MKE BLOG WEEK 8 – THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT… THE MIND IS.

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This week I had such an incredible, thought provoking experience – I went to the Calgary Tower with my son and his family.  We went to the observation floor to view the city, and I was astounded by my physical reaction.  I know that I have a fear of heights, which is common, but when I attempted to stand on the clear observation floor not only was I fearful and shaking but I actually had pain in my knees!  When I stood back and reflected on what was happening I truly realized the power of my mind.  Here I was standing on a floor which was the same height as the observation area, but I couldn’t see through it and I didn’t have any problem or fear.  Then when I tried to step onto the observation area I immediately had an extreme mental and physical reaction and had tremendous difficulty stepping onto the clear observation area where I could see through to the ground!!  This is a perfect example of the fact that our perception of our experiences in life is all in our head!!   I spent some time focusing on calming myself down and convincing myself that it was safe to step onto the observation area; that it was the same as standing on the floor beside it and was eventually able to step onto the observation floor and remain there for a few minutes.  This took intense focus and concentration and convincing myself that there wasn’t any difference between the two, that both were safe to stand on and that the fear was all in my head!

What a lightbulb moment!  This was a such a compelling experience which helped me to realize how powerful our minds are and that it is no different for everything we do and experience in life; like the exercises and activities that we are doing in the Master Key experience.  Our subconscious is controlling our actions and reactions to life.  It’s time to take back control by focusing on my DMP (definite major purpose) as my compass, following my plan of action, completing all of the daily exercises to change my thinking, my habits and most importantly my subconscious.

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MKE BLOG WEEK 7 – HABIT OR ADDICTION?

 

Here we are in week 7 already! I am totally amazed by all that we are learning and am feeling a resistance to doing what I need to do!! Why is that?  Well, apparently our thoughts and behaviors create peptides (chemicals in our brains) that we become addicted to. That’s why change is so difficult, because our cells are addicted to these peptides and we are breaking this ‘addiction’ when we try to change or respond differently. And then there is the fact that we as human beings have a negativity bias, so we have to work at changing this habit.

So let’s talk about the science of changing habits for a moment.  Research has shown that it takes between 21 and 40 days to begin to form a new habit. In fact, there is a research study that is an incredible illustration of the physiological connection between time and “habits.”  Back in the early days of the space program, NASA designed an experiment to determine the physiological and psychological effects of the spatial disorientation the astronauts would experience in the weightless environment of space.

NASA needed to know if the environment of space would have some unexpected negative consequences that would endanger the astronauts or their mission. NASA scientists outfitted each of the astronauts with a pair of convex goggles which flipped everything in their field of vision 180 degrees. In other words, their world was literally turned upside down. The astronauts had to wear the goggles 24 hours a day, 7 days per week—even when they were asleep. They gradually adapted to their new “realities.” On the 26th day of the experiment, something amazing happened for one of the astronauts. His world turned right-side up again even though he continued to wear the goggles 24 hours a day.  Between days 26-30, the same thing happened for each of the remaining astronauts.

What the scientists discovered is that, after 26-30 days of this continuous stream of new input, the astronauts’ brains actually created neural pathways that “rewired” their brains to see their worlds normally again.

Then NASA repeated the experiment with a slight change. This time some of the astronauts took the goggles off for a short period of time partway through the experiment. When they put the goggles back on and left them on until the 30th day, their worlds were still upside down, but when they continued wearing the goggles 24 hours a day, at 26-30 consecutive days wearing the goggles, the same thing happened – everything was suddenly right side up again.  What the scientists learned from these experiments is that the brain requires approximately 30 uninterrupted days for new neural connections to form – for new habits to form.

For you to change a habit, it is crucial that you put systems in place to insure you follow the new behavior/thinking you have chosen. Otherwise, without thinking you will revert to the old behavior!  After 30 days of conscious, intentional, deliberate thought and effort it gets easier and easier, and by 90 days it is very much a part of who you are – a new habit; only this time it’s one that is serving you and moving you toward your goals. Then you can start the whole process over to change additional bad habits!  There is science behind what we are learning.  We are learning so many strategies and tools to help us to change our thinking and our habits including incorporating the 7 ways that adults learn and linking each of our SMART goals and activities with shapes.  It’s about developing the ‘habit’.

This week I have been struggling to complete all the assignments, especially The Seven Day Mental Diet by Emmet Fox which states “The most important factors in your life is the mental diet on which you live.  It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life… For seven days you must not allow yourself to dwell for a single moment on any kind of negative though…You must not under any pretense allow your mind to dwell on any thought that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.” 

It’s exciting to know that our subconscious doesn’t know the difference between a real experience and on that is ‘imagined’ over and over and that thoughts that fire together, wire together!  I just need to be persistent and practice this new thinking and these new habits, and use my imagination and I can create the unbelievable life of my dreams!

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MKE WEEK 6 – LOVE IS THE ANSWER

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This week we are accelerating our progress with the activities that we are doing and we are learning from Emerson that when we give more we get more.  We are also reading Scroll II from Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World which starts with “I start this day with love in my heart.”  Reading this scroll three times daily is helping me to lean toward love each and every day; and like any new habit, the more I practice it the easier it becomes.  When combined with learning to be the ‘Observer’ and not making judgements, this is a very powerful practice.  The presence of love will always cast out fear and actually makes it easier to not judge, but to just observe.  We all have a negativity bias, but when we use The Law of Dual Thought and substitute positivity and love, that changes everything!!  This practice reminds me of one of my favorite prayers,

The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace!
That where there is hatred, I may bring love.
That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.
That where there is discord, I may bring harmony.
That where there is error, I may bring truth.
That where there is doubt, I may bring faith.
That where there is despair, I may bring hope.
That where there are shadows, I may bring light.
That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.
To understand, than to be understood.
To love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

We need to give more of what we need or want and if we abide by this prayer, we are doing exactly that!  Imagine a world where everyone was doing this!!

Success is an inside job and our subby has no defense against our own voice, that’s why it’s so important to be careful what we say to ourselves, because our subconscious will act on it.  We recorded our DMP’s and plans of action with emotion and enthusiasm to listen to over and over knowing that combined with our movie posters we are in essence recording over our movie of our past with our new movie of our future; we are infiltrating our subconscious with our new reality.  Combined with using my compass and magnifying glass, I am learning to focus my activities, thoughts and attention on my desired goals and dreams! I need to remember that greatness is already in me and that I already have everything I need to accomplish everything I want in life, I just need to harness it!

 

MKE BLOG WEEK 5 – THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT… THE MIND IS

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This week we are building on the exercises and activities that we have been learning and doing to train our brains; and to do that we are linking our imagined future with intention and emotion.  We are moving into the creative and away from associative memory.  Have you ever wondered why some people are so much more successful than others?

Haanel states in the Master Key Part 5:1-2, “At least ninety percent of our mental life is subconscious so that those who fail to make use of this mental power live within very narrow limits.  The subconscious can and will solve any problem for us if we know how to direct it.  The subconscious processes are always at work; the only question is are we to be simply passive recipients of this activity or are we to consciously direct the work?  Shall we have a vision of the destination to be reached, the dangers to be avoided or shall we simply drift?”  I believe most of us don’t define clearly what we want our future to look like.  We get caught up in the day to day activities of life, lose our focus and end up on that never-ending merry-go-round of business, worry and negative thinking – not because we want to, but because we don’t do what is necessary to change things.  We remain in the state of ‘wishful thinking or dreaming’ about what could be rather than really pursuing the future we want.

Haanel 5:8-9 “This, then, is the way we art consistently creating and recreating ourselves; we are today the result of our past thinking and we shall be what be what we are thinking today, the law of Attraction is bringing to us, not the things we should like, or the things we wish for, or the things someone else has, but it brings us ‘our own’, the things which we have created by our thought processes, whether consciously or unconsciously.  Unfortunately, many of us are creating these things unconsciously. 9 If either of us were building a home for ourselves, how careful we would be in regard to the plans; how we should study every detail; how we should watch the material and select only the best of everything; and yet how careless we are when it comes to building our Mental Home, which is infinitely more important than any physical home, as everything which can possibly enter into our live depends upon the character of the material which enters into the construction of our Mental Home”

The subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and imagined experience.  We are learning that when we link imagined experience [Intention] with emotion that this helps to build a BURNING desire which in turn triggers Earnest Expectation and when this happens methods will surface to move us in the direction of our goal. Hesitation will be gone!  Wow, how crazy does that sound and just imagine charging forth towards your goals without any hesitation, knowing that it will happen when you apply the right mental labor and work ethic!  So, how do we do this?  It’s critical to see your new life in our mind, to picture-ize it’ and REALLY feel it and to add as many details as possible!   – Details, details, details…. We’re making a movie of our life, not the life we are living right now, but the life of our dreams!  We need to use our imaginations, think BIG, beyond what we ever thought to be possible and then to use caution with the words we use and the picture we create.  We are the architects of our own lives whether we know it or not.  The Law of Attraction is at work all of the time!

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I can create and manifest my new reality.  My DMP + PMA/MK + POA + MMA = My new reality – who would have thought it was so easy right? Or is it, am I willing to apply consistency and faithfulness in following the directions and completing the exercises and being of service? It’s time to truly be living “As if” I have achieved my goals, my dreams, the life that is waiting for me!!!  I need to BE that person who has achieve that, DO the things that person would do, and I will HAVE that dream life I want; and you can too!  Remember that by lighting the path for others you light it for yourself too!!

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No one makes it without a Mastermind, and fortunately for me, I have one within this program; but I will also be setting up my own mastermind with people who are on this same journey and some who have already achieved what I am looking to achieve!  I can be what I will be!  Life of my dreams, here I come!

MKE BLOG WEEK 4 – TAPPING INTO THE POWER OF THOUGHT – I CAN BE WHAT I WILL BE

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This week we were continuing to build on the steps and activities that we have been doing and learning to help change our thinking and our habits. I am finding the process very interesting and at times a little overwhelming. Overwhelming, because each of the activities we are doing is new, and change often feels this way.

I am learning so many new and incredible things!  Like, did you know that a thought instantly triggers 4,000,000,000 connections in our brain causing your corresponding ‘neuro-net’ to fire up.  Long time neuro-nets are your ‘reality’ or shall we say your identity.  Along with this our bodies produce peptides in response to any situation which reinforces our ‘identity’ and we become addicted to these peptides which makes it hard to change because our cells are craving the feeling we get when these peptides are release much like a drug addict.  Every thought brings into action certain physical tissue, parts of the brain, nerve or muscle and this produces an actual physical change in the construction of the tissue. (WOW!)  Therefore it is only necessary to have a certain number of thoughts on a given subject in order to bring about a complete change in the physical organization of a man.

Through these exercises we are learning to leverage the subconscious – in the Master Key 15-20 “accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.”  As I mentioned last week, words are so important – take a moment and say these things and pay attention to how you feel when and after saying them.  Do you need to change the words that you are using and how you’re saying and thinking about your goals? We’re building a blueprint to transport our highest self, our soul, into a new reality based on our Dharma.  We need to take the same care as an architect in writing and speaking our plan.  We are learning that thoughts that fire together, wire together so I am learning to be enthusiastic, passionate and excited when I am doing my reading and exercises. Thought + feeling brings belief and thus habit.  I’m learning to associate positive feelings with completion as I re-read a completed task, reinforcing execution and in reading my DMP stated in the present tense, I am telling my sub-conscious that it is done before it is done!  The sub-conscious doesn’t judge, so we can direct it!

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As Haanel says in 4:27 of the Master Key “…. mental strength is secured in exactly the same way that physical strength is secured, by exercise.  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.”  We are not only changing our thinking, but changing the peptides our cells are addicted to, the physical response we have to the situations in our lives!

All of these things are reinforcing habit, but it is critical that we complete what we start and form good habits.  A critical part of developing good success habits is when we start something, we need to complete it.  Haanel says in 4:12 of the Master Key “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.”  By reinforcing good habits and completing what we start, we are setting ourselves up for success one small step at a time!!

There is a compounding effect in doing the exercises we are being taught and directed to do.  Haanel states in The Master Key 4:13 “If you carry out this idea, beginning with small things which you know you can control and gradually increase the effort… you’ll gain control of your thoughts and by extension yourself.”  We just need to be consistent and put in the effort and complete the exercises as directed and of course, having faith in the system will help us to be successful.

Is it easier to build a house from scratch, or tear down an old house and then build the new house? Yes, of course it’s easier to build from scratch, but if you have a prime piece of real estate with a dilapidated house on it are you going to forgo building there because you have to get rid of the old and that is going to require work? Of course not, because you know it will be worth it!  And the same should be true when we are changing our lives and creating the life of our dreams!! So which person are you?  Are you going to throw in the towel; or are you ready to give 100% to change your life and move from a fearful victim and become a fearless victor?  Are you resisting change or listening to your soul and following your dharma? Haanel says “Work is necessary. Labor, the hard mental labor of change.  The kind of effort so few are willing to put forth.”  Are you willing to put in the work? Are you worth it? And to these questions, my answer is YES!!!

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MKE BLOG WEEK 3 – LEARNING TO LIVE A LIFE OF INTENTION

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In this course, we’re learning to live from intention; not by letting life control who we are and what we do.  To live from intention we need to define our ‘definite major purpose’ as Napoleon Hill points out in Think and Grow Rich.  You can’t get anywhere if you don’t know where you’re going!  These last couple of weeks, we have been writing and refining our DMP’S.  We need to be specific in identifying our DMP much like an architect is when making the blueprints for a building – are we creating a clear mental picture in the present tense so descriptive and charged with emotion that we can truly feel what it is like to have accomplished this. Accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success – words are thoughts and thoughts are things. I have experienced the difference in how I feel when I say the same thing in different ways.  For example, “I am so happy that I will be debt-free by September 30, 2019.” versus “I am so happy to be living financially free in my paid off home by September 30, 2019.” When I say the first phrase or affirmation, I still feel some heaviness, but when I say the second affirmation I feel light and excited!

 

What we’re really doing is writing a movie about the life of our dreams! Most of us are struggling with writing our DMP’s and I believe that most of us don’t write the movie we want or dream about because we have already determined subconsciously that it is impossible. We write our movie based on what we ‘think’ we can realistically accomplish and even then we have a difficult time bringing that picture into the present.  It’s some far off dream that we have difficulty seeing as a reality.  Then the other obstacle we face in writing our DMP or ‘movie’ about our life is that deep in our hearts we don’t really know what it is that we truly want in life and maybe we’re even afraid to identify it for fear that we can’t bring it to fruition and we are afraid to fail.

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Haanel says in the Master Key 3:15 “…When fear is effectually and completely destroyed, your light will shine, the clouds will disperse and you will have found the source of power, energy and life.” It’s time to make our lights shine! We need to apply the Law of Dual Thought – we can attach faith and joy in place of worry (fear) and stress.  According to Haanel “Work is Necessary. Labor, the hard-mental labor of change.  The kind of effort that so few are willing to put forth.”  So we need to ask ourselves, “Are we willing to commit 100% and do as we are directed and be successful in our journey; or are we going to doubt and quit?”  John Wooden said, “Success is the peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”  I know how I feel when I have committed 100% and done my very best compared to just doing a mediocre job to get the job done and there is quite a difference!

So how are we going to accomplish this?  We’re going to do this by developing new way of thinking and new habits. It won’t be easy, but it will be SO worth it!! As we learned this week, Consistency matters our results correspond in the exact ratio to the fidelity to our ideal, DMP – doing the exercises faithfully and consistently will help us to live intentionally and change our lives.

We’re reading in The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino in Scroll 1 “Today I begin a new life… In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits.  Good habits are the key to success.  Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure… I will form good habits and become their slave… For it is another of nature’s laws that only a habit can subdue another habit.”  We are learning how to develop good habits and how to change our thinking by bombarding our subconscious, working with the Master Key knowledge and doing the daily exercises so as to influence our subconscious.  “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.” – Haanel

In John Wooden’s PYRAMID OF SUCCESS the cornerstones are ‘Industriousness’ and ‘Enthusiasm’.  Let’s go forth this week with these two qualities and begin a new life, a life we previously could never imagine!  Just IMAGINE where we can be in one, two, five years from now!!!

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MKE BLOG WEEK 2 – FOUNDATION IS EVERYTHING!

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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!

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