Week 16 – Kindness

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Benevolence, no question, goes a long way. This week we focused on extending and observing kindness. One of my favorites of the MKMMA experience so far, it was amazing to witness all that goodness multiply as kindness brought about more courtesy and cordiality. I even felt more tolerant of circumstances as I extended that extra grace.

Loved being part of making the world a bit more affectionate this week!!!

 

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Week 15 – Gratitude

How often have you written down daily  sentences about things you are appreciative of ? How about write 3 or more flash cards for something you are thankful for?

I’ve enjoyed week 15 of the masterkey experience and the focus to honor that which we love, and enjoy.

So often are we driven to have more, or different from what we have rather than recognize how the blessings abound.

I began to notice and document more events that I used to overlook. Some of those are.

  • The beauty in so many things God created.
  • Winter breeze
  • The morning sunrise
  • Warn blankets and heat
  • Gas stoves
  • Good health and regular exercise
  • Internet access
  • Great nutrition and supplementation

Be encouraged to take a few minutes to notice and write down more of those things that make you smile.

What things are you thankful for? Please list a few in the comment box

Week 14 – Plant your Promised Land!

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What does it take to become a success? Some people think is about luck, good looks, smarts, influence. None of the above…

This week we were asked to read “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale. I savored every bit of it in audio recordings format.

So what is success?

Earl defines it as the “Progressive realization of a worthy ideal”. He continues with this powerful and familiar statement: “We become what we think about”.

I loved the way he likens our mind to a farmer’s land in which the land doesn’t care what the farmer plants, good or bad seeds “the land will return what is planted”.

So being that the mind is much more fertile that a piece of dirt, the question then becomes:  What are you planting in your land? Are we planting concrete goals or confusion? WOW!

He encourages us to pay the price “for the good life” by  taking the following simple steps:

  1. THINK – We become what we think.
  2. IMAGINE – Allow your mind to soar. Cut away all barriers.
  3. COURAGE – Force your self to think positively about your challenges.
  4. SAVE – Put aside at least 10% of your earnings.
  5. ACTION – Ideas are worthless unless we act on them.

This audio recording is full of amazing nuggets of encouragement and action that I’ve enjoyed listening to this week and will encourage everyone I know to listen to as well.

“Everything is possible for one who believes.” – Mark 9:23

Week 13 – Dreamers and Doers

 

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“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers but above all, the world needs dreamers who do”. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

It is almost the end of the year, a time of reflection on our achievements and those to come. I’m sure your expectation like mine is to see results from the fruit of our labor, whatever that may be. How timely is this week’s reading where Haanel makes a practical statements: “How are we to get the actual, tangible results here and now?” How do we make those DMP’s come to life? How do dreamers succeed? He says: “we must put our knowledge into practice”.

Knowledge does not apply it self

I have read this statement several times in the last 3 weeks but in this week’s reading it had a deeper meaning to me.

Haanel says “thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically and constructively directed; and herein is the difference between idle thinking, which is simply a dissipation of effort, and constructive thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement”.

John Wooden also encourages to DO what is right in front of us when he said “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

As we break those old patterns, chip away the old cement this Benjamin Franklin quote has become a prayer for me: “Strengthen my resolution to perform what the wisdom dictates.”

There are no shortcuts to reaching our dreams. We must do the work set before us with persistence.

“O powerful goodness! Bountiful Father! Merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest. Strengthen my resolution to perform what that wisdom dictates. Accept my kind offices to thy other children as the only return in my power for thy continual favours to me. ” – Benjamin Franklin

What is the greatest challenge to your dreams coming true? Please leave your answer in the comments below.

 

Week 12 – The Answer!

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother Teresa

We have been working now for 12 weeks is building a clear mental picture of what we want our future to be. As we build that reality from where we are to where we want to be, it would be easy to think that our own efforts will get us there. Friends that is not enough.

This week Haanel reminds us in our sit time to “come into a deep and vital understanding, appreciation, and realization of the fact that your ability to think is your ability to act upon the Universal Mind, and bring it into manifestation, realize that it will meet any and every requirement.”

The answer is Him who governs every law that takes me through the bridge of  where I am to where I am becoming.

“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)

 

 

Week 11 – “I BELIEVE; HELP MY UNBELIEF!”

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” Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” – Mark 11:24-25

This week’s exercise to sit and ponder about the scripture on Mark 11:24 prompted me to think about the power of Belief.

Belief… is in the core of the Christian faith based around believing in Christ. Scripture, after scripture challenges us to have conviction in God and in his son. A faith based on BELIEVING, rather than DOING !

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever BELIEVES in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Isn’t often than wrong ideas and old cement limit our success?

Hindering Assumptions

Have you ever said, thought or maybe heard these inhibiting conclusions?:

  • About your Self – “I’m not very smart”… “I’m not perfect”. “I’m not good with computers”… I’m not the marrying kind”… “I’m not good with kids”…”I’m not a good cook”…”I’m not creative”…
  • About Others – Have you ever thought: “ She’s provably just mad at me”…“She won’t be interested in me”…”She’s always late”…
  • About Society – “All men are rough”…”You know women are so sensitive”…”Typical sales people”…”That’s just the government”…

Let’s continue to chip that old cement…one week…one day…one thought at the time.

“Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” – John 20:29

Week 10 – The Power of Will

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”― Newt Gingrich

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Have you ever had the desire to quit something before you even started? Maybe started an exercise programs you didn’t finish because you weren’t getting the result you wanted in the time you wanted? I certainly have!

In a society of instant gratification, carrying on what we started with tenacity and stamina before jumping into something else that might seem better, faster or newer is certainly tempting.

In Scroll III of the Greatest Salesman in the World Og Mandino challenges to “persist” until we succeed.

Bill Bradley makes it clear when he says “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in”. Napoleon Hill calls it “The Power of Will” and Winston Churchill refers to it when he said “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

 5 Enemies of Perseverance

In his book Beyond Talent, John C Maxwell encourages to eliminate these 5 adversaries of determination before they sabotage our triumph.

  1. A lifestyle of giving up
  2. A wrong belief that life should be easy
  3. A wrong belief that success is a destination
  4. A lack of resiliency
  5. A lack of vision

I believe that if will power isn’t something we inherently have, it can certainly be something we develop. As I read the scrolls these ideas on how to build perseverance come to mind.

  1.  Begin with the end in mind. To have your vision board, in front to remind of us of the big reward and savoring how great it makes us feel. I like how Stephen Covey says: “To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.”
  2.  Break down into small goals. Rather than getting overwhelmed about the size of the task we break it into more manageable pieces. The old saying – You eat an elephant… one bite at the time.

I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.

3.- Don’t quit when discouraged – Sometimes we quit just feet away from the finish line.

Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

4.- Modify your self talk/image – We are finisher, rather than quitters.

 I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep.

Everyone of us has a Purpose and in this life. Persist until the end and see it through.

“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.