The Vatican Secret Archives houses documents which the church has accumulated over centuries. The archives is the central repositories for state papers, papal account books and correspondence that The Pope has ownership over until he is succeeded by another. Scholars and researchers has limited access to the archives to examine but other than that you nor I can just walk in Vatican city proclaiming we wish to see the information contained in the archives.
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The Vatican Secret Archives are one of 19 most guarded things in the world. Just behind that, is Fort Knox, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Tumen River to name a few.
Your mindset should be thought of with the same care as to not allow negativity, distraction and vampires to suck it dry. It is hard work to reprogram yourself so that you see success, abundance, prosperity and beauty in this world. It requires unequivocal strength and determination to keep it flourishing with new ideas, creativity and love.
The reason places such as The Vatican Archives and The Federal Reserve Bank of New York are heavily guarded is one reason and one reason only: gold or golden information.
Protect Your Mindset: Your own gold.
Your mindset is the same. You are storing golden information, attitudes, strategies, focus, power, and data …in the form of thoughts, reactions, visualization and attitudes. Which can be lessened by continuous interference from outside invasion.
You must take rebel actions to begin setting up your personal barricades. Remember, it took you and is taking you a long while to reverse the bad data or dumb data that you have accumulated over your lifetime. For instance, you never cared about your time. You didn’t understand the value of it so you wasted it on activities that did not bring you closer to your goals. You gave attention to people and things that didn’t mean you well …so you strayed off course, headed for the forest filled with vultures and ticks. You cut through bush after bush, leaves, trees, thorns …you left the paved road to the wilderness which caused you much doubt. But through it all, you learned all sorts of valuable lessons. When you found yourself back on paved road – you vowed, that you will stay on course. That it was too much work and energy to do the opposite of what was right. It caused you much pain, stress and frustration to sway off path, so you vowed – never again.
You finally found a road with more clarity, an environment that propelled your goals. Don’t go back to the wilderness.
Tip #1 – When You Wake Up, Don’t Consume.
Upon waking. Your first action should not be to consume. What I mean by consume is you are not supposed to take in data. In the morning your mind, during the first few minutes upon waking, your mind is heavily receptive to influence.
When you jolt up, check Facebook, the news, twitter, or wake from an alarm, worry, stress, etc. .. these things play a significant role in how you will likely feel for hours and for the remainder of the day. You should take control of this early morning intimacy with yourself for at least 15 minutes. Your goal is to set your day up for ultimate feel-good, and maximum benefit and clarity. It begins when we first open our eyes, or minutes before they are opened.
- Open your eyes and rest your mind upon something that you feel good about. Stay on that good feeling.
- Open up to gratitude and appreciation.
- Relax into yourself – Just Be.
- Be aware of your purpose, your light, and your aspirations.
When I wake I try to focus on 3 things: Peace, Love and Happiness. Try laying there relaxed, smiling and thinking about your peace. No fights, no arguments, everything being good at that very moment.
You are practicing Mindfulness.
Tip #2 – Practice Pomodoro To Complete Tasks
Pomodoro is a time management method and technique you can apply to any activity or task. The reason why I recommend pomodoro to Comfort Killers is because it keeps you focused until completion as well as gives you a set amount of time where you will be limited to access.
People want to access you all the time. Look at your phone now. It’s buzzing, beeping, notifying, singing and vibrating to get your attention. During pomodoro you shut it all down around you. It is a good time-management tool if you are writing, inventing, creating, reading, working, or working out. It can be applied anytime while doing just about anything.
It’s okay to turn off your phone. It’s okay to NOT try to be everywhere. It’s okay to finish things.
See, while you are tying to be everywhere all at once, competing for space.. us real business owners are getting things done. That’s the trick. You keep busy and interrupted, while we finish projects, write books, plan events, read more books, build businesses, write proposals, and connect with our customers. You will still be liking everything on all the social media because you are d-i-s-t-r-a-c-t-e-d. The #1 reason why you are distracted, is because you think you’re doing something. You’re not.
Here’s how Pomodoro works.
There are six steps in the original technique: from Wikipedia.
- Decide on the task to be done.
- Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
- Work on the task.
- End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
- If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
- After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.
Tip #3 It’s All About The Benjamins, Baby!
I love reading my friends book every summer! The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. In it he gives us a beautiful story about boyhood, personal development, morality, invention, mastermind, creating reputation, failure and much more. It’s a book that I continuously learn from and this summer’s insight was no different.
In my book, How to Change Your Life Using Tools You Already Have (Buy now for $19.99), I cited Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedule as a solid plan that will help you outline your day in order to ensure productivity. There is a lesson here: When do you plan your day?
There are many reasons we may stray off into the wilderness of random action, erratic behavior and never-ending search for good and life but only one reason I find always supersedes the rest: Boredom.
In the cycle of life, create, persist, destroy – you find boredom in the persist phase. When one thinks there is nothing more that can be achieved it is because one has not set new goals, we coast. We get bored of the ins and outs. So we become influenced by every new shiney thought, person, idea (good, bad or indifferent) and thing that crosses our path. We are easily swayed when we are bored. The only reason you are bored is because your goals are not BIG enough. Your thinking is not BIG, and your excitement isn’t BIG so therefore your commitment is small. You get bored.
Benjamin Franklin learned early how to entertain his mind and his being by going on a strict personal development plan. One involving growth, habit change, and building stock. He watched as others of that time would go to bars and spend all their hard earned shillings under the influence. He seen how they would not have proper strength to complete tasks the next day. He observed how certain folks would love to argue their points, dispute their position and couldn’t hold a meaningful conversation.
He watched and observed. He made plans to differ.
To do this you need to monitor key aspects of behavior that you undertake. You need to journal these thoughts and behaviors until you become close to perfection. We all are striving for perfection but we will not achieve it. What gets us closer to being at our best version is how well we monitor and make subtle changes during the progression.
Benjamin noted in his biography that Order, a virtue which he wanted to perfect within himself was one that he just couldn’t do. He was honest…he was close to achieving great Order so that he can allow more time for projects that was important to him. He continued to work on a total of 13 virtues ..1 per week, analyzing his results.
Here are 3 of the 13 virtues that I feel will help you ensure you are protecting your mindset.
- Silence – speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation
- Order – let all things have their places; let each part of your business have its time
- Industry – lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions
For the next 3 weeks practice these virtues and add a list of your own.
The goal of today’s article is to ensure you are protecting your mindset, but also creating an environment that supports a growing and expanding mindset. I’ve found myself more aware of what is coming in and who is trying to steal the goodness from me.
I hope this article and blog post has helped you in some way today. If it has, please share it in as many places as you can to your network. It will help us reach new heights.
If you need more help creating a personal development plan that works or you need coaching please email [email protected] to see how we can custom tailor a plan for you!
Stacy A. Cross
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