Every master was once a disaster and to become successful they had to master the foundational skills required to succeed in whatever their venture. I am so excited to be on this journey with the Master Key Experience where we are going to be learning and mastering the foundational skills to master our thinking and as a result master success in life!!
We are learning that the conscious mind directs our subconscious mind and that the conscious mind is what we might call ‘the watchman at the gate’. Haanel states in The Master Key Experience “…The subconscious mind does not engage in the process of proving. It relies upon the conscious mind, ‘the watchman at the gate,’ to guard it from mistaken impressions. Receiving any suggestions as true, the subconscious mind at the once proceeds to act thereon in the whole domain of its tremendous field of work…the subconscious mind is the seat of Habit.” During the next 6 months we are going to trick our subconscious mind – the subconscious mind doesn’t argue. So using The Law of Dual Thought which states that we can attach any feeling we desire to any thought, it is our choice. I am going to change my thinking to empower me to be successful at anything I do!
Repetition is the mother of all learning and we are going to influence the subconscious by feeding it with the specific repetitive activities and assignments that will help us to change our mind (thinking) and to develop the habits that will guarantee our success. Our job in The Master Key experience is to duplicate a proven system that has catapulted so many people to success and truly living their dreams.
One of the activities we are going to do daily is to visualize ourselves living our purpose and dreams. We are going to visualize this in detail and attach emotion to this visualization. This is a very powerful exercise when done daily; the more detail and emotion we attach to this, the more powerful it is! An example of how powerful this is can be found in the story ’18 Holes in His Mind’ by: Author unknown, A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul’
“Major James Nesmeth had a dream of improving his golf game – and he developed a unique method of achieving his goal. Until he devised this method, he was just your average weekend golfer, shooting in his mid to low-nineties. Then, for seven years, he completely quit the game. Never touched a club. Never set food on a fairway.
Ironically, it was during this seven-year break from the game that Major Nesmeth came up with his amazingly effective technique for improving his game – a technique we can all learn from. In fact, the first time he set foot on a golf course after his hiatus from the game, he shot an astonishing 74! He had cut 20 strokes off his average without having swung a golf club in seven years! Unbelievable. Not only that, but his physical condition had actually deteriorated during those seven years.
What was Major Nesmeth’s secret? Visualization. You see, Major Nesmeth had spent those seven years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. During those seven years, he was imprisoned in a cage that was approximately four and one-half feet high and five feet long.
During almost the entire time he was imprisoned, he saw no one, talked to no one and experienced no physical activity. During the first few months he did virtually nothing but hope and pray for his release. Then he realized he had to find some way to occupy his mind or he would lose his sanity and probably his life. That’s when he learned to visualize.
In his mind, he selected his favorite golf course and started playing golf. Every day, he played a full 18 holes at the imaginary country club of his dreams. He experienced everything to the last detail. He saw himself dressed in his golfing clothes. He smelled the fragrance of the trees and the freshly trimmed grass. He experienced different weather conditions – windy spring days, overcast winter days, and sunny summer mornings. In his imagination, every detail of the tee, the individual blades of grass, the trees, the singing birds, the scampering squirrels and the lay of the course became totally real.
He felt the grip of the club in his hands. He instructed himself as he practiced smoothing his down-swing and the follow-through on his shot. Then he watched the ball arc down the exact center of the fairway, bounce a couple of times and roll to the exact spot he had selected, all in his mind.
In the real world, he was in no hurry. He had no place to go. So, in his mind he took every step on his way to the ball, just as if he were physically on the course. It took him just as long in imaginary time to play 18 holes as it would have taken in reality. Not a detail was omitted. Not once did he ever miss a shot, never a hook or a slice, never a missed putt.
Seven days a week. Four hours a day. Eighteen holes. Seven years. Twenty strokes off. Shot 74.”
The subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what is true and what we tell it and this story is a wonderful example of that. We need to write down a plan in as much detail as possible, visualize that plan daily and then execute the plan. We need to fall in love with and trust the process and we will see results! We need to have a BEAR mentality and commit wholeheartedly to the process meaning we need to have belief, enthusiasm, take action and we will see results.
B – BELIEF
E – ENTHUSIASM
A – ACTION
R – RESULTS
When a North American Native does the rain dance, you will see rain 100% of the time – and why is that? Because they dance until it rains. What is our lesson from this? In the words of Andy Andrews, I believe it is “To persist without exception” until we have achieved our goal. The only way to fail is to quit. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
Og Mandino states in the Greatest Salesman in the World Scroll 1 “As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I will begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. My vigor will increase, my enthusiasm will rise, my desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I will be happier than I ever believed it possible to be in this world of strife and sorrow.” Who wouldn’t want this? I am so excited for where this journey will take me!