to the same place), and I’ll send it to your email.

Psychic gravity

This has been an interesting week. I’ve gotten a lot done, and I’m on track to accomplish my goals for the week. Being that the Master Key Experience is done for the year I feel as if I can relax a bit, but I’m still reading and studying. This has sort of become my life.

I didn’t actually understand the reading we’re doing this month from Haanel the last time I read it (which was last year at this time). I was so busy getting ready to go to Hawaii and all (which I’m not going to do this year) that it was all more or less a blur. This chapter is so packed full of concepts that I still don’t feel as if I really get it, but I did want to talk about one phrase he uses: psychic gravity.

I pondered that one for a while there, and I think what he means is just like regular gravity, which pulls objects together, this is the mental pulling together of like-minded people.

This is fairly encouraging, because one of the things I’ve struggled with is not feeling part of anything. Even in the Master Key Experience, I still feel like the outsider. It’s been that way all of my life, and I’m looking forward to the time when this part of it begins to work for me, because I know that my future self has lots of friends. People that want to call and be in my life, and that are just like-minded people. That have the same goals and dreams, and want to work with me, as opposed to what I’ve had, which has felt more like pulling teeth.

So I’m not really worried about when it’ll happen.

I hope all of you are well and getting excited about the next Master Key session in September. I hope to see all of you there.

Week 23: deep thought

Deep thought.mar-1203345_640

As I mentioned in my last post, most people will do just about anything to avoid thinking.

I see it all around me: people asking questions when a two second Google search would do. Collecting opinions to see what everyone else thinks about an intensely personal matter.

I don’t believe it has anything to do with wanting to fit in – it’s about the fear of deep thought, an intense fear of what you might hear inside, if you would just stop and listen.

People are so … distrustful of themselves, of their own hearts, so wanting to control and avoid whatever they are so terrified might happen, that they would rather look unintelligent, dependent, and incapable than spend just a few minutes in deep thought.

Haanel puts it this way:

Β The average person is entirely innocent of any deep thinking; he accepts the ideas of others, and repeats them, in very much the same way as a parrot; this is readily seen when we understand the method which is used to form public opinion, and this docile attitude on the part of a large majority who seem perfectly willing to let a few persons do all their thinking for them is what enables a few men in a great many countries to usurp all the avenues of power and hold the millions in subjection.

If you’re here, I’m assuming you don’t want to be like the average person – instead, you want to make a difference, to improve your life, to make things better inside yourself and around you.

So why is thinking important? Who cares if we think or not? How does thinking benefit us?

Some of you are laughing right now. Others of you are serious. It’s the second group I want to address.

Bottom line: Silent, prolonged, deep thought is how you connect with the Universal Mind (Whatever you want to call it/him/her. Don’t get twisted up about the name.)

There is nothing mystical about it. Not one thing.

Have you ever been really focused on finding a solution to a problem then … AHA! … the answer comes to you? Remember that feeling. Hold onto it. What happened is called inspiration.

From dictionary.com:

Inspiration: noun. 5. Theology. a. A divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.

Okay, now, if you don’t believe in divine influence, fine. But something happened there, something which is important, something we can use to our benefit.

Notice what happened before that AHA moment? You were exercising deep concentrated thinking. You were thinking very intently on your problem. And then BAM! – the answer came, as if out of nowhere. But it wasn’t out of nowhere. In that instant, you made the connection – to whoever or whatever you want to call it – and got your answer.

And you can get that answer again, to any question you want answered. Anything. World peace, end hunger, that one thing in your life you always yearned for, it doesn’t matter how big or small it is. You can get the inspiration … the answer to any question you have. You just have to learn how.

(which is what the Master Key Experience teaches you)

Now, I’m not saying I’m enlightened or achieve this all the time. If anything, I’m a student. But I’ve gotten the answers to things which frankly amaze me, things I very much wanted the answers to.

(that’s part of the equation, by the way – you have to really truly want the answer … which means getting the blocks like fear, etc out of the way first … )

You have a couple of choices. You can keep reading along and hope you can figure it out on your own. Or you can take a step forward into understanding yourself.

I have a brief pamphlet written in the 1930’s called The Seven Day Mental Diet. If you follow the instructions in it, you’ll begin seeing a lot about yourself and others. If you’d like a copy, let me know.

 

 

Week 22a: 11 ways to avoid thinking

When I was doing my Silence, it occurred to me that most of what we do is to avoid thinking.

So for those of you who aren’t interested in learning to think, control your mind, or have a better life, here are some wonderful tips on how to do that:

  1. Never do your Sit. It takes too much time. You’ve got better things to do. Besides, you can function just fine with your kids, partner, phone, TV and computer going all at once.
  2. Have every app on your phone send you notifications! You’ll be bombarded with noise from your email, messages and apps. How fun is that?
  3. Check your email, social media, and websites every hour. Every one of them. You know, just in case.black-892457_640
  4. Turn on the TV to a 24 hour news network and keep it on all day and all night. Put a TV in every room of your house. You never know what you might be missing.
  5. Never go anywhere without at least one person with you, especially someone who talks constantly.
  6. Better yet, you talk constantly. Stream of consciousness is good for you.
  7. Eat every hour, more if you feel like it. Between preparing, eating, and cleaning up, you’ll be constantly busy. Keeps you from having to think. And make sure you eat in front of the TV, computer, or both. You’ll never have to think then.
  8. Keep busy. Busy, busy, busy! Don’t ever take any time to yourself. You’ll get lots of praise and admiration from others for being so darn busy, plus you’ll have a great excuse for when you don’t want to do something.
  9. Your vice of choice, whatever it is. Smoking, drinking, gaming, and drugs are great ways to avoid thinking.
  10. If you are forced to be alone, for example, you’re driving somewhere or in the shower, make sure there’s something to listen to. Audiobooks, radio, your favorite tunes, whatever. They’ll stop you from thinking for sure!
  11. When you do think, it’s important to think of negative things. Worry a lot. Get angry. Feel sorry for yourself. Indulge all the negativity you can. That will be sure to keep you from thinking about anything useful.

So there you have it: eleven awesome ways to keep from thinking.

If this does not sound fun, useful, peaceful, or like anything you want, then why not try another way?

Week 19: overcoming fear

This week we got a few tips from Mark J on overcoming fear, which I found particularly relevant right now.

Haanel also talks about overcoming fear in the preface to Part 19. I never really understood why he did this, or what it had to do with the rest of Part 19. Until today, it seemed random.

Later, Haanel writes:

In seeking the truth we are seeking ultimate cause; we know that every human experience is an effect; then if we may ascertain the cause, and if we shall find that this cause is one which we can consciously control, the effect or the experience will be within our control also.

It occurred to me this morning that fear, rather than being a cause, is an effect.

Now, I’ve talked about causes and effects before, because that’s what this class really is about: determining the effects we want (our DMP and PPNs) then understanding the causes and how to produce them so we get those effects (or results).

So why am I finding all this fear-overcoming stuff so relevant? I mean, I’m a Certified Guide in the Master Key Experience! I have a big S on my chest and a cape and everything. πŸ˜‰

(if you believe that, I also have a bridge to sell you … on sale, today only!)

But in my old blueprint, I’m a big fat fear-bucket, and the old blueprint must be where this is coming from. Because my future self, my true golden self, is afraid of nothing.

Now, when I watched the video this week where Mark went over the fear-curing tips, it also occurred to me that I have had those tips for a full year now. I have no excuse. And the question came up again this morning: So why have I not been using them?

Here are some ideas I came up with:

  • was fighting fear with those simple tips straying too far from my old blueprint?
  • was there something inside that wanted to keep life safe within those old boundaries? (even if that doesn’t serve me anymore?)

I felt as if I was getting somewhere. So I began to write out my fears:fear-1027574_640

  • it’s all too big; I can’t change
  • I will change and lose who I am. Which is silly, if you think about it: I’m trying to become my true self; by definition, this IS who I am – who I was meant to/made to be, who I used to be before people told me I wasn’t. This is why we love babies so much, by the way, because they are their true authentic selves.
  • I’ll get dragged back into an abusive situation if I don’t keep my guard up

There is a whole lot of backstory into that last one, involving every kind of abuse basically since I was born, 14 years in a high-maintenance fundamentalist so-called “Christian” cult, and so on. Because of that, even now, 10+ years out of that situation, I’m very very wary of anything labelled “spiritual”, any kind of hierarchy, anything using Scriptures, or any kind of situation where one person has control over a lot of others, where they’re applying pressure or influence to coerce others to do things in the name of “spiritual growth”.

But I haven’t trusted my subby’s power of discernment. I haven’t trusted my own growth or my ability to thrive without my old blueprint to compel me. I haven’t understood (or believed in) my own power. As Haanel states in the preface:

…the way to overcome fear is to become conscious of power.

What is this power?

You may know that thought constantly, eternally is taking form, is forever seeking expression, or you may not, but the fact remains that if your thought is powerful, constructive, and positive, this will be plainly evident in the state of your health, your business and your environment; if your thought is weak, critical, destructive and negative generally, it will manifest in your body as fear, worry and nervousness, in your finance as lack and limitation, and in discordant conditions in our environment.

Our power, our birthright if you will, is to use our thoughts to change our environments. As far as we know, animals don’t do this (with the exception of creatures such as ants, bees, wasps, etc, who create their own homes out of nothing, and possibly the burrowing animals such as rabbits).

So what does that quote tell us? That our thoughts are the cause. Once we become conscious of the power to control our thoughts, and gain the ability to do so, we have the power of overcoming fear.

The 7 Day mental diet is as good a place as any to begin.

Week 15: failure and opportunity

Failure is not necessarily a bad thing. In it lie the seeds of opportunity, if you’re willing to look for it.

Let me explain. For the first time since starting this course in September 2014, I have failed to complete a weekly service.

(those of you taking the course know how ‘gasp’ worthy that is)

My weekly was to make a full-length Victorian dress for the event I’m going to next weekend. Not just one dress, but a reversible dress, with different colors and styles on each side. And my machine was broken, so I was going to do it by hand. While in the middle of a holiday week, while watching a marathon of Harry Potter movies with my daughter and her boyfriend coming over every day.

Okay, so I put myself in a situation where I was probably going to fail. This is straight out of my old blueprint, and looking back, it seems silly. At the time, it didn’t seem that way. But in the back of my head, I thought, “can I really do this?” so even then I knew.

Things were going pretty well, actually. The skirt was sewn, the bodice and sleeves were cut out, and fit great. But then a sleeve got put in inside out, and the neckline was wrong, and on and on and on. Finally, realizing I couldn’t do the buttonholes in time, I went to a local sewing shop on Sunday and bought me a new machine.

(They were technically closed, but they were renovating and when I said I needed a machine today and if they were closed did they know anyone who sold them, they said come on in. Good business, there.)

But the neck was giving me fits and it was 11:30 pm and I normally go to bed at 10 and I hadn’t gotten to the buttonholes yet and the skirt was still to be put on and that damn sleeve still wasn’t right and I had to admit I had failed.


Haanel tells a story about failure, right at the start of part 15, and when I read it, I found it inspirational.

Here’s how it goes: An experiment was done at the Rockefeller Institute by a Dr. Jacques Loch (MD/PhD) where potted roses infested with aphids (which have no wings) were put into a room near a closed window and allowed to dry out.

Now, these aphids were in trouble. They thought they had chosen a great place to live, but it had turned disastrous. They had no food, no water, and things looked pretty dim. They had failed spectacularly. What could they do? They were just bugs, crawling around on a dying rose bush. It seemed as if they were doomed.

So what did they do? Did they just lay down and die? No.

The only method by which they could save themselves from starvation was to grow temporary wings and fly, which they did.

(emphasis mine)

They took a failure and turned it into an amazing opportunity for freedom. They found resources and abilities within themselves they never had before.

When I first read this, I thought: if an aphid can do this, so can I. I am more than an aphid! So I began a little experiment of my own.

(no, I’m not trying to grow wings)

(according to Wikipedia, it’s actually their children who are born – very quickly, I’d presume – with wings)

(I’ll tell you about my experiment later. This post is getting too long as it is, and I have a lot more to say.)


So how does failure turn into opportunity? If you use it to learn something.

It didn’t hit me until yesterday that I had failed, and what that meant. I felt as if I let myself down, and I did cry a bit about that. But then I realized that I had been half-assing it for a while now. Reading Og once a day instead of three times. Not listening to my recording at all – it needs to be re-recorded and I’ve been putting it off. ‘Sort of’ finishing weekly tasks ‘well enough’. Not keeping my promises to my customers. No wonder subby figured I was going back to the old blueprint. I was.

Before I began this class, I had failed in every single area of my life. Every one.

(don’t even bother telling me ‘no, look at all the good stuff you did,’ because I have them on stacks of cards and almost every one is bittersweet, a record of great starts, even great accomplishments, ending in massive failure – and I guarantee you do not know the details)

So why in the world would I want to go back to that?

They say when you’re stressed, you seek out the familiar, and I guess that’s what I was doing.


A few months ago, someone who has known me since 1980 told me I was neutral evil.

(we were sort of having an argument at the time)

For those of you who have never played Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), here’s a fair description of the concept of alignment, and more specifically about the neutral evil alignment, although this other person and I go with the altruistic/selfish view of good/evil rather than the newer version, which is too simplistic to translate to reality.

(If you need more examples, here’s a whole slew of alignment charts applied to fictional characters. Some charts are more accurate than others.)

Now, at first him saying I was neutral evil hurt my feelings. I always thought of myself as neutral good, or at least that’s what I always wanted to be.

But then I thought about it a while, looked at my life, at who I really am, and decided that perhaps this is why the course has been so difficult for me: I am trying to change my alignment.

In D&D, changing alignment is a serious matter for a player-character: you change not only how you are as a person, you change everything, down to your gods. Changing alignment costs you, in a big way.

This explains some things. It’s making me re-evaluate my DMP, and why I do what I do, why I want what I want. This … failure, if you will (if not in me as a person but certainly in my relationships), is becoming an opportunity, because it opened my eyes to what I was pretending not to know.

I need to stop trying to change my life and change it.

(Sort of like Morpheus and Neo when they’re fighting.)

I’m scheduling this post. When it appears, I’ll be driving to New Orleans on Thursday, to go to Wizard World Comic Con and sell my book, and to go to a business conference. My dress will be done. How do I know? Because I have thought the matter through and starting at noon, for ten hours today (Tuesday) I will work on that dress. If it’s not done, then I will start at noon and work on it for ten hours Wednesday, or until it’s done.

I will make it happen.

(okay, now I really am getting silly here, channeling Palpatine, but it’s going to happen, and my week will be awesome)

So if you have failed, are failing, no matter how badly, it doesn’t matter. You can turn that failure into a chance to become someone that you weren’t before.

Look for the opportunity.

Find the resources and abilities in yourself that you didn’t know you had.

Make it happen.

See you next week. πŸ™‚

Week 12: the connection

I read a short story a few weeks ago about a man who died and walked with God for a while, someone who looked basically like anyone else, and they talked. The main idea of the story was that this man who had just died was the only person in the universe, here to live every single life possible to live.

(God told him that his next stop was going to be to live as a woman in 5th century China.)

Once this person lived all their lives and learned all the things they needed to learn, they would be given their own universe, their own person, and get to talk to the person they were assigned to when they had completed each of their lives.


This week, Haanel reminds us of our connection to the Universal Mind, and gives a good suggestion as to how to recognize it: silence, what in the class we call the Sit.

I was out walking today (in silence), and considering the idea of us all being connected, how we have the same subby as everyone else does. This isn’t a new idea to me. But it hit me today: if I have the same subby as everyone else does, then there is only one subby.

As in the story, we are just one person.

When I see you, I see the part of me that is you: our subby. Namaste is how the Hindus put it, recognizing that part and honoring it.

My thought expanded on this: when I see an aspect of someone, I am seeing that aspect of me in them.

I see someone who is talented and wise, and I see the part of me which is this way.

I see someone who is prejudiced, and I acknowledge the times I have judged others by the way they looked without knowing anything about them.

I see a happy dog, or a smiling baby, and I see the joyful simple heart within me which delights in life itself.

I see a fearful xenophobic person and I see the fear which resists letting others in who might hurt me.

I see a generous person and I acknowledge the generosity within myself.

I see an angry, hateful person and I recall the times I have lashed out at others.

In a way, this thought turns having opinions on its head, because when I form an opinion about others it’s really an opinion about me.

Mark J said a similar thing last year sometime, but at the time I didn’t really get it: if we didn’t have an aspect of ourselves in us, we wouldn’t be able to see it in others. Sort of like the ‘vibratory brain cell’ Haanel talks about which we need to be able to grasp a completely new idea.

Combine this with the law of attraction and I have new insight about why letting go of judgment, or negative opinion, is so important: my thoughts attract what I think about to me and reinforce it. It’s all about focus, and what do I want.

There is only one subby, just as there is only one Mind. We can change who we are, and by extension, who everyone else in the world is, if we only make the connection.

 

Week 11: I hear that train a-comin’

The question I had to face this week was: if I’ve been doing all this manifesting stuff right for the past year or so, why am I still not getting everything I want? Haanel has the answer:

“… while every effect is the result of a cause, the effect in turn becomes a cause, which create other effects, which in turn create still other causes; so that when you put the law of attraction into operation you must remember that you are starting a train of causation for good or otherwise which may have endless possibilities.”

In other words, the things you are getting right now are things which you (or if you’re a baby, dog, or other creature without agency, someone else) started manifesting a LONG time ago, just as a train doesn’t just appear on the tracks but has to be created and moved to where you are, and you’re not getting a train going anywhere from a dead stop in a hurry. It usually takes at least a little time. And conversely, the things you’re manifesting now will also take some time to get going depending on what they are and whether you may have the brakes on. πŸ™‚


I have had a problem with being addicted to scarcity. I grew up rich as a child then my parents lost everything and it took a long time for them to get back to a good place financially, and then my father died and we were poor again. Then it took a really long time to get my career going (making more than I could ever imagine), and then I had a nervous breakdown.

I feel as if my old blueprint is set up to say ‘If you become wealthy it only brings you pain, loss, stress, and illness.’

I’ve talked about this before, and yet this week here I was again with that old demon. I wanted to manifest success in my business and it has seemed as if all I get is resistance at every turn.563121_630170500357775_1390384717_n

Then this popped up in my Facebook feed. And it hit me like … like someone slapped me in the face.

I have marked myself down.

Even now, I feel emotional at writing it.

I do feel as if I’m not being treated with love and respect.

But I really have a dilemma, because this business is everything I have ever wanted. It’s smack in the middle of my DMP. It – theoretically – meets both my PPNs. It’s been a passion of mine for decades. It’s my ticket to the dream of my life. It’s one of the things I want to be remembered for.

Do I just walk away? Or do I sidestep the rock there on the beach and keep going?

Anyway, I don’t have to decide any major business things today. But what I did do is to sign up for a course about upping your game in your business, which just so happened to be in the same place and a few days after a major venue to sell my book at which I’ve been looking at going to for months.

So I’m getting the feeling that the universe is nudging me along. Maybe it’s not the business. Maybe it’s the people I put on the damn train.

I already made the decision to set up an environment where the ones who won’t behave will kick themselves out, and if they don’t, I’m fully prepared to kick them out of the train myself.

But I feel as if I need to change me as well. I need to get off that clearance rack, the kiddie track, stop discounting, stop pricing my products to feed into the scarcity mindset that the whole rest of the world has. That’s the opposite of why I started the business in the first place.

I keep thinking of this quote from Og Mandino, which I’ll just leave here:

I was not delivered into this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lioness and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.