The Mindset Pendulum – Post 418

On today’s podcast I want to talk about the “Mindset Pendulum.” What goes on inside your brain as you embark on the financial peace and prosperity journey. Once you have an understanding of what’s going on in the 6 inches between your ears then you have a better chance of recognizing how your thoughts affect your success and you will be better equipped with ways to change what Zig Zigglar refers to as “Stinkin’ Thinkin’.” You will be able to stop the stinking thinking and get yourself back on track.

In your brain there is this pendulum swinging back and forth. When you start this journey you have attitudes, opinions and beliefs. All of us. We have opinions about everything. We have opinions about things we don’t need to have opinions on. We have attitudes which are stronger. Strong feeling about things. And we have beliefs.

We are made up of opinions, attitudes, and beliefs.

When you start this journey you usually have a neutral or negative opinion. What happens, in our mind, we get a little bit of information. Maybe we go to a financial peace university class or we see a video podcast or webinar by Dave Ramsey or one of his associates and our opinion changes to somewhat positive. And when that opinion changes from neutral or negative to positive then we say, “What’s the worst thing that can happen? What’s my risk, what’s my reward? I’m doing this.”

That’s what happens. Then we go into the world and somebody says, “You can’t live without credit, you’ll never buy a home or a car” . . . Then what happens to that opinion?

It goes back to negative. Then we hear callers give the “Debt Free Scream” and are all fired up and our pendulum swings back to excitement.

Then you get on facebook and you see all the posts from your so called friends about their exotic vacations and the luxury car or boat that they bought while you are on a “beans and rice” diet getting out of debt and your pendulum swings back to the negitive.

This thing swings daily in the beginning. Your pendulum is going to swing. It’s normal.

Sometime we think we’re going crazy because we’re up and down about it. Because we are all made up of opinions, attitudes and beliefs. If you just hang in there eventually your opinion will become an attitude. And it’s stronger. Then over time the attitude becomes a belief.

That is in anything we do in life. Not just on the financial peace journey but in business as well. We get involved in whatever we make a commitment to and think we don’t like this swinging back and forth in our mind so we think something is wrong. Sometimes they’re excited and sometimes we want to puke. Its just the way people are and most people can’t get through this because they don’t understand what is really going on in their mind..

Listen to my podcasts or watch my video blogs. Catch Dave Ramsey or one of his team members on the radio or over the internet. Stay plugged into folks that are on the same journey as you and folks that have gone there before. It will calm your pendulum down.

We all go through it.

So you have to understand your pendulum will swing. But if you continue and stay on the right track, it will get to a point where it just doesn’t swing as bad, and eventually just doesn’t swing any more. Stay plugged in and when you get to a point, it just doesn’t matter any more.

You’ve got this!

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Week 15 – I am not on this earth by chance. – Post 320

I almost quit. Seriously thought about it. But thanks to Og and the urging of God, I’m still here. Let me elaborate.

quitingSince Jan 1st I have worked 112 hours on my J.O.B. On top of that my youngest son (who’s 18 years old and has always been a very consciousness, good kid) decided to take a road trip with one of his friends without letting us know where he was. On Saturday he told us he was staying at a friend’s house and we never had any reason to doubt it. Monday morning after I get off of a 12 hour night shift my wife gets a call. He lost control of his car on ice, spun around and slammed sideways into the curb shattering his left rear wheel. He couldn’t get home and had to tell us he was 100 miles north of town. Needless to say we drove up to help him out; it took until 7pm for the wrecker to get there which caused me to be late for work. On top of that I got absolutely no sleep and had to do another 12 hour shift.

Lack of sleep has a way of making you want to quit.

I felt bad for him. Not only was he feeling guilty for not telling us where he cars3 smwent but now he was facing repair bills on his classic 1999 Firebird. He had paid cash for the car just a few months prior with the proceeds he had earned from his network marketing business and now he faces car repairs that are nearly what he paid for the car.

With this and all the hours I was working I have had no time to work on my network marketing business nor have I had the time to devote to the MKMMA that I need to devote. Because of all the hours I want so badly to replace my J.O.B. with my network marketing business but I am caught in a catch 22 not having the time to really devote to the endeavor.

That’s where quitting came in.

Mark J is about to launch his Go90Grow program, a program that I really need to participate in to advance my networking business. I realized that I can’t do MKMMA, work tons of hours, work my Networking business and do the Go90Grow class. I also can’t invest in both classes at the same time so I made the decision about half way through the week to quit MKMMA and invest in Go90Grow. I figured I have enough from MKMMA so far that I could continue on my own so I determined that I would continue my reading and my flashing while working on the other program.

Finally I had the chance to read and reflect on Og this past Friday. Various phrases from scroll IV kept going through my mind and finally the words became personal. Og’s message transformed itself into a personal thought. I am not on this earth by chance. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Nevermore will I be satisfied with yesterday’s accomplishments. I can accomplish far more than I have, and I will, for why should the miracle which produced me end with my birth? I will practice, and improve. I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think. I will win, I am nature’s greatest miracle.

In addition to Og, scripture also has urged me forward. These words of scripture melded together in my thoughts.

Yet those who wait, Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary (Is 40:31). I am a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (2 Cor 5:17). I will not be tempted beyond what I am able, but with the temptation God will provide the way of escape so that I will be able to endure it (1 Cor 10:13).

God knows the plans that he has for me, not for calamity but to give me a future and a hope (Jer 29:11). Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, like the stars forever and ever (Dan 12:2-3). Therefore I do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12:1-2) that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self . . . and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self (Eph 4:22-24) because I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal (Philippians 3:13-14). Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you (Is 41:10). The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You (Is 26:3).

Needless to say , I have decided that MKMMA is where I need to be at this point in my life. As much as I would like to also pursue Go90Grow the personal development (as opposed to professional development of Go90Grow) needs to be a priority. I have come so far and just need to trust the process that by improving myself all other areas of my life will follow.

I am back and pushing forward. I am not on this earth by chance. I am nature’s greatest miracle.