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I want to remember that every person is already important, without them having to make up their self-importance for me. Every person. Every moment. I want to remember that there are no unimportant moments. The woman who grabbed the sleeve of the cancer researcher and said, “Live your life, every delicious moment,” was saying that to me.
Only our stories get in the way of that feeling. Only our words. Stories are told with words, and words have chemistry in them. If my story today is that I am just “trying to make a living,” my whole brain and body chemistry become low and frustrated. But what if I change the words and instead of trying to make a living I am “creating a life”? New chemistry. Newer, better feelings. Better conversations with people. Excitement. A better life through chemistry.
A flower doesn’t have a story about what it is. It just grows and expresses itself. So, when I look at the story of you, I know how hard it’s been for you to maintain it. I am very mindful of that. I feel it along with you because I’ve put such a burden on my heart maintaining my own story!
From now on, let’s just grow. You and me.
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A Complimentary Evening with Mind 4 Money and Justin Rohner
Mind 4 Money ~ LIVE:
The 4 Pillars of Financial Peace
“40 Minutes to a More SOLID Future”
It could happen to any one of us… perhaps even today.
The Great Depression has come and gone and yet you may come home after a long day and turn on the television or catch wind of a few stories on the radio and find the financial depression very-much alive in today’s economy. You may know a few people who are looking for a job and have been looking for months with barely even a bite. You might even be experiencing the strains of recessive times yourself and look around and find economic instability virtually everywhere.
You may be asking yourself, “when’s this all going to turn around?” or “why are so many people I care about dealing with such tough economic issues…why?” You may even wonder, “Why are all these things happening to me? Why here? Why now? What am I doing wrong?” There is a very real and palatable potential for any of us in such times to lean on dismay, frustration, anger, despair, hopelessness, and even depression.
And you might also be one who paints with a pallet of questions of entirely different color…
- How can I turn this around for myself and for others?
- How can I respond more positively to what I see in the world today?
- What parts of me are being called into higher service in the world today?
- How can my life stand as an inspiration so that I can make a meaningful difference in today’s world?
Through questions like these, you may begin to shift from seeing today’s world as a plague of “tough economic times” and instead, start seeing a world blooming with opportunities. When you can lift this issue to a level of choice and choose to make this shift to a new, more peaceful and creative pallet of inquiry, you literally become the change you would like to see in the world.
“But how” you ask? “How can I learn to live this way now and in a more consistent way?”
Justin Rohner is a modern pioneer in the emerging field of sustainability and self-reliance. As an experienced entrepreneur, Dynamite Life Coach, and founding member of Astonishing Families International (AFI), he has developed, and continues to facilitate the extraordinary financial education found in the Mind 4 Money program.
Your Questions Answered
The format of the evening will be an engaging and interactive introduction to AFI’s extra-ordinary, soul-centered approach to financial education and include a complete sharing of:
- The 4 Pillars to Financial Peace
- Response: Producing a Personal Response to Your Current Circumstances
- Reality: Checking in with REALITY, gracefully
- Relationships: The Function of Priorities to Improve Relationships in tough times
- Revenue: Living the Golden Rule of Income Improvement
The evening also includes opportunities for:
LEARNING how the Mind 4 Money curriculum assists people in transforming their financial situation in a soul-centered, quick, and uplifting way.
EXPLORING key distinctions that will guide you to financial peace immediately
EXPERIENCING a dynamic tour of AFI’s Mind 4 Money Mastery Program.
MEETING Justin Rohner, President and chief facilitator of the AFI educational programs, and some of the founding faculty of the new Mind 4 Money education.
RECEIVING answers to your important questions about thriving in today’s economy and applying for the mastery program.
RSVP online as soon as possible.
Space is limited and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Post this invitation on all your social media networks! Local demands will define where we turn up next!
To RSVP, register by clicking HERE
The event is complimentary and open to Mind4Money grads, current students, friends, family, and colleagues.
All are Welcome!
Mature Junior attendees (ages 6-18) are also welcome
5 Years ago, I wanted my life to be different. I wanted to be a professional speaker so, on some good advice, I arraigned to share a stage with best-selling Author, Steve Chandler as we embarked on the launch of Skill #2 in the Mind 4 Money program… Career Astonishment.
Today, Steve opens the invitation to YOU…
People want their lives to be different. People want success instead of failure. But then people begin sentences with “I don’t know how to….” and right then they are down the rabbit hole. They have become victims. The primary thought of a victim is “I don’t know how to.” And it’s always a lie.
People tell me, “I want to be a coach, but I don’t know how to….” whatever. And why would I want to help a liar like that? My whole book about the 17 lies was about that whole approach to life. So false and self-deceiving. (I only know it because I did it myself……..but only for 50 years.)
If you want to be a coach, coach. If you want to be a singer, sing. If you want to be a writer, write. If you want some money go ASK for it and then serve someone. Notice the common thread here…and I repeat this quote again by Aristotle,
“Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it. People come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just. By doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled, and by doing brave acts we become brave.”
Want to make the shift?
Join the club…
Success BEYOND Approval Seeking…
In my foot race to the base of the mountain I passed close to 100 hikers, many of which I had seen at the top but still more were on their storied journey to the top. Along my path, there were those that were inspired by my trek, and those that resented.
Here’s a question for you…if someone sprinted ahead of you in your life on a path you were traveling, would you find yourself resenting them or would you find yourself inspired?
This was a question that crossed my mind about the same moment a woman, resting for a moment at the side of the trail on her accent to the top yelled out:
“People that run like you should be tripped!”
In Australia, UK, and New Zealand they might call this the “Tall Poppy Syndrome,” which alludes to an ancient Roman practice by the tyrannical ruler, Sextus Tarquinius, who killed all the prominent people in the city Gabii shortly after appointing himself king.
In the US people often call this the “Crab Mentality” where those who are wanting to rise above the collective vat of crabs is continually pulled back down by the surrounding crowds all clambering to the top.
In essence, the two stories tell of a societal phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are criticized or resented because their talents or achievements elevate them “above” or distinguish them from their peers.
I was raised on the belief that this was a social norm and many times in my life I held back my best effort for exactly this reason.
But today, I lay the myth to rest. Only ONE of the near 100 people I passed spoke out in open resentment. Many cheered me on. Some jogged with me for a time and I was thoroughly inspired by someone brave enough to “let er-rip” and show me what SUCCESS BEYOND APPROVAL SEEKING is all about.
So, when a Stephen McGhee, or anyone, sprints ahead of me on the trail of success… J I am choosing to be inspired! I will continue to choose and follow a different, more effective credo voiced by Benjamin Franklin Fairless, president of United States Steel Corporation (1950), who stated:
“You cannot strengthen one by weakening another; and you cannot add to the stature of a dwarf by cutting off the leg of a giant.”
Be MOVED today and JOIN the FAMILY OF GIANTS…
And you too… will inspire many.
Nothing Great Was Ever Achieved Without Enthusiasm.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
After an inspiring invitation from my friend and Super-Coach, Stephen McGhee some months ago to scale one of the highest mountains in the world in South America, I settled for something a bit closer to home… This last spring, I and two of my clients decided to hike to the peak of the tallest mountain in Arizona (12,633ft.,on Mount Humphrey). It took us nearly 4 hours to reach the summit that Saturday. With all the signs and sounds of pain and exhaustion on the pathway to the peak, one would have expected to find an infirmary at the top. But, at the summit, we found a celebration.
The sore songs of the trail were silenced by sweet sounds of triumph, trophy, and breathtaking awe at the limitless view that surrounded us at every turn. While at the top, many stories were shared of the assent, good times, tough times, and little-known trail secrets. Some shared that they had made it to the peak in 3 hours, others 2.5, and then a man wearing little more than a loincloth, muscle shirt, and running shoes clamored to the top.
“How long did it take you?” I asked. He quickly glanced at his watch.
“a buck 16.” (in layman’s terms that’s an hour and 16 minutes)
WOW! I thought, he was twice as fast as ANYONE I knew! “What’s your best time?”
“a buck 16,” he replied. “And this is my third time.”
In less than 3 minutes he turned around and bounded back down the mountain.
I was thoroughly INSPIRED by this man. My mind raced to see how this was even possible! 4,300 ft increase in elevation from the nearest parking lot at a distance of more than 5.5miles… lots of rocks and roots, loose gravel, and nothing but crumbled lava fields in the tundra above 11,000 feet. It would take a quick eye and even quicker feet because with that kind of terrain, at those speeds you can’t just run on the path, you have to spring from every rock and root as everything else is too loose to hold you.
I let the inspiration MOVE me…
And I made it down in a buck 9. (one hour nine minutes) THRILLING!
My nearest client didn’t hit the bottom for another two hours after I reached the base.
I have found, time and time again, that the moment inspiration strikes, that is the time to make a move.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Begin it now.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust, 1808)
quoted by W. H. Murray
(on his Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951)
Thinking back… it was a very dangerous thing I choose to do that afternoon atop the summit of the my “little” Mount Humphrey. But, not only did I survive the descent… I soared! Nearly ever quickened step found solid root or rock, and for every one that didn’t, something else was there (a tree, or mound of dirt) to help me keep a strong and steady flow down the mountain.
So, step 1: Trust the process of creation and be moved by what inspires you.
The Golden Rule of Income Improvement
By Justin Rohner
“A man there was, they called him mad; the more he gave, the more he had.”
It’s so simple… we often miss it. There is a direct relationship between how we spend and how we earn. Although, it’s not a matter of quantity; it’s a matter of quality.
In my recent study of the generational effects of money, I found that those families with wealth that grew from one generation to the next had a distinct habit of being gracious and appreciative toward people and companies when they spent money. They were effectively “sold” not only on what they bought, but also on those who made the product or service available to them.
On the flip-side, those families whose wealth was on the decline and were effectively living a poverty process, had a distinct sense of annoyance surrounding similar expenses.
As my friend and best-selling author Steve Chandler has said, “If you have a tendency to think in terms of scarcity, you’ll shut down the inflow of wealth by choking off the outflow.”
So, you don’t need to start spending more, just don’t be stingy with your thank-you’s. Being stingy not only threatens your financial future, it degrades your value and your ability to earn.
The Golden Rule to Income Improvement is this…
Give as You Would Like to be Given
If you want to see how quickly this can influence your income, try this: before you go to that next big interview, contract negotiation, or income opportunity, treat yourself to lunch. Be sure to tip your waiter/waitress in advance and share with them how much you appreciate the work they do to improve your dining experience. As you dine, be on the look-out for the unique value they provide you. Acknowledge them for the good they do as they do it. And, if they spill your glass of water or break a dish, keep it light, think taller, lift your mind to gratitude still that they continue to put THEIR dishes in harms way to serve you.
Do this, and your interview presence will improve, your ability to land the new contract will be enhanced, and your ability to select a worthy income opportunity will be greatly refined.
As we move forward acknowledging the value and service others provide us each time we spend, the inner light that shines on our value brightens. We will stand a little taller. We will be a little better at what we do best. We will be more solid and confident in our own value. And in the face of challenge or opportunity, we will see more clearly the difference we ourselves can make.
Try living it for yourself.
The worst that could happen is a stronger, more grateful you.
For more FREE samples of Justin’s work on Income Improvement and Career Astonishment go to: www.MyMind4Money.com