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Hey Good Looking! Learning to Fall in Love With My Future Self- Week 17

This weeks guest blogger is Louise Kohl.  She has made some great self discoveries and loves the person she is becoming.  Please show her some love by going to her blog and reading her post.  Thanks.

Week 17 -My New Friend

 

“Today my old skin has become as dust.  I …. walk tall among men and they …. know me not, for today I am a new man, with a new life.”  Og Mandino

“I will concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person”  Blueprint Builder (2) Self-Confidence Formula

“By keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually take tangible form.” Haanel  17:27

“The lady whose verdict counts most in your life, Is the gal staring back from the glass.”  Dale Wimbrow 1934

All the above plus my DMP, Movie Poster, Press release, the weekly lessons, cards, gifts, makeovers, masterminding, and so much more have culminated into me developing  a new friendship with….ME!

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Kindness is not Always Sunshine and Rainbows- Week 16

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When one thinks of kindness, usually warm fuzzy images come to mind.  Visions that will fill the soul with love and joy.  That is why kindness week is one of my favorite weeks in the course.  My whole week is filled with happiness.

This year it has been different.  I observed that there is a side to kindness that can be on the sad side.

We found out about midweek that a friend and classmate of ours lost her husband in a snowmobile accident.  I cannot even imagine what she is going through at this moment.  My husband it the world to me and I don't know how I would react to losing him.wood-1199599_1280

The customary condolences where posted on Facebook with many people, including us, to let us know what we could do for her and her family.  Her response broke my heart and the next step became crystal clear.

They use wood burning to heat their house.  Her husband was the only one who knew how to fell a tree and use the chain saw to cut it up.  When he died, they only had a short supple of wood.  She asked for help getting firewood.  One of our acts of kindness this week was to find and cut up some fire wood for her and her family.  It was the very least we could do.  We will be delivering a truck full to her today.

So this year, my observations during kindness week has taught me that it is not always a happy moment when you show kindness.  In fact, in moments of sorrow and tragedy, kindness is more needed than ever.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers, as she still has young children.  Thank you.

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Being Fanatically Honest: Choosing Butterflies Over Rocks- Week 15

As Master guides, we love sharing our members posts, especially when they share experiences that others in the class may also being facing.  Many find the time around the holidays and the first weeks of the new year challenging and to know they are not alone is comforting.This week we are spotlighting Joanna's week 15 post.  It is shared below, but please show her some love by going to her post to comment and share.  Give more get more.

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Week 15: Rocks or butterflies?

Rocks or Butterflies?
On this week’s conference call, I had rocks in my gut.

Right at my solar plexus, this feeling of tension, of anxiety roiling, as The Fabulous Davene congratulated all of us on sticking with the program and cheering on our successes. With every “atta girl!” And positive reinforcement, the rock-lump grew bigger and I had do to my best to not cry, to not puke, or to turn off the call because I have not been faithful to the program. I have been struggling and as I have shared before, I am VERY good at beating myself up. My old blueprint has been winning.

I feel as if I am hanging on to the edge of a cliff by my fingernails, just barely keeping my grip.

But then Davene shared some info a friend shared with her, that (to paraphrase) “fear and excitement release the same chemicals into your body.”

-Wait, WHAT?!

It made me pause and reevaluate the feeling in my gut.

On some level, I know this information. We have talked about it before, how we can decide what reaction we have to any situation. WE can decide our feelings, if only we are the observer and can identify what is happening. We can choose whether it will be fear or excitement that we feel. Rocks or butterflies. A weight dragging us down or wings to lift us up.

This is difficult to do, to choose the positive. Being an observer in our own lives requires that we keep our eyes wide open and not fall back into old habits.

Dave Ramsey, a financial guru, once mentioned that all the millionaires he knew & interviewed were “fanatically honest.” It has been years since I heard him says this, and it has stuck with me because I did not understand it for the longest time. “Fanatic” is usually has a bad connotation, and I could not understand why he would connect this negative word with “honesty.” I think now I am getting an idea of why he said “fanatically honest.” These millionaires he interviewed must keep their eyes wide open, they must constantly reevaluate themselves, their goals and decisions in order to stay on track and be successful.

By being “fanatically honest” they are most of all, honest with themselves and do not hide behind excuses.

How can I create a new blueprint to be fanatically honest with myself? I think that keeping this idea of honesty & no excuses in mind will reinforce and support my habit of being an observer. If I make this decision, it will cause me to reevaluate any decision, no matter how small it may be, and help determine if it keeps me on target with my main goals. By observing my choices, being honest, I will make better choices instead of reacting to situations the old way.

Rocks or butterflies- where am I now? Well, I must admit, I still have this feeling in my gut.

Today, I choose butterflies.

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Are you willing to commit – Week 14

What is it that you are REALLY committed to?

How busy is your life?  Go on - actually think about what you have going on today.  This Week...  Step it out to the Month and things can start to get pretty crazy.

We've all hit those points where we think - there is no possible way that I can fit one more thing into my life - how can I possibly expect to KEEP UP...much less get ahead!

Ivan Remus, a friend of ours in the Master Keys class, gives us a peak inside his Journey of discovery learning that...

...the paradox is that the only way to “discover” the masterpiece we want from the the marbel <of our life>, is by deciding which exact masterpiece we want to create ...

-- Ivan Remus

This week we are spotlighting Ivan's Week 13 post, which reminds us....

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it - Michelangelo

Ivan has this to share....

From my point of view, our true potential is the statue inside us. And it’s up to us the carve the stone all the way to the skin and “discover” the true masterpiece that lives inside us.

It is essential to us to be able to visualize the final product before we even start to carve the stone… 

Are you willing to commit? Click through to Ivan's Blog !  

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It’s Your Life on the Line – Make the Right Choice – Week One

Listen to the noise on Facebook and TV - you'd think Life has never been more dismal and hopeless. Every single day we hear about death, violence, depravity...and that our Lifestyle is at risk of imploding.

Then of course - there are those people who inexplicably rise above it all. Amidst the noise - they have a serene almost contagious Joie de Vivre​ about them.

We found ourselves on the cusp of those first statements just under a week ago. Wondering at the price of simply LIVING in today's world - and if we were stressing, what's everyone else feeling?

From Facebook.... "I can't afford it", "Back in the Hospital...again", "The country's going to hell...because of Trump...Hillary...", "Healthy food is SO expensive"...

In real life.... "Holy .... $50 for one bag of groceries?!",  "Can't afford the vacation I NEED...maybe next year...",  "Insurance doesn't cover what I need done...", "How are we going to make it to next month"....

Then it all started... AGAIN...

The next session of the Master Key Experience started - and we knew we had to be completely engaged for the next six months.  The changes we experienced the first time through...could we have that again? It made a difference that has lasted for years already - but we wanted MORE this time...

It was time for another set of changes for us.  Time to take our 'Lifestyle BluePrint' to the next level again - 'cause we felt S T U C K 

​SO we dug into the first week's exercises without regard to 'time' (or even sleep...) - in fact we doubled down and committed to being Master Guides this time 'round.

​And it's already paying off in big ways...

  • Ideas are flowing more freely, bringing excitement back to 'everyday' life
  • Awareness of serendipities in life spotlight the abundance around us...
  • Abundance returns​ - it's insane...funds just 'show up' as we change our thoughts
  • Calmer - even with increased responsibilities
  • More time in the day​ - you'd think the opposite would happen but...Give More== Get More!
  • Anticipation of the Future
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