Getting Back to Positive

An issue that many people find themselves dealing with is an overabundance of negative thoughts.  In fact, some of those who go through my materials write in to ask me how they can get back to being a positive thinker.

Here's what I recently wrote to one such person.

You've uncovered some significant beliefs, and with this, you're on the right track.  The next step is to take control of your mind and reshape these beliefs into something more supportive.

Several of your beliefs sound like ones I've dealt with myself.  After a number of years of poverty-level living, I had lost faith in good things happening, and even found myself swimming in a giant whirlpool of uncontrollable negative thoughts.

Here's what I did to get past that and get back to a positive focus.

If You Want Specifics, You Have to Specify Them

One of the things I do is help people set up websites.

In late June, I was asked about the possibility of extending a website that I helped build to allow people to book appointments at conferences.  It seemed like a simple enough request, so I said that I would look into it and get back with them.

After several days of researching, I found that the Drupal CMS (Content Management System) did not have any working add-on modules specific to this.  Several modules had been created for similar uses, but none that handled this case directly.  And the only ones that seemed to be a close fit, when tested, didn't work correctly.

A couple more days of thinking about it, and I realized that the core shopping cart system could be made to serve in this capacity with a few tweaks here and there.

About a week ago, I started working on implementing the desired functions, and in a couple of days, had the core of what we needed.  Of course, with most website projects, once they saw the core functions working, they started asking about making the website do more.

Identifying the RIGHT Things to Do

This morning, I received an email from Terry Dean, an Internet Marketer I respect and pay close attention to.  In his email, Terry talked about how 3 specific questions can help you eliminate unnecessary work from your life.  Since it ties in perfectly with what I've been writing about this week, I'd like to share a link to his blog with the article.

Specifically, the questions that Terry recommends you use are:

  1. Does this need to be done?
  2. When does it need to be done?
  3. Are you the right person to do it?

The first of his 3 questions is the subject I was already planning for this blog post, so let's take a closer look at it.

In almost any list of things to do, there's bound to be at least 1 or more items that really don't need to be done.  One of the questions I suggested yesterday touches on this.  "If I do this now, will it create a problem when I go to do something else?"

Of course, the 2 questions are different, which is why I had planned a separate blog post on the first of Terry's 3 questions.  "Does this need to be done?"

When Order Matters

In my last blog post, I mentioned that one way I maintain my peace and tranquility when faced with too much to do is to focus on the most obvious needs first, and let the less important things slide.

While this does make sure that my time is used in the best way possible, there are exceptions to the rule.

For instance, when building a house, the walls may be the most obvious need, but you better start with the foundation, or the whole thing will fall apart very quickly.

Now, this will be obvious to a builder, but maybe not so obvious to the average person.

The point here is that what YOU see as the most obvious thing to work on may or may not be the best thing to start with.

To figure out if there's something else you need to work on before you start a task, ask yourself this question, "Does this depend on something else that needs to be addressed first?"

Other questions that can also reveal a specific order requirement, "If I do this now, will I have to redo it again later after I do some other thing?" and "If I do this now, will it create a problem when I go to do something else?"

Getting Things Done

One of the biggest issues many of us face is a shortage of time. 
There's just too much to do and not enough time to do it in.

I often find myself thinking the same thing.  Sometimes, I even get to the point of becoming anxious about it.  But I have to remind myself that the best I can do is the best I can do, and let that be okay.  This always brings me back to serenity and peace.

The guiding principle is best seen in the way I clean house.

I always start with the most obvious mess.  The worst spot in the house.  Even if I get nothing else done, cleaning up THAT spot will have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the whole house.  When I get that area cleaned up, at least as much as I feel like doing at the time, I look around and see what then stands out as being the worst spot.

As each "worst spot" gets cleaned up, the house takes a significant step towards cleanliness, and if I don't have time to do the whole job, what does get done is the most that could have been done by me in the time available.

Vacation Starts Today

Today, July 11th, 2015, my wife, Linda, and I are heading out for a week-long vacation to Kentucky.  We're going to the Cumberland Falls area, and I'm hoping to be able to get more nature recordings to use as backgrounds for meditation programs.

If anyone needs any assistance while I'm gone, I'll be able to help you when I get back.  Although I probably will check in from time to time, and it's possible I MAY be able to help you before then, I'm not going to promise anything.

As I write this, I'm thinking that this could be turned into a learning moment, in that any day could be considered a "vacation" when you flow in harmony with Life.  While I'm thrilled to be going to see a new place, there's also a part of me that considers this trip to be very similar to the adventures I have exploring ideas and possibilities in my normal life.

Anyway, I'm not going to spend much time on this, as there are still a few things to get ready before we go.

Whatever you do, have fun doing it!

The Power of Using Symbols to Effect Change

As members of the now-defunct SEMMC (Self-Empowerment Meditation of the Month Club) know, I've started to move in the direction of using symbology to effect belief-change on a much deeper level than is possible with affirmations, simple visualization, or even basic self-hypnosis.

The reason for this is simple.  It works, and is a faster, easier way to change beliefs than anything else I've ever tried.

The reason it works so well is because the process recruits the deeper mind itself to create the symbol according to the request of the conscious mind.  Essentially, we ask our deeper mind to give us a symbol that represents what we want more of in our lives (wealth, love, confidence, respect, etc.) and then we instruct our deeper mind to identify with the symbol.

Sure, you could consciously choose any symbol you want, but then you'd need to spend time getting your deeper mind to accept the idea that your chosen symbol represents the desired outcome.  Why spend the extra time when you don't need to?

The process is very much like traditional visualization, with an important difference.

Taking Control of Your Life the Easy Way

One of the reasons humans have become the dominant species on this planet is because we have a tendency to use tools to simplify a task whenever possible.  Why walk when you can ride?  Why harvest the fields by hand when there's a machine that will do the work of 100 people?

Developing and using tools has given us enough free time to consider the deeper aspects of life, which in turn, has allowed us to see that in many cases, we are blocked and limited more by our negative beliefs than by anything or anyone outside of ourselves.

For instance, the only thing stopping someone from getting a job in a high-tech field is the motivation to follow a plan for getting the required education to qualify for such a job.  The only thing stopping someone of average height from playing professional basketball is the motivation to organize a division of the sport open only to average-height players.

BTW — if you haven't already discovered, I don't believe there's anything (within reason) that "simply can't be done."  For example, flying like Superman may eventually be possible, but probably won't happen next week.  wink

Focusing on ONE Thing For Maximum Success

In reviewing the marketing plan for PowerKeys Publishing, I've had an opportunity to take a fresh look at what I do.  In his book, DOTCOM Secrets, Russell Brunson stresses that business owners will serve more people by focusing on ONE special thing rather than trying to explain everything a product can do.

This perfectly matches the general shift in focus that's already happening for me.

(BTW - at the end of this blog post, I show how all this can help you in your life.)

Between this and drawing out a map of which products serve which types of customers (what Russell calls the "value ladder"), it's easier to see the logical connections between my various products, and how each one serves a slightly different type of person.

For instance, the Choose To Believe material is great for those who prefer a DIY (Do It Yourself) approach, whereas the EmBRACES Belief Entrainment System is more suited to those who are too busy for a DIY solution and just want results without having to invest their own time.  And the new Awaken the Avatar Within program is a good middle-ground, which provides a simplified solution for those who want a shortcut to faster results than is possible with either of the other two systems.

Again, this perfectly matches what I've already been thinking about.

This same idea can be (and probably should be) extended to the business as a whole.  What is the ONE thing that I do for folks, more than anything else?

An Update to the Keys To Power - Step by Step Course

About this time last year, I completed the first draft of a new course that was essentially an update to the original Keys To Power - Step by Step course.  I had planned to call it "Awaken the Avatar Within," but later decided to use that name for a hypnosis program.

Reason being that after spending 2 years testing the idea of using willpower to tap into Universal Power and manifest things, I could categorically state that using willpower is the wrong approach.  At least for me in my present circumstances.

So why did I spend 2 years testing the idea?

Because that's what I do.  For the last 30 years, I've tested everything I could to make the process of tapping into Universal Power and manifesting your desires as easy as possible.  Some experiments yield positive results, others, not so much.

And since there is a long history of authors claiming that willpower is the foundation for manifestation, and my own early results seemed to rely upon it, it seemed like a good thing to test.

But why 2 years, you ask?

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