Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Cheryl Stuhr Houston, TX, United States

Posted: 2018-12-12

 

Think and Grow Rich
Lesson #9
The 8th Step toward Riches: 
          Persistence: The Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith

Persistence has never been a problem for me. It's when I need to stop being so persistence, that use to be my problem. Sometimes, against my better judgement, I would "hang in there" thinking I would be successful in whatever I was pursuing. I can look back now and see the valuable lessons I learned; including  I should have listened to my inner voice. Like the time I was with my first MLM. I stayed with them for 4 years, listening to all their hype about their product, thinking this could be it. I was new and I kept thinking that I would improve and be able to build that team and sell their product. My problem-I couldn't "be a product of the product"-I HATED the taste of it! So when people would ask, "How does it taste?", I couldn't give them an honest answer. I would often find myself saying, "Well, the tea tastes good.". The person wasn't asking me about how the tea tasted, but how the coffee tasted. Well, as you can imagine those people certainly weren't going to become my customers, let alone a recruit.

Napoleon said, "Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage". I wholeheartedly agree. For some of us however, our seeds need a bit more time to break through the soil.  But with some nurturing and showering my thoughts with positive messages, I'm seeing better results. Part of the credit is due to Mentoring for Free and the valuable input that people share with the group.

Napoleon also said, "Poverty Consciousness will voluntarily seize the mind which is not occupied with the money consciousness".
Oh, that hit home! I grew up hearing, "Money doesn't grow on trees, you know.", "We can't afford that right now-maybe later.", and ironically, at the same time, mom sheltering me from any mention of how bills got paid. It wasn't until I got married and found myself as the sole breadwinner in the household, that I learned "the value of money". Only thing, the value I placed on it by that time, was that I never seemed to have enough to cover all our bills. I carried the "lack" mentality with me for decades and my life reflected the same. 

Getting back to the topic of persistence-as I said: I carried those thoughts for decades.

But times have changed. In the past, I always  worried of what people were going to say, if I didn't complete what I started, if I didn't get a regular job, if I didn't do something the way it had always been done. "Poverty Consciousness" and "fear" mix together too well. For the last several years, I've had to work on both and often it's been quite a daunting challenging. My mind still slips back into those thoughts of lack and it takes a few seconds to realize that even saying to oneself, " Do I have enough money this month?" can throw things out of wack. But now, I am aware of them almost immediately after I have thought them and I have more faith in that the Universe will provide. And as I have gotten older, I really don't care anymore if people think I'm not doing what they think is the "right way" to do things. 

Besides the support I'm getting from Mentoring for Free, I get a lot of it from a few friends. One friend of mine said regarding success:

BE
DO
HAVE                        That's true for everything

Cheryl Stuhr