Week 26 – Master Key 2017: Think and Grow Rich

TS_08172016_0518_sepiaOur Master Key Mastermind Alliance (MKMMA) course has been amazing.  As we wrap up this year’s course, I am taking inspiration from some words from leadership guru John Maxwell:

Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.

And also:

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

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These days I always ask myself, “What would the person I intend to become do next?”

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 25 – Master Key 2017: World Down Syndrome Day 2017

Kendall - Birthday - March 2017We just celebrated our daughter’s birthday.  It is wonderful to watch her grow.

And this coming week we are observing World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) on March 21st. This year the theme “My Voice, My Community” focuses on enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence government policy and action, to be fully included in the community.  It is a great opportunity to do random acts of kindness, as we have worked on in this MKMMA course.

Working with a global network, the campaign will:

Explain why it is important for people with Down syndrome and their advocates to speak up and influence local, national, regional and international policy makers.

Explain what the key policies are which affect the lives of people with Down syndrome and how they can ensure full society inclusion if implemented.

Explain how to empower people with Down syndrome (and those supporting them) to advocate for themselves and provide accessible tools to facilitate this.

Don’t Forget the ‘Rock Your Socks’ Campaign

We will be doing the rock your socks photo campaign through the help of social media.   We have asked people to show their support in their own little way by clicking a picture of themselves wearing a pair of different colored socks with a hashtags #wdsd17 or #MyVoiceMyCommunity.

WDSD-SocksThe reason for the different colored socks is to prove that though they are different, the socks serve the same purpose.  And just like the socks, though people are different, we all deserve to be treated equally with love, respect and dignity.   In other words, wear something like the mismatching socks that people will ask you about, so you can tell them about WDSD.

My daughter has a diagnosis of Down syndrome.   She is wonderful and she is a big inspiration for almost everything I do.

These days I always ask myself, “What would the person I intend to become do next?”

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 24 – Master Key 2017: Feelings

by Christian Del Rosario

Today I will be master of my emotions.  It is one of nature’s tricks, little understood, that each day I awaken with moods that have changed from yesterday. Yesterday’s joy will become today’s sadness; yet today’s sadness will grow into tomorrow’s joy. Inside me is a wheel, constantly turning from sadness to joy, from exultation to depression, from happiness to melancholy. Like the flowers, today’s full bloom of joy will fade and wither into despondency, yet I will remember that as today’s dead flower carries the seed of tomorrow’s bloom so, too, does today’s sadness carry the seed of tomorrow’s joy.

The words above are from Scroll VI in Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World.  My takeaway from this Scroll is that we can’t trust our “feelings” – when it comes to taking action on the tasks to accomplish our goals.

Let’s say you are committed to making $100K per year in your business.  To achieve that, you decide that you need to actually talk to at least 20 potential customers or business partners each week, or roughly four per day.  Assume that you have to, on average, make 10 “dials” (not everyone is going to answer the phone) to reach the four people per day.  Some days you are tired, so you may not “feel” like making the 10 “dials”.  Some days you are busy, so you may not “feel” like making the 10 “dials”.  Some days you are sad, so you may not “feel” like making the 10 “dials”.  Some days you are fearful, so you may not “feel” like making the 10 “dials”.

It doesn’t matter how you “feel”.  What matters is what you are committed to achieving!

Ignite-The-Greatest-Salesman-in-the-WorldIn fact, if you let your ACTIONS lead your feelings, you will get the task done, and then you will “feel” better in the end.   More from Og Mandino:

Today I will be master of my emotions.  And how will I master these emotions so that each day will be productive?  For unless my mood is right the day will be a failure. Trees and plants depend on the weather to flourish but I make my own weather, yea I transport it with me. If I bring rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism to my customers then they will react with rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism and they will purchase naught. If I bring joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter to my customers they will react with joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter and my weather will produce a harvest of sales and a granary of gold for me.

And how will I master my emotions so that every day is a happy day, and a productive one? I will learn this secret of the ages: Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts. Each day, when I awake, I will follow this plan of battle before I am captured by the forces of sadness, self-pity and failure.   If I feel depressed, I will sing.  If I feel sad, I will laugh.  If I feel ill, I will double my labor.   If I feel fear, I will plunge ahead.   If I feel uncertain, I will raise my voice.  If I feel insignificant, I will remember my goals.

Strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.  Knowing these things, we now have a choice.

From this moment I am prepared to control whatever personality awakes in me each day. I will master my moods through positive action and when I master my moods, I will control my destiny.  Today I control my destiny, and my destiny is to become the greatest salesman in the world!  I will become master of myself. I will become great.

These days I always ask myself, “What would the person I intend to become do next?”

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 23 – Master Key 2017: Welcome to the Comfort Zone

blog-Park-City-skiSometimes we are told to just “step out of our Comfort Zone” to achieve success.  In reality, that doesn’t really work.  A more realistic view is to EXPAND our Comfort Zone, day-by-day and inch-by-inch.

Most people choose comfort over perceived risk.  We are then left with the life we currently have, and for many people that is not pretty.  The “Comfort Zone” will control us until we choose to control it.

Our MKMMA course is really thought provoking.  Here are the components (the walls) of the Comfort Zone that often constrain us.  Imagine they are trapping you inside a 5-sided fence:

  1. Fear
  2. Guilt
  3. Unworthiness
  4. Hurt Feelings
  5. Anger (sadness is related, pretty much sadness is just anger turned inward)

Remember, you and your DNA have survived the ages.  You have the genetic make-up to improve.

When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.

blog-Comfort-ZoneThese 5 constraints that keep us in the “Comfort Zone” are actually the tools to use to manifest your new blueprint (using the Law of Dual Thought), and achieve your major goals.  We are now using these tools to change; it is challenging mental labor.  Let’s address each of them.

Fear is a tool that can be positive.  It gives us enormous amounts of energy.  The first step is to remember gratitude; we should be grateful for fear.  When you are really fearful, your concentration is intense.  All distractions are eliminated.  Fear converts thoughts into actions.  Fear gives us the energy and focus to do our best.  We let go of things that are not important.  Imagine being able to summon that state of mind and being able to direct it at our major goals.

Hurt Feelings can be a positive tool.  Acknowledge that you must actually care if you have hurt feelings.   For example, let’s say you want to use a Network Marketing business to get financial freedom, or for your kids to go across the stage at college graduation 100% debt free.   If you get a “NO” from a potential recruit, remind yourself that you only have hurt feelings because you deeply care about your kids walking across stage at college graduation 100% debt free.   Use the Law of Substitution.  Be grateful for the occasional rejections to remind you how much you care.  You can also use the Law of Substitution to remind yourself that your friends are not rejecting you; they just don’t see your Network Marketing business as a match for their needs for right now.   We can still love our friends, and we can still focus on our business success.

Anger can be a positive tool.  Anger is actually energy, and by the way, sadness is actually anger turned inward.   Use the Laws of Substitution and Dual Thought.  Normally, people can only hold a thought for an average of 6 seconds.  When you are angry, notice the energy and the sustained focus.  You can use the anger toward your major goals, instead of a reason to stop.  There is an old quote from hundreds of years ago, that Frank Sinatra later made famous, “The best revenge is living well.”  If you are angry, get yours by taking positive action and being successful.

Guilt can be a positive tool.  When you feel guilty about not completing some task to advance our major goals, we should feel good.  It means that we know what to do, and that we have the skills and ability to do it.  Ask yourself, “What am I in fear of?”   Emerson taught that if we do the thing we fear, the death of fear is certain.  You already know from the previous paragraphs how to deal with fear.  Let go of the need to be right (or wrong).  Don’t berate yourself or judge yourself, remember you are Nature’s Greatest Miracle.  Don’t beat up yourself for your mistakes.   When you do bad things, it does not make you a bad person.  Guilt is a confirmation of your goodness.

Feeling Unworthy can be a positive tool.  You actually are worthy, so you can have anything you want.  You just can’t have everything at the same time!  You are no longer a child who wants to be a cowboy, pro athlete, school teacher, astronaut, fireman and king.  You must choose!  The things you want have a price and they take time.  Do you want to be a network marketing top earner, parent of the year, caregiver for your elderly parents, community leader, youth soccer coach, a triathlete, AND a leader in your local religious congregation?  Don’t overfill your plate, which leads to no results and eventually feeling unworthy.  Have the humility to choose your priorities, and then be committed to your choice.

Make a choice to use these five things as positive tools, instead of things to hold you back.  It takes determination and practice.  You want to EXPAND your Comfort Zone, day-by-day, just a few inches at a time.  Soon you will be accomplishing your major goals.

Another Quote:  The purpose of life is to discover your gift.  The work of life is to develop it.  The meaning of life is to give your gift away.

These days I always ask myself, “What would the person I intend to become do next?”

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