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The Hand that Tips the Domino

Last Thursday night, Michael and I walked into a billionaire’s home in Corona del Mar for a party in honor of the Homeland Security Chairman. It was a small party; perhaps 50 guests. Few enough that we had plenty of time to chat with the Chairman and casual enough that we were invited to ask anything we wished. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

It wasn’t until the next day that it hit us. The reason we were invited all stemmed from one seemingly insignificant moment. A few months ago, a woman named Maria chose the seat next to Michael on a Southwest flight on route to Orange County. A conversation ensued. Her husband was an artist, Michael an art collector, and so an exchange of contact information took place.

At the time, it was simply a conversation to kill time on a plane. It was a random person who was interesting to talk to. It evolved into a possible exchange of mutual benefit. Michael discovered new artwork he loved and her husband might secure a new client.

A month later, we met the artist and learned of his connections into the political world. Two months later, out of nowhere, he invited us to a party to meet the Chairman of Homeland Security.

Upon getting the invite, we really didn’t know what we were walking into. It didn’t surprise me to see Secret Service in the courtyard and neatly stationed throughout the house. But it wasn’t until I took that first step inside the home that I realized where we were. Every single person exuded wealth, elegance and class. The way the gentlemen stood, the cut and fall of their suits. A room full of multi-millionnaires and top executives. I have never felt such an overwhelming, striking vibe from a group of people in my life.

The fascinating thing is that none of this – meeting the woman on the plane nor being invited to the party would have taken place had two things not occurred.

Several months ago, Michael set a very specific intention. It was a “stretch” goal; the kind you make without having any idea how it could possibly come to life. But he set that goal, ingrained it with unwavering faith into his belief system with passion and conviction.

But we know that intentions alone are not enough. You can have perfect clarity on intentions, but underlying, self-sabotaging beliefs can hijack the most powerful of intentions. And you will be met with a long, frustrating, confusing journey of bitterness.

Years ago, Michael recognized that he had some self-sabotaging beliefs about wealth and success and actively took steps to clear those blocks out of his belief system. Thus, when the inspiration for this intention came to light, he came upon a clear, open road.

That party did more than introduce us to a variety of fascinating people and give us an entertaining evening. It tipped us off. It made us realize that meeting Maria was no accident. She was drawn to him in order to help set in motion the domino effect of bringing that intention to life. She was the hand that tipped that first domino.

That person you just met? The one who seemed nice, who you had a good connection with? He or she may have shown up for a reason. Everyone is showing up in your life for a reason; to help you learn something, to gift you an experience, to open doors to opportunities or new thoughts.

This experience taught me that once you set crystal clear intentions and remove sabotaging beliefs, pay close attention to those who start showing up in your life. They may very well serve as the hand that tips that first domino.


It’s Not What You Think

How many of you have focused your thoughts, intentions and words on something – and it didn’t come through for you? Many of us talk about “watching our words and thoughts”. We believe that what we think and say will come true.

For several years I devoted my deepest attention to focusing on positive thoughts and intentions. But little was changing in my life.

Here’s why. You do not become what you think. You become what you BELIEVE.

You can think anything you want; but if you don’t believe it, you will fall short. Don’t believe me? Spend the next year intensely thinking about becoming a unicorn and let us know how that goes.

For most of us, our thoughts and beliefs don’t match up. Unfortunately, beliefs trump thoughts.

The big complication? Most of us are not aware of what our beliefs are. In fact, we are delusional about what we think our beliefs are.

If you want a hint on what you believe, look at your life. Your life is your set of beliefs in action. If you are struggling with money, you likely believe that you don’t deserve or can’t have wealth – both of which are what Loretta Smith lovingly calls “false beliefs”.

There is hope. An applied kinesiologist (like Mike Okouchi) or an energy practitioner (like Loretta Smith) can immediately tell you if your beliefs are in alignment, or help you identify your false beliefs. They use alternative methods to clear out limiting beliefs so you can move past the things blocking you from a better life. It’s worth mentioning that if you want change, you gotta be open-minded!

The reason I share this with you is because I suffered the same agony as many positive thinkers. Despite my focus on positive thoughts and intentions, life wasn’t working quite right. It wasn’t until I began working with Dr. Mike and Loretta that my life suddenly became much easier and seemingly effortless. And when I feel “off”, I give Loretta a call and 60 minutes later, life is good again.

Your thoughts are important. They can become beliefs. But the greatest power to change your life is rooted in the beliefs that you aren’t aware of having. Those hidden beliefs are likely holding you back the most.

Loretta Smith –

Mike Okouchi –

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