I started this blog sort of in the nature of an online journal of my experience, thoughts, “aha” moments, etc during my Master Key Master Mind Alliance journey – some intensive personal development not designed to “make things better” but to create a new reality. At minimum, I will be posting weekly.
My concern going into this was that it would be still another time requirement … though I also knew I needed a systematic and structured way (with accountability) to tackle the obstacles in my thoughts, feelings and beliefs that hold me back from taking action needed to achieve desired results. And, like the program’s leader said, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?!”
I’ve been very pleased to find the online MKMMA teaching is very friendly, encouraging and affirming. The idea of participants in last year’s class paying for participants to go through this years’ class really is revolutionary in my experience. The passion of the leaders – who have achieved financial freedom and now want to give back to others seeking to learn what they have learned – is very evident.
Some ideas from Master Key lesson 1: “The world without is a reflection of the world within.” … and … “every thought is a cause and every condition an effect.” A great reminder that we focus so much on actions and results, rather than the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that lead to the actions and results.
In the class, we are reading Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World”. One observation the books make early on is the principle that my subconscious mind never sleeps, creates my dreams and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend. In other words, my thoughts are at the conscious level but also, and more significantly, at the subconscious level. So it becomes critically important that I am not feeding my mind with TV, social media and the like right before bedtime, but instead feeding my mind with declarations about my purpose and about who and whose I am.
Well, so I’ve set out on a 6-month commitment (minimum) to renew my mind as holy scripture commands. That requires daily effort at creating a new mental blueprint. One way is through work that includes daily (and multiple times daily) declarations and affirmations … seeking to carve new neuro-pathways, a new neuro-net in my brain. The idea is that nerve cells that fire together (with repetition) will wire together, creating new neuro-pathways for thoughts charged with feelings anchoring beliefs leading to desired actions and results. The old blueprint has been formed through years of habit with negative thoughts. So guess what? The daily declarations of what I seek to create sound hollow at first against the contrary “voices” in my head that speak doubt, past failures and the like … at times fairly loudly. Then it becomes a faith exercise to work consistently and persistently so that through habit the new blueprint being formed begins to eliminate the old blueprint. Charles Haanel’s Master Keys speak to the above. 4-12: “…when we start something and do not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we are forming the habit of failure. … If you do not intend to do a thing, do not start; if you do start, see it through…” I am seeing this thing through! And 4-28: “…. We think something, perhaps with difficulty the first time; we think the same thing again, and it becomes easier this time; we think it again and again; it then becomes a mental habit. We continue to think the same thing; finally it becomes automatic; we can no longer help thinking this thing; we are now positive of what we think; there is no longer any doubt about it. We are sure; we know.” Finally, 4-32: “… practice makes perfect …. and you must succeed in dismissing, eliminating and completely destroying these negative and destructive thoughts; …”. Onward ….
I say to myself that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose in life and, therefore, I DEMAND of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment. I even promise to render such action.
Yet, I look at my week and see that I have not been persistent or continuous in such action. A key seems to be in Og Mandino’s book “The Greatest Salesman in the World” where he says that “the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits”, and so I “must form good habits and become their slave”. I continue to be reminded that an obstacle to good habits and a better life are the thoughts I feed myself regularly. Thoughts of worry, doubt, criticism, comparison, etc certainly do not foster a spirit of enthusiasm that would fuel good habits. So I must crowd out and eliminate those thoughts that hold me back, replacing those with a laser focus instead on what I was meant to be and do … and fuel that focus with imagination and enthusiasm.
Also, I realize I have made/allowed my CPA work to crowd out time I committed to work on my world within. The idea of planning each week (by looking at objectives, the actions needed, the time required and scheduling that time, or the OATS idea) is a wonderfully good habit, but only if actually executed … sticking to the plan and not caving in to demands from my CPA work.
My hope, no, my belief, is that the MKMMA experience will be a key to forming good habits. The webinar each week is certainly encouraging and instills belief that we can do just that through regular daily reading, verbalizing and other exercises. The reading is certainly insightful and the exercises are empowering. I am excited about those being part of my daily agenda, and about the person that helps me become or, just maybe, reveal the person already within.
To this point, I have been a very analytical, task driven person, and with that I have spent a lot of energy being very actions and results oriented … with a lot of resolutions and “trying”. Intellectually, I have acknowledged that thoughts, feelings and beliefs mattered for their impact on actions and results. Intuitively, I sensed that I needed to invest more on the former but just didn’t for the most part … maybe because I lacked true appreciation for the real importance of that, did not have a practical approach for that and/or lacked accountability for that undertaking. The MKMMA journey is taking me into all of those things, uncovering my old blueprint, reforming it and creating a new blueprint … and doing that as part of an encouraging community with very committed, proven leadership.
It is quite interesting to begin examining the interaction between my conscious and subconscious mind (or “Subby”), and focus on those as they relate to personal pivotal needs that drive me toward a personal, definite major purpose for my life. The focus includes what I feed Subby and good habits related to that, while examining Subby’s power to achieve desired actions and results. Practicing and developing the good habits feels like – no, it IS – hard work, at least for now … like chipping away at old concrete encasing a golden object to get to the treasure within. It is not easy, but I am worth it; my loved ones are worth it; the lives of all the people I interact with and impact are worth it; the lives of unknown countless numbers of people I can impact are worth it. The work to harness and direct the power of my thoughts, feelings and beliefs surely must take less toll on me than the frustration over continuing to fall short of desired actions and results.
I appreciate learning from others on this journey, and their encouragement. I’m beginning to learn that a lot of this involves simply letting go of control, trusting the process, trusting myself, trusting God that I will get all from this journey that God intends for me to have. Others’ experience, teaching and encouragement regarding this journey are really helpful in that regard.
From Og Mandino, “Today I begin a new life. Today I shed my old skin which hath, too long, suffered the bruises of failure and the wounds of mediocrity.” And from one of my journey mates “Tonight I dream new dreams.”