Who you are is as simple as Apple Pie! Great way to uncover your gifts!
Maintaining your positivity in a negative environment. #MKE
I work in a very nice building and a nice office. However, when you walk in our office, you could cut the negativity with a knife. It is SO hard for me to explain to anyone, but this office is the most negative that I have ever worked in. I wonder over and over why I am here. I am a very positive person. But, when you work in a negative world, it is easy to be drawn into the negativity of others.
We have a woman who works here that is so hateful and bitter to everyone. I can’t help but wonder what is going on in her life that causes her behavior. But, every morning, I walk in and I say “Good morning” to her. Sometimes, I get a grumble; sometimes nothing at all and ever once in a while, I will actual hear a “Good Morning” back…
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An inspiring story of overcoming your past.
The power of visualization.
“Visualization is the mechanism of the attachment which you require. Visualization is a very different process from seeing; seeing is physical, and is therefore related to the objective world, the “world without,” but Visualization is a product of the imagination, and is therefore a product of the subjective mind, the “world within.” It therefore possesses vitality; it will grow. The thing visualized will manifest itself in form. The mechanism is perfect; it was created by the Master Architect who “doeth all things well,” but unfortunately sometimes the operator is inexperienced or inefficient, but practice and determination will overcome this defect.”
This is my resonant quote for this week, as it really speaks to where I am in my ongoing experience.
You see, I’ve tried visualization in the past, based on my books I’d read and following the guidance of many of the gurus out there, but nothing ever really seemed to click. Now I’ve come to understand it was…
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Love seeing people like George experiencing the joy of personal breakthroughs!
There have been some big changes in the new way I handle my life and the new feelings I am experiencing as a result. Inside of me there is a sweet assurance that I am fully in control of what is going on around me.
The way I use to think is going away and it’s influence on me is gone also. What I use to think was established by my old habits. Yes, it was just a habit but the main problem which tied me down was I could not figure out how to change some situation or my emotional responses until now.
The first thing I notice recently is that I am smiling more and more. Every moment I think of something that puts a smile on my face and it is contagious. My voice has a new tone that brightens my conversations when the person I’m talking with…
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We all have challenges. Debbie does a great job of overcoming hers!
This week has been a challenge so far! Mostly a time challenge, but I’m trucking through it! I have found, from the past, that when you are doing something really right, the Devil tries to keep you from it. I have had obstacles thrown in my way all week. I’m not sure what happened to my Monday, but it came and went so fast I didn’t have time to blink. Tuesday, I had Bible Study after work. This was a good thing but the Devil kept telling me I didn’t have time for anything else. Satan, get thee behind me! Wednesday…after work, I had a meeting that was supposed to only be about 30 minutes, ended up an hour. Then, I rushed home so I could get on my Mastermind call with my Guide. I was late, but got on and it was awesome! I’m usually a very talkative person…
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Picking up where I left off last week, Our Bold Future soft launched on March 1st. My welcome message reads as follows…
Welcome to Our Bold Future.
I’m Carl LaFlamme your resident tech-optimist, future enthusiast and fellow seeker and traveler.
My goal for Our Bold Future is to keep you up-to-date on the discoveries, technologies, trends, products, people and solutions that promise to dramatically impact our future in a positive way.
My hope is that Our Bold Future can lessen the fear about the future. And increase the experience of awe, gratitude and optimism.
My vision for Our Bold Future is that we come together as an engaged community. And make an impact on the future by utilizing social media and other viral tools to spread the good news.
My wish is to make a positive difference in your life every time you visit. And for you to know that you have power to create your own bold future.
I’ll hope you’ll join me on this journey. Add our feed to your blog reader. Bookmark this page as one of your favorites. Like and follow us on social media. Sign up here to be kept updated as this site and community evolves.
Let’s go boldly into Our Bold Future!
The plan of action is to use the ourboldfuture.com website for longer form original blog content and to host the podcast and its show notes. (Yes, I plan to launch a podcast in May that interviews people who are positively impacting our future).
For day-to-day curation of content from the web I’m using the Our Bold Future Facebook page: http://fb.me/ourboldfuture The Facebook page has the most activity right now and we’re already up to 240 likes! The goal I’ve affirmed on my DMP is 2 million likes before January 2019, so I’ve got a ways to go! But that’s okay — everyone starts at the beginning. Of course I would love your support. Please like my Facebook Page and share it and/or comment, like and share posts from my site with your FB friends. Our Bold Future is also on Twitter @ourboldfuture so I’d appreciate any follows there.
Our Bold Future doesn’t happen without the work I’ve done in MKMMA, so I am tremendously grateful for Mark, Davene, Trish and the gang for the process they’ve built to help us create a new blueprint for our life. And thanks to all of you who have visited this blog. Cheered me on when I was up and picked me up when I was down.
The future thanks you.
And all the lives this endeavor will touch owes a debt of gratitude to what was birthed here.
We are powerful beyond measure!
Early on in the MKMMA process Mark J and the team asked us to come up with a Definite Main Purpose in life. To imagine a life that we wanted to live.
I had some vague goals around our network marketing business. Like reaching the top rank and traveling the world. But ironically, no real big ideas about my future.
I say ironically because I’ve always been interested in the future. I started being fascinated by trends from my days in advertising and marketing in the 1980’s. I’m a big picture kind of guy and could see emerging trends. Often it seemed as if I knew what was coming 6 months before it hit the mainstream. My wife Suzanne often remarked that I had my finger on the pulse of the future.
And then in the 1990’s along came personal computers and the internet and I was hooked on techology. I wasn’t a geek and not great in math or science but I loved emerging technologies, especially what Steve Jobs and Apple brought to the world. I was an Apple fan boy and could see many ways it could change the world.
Early on I remember a group of people arguing with me about my contention that books in paper form would soon go away. That would never happen they said. And then the Kindle came along and the iPad.
And finally, in the last decade I got really turned on by people like Ray Kurzweil and his theory of the Singularity. Fascinated with the advances longevity. And inspired by books like Abundance that talk about some the solutions going on to solve big world problems.
I became a techno-optimist, a future enthusiast, and an amateur futurist. I could see that as we moved into the digital age change would happen at an exponential rate, rather than the linear pace of change we’ve been used to.
But none of those interests had congealed into any form in my life, other than passing interests.
And then in an early Sit, I had a thought. To create a blog and podcast about the future.
I wish I could say that it hit me like a shot of lightning and I said “of course!” to the idea. But early on and through the first ten weeks or so I really fought the idea. Who was I to create such a thing? I’m not a scientist! Or a geek! Or a programmer! I’m not nerdy enough or smart enough. Or accredited. Or blah, blah, blah, blah…
But between the weekly exercises and taking daily steps to manifest the idea, soon Our Bold Future took shape. First just in words on my DMP, and then in pictures on my vision board. And then in baby action steps like getting the domain name and the matching Facebook Page and Twitter handle. Getting a logo designed. Building a wordpress site.
And in between each action step, I fought with myself on the viability of the idea and if I had the right “credentials” or “passion” or “knowledge” or “wisdom” or you name it — to do it!
Through it all, I overanalyzed to the point of paralysis. Went from feelings of yes I can to being totally overwhelmed. I stayed in bed one day not wanting to deal with it. I’d under appreciate the steps forward I took and used the steps backward to beat myself up about not going forward that day. In short I made the whole darn process, much harder than it had to be.
Three things really helped birth Our Bold Future. One was writing the Press Release into the future. That gave me a vision and a goal. Second, was the daily repetitive grind of reading the cards, repeating the Blueprint Builder and DMP and doing the Sits. All of which helped keep me focused and giving thought to what I wanted to create. And finally adding into the mix new assignments each week that continued to build up my self-confidence.
Finally after over 20 weeks of self-work I’m ready to publically launch Our Bold Future into the world. I’ll share the early results of that in next week’s post.
“Inspiration is the art of receiving.”
I was struck by this insight on inspiration from Haanel in Lesson 20. He goes on to say that to understand and apply the method of inspiration is to become a superman.
One of the definitions of inspiration is “drawing in of breath”. You literally need to receive inspiration to live.
In our daily 15-minutes Sits I naturally begin to relax and become conscious of my breathing.
Conscious awareness of your breathing then is to practice the art of receiving.
In the Law of Giving cards I make a daily promise “to be a grateful receiver of the gifts that surround me, pausing often and noticing nature, kindness, smiles, and compliments to what I gladly receive with a thank you”.
To give thanks then is to practice the art of receiving
As part of our daily assignments, I am asked to write down three things I am grateful for each day.
To recognize the gifts of the day and to show gratitude for them then is to practice the art of receiving.
The word YES is an act of receiving as I allow new experiences into my life.
Saying yes to what life brings you then is to practice the art of receiving.
And what of giving? Again the Law of Giving cards provide the answer…“I promise to give without expectation of reciprocity, to the channels I enrich because I know I am in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving.”
Breathe in and receive. Breathe out and give. The dynamic flow of giving and receiving. It’s something we do countless times each day.
The art of receiving is literally right under our nose.
Sit on that truth during your next Sit.
In Week 19 Haanel continues on the idea that Universal Mind only manifests itself through us. That we are in essence part of the Omnipotence, Omniscience and any other Omni word you want to throw out there.
That Universal Mind is this static all-encompassing field, that only becomes dynamic when we think. That Universal Mind’s vital force flows through us and all we basically need to do is to wake up to it, and comply with its laws.
And that it is through us that the Universal Mind evolves. That we can “control fate and fortune like a captain controls his ship”
These are big, big BIG ideas to get one’s head around.
So I spent some of this week in a sit trying to get my head around it.
Here’s where I am, I understand it in theory. I grasp it on an intellectual level. It makes sense. But emotionally? Spiritually? I wish. I mean if one got it emotionally you’d never really worry again. Gosh darn it, you’d be happy, creative, playful, kind of like a kid without a worry in the world in everything you do!
And where would that get you?
Okay, so there’s a bit of tongue in cheek here. That’s me being playful. (I guess that’s a step in the right direction.)
So now I’m in this weird awareness state, where I see where Haanel is pointing to. And I see where I am. But theres a chasm between my understanding and fully embracing and living from that place. Sometimes I feel like a stubborn two year old who only knows one word — NO! Sometimes I just don’t know if I can fully get there.
I mean there’s a lot of cement!
And even writing this I say to myself, you shouldn’t affirm your weakness around this. Just see yourself as already there.
(Sigh). Big idea. Small mind. Pulling on the string. Living in and out of the gap in between. That’s where I’m at in Week 19.