Week 20

Yep. Three weekly blogs missed. I started this one but never got it down in writing.  For Week 20 the subject was on expanding our comfort zones using the five tools of Fear, Anger, Guilt, Hurt Feelings, and Unworthiness.  Interesting lesson for sure.  I’m still trying to process how these tools work. I found this video song and want to share it. It addresses all of the tools.   Fear is a liar and powerless.

I look forward to using the sits to think on these tools and look for definitive thoughts and circumstances in my life where I have any of these and then to understand how I can use them to expand my comfort zone.

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Weeks 18 and 19   –   Training My Brain

The past four weeks I have been in training at a new job.  Training ended yesterday, and I will now be on a new schedule and on my own.  What has gotten me through the stress and intense learning process is my mindset, which I attribute to what I have learned and experienced in this MKMMA course. There are several things on which I focused as I entered this new work environment:  that “I am nature’s greatest miracle”;  to be a channel of gratitude and kindness, to remember that people who are happy perform better; and this week after watching “Finding Joe”, not to be fearful. I will no longer fight myself with the fear of performing well, comparing myself to others, or caring what others think of me. In surrendering to those fears, I am more open to what might come to me–there is a gift in battling demons, and that is that I gain power (paraphrase from the movie).

I feel I am answering a call to adventure in assuming this job. I took it out of financial necessity. It is not at all part of my DMP, and I am questioning what to do about that (do I need to change my DMP?).  I want the full time job to be for a short time and get back to growing my network marketing business, which has grown ever so slowly the past few months.  It seems I’m going backward.  Have I been fearful of success?  My thoughts have always been that I need to work harder to be successful and was always looking to the next rank or the next spike in income and becoming a better leader.  I worked IN MY MIND to push the goal posts, thinking I had to do more, learn more, set the example, etc., but didn’t put the action behind it. Now I understand that I have kept moving the goal post, and I will never be content.

One thing that was said in the movie about fear was “we have a fear of what we might achieve.”  I am wondering if that is part of my old blueprint.  Just as I always have “thought” about all that I “should” be doing and know to do, so have I struggled to develop the habit of doing the five daily exercises.  I am not masterminding, not doing the “sits” or the other 4 daily exercises consistently.  I know I have the desire and the power within me to influence the world for good.  According to Mark J. and Shawn Achor, I can train my brain to reverse the formula for happiness and success by doing the five daily exercises.

I end by saying, that I will be what I will to be.  I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy. I form good habits and they become my slave; I greet each day with love in my heart; I persist until I succeed; I am nature’s greatest miracle; and I live each day as if it were my last. DO IT NOW!

Week 17HJ  –   Perspective

Learning of Aimee Mullins was inspiring!  What a difference this young woman’s life is making because of the way she thinks about who she is. She has impacted many. In reviewing Lesson 9, as instructed for homework in this week 17HJ, I connected a statement by Hannel to Aimee’s actions. He said “to change conditions, you must change yourself.”  She didn’t change the condition of her body but the way she viewed her life. He said to “hold in mind the condition desired; affirm it as an already existing fact. This indicates the value of a powerful affirmation (Law of Practice). By constant repetition it becomes a part of ourselves…we are actually making ourselves what we want to be.”  That is powerful and Aimee is proof of this. She exercised the Law of Dual Thought and Substitution. She substituted thoughts of courage, power, self-reliance and confidence for those of fear, lack and limitation.  She may have practiced an affirmation similar to that of Frederick Elias Andrews: “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.”   In affirming this for herself, she in turn, affirmed it for others and has helped many people overcome how they see themselves.

Re-reading Lesson Ten was in the homework for this week as well.  I especially liked this lesson as it explains that spiritual power is superior because it is on a higher plane.  10.9 “Thought is the connecting link between the Infinite and the finite, between the Universal and the individual.”   If your thought is in harmony with the creative Principle of Nature, it is in tune with the Infinite Mind and will form a circuit, and not return to you void (10.19).  10.22 “Wisdom, strength, courage and all harmonious conditions are the result of power and we have seen that all power is from within….develop power by exercise.”

Another exercise in the assignment for this week was to read obituaries from a newspaper.  I read a few obituaries and most were really short and not detailing much about the person’s life.  The ones I gleaned something from contained information about the personality and the virtues of the deceased.  They left legacies.  There was one for an 83 year old man I share as a good example of this: “The important things in his life were people and ideas…his wife…daughter…granddaughter were jewels in his crown. However, he cared for all he knew and he enjoyed making their lives better…He faced life with adventure…He never stopped giving his all (give more to get more)…He never stopped caring about those around him before he would care for himself.  He never stopped learning and trying new things.” That exercise helped me see how important it is that we become our future selves, because in doing that the power and work of the Spirit within us is influencing our world without for the better.

The 4th virtue I had listed in the Franklin Makeover is decisiveness: the virtue of having the power or quality of deciding.  I realize it is important to be informed and to know what you know and believe so that you can make decisions with confidence.  I have worked on noticing patterns of indecision or decision during my daily thoughts and activities.  I am more aware of them and conscious of being informed and thinking through things to be able to be decisive.

 

 

 

Week 17 –  The Franklin Makeover

Two weeks ago we all gave our attention to Kindness and also chose to start documenting our #1 weakest virtue.  I forgot to mention in Week 16 that I listed mine as Discipline.  Since I have started a new job, I have been particularly successful at developing strength in this area.  It is said that the busier you are the more you get done, and I do believe that. I am forced to develop a more specific schedule and establish consistent habits.  There is definitely accountability in working for someone else, and, as an independent business owner, I am encouraged to have an accountability partner.  This MKE mastermind group is my third source of accountability, and I have not utilized it as has been promoted at every webinar.  I purpose to contribute more, and this will be one of the areas of disciplines on which I will work.

The second virtue I am giving attention to is Imagination.  I chose that because I struggle doing my sits, and thought comes from there.  As I receive the thoughts, I can expand on them as well as identify everyday situations upon which I can ponder and begin imagining my future self.

Interesting that my virtue this week is imagination because in Week 17 Hannel discusses concentration, which is part of being able to imagine:  “invisible forces are set in motion which irresistibly bring about conditions in correspondence with your thought.”

Week 16 – Kindness, Labor, Wealth, and Success

The Franklin Makeover was the focus for Week 16.  It was a joy to identify people doing acts of kindness and for me to intentionally be more expressive with my kindness.  My nature is to be kind at all times, so this was an easy exercise to observe and carry out.

During this week, my husband and I worked on our goals and determined that even though I have a home business, it is not providing the income stream needed to reach the goals we have set for the next two years, and I decided that I would look for a job with a steady stream of income.  So on Monday I began the search and found something within my parameters and applied for it. Within 24 hours I had a call inviting me to come for an interview the next day.  I went for the interview; all went well and I was hired pending the necessary background check and drug tests.  I haven’t worked for anyone for quite a few years, so I look at this as an adventure with new experiences.  I passed and started orientation on Friday.

I was especially aware of the kindness of the three people who worked with me in the interviews. Because I had no fear and was anticipating a good experience, I was relaxed and confident that I was at the right place for this time in my life.  My goal is to be independent and free, but this step I look at as gaining more insight into people and life situations.  I am a customer service rep for a utility company and look forward to developing my listening and sales skills (there is opportunity to make commission as well as working at an hourly rate).  I DO have the freedom to continue to work my home network marketing business and believe I will be even better organized and productive because I will be busier.

I also thought about this week in terms of what Hannel writes in 16.  I look at this period of life as the “period of reconstruction and harmony; the period which is frequently referred to as the Millennium.”   I am expecting to convert ”every seeming difficulty into a blessing.”

He states in 16.1 that “wealth is a product of labor”.  Interesting that I chose to labor more by seeking employment to gain more income, but as Hannel states, in 16.5, “Wealth should never be desired as an end, but simply as a means of accomplishing an end.”  My success is not dependent on wealth but formulating an ideal for which I am willing to strive.  I did my sits in Week 16 to pursue my thoughts to visualize and to bring about the realization of the fact that harmony and happiness are states of consciousness and do not depend on the possession of things.  This realization will bring about everything which is necessary for my complete enjoyment.

Week 15 – Behind

I am finding it hard to catch up.  I have to post something for Week 15, so I’ll just say that I read the lessen almost every day that week but haven’t taken the time to write my thoughts and experiences that followed.  I have written 3 gratitudes almost every day, added accomplishments and the one positive experience for each day.  Scroll 4 is important because it helps me focus on who I really am…nature’s greatest miracle…eventually I will believe it.

Addendum to Week 14 – Movies and Audios

This past week I watched “Cool Runnings” and “Door to Door” and listened to “The Strangest Secret” audio on YouTube several times.

Cool Runnings is a fun movie to watch and full of take-aways and quotes:

Mindset:

“If a this ya love, you want you a go get.”

“I don’t care how fast they run, I’ll run faster.”

“I don’t care how much they want it, I want it more.”

“I’m gonna win.”

“All he has to do is know what he wants and work hard for it. And if he wants it bad enough, he’ll get it.”

“You see Junior? Well, let me tell you what I see. I see pride! I see power! I see a bad-ass mother who don’t take no crap off of nobody!”

Leadership:
“You see, a driver must remain focused one hundred percent at all times. Not only is he responsible for knowing every inch of every course he races, he’s also responsible for the lives of the other men in the sled.”

Perspective:

“It’s not what I see, it’s what you see.”

Can’t copy others; don’t forget who you are.

Seeing the beauty in ugly (the old bobsled) and starting off with what you’ve got.

“It rarely is fair.”

Regarding a gold medal: “If you’re not enough without it, you’re not enough with it!” (You can say that about financial success.)

Observations:

Rich son easily swayed and team members can be swayed by well-meaning friends.

When facing adversity, never give up.

Self-funded  –  made a way to financially make it happen

In watching the pros – it can either intimidate or inspire.

 

Door to Door is a true story about an ordinary man against extraordinary odds.  Despite crippling cerebral palsy, he uses humor, initiative and warmth to make his way as a salesman and to make a difference in the lives of his customers. Persistence, patience, a steel will, and belief in himself  were the strong characteristics of Bill Porter.  He followed a system. He assumed the sale! He loved people and he loved being a salesman and was never ashamed of his disability.  The world needs what Bill Porter doesn’t sell!

Strangest Secret a powerful lecture about mindset, setting goals and persisting to achieve them.  It holds valuable advice in agreement with the MKE lessons we are learning to identify our purpose and desires and how to succeed in reaching them.

Summary:

The trouble today is conformity; people having no goals. People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.  The only person who succeeds is the person who is progressively realizing a worthy ideal.  We become what we think about.

Plant your goal in your mind.  Nightingale’s suggestion: prove to yourself the enormous returns possible in your own life by putting the secret to a practical test for 30 days.

The written goal (DMP), reviewing it many times per day and night, looking at abundance around you (shapes and PPN’s), developing new habits, law of substitution (replacing negative for positive thoughts), law of giving – thinking about giving not receiving (leave that to the power greater than yourself), be of service, persistence and faith.

Week 14 – Harmony

My biggest take away from Mark’s video prefacing Week 14 was that I’m more than enough.  I have to get away from the mindset that it is the “stuff” I do that is getting me ahead and realize that if I am not enough now, I won’t be enough then and the “stuff” I do won’t cut it.  I have to understand that I am nature’s greatest miracle and let service and my gifts flow through me.  I must do a first class job of rendering service: I must give more to get more.  Bring the love; be the love.  I must make a decision to BELIEVE that I was made by the Best for the best and lock it in by giving it away.

The sit is key to helping me get to this level of belief, and Lesson 14 addresses this in the discussion of thought.   Thought is the only reality and is in harmony with our Creator (14-25).  I looked up the definition of harmony and it is a.) an internal calm, tranquility; b.) agreement, accord; c.) congruence – pleasing arrangements of parts.  I need to bring the connection…the flow from my thoughts to my physical world.  14.6  “The creative power does not originate in the individual but in the Universal, which is the source and fountain of all energy and substance.  The individual is simply the channel for the distribution of this energy.”  14.22 “The subconscious mind is the connecting link between the Universal Mind and the conscious mind….the subconscious mind is one with the Universal…no limit can be placed on its activities.”  Understanding this, explains the wonderful results which are secured through the power of prayer (14-23).

Entering into the deliberate discipline of conditioning my thoughts into clear cut, steady, fixed, definite and unchangeable positive thoughts brings harmony with the Universal Mind…the Creator and is necessary to bring about radical change.  (14-27)   Nothing must interfere with my decision.  14-29 “If you wish harmonious conditions in your life, you must develop a harmonious mental attitude.” 14-30 “Your world without will be a reflection of your world within.”

I have a way to go in mastering the sit. It has become more difficult for me to concentrate during the sit.  I am focusing too much on the “stuff” that I do and it is never enough.  I did do the NARC exercise where I made 10 calls then trashed the GS book, BPB, cards, DMP, etc. and I felt horrible.  I will repeat this, because it is a powerful exercise, but the most important thing for me is to master the sit.  I want to experience the freedom of a clear mind and be in harmony.   I persist!

 

Week 13  – Persistence

Week 13 webinar was a powerful webinar for me.  Mark really spelled it out in regard to the importance of being persistent, being a vigilant guardsman, and in pounding the techniques. We are half-way through the course, and he drove it home about how it is imperative to keep up with the exercises so that our peptides can be reprogrammed.  He said, “Recovering mentally from failing is exhausting.”  That is so true because I have been slacking off on following the exercises exactly, and I carry nagging thoughts about failing to follow-through (I have avoided the Gal in the Mirror).  My cells are addicted to a particular peptide.  Mark said, “Cells aren’t getting the fix. A few minutes spent each day is a small price to pay…Give yourself future prosperity.”   I need to force myself to engage in the exercises with vitality so that I can be what I will to be!

It’s all about trust.  Belief comes from trust and if you don’t trust something bigger than yourself…your dream…then the prospects that you need to grow your business (resources) won’t trust you.  Create new peptides.  Knowing and doing are two different things.  Be your future self now!  Treat that future self the way you want to be treated now!

Sometimes it takes on a different pattern, and we avoid the traction points and end up in a Whirlwind Pattern….doing everything else but the main thing to develop the resources we need to manifest our DMP.

I identified with that Whirlwind Pattern, and I purpose from what I learned in this webinar to get back on track.  I admit that for the first time this week, I did a weekly schedule that I actually wrote down (normally use a digital calendar on my phone).   I want to LOVE prospecting and making phone calls, my traction points, and will do the exercise we were given about feeling the pain when Mark was teaching about NARC, Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning.   I want to feel the pain of giving up and then experience the joy in doing what I am to do.  To help me do this, I know I need accountability, and I finally got a couple of mastermind partners this week.  I’ve had experience with this and know accountability works for me, so I am glad I am masterminding.

I look forward to this break to really focus on creating new peptides and my future self. Watching the movies will be a good exercise in learning to identify the four habits and the principles, and what the persistence really is reinforcing within, and I’ll blog about it.

Week 12 – Intentional Thought

The 50 minute exercise we did in the Week 12 webinar impressed upon me the power of intentional thinking.  I had no trouble looking into the mirror and practicing my one sentence DMP.   The initial few minutes were spent working on memorizing the statement. As I continued to practice it, the words came more easily and I was able to start to FEEL the meaning of what I was speaking.  I owned it.

I had the thought and then I applied it to my purpose.  In repeating it, I was bringing it nearer (Law of Growth) and giving it power. Hannel says in 12-5 that “thought is omnipotent and has the power to draw on the Infinite bank of primary substance for all that it requires. Infinite resources are therefore at your command.”  Then throughout the week, I kept practicing that statement and realizing that I could adjust my thoughts toward my future-self more easily.

Earlier in the week, I had a meeting with a person with whom I have not had a trustworthy relationship in the past, and I am always on-guard.   I was mindful of 11-17 that whatever thoughts I have “correlate with its object and bring forth in the material world the correspondence of the thing thought or produced in the mental world. “  I was determined to not let my thoughts go backward, and I allowed the Law of Growth to manifest good…which as Hannel says is permanent power. When meeting with her this week, I remembered Scroll 2 and the law of attraction, and I was able to see the good in her and the positive of what she had to contribute, and I actually loved her.  “Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.”  I win!

The “sit” is what brings on more power. 12-25 “The intention governs the attention. Power comes through repose. It is by concentration that deep thoughts, wise speech, and all forces of high potentiality are accomplished.  12-26. “It is in the Silence that you get into touch with the Omnipotent power of the subconscious mind from which all power is evolved.”   My goal this next week is to be more consistent with the sit because I haven’t done them every day, even though I said I would.  I persist.