This week, Life Training Online will be reviewing, The Millionaire Course by Marc Allen, the second of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.
Lesson 5: Live and Work in Partnership with All
Understanding that we need to work and live in harmony with others is probably something that we are all aware of but seldom do. In this chapter, Allen goes beyond just “harmony” with others and enters into what he calls a “partnership” with them. The idea is to go beyond “just getting along” and instead seek to work in synergy with all those you come into contact with.
This partnership isn’t exclusive to people but includes the natural world as well. Basically this idea of partnership revolves around the abundance paradigm. When we let go of the scarcity mindset and take on one of abundance, we begin to work with others to have even more success than we would had we worked independently.
This is something that I’ve been wanting to more of with this blog – that is, work with, help and support my fellow bloggers so that we can all succeed. I have some ideas in the workings which I’ll be implementing very shortly.
Lesson 6: Avoid Management by Crisis
The meat of this chapter is Allen’s discussion of 12 ways to overcome management chaos — a good number of these being a rehash of pointers from previous lessons. Besides the blatant repetition, there was one worth noting, which is how to settle an argument. In a nutshell, it can be summed up again with one of Covey’s 7 habits: Seek first to understand and then be understood. In other words, to stop any argument, shut up and listen to the other person. After understanding what it is that they are trying to express, then allow yourself to state your point. Repeat until the argument is settled.
Lesson 7: Love Change and Learn to Dance
Bouncing back from his previous chapter, this 7th lesson restored my faith in Allen’s book. Although he borrows heavily from the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, the quotes he uses are a perfect match for the message Allen is trying to convey.
To “love change” means that one does not try to control one’s circumstances in life, or force an outcome, but lives acceptingly in the now. If you are dependent upon some external source (material thing) for your happiness, then that happiness is wholly dependent upon the existence of that thing in your life. But by letting go of that dependency, there is no fear of loss anymore. And paradoxically, those things will flow into your life with ease and non-effort.
Things may come and go, but if you live in a state of non-resistance, allowing the Universe to take care of the rest, you will never be one to lack. This is easier said than done.
Lesson 8: Discover your Core Beliefs and Learn how to Change Them
We all deal with certain limiting beliefs, whether they are nature or nurture induced. These beliefs, in a very real sense, determine our realities. For example, a person growing up in poverty who believes that wealth is hard to come by will have an entirely different reality of money than a successful entrepreneur. The poor person’s belief that making money is difficult, doesn’t necessarily make it reality. His belief however, is what makes it reality.
What we all have in common though, is our abilities to change these beliefs. And by changing these core beliefs, we can change our realities. Allen teaches a “Core Belief Process” which, through a series of questions, challenges your beliefs. These questions will attempt to put you in a third-person perspective (what Allen calls “the watcher”), making you see your beliefs as an outsider, in effect allowing you to change your limitations and thereby expand your reality.
The Millionaire Course is the second of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.