I attended last week my company’s annual convention, which included 4 days of meetings. My thought in attending, at least up to the week of the event, was to enjoy the sociality of friends I usually only see once a quarter and also to find ways to help some people I might meet in chance encounters.
This was the 1st event I attended since beginning to practice the Law of Least Effort, which includes 3 elements: acceptance, responsibility and defenselessness. The third aspect of the law seemed most important in this context, as I will explain below.
As the convention concluded, I had to marvel about how several “chance” encounters or events over 4 weeks combined to serve me in a very positive, though completely unexpected way.
Two weeks previous to convention, SC, one of our leaders, came to our town. He talked about obsession as a key to progress. That resonated deeply with me, as I knew the benefit of focus, the power of clearly defined intention. That power manifests through the Law of Attraction, also known as the Law of Growth.
Monday the week of convention I attended a presentation by KB, a personal coach. KB claimed to have coached a number of clients who improved their incomes, mostly as employees, from 6 figures per year ($100k+) to 7 figures per year ($1 million+).
That caught my attention. My goal is to get to 8 figures, and, having been stuck at 6 figures, I knew I needed to go through 7 figures to get to 8. KB had me riveted.
KB’s presentation was a short introduction to his work. He spoke about vision, decision, awareness and leverage. He taught these concepts from the knowledge that the subconscious mind, the sum total of all our previous decisions and experiences, drives well over 90% of our thoughts, words, and behaviors. To get real change, the subconscious pattern (or blueprint, in Masterkey Experience lingo) must change.
In that context, vision is knowing what you want. Decision is cutting oneself off from any other possibility. Awareness is knowing where you are in the process of manifesting a new reality. Leverage is the idea, goal, motivation and/or insight that propels you to actually engage in the project of manifesting your dreams.
KB also taught me that the subconscious mind has a number of deceptive feints or techniques designed to prevent radical, permanent change. One of these is defensiveness, which includes the need to restate in one’s own language the things one hears from others. Restating often masquerades as so-called Active Listening.
KB thus taught me that restatement is usually the subconscious defending itself from information that would lead to change. In essence, the subconscious, by restating the words of others, asserts, “You already know this” to the conscious mind. When that happens, learning stops. Restatement is also a defensive method to control language and social interaction. Restatement is one of any number of defensive reactions or strategies available to the subconscious.
I knew defensiveness was one of my typical resisting responses, impeding change, and I wanted to attend convention with a beginner’s mind. I had a clear vision of my goal, I felt aware of my progress, and I thought I had decided to progress.
Stuck, I lacked leverage, the internal power source that would provide more action. More action accelerates change. I concluded that experiencing convention would somehow provide that leverage.
As encouragement, KB taught that most people who get rich do so quickly after they get their minds right. In other words, once correct thoughts dominate one’s mind, wealth follows soon after. This is the Law of Attraction in operation.
Two foreign leaders, JA and NH, spoke twice during Friday’s convention sessions. Both don’t speak English, and I struggled to extract from the translations something useful. During their 2nd set of remarks, it struck me. NH was deeply impressed with America and its core concept of Freedom. For him, John Wayne embodied a kind, independent, free spirit, something completely foreign to his native culture.
It struck me that, for NH, the freedom of America and the independent spirit of John Wayne were symbols of the life he created for himself and desires for the people he serves. I began to see, as NH described his fascination with freedom and John Wayne, he had so keenly visualized and internalized these concepts and ideas, that he had compelled his reality to manifest his vision.
As I pondered NH further, I was struck by the visage and bearing of JA, NH’s partner. JA comes off stern and forbidding in public appearance. He’s also taciturn and terse. My overall impression of JA is as a modern version of a medieval warrior. JA is at the top of the achievement ladder of his profession, and it pays him in excess of $1 million per year.
The important thing about JA for me was the insight that he is at the top of his game because his demeanor reflects a thought process and a belief system inextricably tied to his success. If I want the same success, all I need do is think the same thoughts and foster the same beliefs. And, for JA, that serious demeanor seems to imply a serious focus on business very much akin to obsession.
So far, then, I had three elements or principles of success as the foundation of leverage. These are obsession, a focused, vividly imagined desire and real commitment, life or death, kill or be killed commitment.
At the convention, I felt attracted to SC’s breakout presentation. In it, I learned two other principles I desperately needed. SC taught the assembled throng a number of things, but two struck home and rang especially true. He taught us that success depended on learning not to accept excuses.
I immediately recognized the truth taught. I could see in my life a pattern of excuse making and excuse accepting. Within that pattern, I could see, once again, a willingness to accept, even court, a life of disability. A life of failing to claim my inherent greatness. A life of quiet or not so quiet desperation.
As with part 3 of the Law of Least Effort, defenselessness, “excuselessness,” or living free from excuses, liberates the practitioner from the tyranny of outside control and allows one to live life completely from the inside out. This liberation comes from honesty and integrity.
Without excuses, one must honestly appraise performance. Or lack of performance. One need not always perform, but one can recognize clearly the difference. And, without excuses, one can accept one’s own humanity without recrimination or evasion.
Integrity (or pleasing integrity if you prefer) flows from honesty. Acknowledging what is and what is not allows one to declare truth. And, as one consistently perceives clearly and declares correctly, one is naturally led to keep the promises one makes. Here we have a solid foundation for pleasing integrity: honesty, truthfulness, and trustworthiness.
All flowing from one simply employed trait: a willingness not to accept excuses from oneself.
And then SC helped me again by zeroing in on part 2 of the Law of Least Effort, responsibility.
With the foundation of honesty and truthfulness mentioned above, one, anyone, is prepared to accept full and complete responsibility for the totality of his or her circumstances. With that responsibility comes ownership, truly owning one’s life.
And when that happens, one really begins to live life from the inside out, not from the outside in. One becomes self-directed rather that other directed. One programs one’s own life; one allows the programming offered by others only insofar as such contributes positively towards the manifestation of one’s desired reality.
With these additions, my leverage was as a pentagon, five facets of one motivating whole:
• Clearly defined goals and objectives tied to vivid, positive emotions
• Life or death commitment evidencing real decision
• Obsession on the goal(s)
• “Excuselessness,” and
• Full responsibility
We had thought to return home from convention Saturday evening after the event concluded. Instead, we were invited by another leader, TK, to stay with him for a 2-day retreat, a retreat with no particular agenda.
I figured, with all I had gained so far, that I could, by retreat’s end, have my mind completely right and be ready to begin my journey to income transformation.
I’ll report next post on my results. Thank you, as always, for joining me on the journey.