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A story of 2 lions...

A story of 2 lions...

In the early days of my dream building and goal setting, I became entranced with a vision of one day living in an estate home with two lion statues guarding the front entrance.

And through the process of goal setting and goal achievement, especially in my income and finances – including doubling, tripling, and quadrupling my income many times over, over the course of many years – this vision that I saw in my mind, this goal I’d set for myself, has finally come to fruition.

Let me tell you about the lions, and let me first start off by saying that your goals and dreams aren’t going to come easy. But if you stick to the process, they will come.

So, here’s my story about the lions:

They were bronze lions, originally cast in 1920 in Asia for a magnificent estate.

And then, over the course of their lifetime, they made their way over to Dallas, Texas. And that’s where we found them: sitting in a field outside of an antique shop.

The intricately crafted detail on these lions is out of this world. The teeth, the mane, the tail; the feeling you get when looking at them… it’s unreal.

And as soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted them.

If you look for anything remotely similar, these things are worth a good $100k+

...Little did I know the bumps and hurdles we would go through just to have them.

Remember, you have to be committed to your dream if you are going to bring it forward in your life!

The first of these many hurdles was the lack of communication on the brokerage platform we purchased them.

Once we finally got through and confirmed our purchase, they told us the shipping quote would be $3,000.

A few days later, the shipper told us the lions were not the original size they quoted, so it would cost us 3x the original amount for shipping alone.

We didn’t think anything of the mis-measured comment, and were told by the seller that the shipping company was trying to get more money out of the deal.

I could tell you all about the back-and-forth miscommunication that took place about the shipping cost, but it would take several paragraphs to explain.

So in summary, after being in contact with the seller, the brokerage platform, the first shipper, and then a second shipper, only then were we able to finally sort out the cost.

But then began the confusion around the date of arrival…

The date kept getting pushed back and we had no idea why or when they’d actually arrive.

We were told a date, and then it would change. And then a new date would be emailed over, and then it would change.

On a Sunday afternoon (3 days before they were scheduled to arrive – which would have been a Wednesday in September), I get a call from a guy named Arty with a strong Southern accent.

And he’s telling me he’s 30 minutes away with the lions in his cargo van, ready to drop them off, asking me if we have a forklift ready to get them out of the truck!

“Well, Arty,” I started. “We weren’t expecting these lions until Wednesday… This is a Sunday afternoon; there’s no chance in the world our moving company on this end of the transfer will be available.”

Arty doesn’t know what to do… these lions happen to weigh 600 pounds each, so it’s not exactly a one-man job (lol).

So, Arty resigns himself to stay overnight in West Palm Beach, and we call the moving company first thing Monday morning.

They couldn’t assist our friend Arty with the lions to drop them off at our home, but they agreed to let him bring them to their warehouse for the time being, before they could send someone out with the forklift.

Long story short, the moving company pushed their times twice that week, and when they finally were able to deliver the lions that Friday, just imagine two 18-wheeler trucks pulling up to the front of our house on a very quiet gated street.

One truck with our life-size lions, and another one with a forklift. Keep in mind… this is now about two months AFTER we originally confirmed purchase of these lions.

Moving 600-pound lions across the country isn’t for wimps.

Three guys jump out of the moving truck, and the forklift driver gets the forklift off the back of the second 18-wheeler… Holly was standing on our front step watching them lift the pallet with the first lion off the truck, and she had a sinking feeling in her gut. Here’s what she saw:

They drove the forklift up the driveway, and towards the front pedestal where it would stand, and upon arrival, lining that lion up to where it was meant to live…

Low and behold, there’s not a chance these lions would fit!

You see, we DID measure our front pedestal before confirming purchase.

And based on the measurements that were listed online (4 feet long), there wouldn’t have been any issue.

But remember when that first shipping company said they hadn’t been measured correctly??? Yeaaaahhhhh, right, forgot about that.

From tip of the tail to front paw was no less than 7 feet in length, not even including head and mane that extended further! A solid 2 feet LONGER than the pedestal.

The supervisor of the moving crew looked at Holly and pronounced, “well we can stand here and look at this all day long, but it won’t change the fact that these lions aren’t gonna fit.”

I was on a call with a private client at the time. I see Holly pacing about 20 feet away from where I was sitting on our couch in the living room… I started wondering what was going on.

I got off my call, and Holly looked at me with wide eyes. “They don’t fit.”

“WHAT??? What do you mean, they don’t fit?”

“The pedestal is TOO short,” she responded with a grimace on her face.

By this time our residential coordinator as well as security had pulled up to ask what all the fuss was about.

All this trouble for 2 lions that wouldn’t even fit on the pedestal.

And then began our process working with contractors to rebuild the pedestals… from scratch.

If you want to know the rest of the story, be sure to read the email I send on Thursday.

But in the meantime, let me say this…

The point I want to make in all of this, is that your dream requires sacrifices, it requires you to overcome challenges and boundaries, it requires you to put aside the voices of the naysayers telling you it’s not going to work.

Your dream also requires money. And it probably requires a good sum of money.

Look, I’m not talking about money for money’s sake, but money as a tool for you to do good in this world and make an impact.

If you’re struggling just to get by, there’s no way you can fully express your God-given creativity and potential into the world. And that’s what this world needs from you.

Growing your income is a very important part of the overall personal growth process.

On Wednesday, November 24, I am launching a brand-new program called “DOUBLE YOUR INCOME.”

This program has been in the works for several years, and I’m not saying this to toot my own horn, but you would be hard pressed to find a better program out there to guide you in the process of growing your income, even DOUBLING IT!

It’s going to be available at a killer offer rate for our Black Friday Holiday special, but only for a very limited time (5 days in total).

Just like getting my lions has required me to grow financially in major ways, so will your dreams and goals, no matter what they may be.

So what goal are you going to set for yourself financially? Why not start with DOUBLING your income? What do you have to lose?

I’m going to share all in this revolutionary money program, being released on November 24 – so mark your calendar. It’s an important day.

More on the lions coming soon.

‘til then…

What does it mean to be causative?

What does it mean to be causative?

Something that I learned fairly early on in my personal growth journey is that all of us have been created to operate as causative beings.

Whether we realize it or not, each of us is creating every single moment, every single day of our lives.

And if we’re not happy with the way our life is going, we have the ability to make the change at any moment, to shift our focus and energy to create a different life for ourselves.

If you know my story, you know that for the first few years of my adult life, I was a struggling janitor making no more than $20,000 a year, and stuck.

But when my first mentor brought this idea into my awareness that I am a causative being in EVERY area of my life, including my finances, it changed everything for me.

I began to operate from the belief that I do indeed have dominion over all things (as do you), even the financial situation of my life. And I could indeed be causative to create different conditions than I was currently experiencing.

You see, when we understand that we are causative beings and that we’ve been given dominion to create that which we desire, the lens through which we see the world begins to shift.

When we operate with true intention and awareness of the fact that we are causative, we begin to see opportunities in front of us that we normally wouldn’t have - back when we operated according to the “cards we’ve been dealt.”

When I made that shift in my awareness, I remember new opportunities entering my life. Or rather, opportunities that had been there along but that I just didn’t see. And then stepping out and acting on those opportunities. And that’s when things really began to change.

Within a few years, I went from making $20,000 a year to over a million dollars a year.

But what I did that most people don’t do is I applied my understanding of this law with purpose and intention and laser-focus for a prolonged period of time. And that allowed me to not only double my income but grow it exponentially.

So let me ask you… where are you at when it comes to your finances?

Are you where you want to be? Are you satisfied? Or are you seeking to grow in this area?

Look, this isn’t the only important area of your life to seek growth, but it IS an important one for sure.

The truth of the matter is (and I truly believe this with every ounce of my being), that you can be, do, and have anything that you desire if you follow the lawful processes of creation, according to how the universe has been designed to operate.

Who’s to say you can’t double your income? I know that you can.

So lean in and I hope you’ll allow me to speak into your life in this area. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing some of the big ideas that have allowed me to grow my income.

And as you’re thinking about your goals for the new year, let me encourage you to begin thinking about your financial goals - and don’t be afraid to THINK BIG.

If I can double my income as a high school dropout janitor who believed myself to be dumb and stupid for the first half of my life; if I can do it many times over in the span of my career, trust me, this is not a far-fetched goal or dream for you either.

P.S. Don’t forget to join me this Saturday at 9:30 am (ET) as I elaborate on the law of cause & effect and how you can begin operating from it in your very own life! >> www.facebook.com/empoweredlivingcommunity

How to leave an impression of increase and why it matters...

How to leave an impression of increase and why it matters...

One of my favorite pieces of writing of all time is The Spirit of Opulence by Thomas Troward.

If you’re not familiar with it, one of the key principles that he teaches is the importance of giving; the importance of generosity.

This doesn’t just apply to our personal practice of giving, but it applies to everything we do in life and in business.

Something I’m committed to is operating with the intention of leaving an impression of increase wherever I go.

Let me share with you a few ways I practice this in my everyday life and why it matters.

Something I almost always do is leave a tip of at least 20% for a restaurant server.

Whenever someone comes to the house to work (whether it’s the cable guy or the landscaper), I give them a cash tip just to say thank you. $20 isn’t going to break my bank, but it could be very significant to the person on the receiving end.

It’s not something I’m obligated to do, and it’s something most people don’t think of doing, but it leaves the impression of increase with the person receiving it. It leaves that person feeling like they’ve won. And that’s powerful.

In business, this is so critical as well.

But here’s the sad truth: many people have the wrong mindset in their business and in their careers.

If someone works for an employer and there’s an opportunity for a promotion, they might easily slip into a competitive mindset that causes them to ask, “how can I get ahead of the people around me?”

Many try to push others down because they believe that’s how they will rise up. They come from this place of fear and scarcity - the thought that “there’s not enough for everyone.”

And business owners struggle with this too: this idea that there’s only a certain number of potential clients and they need to make sure they beat their competitors.

Of course you want to do everything you can to deliver the maximum value you can deliver, but it’s not about competing, it’s about operating from a place of creativity, recognizing that there is an abundance in this universe in all things.

Think back to the good old days when we used telephone books… there’s thousands of pages of potential clients, and that’s just in your city alone; not to mention the world.

There’s no shortage of supply.

When you have this awareness, it gives you the freedom to be able to operate from this place of leaving the impression of increase, because you’re not afraid or threatened by the false idea that by giving someone more, you’re going to have less.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Think about it. A rising tide lifts ALL boats.

And when I look at how I operate in my business, I’ve been very intentional about living out this philosophy… when I win, you win, and when you win, I win - whether it’s a client relationship, with a vendor, or even in business partnerships.

I always want to leave the feeling with the other person that they have come out far ahead than if I was never in their life.

And I guarantee you, circling back to this idea from The Spirit of Opulence that giving is the first law of receiving - and I mean giving with sincerity and a genuine spirit because you truly want to give - this has been a critical component in my ability to achieve great levels of financial success and fulfillment in ALL areas of my life.

So let me encourage you to look at your life and to ask yourself, are you operating from a place of intentionality to leave an impression of increase?

Or have you succumbed to the common default of operating with a competitive, scarcity-focused mindset in any area of your life?

How you do anything is how you do everything!

There’s a vast difference in the results you’ll get from one versus the other. If you have big goals for yourself, financial or otherwise, making this shift to operate with an awareness of leaving the impression of increase wherever you go is going to get you far.

One goal that I have often encouraged my private clients to go for is the goal of doubling their income. But you won’t get there, coming from a place of scarcity, I can promise you that.