Week 24 – Master Key 2018: Don’t Trust Those Feelings

Lillie Thomas Monica - Ignition 2017Today 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 2018: Expanding Our Comfort Zone

Hawaii 2017Sometimes 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, sadness is often 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 five 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 own 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 or queen.  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

Week 22 – Master Key 2018: Miracles Never Cease

Nikki - MercedesHere is my wife with our new Mercedes we earned with Stream.   HAPPY WIFE = HAPPY LIFE.

Recognizing greatness, or any virtue, in others creates greatness in you on demand.  You cannot recognize the virtue if the virtue was not already inside of you.

When we hear the word ‘miracle’ we usually think of something from ancient religious texts.

In our Master Key Master Mind Alliance (MKMMA) course we have learned to make the art and the act of recognition of miracles a daily habit.  But knowledge does not apply itself.   From Hannel’s Master Key System:

You may have all the wealth in Christendom, but unless you recognize it and make use of it, it will have no value; so with your spiritual wealth: unless you recognize it and use it, it will have no value. The one and only condition of spiritual power is use or recognition.

All great things come through recognition; the scepter of power is consciousness, and thought is its messenger, and this messenger is constantly molding the realities of the invisible world into the conditions and environments of your objective world.

Thinking is the true business of life, power is the result. You are at all times dealing with the magical power of thought and consciousness. What results can you expect so long as you remain oblivious to the power which has been placed within your control?

Often people feel trapped by fear, guilt, unworthiness, anger/sadness and hurt feelings.  Those feelings are used as ‘reasons’ for not taking the very 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.  Some miraculous advice from our coaches and guides:

When one of these resentments, or whatever causes you to “relive” an unpleasant experience in your life or maybe it’s just pops into your mind, imagine a dear loved one. Get that image in your head, feel the love and take a few deep breaths.

Now imagine the thing you have the resentment at and superimpose the image of the your loved one over the resentment. Use your very powerful imagination for your good. Merge these two things together and breathe deep. Now let go of the resentment part of the image and just feel the love you have for that dear, dear loved one. Just stay with that love for a few breaths and then bask in your own greatness for doing something so marvelous for yourself.

In other words, your conscious mind can only hold one thought at a time.   And YOU have the power to choose that thought.

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 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 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 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

Week 10 – Master Key 2018: Thankful to Pay It Forward

20150813_140420My adoptive mother Joan Brooks passed away in 2016, but she would have been 80 years old this past Thanksgiving weekend.  I am so fortunate that Joan gave her all as my mother.   She definitely paid it forward in terms of her love and care for me.  And I want to pay it forward for you, as you will see below.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

The words above are from Scroll III in Mandino’s book The Greatest Salesman in the World.  This passage really resonates with me as I help my network marketing team grow and succeed nationally.  I know that belief does not come from success.  Success actually comes from belief.  The correct order is BE, then DO, then HAVE.  Because of my belief, I am persistent.

Always will I take another step.  If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another.  In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.

Persistence, baby, in pursuit of perfection!

Henceforth, I will consider each day’s effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak. The first blow may cause not a tremor in the wood, nor the second, nor the third. Each blow, of itself, may be trifling, and seem of no consequence. Yet from childish swipes the oak will eventually tumble. So it will be with my efforts of today. I will be liken to the rain drop which washes away the mountain; the ant who devours a tiger… I will persist until I succeed.

pay-it-forwardTo achieve my Definite Major Purpose, it takes persistence.  I am creating a “Life by Design”, with a happy balance of work, play, workouts, and family.  I am proud to help people earn Free Energy and Free Wireless Phone Service, and also to help people make life-changing money to enable their own amazing realities.  I cheerfully share my opportunity – paying it forward – and create productive networkers by teaching them exactly what to say and do to be successful.  I continue to do this, regardless of how long it takes or how many times I am told, “No Thanks.”  I am persistent.

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win.  I will persist. I will win.

In summary, to have persistence and success, you will need:  (1) A definite major purpose (DMP) backed by a burning desire, (2) A written plan of action (WPOA) expressed in continuous action, (3) A positive mental attitude (PMA), with your mind closed to all negative thought, and (4) a Master Mind Alliance, such as the course I am in, or it can be communication with an individual with whom you are in total harmony.

This video may inspire you to persistently pay it forward:

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