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Dancing Through Life – Week 26

A couple years ago, my son’s dance company used Dancing through Life, from Wicked, as the theme for its annual concert. While the lyrics aren’t necessarily completely whimsical, the tune is catchy, and the basic message I caught was encouraging.

Since then, I have looked for ways to “dance” rather than “trudge” through life. I recently went as far as buying two versions of that song from iTunes, intending to use the karaoke version as background for recorded affirmative statements.

As usual, life is full of vicissitudes. Ups and downs are the common lot of every human. What we do with our experiences makes the difference in our results. How we perceive our experiences makes the difference in our actions.

It struck me this week that sometimes I dance through life, sometimes I trudge through life, and sometimes I hide from life. As I want to be the person Haanel describes in paragraph 11-21, the one who completes every task with a “happy knack,” it made sense to “battleship” my actions to see the thoughts and beliefs underlying.

The battleship exercise is to undo the process that created a physical object step by step, all the way down to understanding the motives in the minds of the people whose demand(s) created the object. When I did this a couple months ago with a battleship, I could eventually perceive the individual needs for personal security and cultural continuity that underlay the motive for providing for a common defense via an armed military.

As I exercised this time, an image from my youth came to mind. As a young adolescent, I remember my Dad bringing home one day a Dymo label maker. This was a mechanical device that formed letters, numerals and special characters by embossing them on adhesive-backed plastic tape. I know, my gray hair is showing. It was very convenient to attach an adhesive label to things, as the previous technology was paint or ink.

As I remembered the fun I used to have working the label maker, the answer to my query appeared. I could see that I had a label maker in my mind, and that, like every other human, I attached labels to the tasks before me. And, also not surprisingly, many times my labels are arbitrary and a consequence of programming I’d borrowed from others. Many of my labels prompted me to heed the “stop” voice rather than the “go” voice.

Another benefit from the battleship exercise was the insight that sometimes my actions (or lack of action) gave rise to anxiety feelings. As I revisited these feelings, I saw that they arose when I denied the truth of who I really am. I grew anxious when I was acting (or failing to act) in a way that best gave voice to the magnificence within.

Therefore, one way to be happier in the performance of my tasks is to change my internal labels. I’ve already found this to be true for one task, and learning how to apply the principle to other tasks will yield similarly desirable results. By so doing, I will more frequently dance through life and complete more tasks with a happy knack.

Will you dance with me by taking control of your own label maker?

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Week 03 – Faith or Fear?

All my life I’ve espoused and proclaimed an active faith in a loving God and in my Savior, Jesus Christ. That faith informs me that God, my Heavenly Father, cares for me and holds me lovingly in His hands. I also have faith that Heavenly Father extends to me His grace through the sacrifice and Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ. I have experienced that grace many times.

And, yet, something has been missing. Or, more correctly, I’ve missed something. The concept is permission to prosper.

I thought I understood this concept, as it struck me several months ago that I needed to give myself permission to prosper. I thought I’d done that. And, perhaps I did, though not completely.

Enlightenment began to dawn yesterday as I was reading and pondering my current definite major purpose document. I sensed a lack of clarity of purpose in my writing, and I felt driven to discover the crystal within my intent.

And today, as I read again my purpose statement, the fog lifted. I saw in my writing the face of fear in a hypothetical assertion of faith. What a shock! Fear is the exact opposite of faith! I feel grateful to have seen the light and humble that Heavenly Father would extend to me the tender mercy of inspiration and clarity.

Here’s the essence of it. My writing exposed two fear-based beliefs:
1. That I somehow needed (or didn’t have) God’s permission to prosper; and
2. That I could not prosper under my own power.

Faith allows me to see the error of those beliefs.

The Savior, in the Sermon on the Mount, already told me, “Ask, and ye shall receive. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you.” I already had God’s permission to prosper!

As if to reinforce the point, Jesus matter-of-factly discussed the power of merchant stewards to double their investments in the Parable of the Talents. And here I was, hiding my talent as did the slothful servant! Thank goodness for the gift of repentance!

And He had given me a third witness of the same truth in Doctrine and Covenants Section 58: “… men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.” (Emphasis mine)

Praise God for the power to change and the power to act! I am re-writing my purpose statement with a proper assertion of faith. God is the source of power, and He has imbued me with it. I get to go forward and use that power to prosper. I have His permission and His loving instruction in the form of gentle, loving commandments. It is my will to obey, and I rejoice in the power to prosper with which He has endowed me. Thank you!

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Week 01 – Fear of Flying

It was interesting to observe my body’s reactions to my commitment to participate fully in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance sponsored by Mark and Davene Januszewski.  It was as if my subconscious mind was anticipating dramatic disturbance in the status quo.

My internal gyroscope was on tilt!  All sorts of fears and questions arose.  What if you fail, again?  What will your wife think?  How will you make sure to succeed?  What if you’re not good enough, skilled enough or sufficiently diligent?

My body even attempted to get me to make bad choices in response to the internal chemical cascade caused by the fear.

This was a great example of the truth that we are all driven by the thought, feeling and belief patterns of our subconscious mind.  And, changing those patterns usually brooks resistance.

Fortunately, I was ready for the resistance, and I recognized the pattern for what it was.  And, towards the end of the week, I remembered a reassuring scripture:

“Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see thesalvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.”  Doctrine and Covenants 123:17

I took this as a love note from a loving Heavenly Father.  We only need do that which is within our power.  As we cheerfully do so, His grace covers any gaps and assures ultimate success.  And my fears abated, and my faith returned.

I further learned by this lesson a great truth about network marketing.  Network marketing is the same.  We cheerfully do all that lies in our power, working a proven, simple system, and then we can watch the system deliver, over time, the results to which we have committed.  In other words, it’s not about doing everything, at least not all at once and not necessarily all at first.  We do our part, the system does its part and the Lord does His part.

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