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Week 16 MKMMA – Something to Think About

Two interesting things I’d like to discuss.

First:

In the Master Key Part Sixteen, Haanel describes the Law of Sevens and how it pretty much governs everything. This is pretty incredible. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are aware of this Law, it just is, we’re all in it.

Life is growth and growth is change, each seven year period takes us into a new cycle…

…The fifthh period is the constructive period, when men begin to acquire property, possessions a home and family.

I decided to start at this fifth period and investigate my past to verify Haanel’s statements. In this fifth period, although I had no property, I had and was acquiring possessions, a car, clothing, diplomas, electrician’s license a pretty good job with the Transit Commission, I was a volunteer firefighter, working to become a career firefighter. I was renting an apartment at the time, and I did meet someone special with whom I fell in love with, and with whom I have a beautiful family with today. Ok. Constructive period, I can see that.

The next from 35 to 42 is a period of reactions and changes…

I think back again. Reactions and changes… I went through many. Here are some of them. I was overcoming a sickness and on the road to recovery. My wife and I joined an mlm business. I decided to leave the Transit Commission and pursue my dream of becoming a career firefighter. At 35 my son was born, at 36 I earned a job as a career firefighter, at 38 my daughter was born. I was drawn into the realm of personal development, which then became and is now self-discovery. I am now 40, so there is still a lot of time for more reactions and changes and I know there will be.

…and this in turn is followed by a period of reconstruction, readjustment and recuperation…

As I read this part I can’t help but think it’s a little eerie that there is quite a bit of truth to that. I’m sitting here writing this post and I think about this MKMMA course… reconstruction… creating a new blueprint for the subconscious mind… readjustment… shifting from scattered or negative thoughts to positive and focused thoughts… recuperation… the recovery or regaining of something… regaining control of my mind to recover my life and live it with purpose from here on in. I believe that I am setting things in motion for this next period.

…so as to be ready for a new cycle of sevens, beginning with the fiftieth year.

Wait a minute… did he say fiftieth year? I am overwhelmed with emotion as I read this part and in a little bit of shock. I fumble through the original copies of my DMP to find it, something I left out because I didn’t know how to fit in… “Retiring at 50 from the Fire Service before Friday September 25th, 2025…” Well isn’t that interesting, I left it out of my DMP… because I didn’t know how to fit it in. What I find even more interesting is that I felt compelled to put this piece back into my Press Release (sorry still haven’t got the revised version up yet).

He goes on to say that:

Those familiar with these cycles will not be disturbed when things seem to go wrong, but can apply the principle outlined in these lessons with full assurance that a higher law will invariably control all other laws, and that through an understanding and conscious operation of spiritual laws, we can convert every seeming difficulty into a blessing.

I believe this statement more and more every day as I practice and apply what I am learning through the MKMMA course.

Second:

Something that I have been struggling with for some time now, and something that I think about daily. My DMP, Personal Pivotal Needs(PPNs) and SMART goals. SMART goals… a means to accomplishing an end… PPNs. When I achieve what it is that I want does that mean that my end becomes the means to the next end? What are your thoughts?

Week 15 MKMMA – Four Habits

Last week for the MKMMA course we were asked to pick and watch a movie from a list. While watching the movie we were to observe four habits. They are:

  1. A definite major purpose
  2. A plan of action
  3. A mastermind alliance
  4. A positive mental attitude

I chose to watch the movie Wild.

Cheryl Strayed is a woman who has had a rough upbringing, with one guiding light that tries to keep her positive, but when a tragic event happens, she loses that guiding light and her life takes a turn for the worst. She makes a lot of wrong choices, which eventually brings her to a crossroads. She has a decision to make: continue down the path of darkness or take the steps necessary to change her current condition.

These are some of the things I observed.

  1. Her definite major purpose: She wanted enjoy life again, to leave the destructive life that she had created for herself behind.
  2. Her plan of action: A journey of self-discovery and healing hiking 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
  3. A mastermind alliance: She meets up with many people on her journey, people curious about her journey, people who she had inspired. Along the trail there are numerous hiker’s record books in which she would frequently leave quotes, the people behind her would have read them and were amazed that she was hiking the trail by herself. She met up with people who gave her support and guidance, and people who offered her encouragement.
  4. A positive mental attitude: To be a female and hike the trail alone speaks volumes about her attitude and despite all the adversity she faced she was persistent and always moved forward.

There is one part of the movie that kind of stuck in my head and thought would be worth mentioning. During her journey she is approached by a reporter while hiking on the side of the road. The reporter is convinced that she is a hobo and despite her trying to defend herself fails to convince him otherwise. But she stayed true to herself and would not give in to his stereotype. Quite often in life people will come along and tell you who they think you should be based on ideas that they have in their mind. One thing to remember is that it doesen’t matter what other people think or say about you. You have thoughts and when you truly believe in yourself that is all that is necessary to take action to get you to where you want to go.

Week 14 MKMMA – Discoveries, Persistence, The Power of a Simple Affirmation, and a Tiny Little Exercise

What I had hoped for is now happening. I wrote it down in my DMP (Definite Major Purpose), I visualized it, I applied the knowledge and skills developed through the MKMMA course, I was and still am persistent, and I am in awe.

I understand even more now the purpose of personal pivotal needs and fulfilling them. I don’t just stop doing them once I’ve achieved them, they become part of who I am, they’ve become part of my new habits and continue to manifest as I continue to move forward. They become part of my life.

As I read my DMP and sit and think on it more and more, constantly visualizing it, I am amazed at how I set things up without fully realizing the profound impact it would have on me. There is an affirmation that was presented to us in the MKMMA course and a suggestion to repeat it over and over again in the mind. I decided to try this one day while looking at my movie poster and I just began to smile, the affirmation fit perfectly with my PPN’s (personal pivotal needs) and  their SMART goals!

I have at the top from left to right Spiritual Growth and for my SMART goals I have following my plan of action, and charging thoughts with feelings to achieve peace within – I am whole, perfect.

I have at the bottom right of my poster True Health and for my first SMART goal I have fit at 150lbs and full of energy, and OATS with success (Objectives, Actions, Time, Schedule) which means to me to work on being effective with the time I have – strong, powerful.

My second SMART goal for my True Health is keep giving to keep getting, to have gratitude for life – loving, harmonious and happy.

Being able to link the affirmation to my movie poster and essentially my DMP has helped make my visualization even more clear, more focussed.

Several things have happened this past week to confirm that I am on the right track. I make a conscious effort to continually give now more so than ever and without expectation of reciprocity. I continue to give love to everyone, and do my best to be of service whenever I can.

I received the most wonderful compliment about my personality and character from my mother-in-law and the impact that it has had on her family.

I wanted a hosted blog site, I had to find money for this, I decided to take overtime when the opportunity came up, it did come up, but with family plans over the Christmas holidays, I chose to do what I thought was more important, spend time with my family. A couple days after Christmas I received money as a gift from my mother. The only person that knew about what I wanted to do and the cost was my wife.

I have struggled with scheduling and planning things for many years, last week on an index card I wrote out certain things that I do regularly over the course of the week and beside each one I wrote down the time it should take me to get it done. I used the timer on my watch to hold me accountable. It worked. One other key thing I decided to do was to not be so concerned about what time I decided to something but I focussed more on being effective within the time I had set out to complete whatever it was I had set out to do.

This past Wednesday night my wife and I made dinner. Even with all the confusion from our two tired children and the cat, several things on the go at the same time, I was able to stay focussed on getting dinner done. We worked harmoniously together, even with the occasional break to get the kids focussed on something so we could continue cooking, it was a lot of fun. We were able to get everything done and finish eating (I went a few minutes over) within the time I had set out. And we had enough time to sit and watch a movie with the kids before bedtime, it was a wonderful night.

One other event happened to me that I thought is worth mentioning and remembering. On Thursday morning I had a dilema to deal with. I had a decision to make and two choices that would dictate my outcome for the rest of the day. I could choose to dwell on the decision I made and let that consume my mind with thoughts of, “what will happen with the decision I made, who will it affect and how, and did I do the right thing…” or I could accept the decision I made, celebrate the fact that I made the decision and choose to let it go, and enjoy the rest of the day.

I went with the second choice. But I knew that I would have some challenges of sticking with my choice, so I devised a plan and put it into action.

I did two things to ensure I would not slip back into my old habits. First I used an exercise called NARC (Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning). Basically what I did was my daily morning readings, then I put them all away. I associated putting all my readings away with giving up and thought about how that would feel. I could not pick them up until I made it through the day, focussing on enjoying it. The second thing I did was repeat in my mind the affimation, “I am whole, perfect,strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.” I would repeat this over and over again in my mind anytime I would start thinking about the choice I had made in the morning or any other time a thought would enter my mind that had no definite helpful end in view. It worked. I even noticed that I would smile anytime I thought it. I made it through the day with success. At the end of the night I completed the NARC exercise by taking all my readings out that I had put away and linking a happy pleasurable feeling with achieving what I had set out to do which was enjoying the day. I’ve also noticed that this affirmation is now stuck in my head. It is now Sunday and I am still using it whenever I need to.

This week has been truly incredible for me and even though I did not achieve some of my True Health goals on the date that I had set out, I have much more to be happy for. I will refocus, persist and succeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 13 MKMMA – Humbling Expereinces

There are a couple things I’d like to mention today,

I read Larry’s post yesterday (shared it on Facebook and Twitter for those of you who would like to read an incredible post), in his post he mentions one of the key elements of this course and that is promises and the importance of keeping them. I too have found that I had to review and refocus on some of them, I just wasn’t being honest with myself. Two of my biggest challenges have been my True Health goal of exercising five days a week, and the revision and ultimately the completion of my Press Release. I have discovered as many of you in this course already have that when you finally set in your mind to do something, it gets done, period. For exercising I used several techniques revolved around linking to making my goal a reality:

  1. I focussed my thoughts on what I had written down, how it would feel, and what it would look like.
  2. I also focussed on my movie poster and the shapes and colours that I have linked to my True Health goal.
  3. And I used the NARC technique which was very powerful in helping me choose wisely.

This week I’ve worked out three times already and I intend to complete the last two.

As for my Press Release, this to me has been a huge challenge as I don’t remember the last time if at all that I was ever asked to write something about myself in the future with the things that I had set out to do already completed. I used two techniques to help me complete this:

  1. Any thought at almost any time that I had regarding the content of my Press Release I would write out. I kept writing. I didn’t care about the order of things I just kept writing. I had several different beginnings, a lot of stuff in the middle and several things to add to the end. I found this was the only way I was able to move forward with this.
  2. The second technique that I used was what helped me piece everything together and get it done. I made a promise to myself on my plan of action card to get it done by the 20th of December. After all those weeks of procrastination and frustration, I decided to write a date to get it done and make a promise to myself, and in one week… one week, amongst all the other things that life decided to throw at me that week, it got done. Now just a word of warning, any of you that do decide to read this please note that although I have it done I still have to type it out in my Press Release column and although I am very slow at typing I do intend to get it done. I promise!

The second thing I wanted to talk about Part 13 of Haanel’s Master Key, 13-26. When I first read this passage I was unsure of what to do. For those readers that are not familiar with this book, at the end of each chapter is an exercise and you are asked to sit and think on it. Most of these exercises are pretty clear and specific, but this one, at least for me was a little abstract. I had read it several times before saying to myself, ” just sit and think about it, see what happens.” Well I have to say that it was an overwhelming experience, a lot of answers came to me that first night.

I thought that I would have the same experience the following night, but I did not. I thought about that for a while wondering how could I get back to that incredible place again in my mind? Then an answer came to me and I think I may be understanding things a little better everyday. That initial experience on Monday night was a realization and a recognition for me, it’s like I was able to unlock a door and behind it was more knowledge and understanding of how to create a life of peace and prosperity for myself. So I think that even though I did not get that same overwhelming experience that I had the first time, the ‘door’ that I unlocked is permanently open and that realization and recognition is now a part of my world without.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the holidays.

 

 

Week 12 MKMMA – Moving Forward

The deeper I get into the MKMMA course, reading Og’s The Greatest Salesman in the World, and Haanel’s Master Key the more I find out about myself. One of the ways I find out more about myself is when I ask questions, something I never considered important before starting this journey.

Now when I ask myself questions I look for the cause that has given me the effect, especially when it is an undesirable effect. When I do this I start to discover why things have unfolded the way that they have, almost with pinpoint accuracy.

I change the cause to get a different effect, a different result. There is some work involved though, and a willingness to let go is important too.

So Og mentions that if I persist I will succeed, and according to Haanel there are three steps to keep me moving forward and my success is determined by my eternal vigilance. The first one is I must have knowledge of my power, got that; second, the courage to dare, working on it; third, the faith to do, working on it. Haanel also states that each step is absolutely essential. So as I write this out I can see why I am making progress, but not the progress I’d like to see. Am I upset with myself, a little. Will I get over it? Already done. Do I know what to do to keep moving forward? Absolutely. I have the knowledge, and I know it doesen’t apply itself, I have to make the application and the application consists in “fertilizing the thought with a living purpose” …”and it must be sharp, clear-cut, definite. Charging my thoughts with feelings creates the belief necessary to take action to get the results I desire, I must focus. I know what I need to do,I’ve fallen behind with what’s needed to keep me in forward motion, so what did I do? Made a promise to myself. What do I know about promises? 

Haanel 4-12:

“Unless you do this, you had better not start at all, because modern pychology tells us that 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; absolute, ignominious failure. If you do not intend to do a thing, do not start; if you do start, see it through even if the heavens fall; if you make up your mind to do something, do it; let nothing, no one, interfere; the ‘I’ in you has determined, the thing is settled; the die is cast, there is no longer any arguement.”

Time to get it done.

Week 11 MKMMA – I Persist Until I Succeed

I know I’ve mentioned this word in previous posts, but it’s definitely worth mentioning again. Persistence.

In Chapter ten, Scroll Three of Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman In The World he mentions ” I will never consider defeat and I will remove such words and phrases such as quit, cannot unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, hopeless and retreat; for they are the words of fools.”

Although I’ve read this passage 26 times to date, yesterday was the first time I actually made a conscious effort to do this, which is great because I think I am starting to understand the true value of something like persistence and the positive impact it can have when used constructively. The persistence to just be an observer instead of sharing my opinions, the persistence to apply the seven laws of the mind, the persistence to continually remove words of defeat from my vocabulary… dare I imagine a life without defeat? A life where I I see obstacles as challenges and always look for ways to solve them? Sure I slip up and have to refocus, but I am happy that I am aware of what I am doing and able to learn from my mistakes and continue to move forward. Mandino also mentions, ” I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and I will endure.” Again, yesterday for the first time I chose to do something different. I decided to work through the mood I was in, constantly reminding myself of what I have set out to achieve. I know the excuses are just a way for me to justify why I didn’t do something and they just continue to hold me back from doing my best. Old habits die hard. But I have a plan that has been set in motion to replace them, and I work at it one step at a time.

I’d like to leave you all with something to listen to. It’s part of my playlist now. The song is called Staple it Together and it’s sung by one of my favorite artists, Jack Johnson. My wife and I were gathering some odds and ends at her parents place and that’s how we stumbled upon the CD. We hadn’t listened to it for a while, so we decided to pop it into the CD player for the car ride home. When this song came up I was amazed. I understood the meaning behind the song before, but listening to it now with all that I’ve been practicing and applying through the MKMMA course it has so much more meaning to me.

Give it a listen if you like but before you do I’d like you to read this passage from the intro to Haanel’s Master Key Part 10:

“The ordinary man, who has no definite knowledge of cause and effect, is governed by his feelings or emotions.

He thinks chiefly to justify his action. If he fails as a businessman, he says that luck is against him. If he dislikes music, he says that music is an expensive luxury. If he is a poor office man, he says that he could succeed better at some outdoor work. If he lacks friends, he says his individuality is too fine to be appreciated.

He never thinks his problem through to the end. In short, he does not know that every effect is the result of a certain definite cause, but he seeks to console himself with explanations and excuses. He thinks only in self-defense.”