Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Jean McLeod Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Posted: 2016-12-21

I am becoming conspicuously aware of the fact that Michael is attracting an amazing number of MLM “misfits” and transforming us into brilliance and success beyond our wildest dreams.  I am so glad to be on Michael’s Misfit team!  This is a process of unlearning, learning and growing.  I liken it to jumping in the deep-end of the pool 22 years ago when I joined my first MLM company.  They told me to be at every meeting, tell all my friends and family… you know the drill.  So, there I was, bobbing up and down, treading water as they stood above me barking orders for me to "swim".  Company after company it was the same gig.  I guess the good news about that is that in all of those years treading water I got stronger.  I didn’t give up on my dream or desire even if I stopped what I was doing.  I saw the potential, I got it, I wanted it.  I kept looking for someone that would help me so I kept learning and experimenting with new things.  One day I signed up for IBOtoolbox and was offered so many invitations to download Success In 10 Steps!  I don’t ever remember seeing anything about it before but it got my attention.

It’s been 5 months now and I feel like I am just beginning to build other muscles beside “treading water” muscles.  I am learning new techniques and ideas.  I am actually learning how to swim in a new kind of environment and I am loving it.

I love this Mastermind group, the in-depth chapters, the brilliance of thought that is laid out each week.  I love this chapter on the brain; the broadcasting and receiving station for thought.  So much of the book is about the thoughts, but I am fascinated by this chapter.  So much of the process of me learning “to swim” is about changing my emotion, conditioning, practice, consistency and complacency at knowing how to tread water.  I am having to unlearn a lot of things and reprogram a lot of subconscious thinking.  It is a rewarding journey.

Everywhere I turn now I am hearing people talk about "mindset" and having the right thinking.  Dr. Caroline Leaf suggests 10 things that are warning signs of toxic thoughts:

1.    How many "could-have", "would-have", "should-have" statements have you made today?

2.       How many "if onlys" were part of your inner vocabulary today?

3.       How many times have you replayed in your head a conversation or situation that pained you, or one that hasn't even occurred yet?

4.       How many scenarios have you created of the unpredictable future?

5.       How much is speculation taking out of your day?

6.       How passive is your mind?

7.       How honest are you with yourself?

8.       Are you at cross-purposes with yourself - going through the motions, but not really committed to the goal, saying one thing but meaning another?

9.       How distorted is your thinking? Are you forming a personal identity around for example, a disease? Do you speak about "my arthritis", "my multiple sclerosis", "my heart problem"?

10.   Do you ever make comments like "nothing ever goes right for me"; "everything I touch fails"; "I always mess up"?

Thank you Michael for helping us to recognize and change those toxic thoughts and for leading us down a proven pathway to success.  It may take us a while to get there, but as long as we are coachable and we don't give up, we will get there!

Jean McLeod