Week 21: Success

The keys of successThree questions to ponder as we sometimes delay the success that is ours to claim:

What am I pretending not to know?

What would the person I intend to become do next?

When will I begin?

This Master Key Master Mind Alliance (MKMMA) course is really delivering results.  We are picking up the pace, and that is a good thing.  An item from previous readings from Hannel:

Try to realize that the day is fast approaching — its dawn is now at hand — when modes of thought and action must be adjusted to rapidly increasing knowledge of the operation of eternal principles.

Weeks ago, we were exposed to the John Wooden Pyramid of Success.  Coach Wooden, of course, is the Hall of Fame basketball coach who won 10 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships with UCLA.  Wooden stated that, “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

I have been working on the virtue of Industriousness, which is one that was also highlighted by American patriot Ben Franklin.  I have now added Enthusiasm and Competitive Greatness.

Wooden described Industriousness, “Very hard work, but hard work is not enough. It must be ignited, lit afire by something that will raise it to the extraordinary level required for success. That ‘something’ is your Enthusiasm which infuses hard work with inspired power that all great competitors have.  Competitive Greatness is having a real love for the hard battle knowing it offers the opportunity to be at your best when your best is required.”

Often people feel trapped by fear, guilt, unworthiness, anger/sadness, and hurt feelings.  Those feelings are used as ‘reasons’ for not taking the actions they know they need to be successful.  But some people have learned that those very feelings can be the tools that can spur us on to success.  More on that in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

I am elated to be a Servant Leader who knows, goes and shows the way, and because of this I am very wealthy for life.

I have come so far already.  Today I begin a new life.

It is definitely time to ‘Think and Grow Rich’.

Thomas Brooks

Week 20: Industrious

blog-industriousIn his autobiography, the great Ben Franklin listed his thirteen virtues.  When we focus on one of his virtues, or any virtue, it becomes abundant.  Anything one focuses on becomes abundant.

Some of us are working on taking initiative.  Some of us are working on manifesting kindness.  Some of us are focused on creativity.  I see others stepping up and demonstrating courage.  Another virtue is to be resolute.

I am still working on the virtue of being industrious.

Industry – Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

blog-Park-City-skiI have been seeing examples of industriousness all around me:  the worker giving me great service at the Panda Express, the Ski Patrol here on my vacation in Park City, and the hotel worker giving extra effort to provide great service.

By being a stellar model of industriousness, my team in my network marketing business can see and follow my example.  They know that they can count on me to know, go and show the way.

We reap what we sow.  We don’t want to focus on not being lazy or on not procrastinating.  You can’t claim your reward if you continue to cling to what you lack.  We want to focus on the positive virtue of being industrious.

And, I am not forgetting about the virtue of kindness.  I want to do multiple random acts of kindness each day.  People notice this.

I am elated to be a Servant Leader who knows, goes and shows the way, and because of this I am very wealthy for life.

I have come so far already.  Today I begin a new life.

It is definitely time to ‘Think and Grow Rich’.

Thomas Brooks

Week 19: Only One Day to Live

blog-i-will-live-this-day-as-if-it-is-my-lastI will live this day as if it is my last.  And what shall I do with this last precious day, which remains in my keeping?  First, I will seal up its container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand.  I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?   Can sand flow upward in the hourglass?  Will the sun rise where it sets and set where it rises?  Can I relive the errors of yesterday and right them?  Can I call back yesterday’s wounds and make them whole?  Can I become younger than yesterday?  Can I take back the evil that was spoken, the blows that were struck, the pain that was caused?  No.  Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

The preceding words of Og Mandino are in Scroll V in The Greatest Salesman in the World.  As my company is in the midst of an exciting national expansion, I must live each day with focus right now.  I cannot wallow in regret about yesterday’s missed opportunity, or a time in the past where I did not say the perfect thing in a presentation.   I am improving my skills and efficiency today to enable myself to take advantage of all of the opportunity on the table as we expand nationally and offer new mobile phone services in addition to energy.  It is a very exciting time.  I have everything I need to win right now.

I will avoid with fury the killers of time. Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith; fear I will dismember with confidence.  Where there are idle mouths I will listen not; where there are idle hands I will linger not; where there are idle bodies I will visit not.  Henceforth I know that to court idleness is to steal food, clothing, and warmth from those I love.  I am not a thief.  I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove my love and my greatness.

Growing continually in my network marketing skills gives me the confidence to reach out to people.  As my team sees the manifestation of my skills and confidence, they imitate me and bring more potential Associates to the table.  Our short company video does 97% percent of the work, and I have the ability to do the other 3% in terms of mitigating the false perception of risk in the mind of the prospect as he/she begins their own “Hero’s Journey“.  The battle cry is “Do It Now!”

If we are living each day like it is our last, will we not have kind words for our children?   Will we not have a loving embrace for our spouse or significant other?   Will we not be supportive of our friends and their dreams?  Will we not refrain from complaining?   In short, we would be industrious.  We would be thankful.  We would be kind.  We would make it the best and most meaningful day of our life if we knew it was our last day.

I am elated to be a Servant Leader who knows, goes and shows the way, and because of this I am very wealthy for life.

I have come so far already.  Today I begin a new life.

It is definitely time to ‘Think and Grow Rich’.

Thomas Brooks