Ecologically grounded principles and practices that will create prosperity in you life.

In all the things that I suggest here, the most important thing is to not shut down and stay energized while considering these things. Rome was not built in a day. In every pursuit start with what you have from where you are. Lean into the effort, Take the smallest steps you need to keep moving forward, the pace is irrelevant, only forward action is important. Nothing else. A thousand small steps is better then 1 giant leap. The force of character is built in the many small steps, the giant leap is fantastic but soon fads to a memory and leaves little trace on the psyche. where as every small step that was taken consciously moving in the right direction builds apon the other and creates an everlasting strength and become rewards in themselves.

Higher levels of prosperity come from
1. Maximizing your energy through inspiration and enthusiasm
2. Increasing your organization by aligning the time and details of your life with your values and a mission
3. Increasing your effectiveness through focus and alignment with your values, energy cycles and the cycles of nature.
4. Increasing your efficiency including conserving your energy{read money in here as well}
5. Responding to feedback from your body, the people around you and your environment: taking in that information and adjusting your actions to get a more direct route to your destination
6. Continually refining and giving your unique contribution (value you add) to the world.
7. Increasing your capacity for objective analysis of information.
8. Never blaming in thought or speech the world or others for the circumstances of your life. There are no excuses in nature only adaptation and evolution Adopt the philosophy that your mind makes you an all powerful human creator who can create anything(as long as it is aligned with the laws of nature) that you believe in and are willing to dedicate your life to in belief and action.
9. Creating an environment of people and things that pulls you in the direction of doing all these things.

So the next and probably more important question is how do you do that?

Here are some ideas.

1. Write down everything that inspires you and gives you energy that your can think of in 5 minutes. Commit to doing at least one of those things for 5-15 minutes today. Tell someone that you are unwilling to let down that you are going to do it and ask them to call you at the end of the day to make sure you did it. Write down what time of the day or day of the week that you feel the most energy and the least, for today do tasks that require focus and effort on high energy times and ones that do not on low energy times. (ask them to check in with you on the things that follow as well).

2. Right now, stop reading take 2-5 minutes and organize your purse, briefcase of wallet. Make sure that it functions better then before you started. Then make a list of 5 things you could do to better organize your life that will take less then 5 minutes to do and can be done today. Pick one commit, tell your accountability person and do it today.

3. If you have not already make a list of 3-5 values that you have. Write down a goal or a mission that empowers you and benefits others as well as your self. It is not important that it is the right goal only that you choice it. You can always change it later. Do one small thing that is aligned with those values and that goal today. Tell your accountability person.

4. Identify 2 things that you buy on a regular basis and can give up once and if you were to give them up it would benefit you. Give up 1 of those things in the moment you can afford it for one day starting the first day you are going to buy something. Identify 1-5 things that you do that reduce your energy and that you intuitively feel would be beneficial to give up. Give one up once.. Then decide the next day if you are going to do either again.

5. Now that you have clarified your values and created a mission, begin to record feedback you are getting from your body, people and the environment. Too much “negative” feedback can shut you down, so only take in that which you can absorb without stopping your forward motion. You are always getting feedback. Start by writing down 1-5 things you noticed today in the way your body, people and the environment responded to you. Make sure to note as many “positive” feed backs as”negative”
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6. Make a list of 2-5 things you are really good at. If you are having trouble with this, ask someone who knows you well and is observant. Create a sheet of paper with 4 columns. In the first column write your skills, 2nd your values, 3rd your current mission or goal. In the forth column write your dream life in one to two sentences in wording that is personal, positive and present tense. Let those first three columns inform it. Now write that down in a place where it will not be lost and you will see it on a regular basis. Practice believing it at it at least once a week but better once or twice a day and ask yourself, how can I be that today. What action could I take that that person would take today? Do at least one small thing that person would do. And one day that person will be you.

7. Do you remember the last time you thought one thing got some new information and realized you were wrong? Well that was the last time you increased your ability to be objective. No one is right 100 percent of the time. But how often do we thing we are right. For most of us it is darn near 100 percent of the time. Today try to learn something new, be it online, or in a book or documentary, that fundamentally challenges something you believe, See if you can identify the emotional reasons that believing this would have benefited you. Today let go of one false belief. I guarantee you, you have plenty. it is not hard for others to identify them for you, but see if you can begin to identify them for yourself. Like it or not our beliefs are shaped more by emotion then by reason. it is only by a careful deconstruction of our beliefs and a reconstruction from a near objective place (total objectivity is impossible) that we begin to approach reality as opposed to our perspective masquerading as reality.

8. We need practices that help us to control our thoughts. The mind will run wild with all kinds of interpretations that suit the comfort or infatuation of the day. One of the best ways to tame the mind is to create a boundary of types of thought that we allow and types that we do not. One of the most destructive thought forms is that of blame and complaint. If your thoughts are predominantly blame oriented and complaint oriented you can never have lasting prosperity nor joy nor health.

In addition to the importance of controlling our thinking, we need to have the power to build, to create, to persevere and to complete. This is impossible if we believe the outside world can stop us. If we were not blessed with an empowered inner voice that constantly assured us we could do it, then we must come to realize that the largest enemy to our own progress is not the economy, our education, our upbringing, or lack of time or money but rather our own habits of thinking and believing.

Once we adopt the idea that through our personal beliefs, we can create anything that is aligned with the laws of nature, we become capable of things that the greatest men and women throughout history have achieved. It is important to note that our understanding of the laws of nature are limited, so there are all kinds of things that are possible to create that have yet been unthinkable, but if you try to violate the laws of nature no matter what you believe, you will fail. Your belief in your ability will not bend or break the laws of nature but your belief, if it is strong enough and backed up by enough action, adaptation and evolution will call nature to reveal her yet unknown secrets to you. I like the way Bruce Lee used to put it. “Limitation as no limitation.”

9. Once you have clarified and recorded your values, created a goal or mission and identified an ideal life, you now have a foundation to organize your life around, Now we need to create the conditions that will support a new trajectory. Will power is not the answer.

An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.
An object that is in motion will not change its velocity unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.

Therefore any area of your life that has been at rest will try to remain at rest any in motion in motion. The laws of the universe are fractal, the same things that affect the stars and planets affect your ability to change and move as well. But this is good news because we simply need to apply a force to that old habit until a new trajectory(habit) is created.

So how do we do this. There are many ways, but they all involve changing your environment and your role in your environment. Here are a few things to try first

A. Join a group of like minded people aligned with your value, mission, ideal life.(VMIL)

B. Join a volunteer cause that is aligned with your VMIL. There are a multitude of groups out there and every one will take your time and effort without hesitation.

C. Start your own support group with people that are aligned with your (VMIL)

D. Go the places where those like minded people hang out and socialize

E. Look around your home, office, car, any place you have some control over and ask yourself, is this aligned with my ideal life? If the answer is no, take one small action today that would be. Maybe it is cleaning, maybe organizing, maybe it is getting rid of something, whatever, the point is to take some easy action that is consistent with your created life.

G. Get photos of people that are most aligned with your Ideal life and put them all around you at home, office, etc.

This is so important that I repeat it here.

In all the things that I suggest here, the most important thing is to not shut down and continuing moving forward while considering and implementing these things. Rome was not built in a day. In every pursuit start with what you have from where you are. Lean into the effort. Take the smallest steps you need to keep moving forward, the pace is irrelevant, only forward action is important. Nothing else. A thousand small steps is better then 1 giant leap. The force of character is built in the many small steps, the giant leap is fantastic but soon fads to a memory and sometimes leaves little trace on the psyche. where as every small step that was taken consciously moving in the right direction builds apon the other and creates an everlasting strength and become rewards in themselves.

If you made it this far you are a trouper. Let me know what you think and if you are going to try any of the suggestions and how it feels if you do

All the best,

Mike

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