Week 18 – Master Key 2018: The Hero’s Journey

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I was able to earn this free Mercedes-Benz – and the free vacations – because of all of the people who I have helped on their own “Hero’s Journey”.

The Hero’s Journey is an opportunity to rescue our authentic selves.  Your authentic self can be of true service to others (and yourself), after you complete your epic journey into the unknown.  What is the Hero’s Journey?  It is only the basic framework of almost every great story and myth in human history.

If we don’t open ourselves to anything new, our lives are governed and limited by precedent.  If we are unwilling to step into the unknown, our mind is reduced to a copy of a copy of someone else.  How boring!  But don’t think that you need to wait for courage to face the unknown.  No courage is required if you align yourself with service-driven purpose.  You want to have a purpose that is bigger than just yourself.

It is fun to be a “hero” or a “shero”!

As summarized by Joseph Campbell, the Hero’s Journey is basically:

After encountering a ‘herald’ who calls the hero to something better… “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow [gifts] on his fellow man.”

You want examples of the The Hero’s Journey?  How about Beowulf, Odysseus, Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, the paraplegic Marine in Avatar, and Neo in The Matrix.  From the Bible, there is Noah, Daniel and Gideon to name a few.

In our network marketing business, we can be the ‘herald’, inviting someone we know to address something that they deeply care about.

heros_journey-2016It could be that they want their children to not only graduate from college, but to walk across stage at graduation 100% debt free.  It could be they want extra income so a spouse can stay at home with the kids instead of warehousing them in daycare.  It could be that they want to retire 15 years early and have true time and financial freedom.   Our hero will encounter challenges, but we are there as mentors to help the new business partner.  With training, and focused effort, they can eventually enjoy the same amazing victory as the heroes described by Campbell.  And they can return to the tribe as a hero, bearing gifts (e.g. treasure).

Here are some more examples that you can apply to The Hero’s Journey that you will take:

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 17 – Master Key 2018: Reinvent Yourself on Demand

Chicago Launch - Jan 2018Let’s have some fun!  The greatest of the great reinvent themselves when needed to take advantage of new opportunities.

I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise.  I will no longer be fooled by the garments they wear for mine eyes are open. I will look beyond the cloth and I will not be deceived.

The above quote is from Og Mandino in The Greatest Salesman in the World.

If you have studied the book Think and Grow Rich, you are familiar with the formula for success:

Success =

DMP (Definite Major Purpose) + PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) + WPOA (Written Plan of Action) + MMA (Master Mind Alliance)

It is very easy to reinvent yourself.   Recently, we have focused on the virtue of kindness, and kindness manifested itself all over the place.  This week I am focused on the virtue of industriousness.

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

In other words, I am putting in the hard work.  (Hint:  It is easier when you enjoy your work.)

People are often caught up in measuring up to others.  And the result is that they are stranded in a place called “never enough”.   I have my own goals, and I don’t measure myself against others.

Nine words can help us move from “comparing” to creating.  The words are:

What did I do right?

What can I improve?

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 16 – Master Key 2018: Random Acts of Kindness

Dec 2017 - Ringing Out - BAt the St. Luke’s Hospital Transplant Center, they have a tradition.  After discharge when your transplant is complete, you get to “Ring Out” as you leave the hospital.  My wife got to ring the bell as she left with her new kidney on December 30th.

Not everyone may want to donate a kidney, but you can do a random act of kindness each day.  You can’t claim your reward, if you continue to cling to what you lack.  We reap what we sow, exactly.  For example, if you sow kindness, you will receive kindness.

We must entertain only desirable thoughts (e.g. success, servant leadership, kindness).  We must use only harmonious language.  The Law of Growth tells us this:

Law of Growth:  Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies. 

Knowledge does not apply itself.  Our actions are governed by habit.   This week I refocused on a developing habit, to do at least two kind deeds every day.   It was fun.  Early in the day, I found myself thinking of the goal and seeking to ‘Do It Now’ just to finish the task.  But once the daily requirement was met, I found it easy and fun to do more kind things for more people.

As we previously discovered through the MKMMA course from James Collins:

Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.

What an appropriate conscious choice for this week, kindness.  When you give more, you get more.  Sugar, not vinegar, is the better way to go.  From Og Mandino in The Greatest Salesman in The World:

I will increase my knowledge of mankind, myself, and the goods I sell, thus my sales will multiply. I will practice, and improve, and polish the words I utter to sell my goods, for this is the formulation on which I will build my career and never will I forget that many have attained great wealth and success with only one sales talk, delivered with excellence. Also will I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted.

Be a leader of a movement that inspires you.  Find something worth changing.  It is one of the most kind things you can do.  Check it out:

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 15 – Master Key 2018: Why Resolutions Fail and What to Do Instead

Stream Weekly BP - Dec 2017The majority of Americans drag themselves to a job they no longer like while they simultaneously worry about getting fired.  There is something different that you can build.  Start by watching a 4-minute video:  http://www.StreamBP.info

But my plan for time freedom and financial freedom is not a “resolution” I just created for the new year.

Don’t make “resolutions”, and don’t only think about your dreams on January 1st.   If you want something in any area of life, don’t think about anything else daily except the positive thing that you want.  Do not think about anything that you want to remove from your life.

For example, you cannot efficiently get rid of debt by thinking about… debt.

It is all about the Law of Growth.

Can you get out of debt by constantly thinking, ‘I need money, I am in huge debt’?  Not for long AND you are making it harder by thinking about ‘need’ and ‘debt’, actually growing the tendency to have situations that create more ‘need’ and ‘debt’.  You would want to focus on being wealthy for life, instead.

You can’t claim your reward, if you continue to cling to what you lack.  We reap what we sow, exactly.  We must entertain only desirable thoughts (e.g. success, servant leadership, kindness, wealth, health, etc.).  We must use only harmonious language.  The Law of Growth tells us this:

Law of Growth – Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies. 

You want to starve your shortcomings to death.   If Laura wants to lose weight, she should not think about “dieting”.  This is because she will keep ending up in a situation where she needs to “diet” over and over and over.  Instead, Laura should focus on the virtues of moderation, or true health.  Use the Law of Growth in your favor.

This month, I personally am focused on the virtues of industriousness, kindness and competitive greatness.

Awareness is the beginning of change.  If you want something, don’t think about anything else except what you want.

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 14 – Master Key 2018: Some Gifts Mean More Than Others

Family - Dec 2017Merry Christmas!   Happy Hanukkah!  Happy Kwanzaa!  Happy New Year!

This will be the last Christmas that I will be taller than my son.

This will be the last Christmas before my wife gets a wonderful hero — a living kidney donor.

As I begin 2018, the greatest lap around the sun of my entire life (so far), I carry no resentments from the past.  I have learned from my past, but the past will not hinder me.  I forgive everyone.  I ask for forgiveness from all.

I am the architect of my future self and the future reality for me and my family, and that wonderful future is pulling me forward into action.

I am reminded of the some of the words of Og Mandino in The Greatest Salesman in the World:

Thus a new and good habit is born, for when an act becomes easy through constant repetition it becomes a pleasure to perform and if it is a pleasure to perform it is man’s nature to perform it often. When I perform it often it becomes a habit and I become its slave and since it is a good habit this is my will.

What habits enable me to build a huge money-making team?   First, I set appointments daily by making calls and/or having conversations using skilled words I have learned from my mentor.  Secondly, I show the short company business plan video during those appointments.  Finally, I just collect a decision (Customer or Associate, it is their choice).   All I do is repeat those three steps.  It is simple.  Like a basketball player with a nearly unlimited daily supply of balls and no shot clock, I just keep shooting, with persistence.   And my shooting percentage increases monthly, which makes it a joy to take even more shots.

The more people I talk to, the more money I make.

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 13 – Master Key 2018: Would it Be OK if 2018 Was Better for You than 2017?

TS_08172016_0518_colorAs we enter 2018, remember that it actually takes far less energy to succeed than it does to fail.

W. Clement Stone taught, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Everyone wants to grow their business, but sometimes they neglect the main traction point of the business. For example, in networking marketing, we need to talk to people. That is the traction point.   And we want to do this in a skillful way that leaves the people asking us for more information as opposed to us pushing it on them.   If we don’t talk to people (the traction point) and we keep our business a secret, we won’t be able to help those people make money for themselves, and we won’t grow our own money-making teams.

In our Master Key Mastermind Alliance (MKMMA) class, we talked about that fact that it is really as simple as asking ourselves…..what am I going to do today to advance my business at the traction point?

Law of Growth:  Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.

And I found out through our MKMMA class about an amazing concept called Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning (NARC).  Animals can’t do it, but humans can.  We can associate both positive and negative feeling to anything.  It is our choice.  Think of food (feasting vs. fasting can both be good) as one example where we can apply NARC.   Think of sex (loving sex vs. abstinence can both be good) as another example where we can apply NARC.

Law of Dual Thought:   Thought is a combination of ideation and feeling. We can attach any feeling to a thought we want.

We can use this to our advantage to talk to people on a daily basis.   I choose to be happy and excited about talking to people.   I have the privilege of making what I now call “Million Dollar Presentations” every day.   After all, with my help and my expert mentoring, the next great person I talk to could be a super star leader in my business.  He or she could enable geometric growth for life for themselves, and for me also.  I choose to think of my phone as an ATM Machine for my business.  It is all about the idea that I individually choose to attach to the action.

Only humans can do something like this:  Attach pain to NOT talking to people about your business, and tossing our dreams in the trash if we choose that path.  Attach pleasure to making calls and accelerating the life we have imagined.  You must attach feeling on both sides for NARC to be truly effective.

I ecstatically make “Million Dollar Presentations” every 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

Week 12 – Master Key 2018: You Can Be What You Will To Be

Thomas and John Maxwell - Color - Aug 2016Would it be OK if your 2018 was better than your 2017?

Would it be OK if I showed you how?

You can be what you will to be, thanks to the Seven Laws of the Mind:

Law of Substitution:  We cannot think about two things at the same time. If a negative thought enters your mind, try to think about any positive thing or any fond memory.  

My comment:  Whenever I get a negative thought or have negative self-talk, I switch to saying this statement which gets me in a positive mindset and refocused on my business, “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.”

Law of Relaxation:  Mental effort defeats itself ~ exactly the opposite of physical effort. A relaxed, calm state of mind is the only doorway to progress mentally. Relaxation of thought is the only access to Infinite Intelligence.  

My comment:  Doing my meditative “sit” for 15 minutes a day.  Controlling my thoughts.   Progress is happening for me.

Law of Practice:   Practice makes perfect.  The 5Ps – Persistent Practice Produces Perfect Performance.

My comment:  We all know the importance of practice for anything that really matters.   Often, we just don’t do it because we have this (fake) ‘story’ that we are too busy.  Here’s a mantra that you can use now and in the new year:  “Do it now!”

Law of Forgiveness:  To access the Divine and connect the subconscious to the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Creator we must forgive everyone and anyone to clear the channel. There can be no connection to the Divine mind where anger or resentment against a brother or sister, justified or not, exists.

My comment:  Just let it go.   Who are you carrying that baggage for, anyway?   Please don’t carry any resentment or baggage into the new year.   Leave the past in the past if you want to create a new future.

Law of Dual Thought:   Thought is a combination of ideation and feeling. We can attach any feeling to a thought we want.

My comment:  For example, if you got a disappointing raise this year with your end-of-year performance review, you can simply use that as a reminder that your long-term priority is to build your own independent business.  After all, you may have already decided that by the end of next year your passive monthly income from your own business will enable you to leave your day job, anyway.   Now, it is a positive motivation for your long term future!  Another example might be when you attach love to the idea of helping others; you welcome obstacles and you can easily overcome the obstacles.

I Can Be What I Will To BeLaw of Subconscious:  As soon as the subconscious accepts the idea it becomes a demand and it works constantly, 24-7, to manifest demand, accessing a reservoir of infinite resources.

My comment:  Read the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  We learned the following in this Master Key course… “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?”  To change effects, you must change the cause.   And in this course we have already learned how to control the thoughts in our subconscious mind.

Law of Growth:  Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.

My comment:  I am thinking about my business.  I am taking daily action in terms of my business and I am enjoying success.  Intention governs attention.  I give my attention to the Definite Major Purposes (DMPs) of the folks on my team.  When I do that, their business grows, and my income grows as a result.  (If we ‘think’ we are struggling, the Law of Growth takes over, and we struggle.  If we think we are making progress every day, the Law of Growth takes over, and our progress accelerates.)

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