We create a wonderful life through Mental Wealth.  Today’s stren, #44, provides a powerful tool to measure your Mental Wealth and know that you are progressing to become a Mental Wealth millionaire.  Mental wealth consists of the wisdoms that elevate the quality of our life experience.  We become mentally wealthy by applying wisdom to knowledge.  A Mental Wealth millionaire is an individual who has acquired a sufficient number of the required strens (wisdom) to consistently create a joyous meaningful life experience.  Mental Wealth millionaires love to share their mental wealth with others for the mutual benefit of the entire community, a process we call “civilization.” 

I have indicated in prior strens that our society has emphasized the pursuit of physical wealth while neglecting education in mental wealth.  Whereas “enough” material wealth is a basic need, material greed is the major reason we become our own worst enemy.  Material greed + the power of knowledge have made us the most imminent threat to our survival; however, the benefits of making ourselves greedy for wisdom have no limit. We have yet to popularize the understanding that greed for the acquisition of wisdom is the way we use our best to do our best for our self, our loved ones, and humanity.  It is critical that we have a practical measure to know that we are growing our mental wealth. 

We easily recognize material wealth millionaires because we assign a dollar number to accumulated physical wealth.  Having a measure of our progress inspires us to increase the action choices that lead to the outcomes we choose.  Mental wealth is not as easy to quantify as material wealth.  However, even an imprecise or “relative” measure allows us to create the desired results with benefits far greater than those we attain by an exact measurement of our material wealth.  The power of this stren will be huge when you are familiar with two earlier skills.
   
1.    The first prerequisite is knowledge of the seven Mind-freeing, Life-changing, World-saving word-switches that free our will from domination by our early masters and transform dependency into self-mastery. These word-switches empower our will to overrule the demands of instinct, tradition, and human dictators.  They favor common sense problem-solving to the prescribed actions demanded by authority.  They are identified in stren #7 and explained in strens #8-15.
 
2.    The second prerequisite is familiarity with the eight mental action choices available to our freed will power.  As we become master of our will, we develop the freedom to take personal responsibility for our life experience by wisely choosing among the alternatives available to us.  We grow mental wealth by consistent use of the positive action pathways – problem-solving and self-endorsement, and avoidance of the six negative action pathways – blaming-out, blaming-in, avoidance, worry, the helplessness/hopelessness and the Mind/Body response.  These action pathways are identified in stren #35, The Mental Freedom Control Panel, and explained in strens #36-45. 

Learn these word-switches so that you can freely and wisely assume responsibility for your own life experience.  You can download the eight Mental Freedom Control Panel word-switches and their actions by clicking the appropriate links at www.anwot.org.  Review them regularly until you can recognize and select them with the ease of selecting letters of our alphabet. 

Use this simple self-evaluation exercise to develop your mental wealth muscles.  The self-endorsement and problem-solving sentence action patterns will work for you to provide freedom, wisdom, mastery, fulfillment, and enthusiasm for your life’s experience.  The six negative action patterns, comprising your mental flab, will gradually wither away from disuse.  Picture how proud you will be of your mind’s powerful and wise new physique.  The newer way of personal responsibility thinking will grow your mental strength and well-being throughout your life even as your physical muscles weaken. 

First familiarize yourself with the Score Sheet and then follow the directions.



Directions:  Place the six action patterns that are consistently negative in a column marked “A.”  This column includes blaming-out, blaming-in, avoidance, hopelessness/helplessness, worry, and the mind/body response.  Place the action choices that are consistently positive in a column marked “B.”  This column includes -self-endorsement and the problem-solving sentence.   For each of the eight action patterns available to your will, rate yourself on the degree you apply that pattern by using a scale of 0 to 10: “0” being no amount of that mental action, “10” meaning you use the maximum amount.  The total number in column “A” will be between 0 and 60.  The total number in column “B” will be between 0 and 20.  Multiply the total number in column B by 3 so that each column will have a possible score between 0 and 60.  Subtract the total of column A from the total of column B.  The possible range of the FINAL score will be between minus (-) 60 and plus (+) 60.   Mark it “FINAL TOTAL SCORE.”   

The more positive the final score, the greater the likelihood you are creating a joyous, meaningful life experience.  +30 or above is a high Mental Wealth score.  Most people will initially rate themselves close to the “0” area.  Too often, an individual’s final score is in the minus range.  If you are in the negative range, you would be wise to really get to work!  No matter what your score, can you make the positive grow?  If you’re already on the positive side, wouldn’t you like to add a bit more and enjoy the satisfaction of sharing your wealth?

I recommend that you use this simple method to determine your mental wealth at a designated regular interval, such as each evening.  It won’t take long until you are nearly automatically and effortlessly moving your score to higher and higher levels by applying self-endorsement and the problem-solving sentence mental action patterns (MAPs).  They will grow your freed will power to enjoy each day with the energy of chronic enthusiasm.  Eventually your feelings will tell you when you are functioning with a high score without you needing to assign a number by using the calculations.       

Here is a suggestion for rating the MAPs.  Create a mental tape recording of your thinking.  Isolate segments and re-play them.  Do your best to identify the degree you use each mental action pattern.  Is your favorite one Problem-solving?  Self-endorsement?  Blaming?  Worrying?  The other patterns?  It may be easier to begin by identifying the MAPs you observe in others.  Observe their behavior.  Can you think of someone who is a blamer-outer? A blamer-inner?  A worrier?  Who illustrates a combination of several mental response choices?  Match yourself to others you observe and use the examples provided in the Mental Response Control Panel and the next stren.  Which MAPs do you emphasize?

As you use the scales to rate yourself on how much you employ each of the choices, you will soon recognize patterns that are characteristic of your thinking.  With labeling and recognition, you position yourself to change the pattern.  Through self-mastery, you will direct your thinking more than master instinct and master tradition (habit).  Substitute the problem-solving and endorsement pattern each time you recognize that your thinking is engaged in a negative pattern.  Exercise your freed will power; see and feel your mental self-mastery muscles grow.

Keep in mind that much of the time your thinking may not be involved in any of the identified mental action patterns.  Your thinking may simply be engaged in “pastimes,” in “neutral.”  Also realize that each person will rate their action patterns differently.  That’s O.K.  You will attain a positive outcome by simply establishing a general pattern.  Support the problem-solving and endorsement patterns.  Attack the negative ones.   Your destructive aggression and “murderous instinct” may find an appropriate outlet when directed at MAPs that no longer work, that get you what you don’t want.  When engaging in the negative patterns, remember to viciously attack the mental action pattern, not yourself or any other.
   
The Mental Freedom Control Panel and Score Sheet are on the following pages so you can make copies:

The Mental Freedom Control Panel

        Mental Response                                                      Behavioral or Physical
          Action Choice                                                          Outcome

Blaming-out        → ----- → ----- → ----- →      Aggression (anger,
    “He, she, they, it did what they shouldn’t have     resentment)
    done and therefore they deserve punishment.”

Blaming-in        → ----- → ----- → ----- →      Depression (guilt,
    “I did what I shouldn’t have done and therefore   self-putdowns)
    I am guilty and deserve punishment.”

Avoidance        → ----- → ----- → ----- →     Short-term gain, long-
    Substance abuse, procrastination, withdrawal,    term pain
    mental self-deception (denial, lying, feigned
    illness, rationalization, etc.)

Problem-solving              → ----- → ----- → ----- →     Common sense thinking
    “Given this situation, what is most likely to get      Wise action, Well-being
    me what I want, now and in the future, for me
    and you (us and them)?”

Self-endorsement            → ----- → ----- → ----- →     Energy, willpower to
    “Attaboy!  Attagirl!  Congratulations to me for       problem-solve, and to
    doing my reasonable best.”  [Congratulations to      create and offer love
    me when I recognize I’m not doing what I can.]

Helplessness/Hopelessness ----- → ----- → ----- →      Apathy, depression, 
    “I give up!”  “What’s the use?”  “To hell with it.”   in extreme - suicide
    “Ferk it.”

Worry            → ----- → ----- → ----- →       Anxiety, phobias, panic,
    “What if …” anticipating the worst outcome         feelings of doom,
    “What is going to happen?” “I can’t stand it!”      physical symptoms

Mind/Body        → ----- → ----- → ----- →       Head/neck/back pain,
    Mental response to stress leads to exaggerated       may involve any/every 
    response to physical system, viz. muscle tension,    organ system   
    hormonal irregularity, blood pressure, etc.

SCORE SHEET

The eight (8) Mental Freedom Control Panel (MRFP) Patterns:
                                        A          B
1.  Blaming-in                    ____       
2.  Blaming-out                    ____       
3.  Avoidance                    ____           
4.  Problem-solving                     ____   
5.  Self-endorsement                     ____
6.  Helplessness/Hopelessness            ____
7.  Worry                        ____
8.  Mind/Body                    ____

                    TOTAL     ____    ____

SCORE:  Add rating for #4 & #5             = ___ x 3 = ____ [column B]  
               Add rating for #’s 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8.              = ____ [column A]

Subtract A from B to get TOTAL SCORE             =  ____ [range =  - 60 to + 60]
 
My Super-maturity ANWOT score today is ____.   My previous score was ____.

Are you functioning in the plus or minus range?  Do you recognize characteristic patterns in others?  In yourself?  Are you willing to work to increase your “well-being” score?

Directions:  Place the six action patterns that are consistently negative in a column marked “A.”  This column includes - blaming-out, blaming-in, avoidance, hopelessness/helplessness, worry, and the mind/body response.  Place the action choices that are consistently positive in a column marked “B.”  This column includes - self-endorsement and the problem-solving sentence.   For each of the eight action patterns available to your will, rate yourself on the degree you apply that pattern by using a scale of 0 to 10: “0” being no amount of that mental action, “10” meaning you use the maximum amount.  The total number in column “A” will be between 0 and 60.  The total number in column “B” will be between 0 and 20.  Multiply the total number in column B by 3 so that each column will have a possible score between 0 and 60.   Subtract the total of column A from the total of column B.  The possible range of the FINAL score will be between minus (-) 60 and plus (+) 60.   Mark it the “FINAL TOTAL SCORE.”   
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