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MKMMA Week 21 – The Magic of Thinking Big

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

This was one of the earliest self-development book I read, shortly after my initial introduction to Think and Grow Rich, thirty-some years ago. David J. Schwartz’ book was a bit fresher and more contemporary at that time (and on reflection, so was I) but the core concepts are still valid and are what has raised the book to the self help “classic” level.

I wasn’t familiar with Haanel at the time, but Schwartz clearly sought to re-interpret the concepts in The Master Key and Think and Grow Rich, as have most self development speakers and authors since then.

Perhaps this isn’t so much a case of trailing along on the skirts of the classic as it is a testament to the concepts presented by Haanel and others as being fundamental to who we are and how we work as humans. Many if not all of the thoughts expressed by Haanel are found in philosophies and teachings dating back to early Christianity, Judaism, the ancient Greeks and before. (And yet here we are, three, four thousand years later still trying to figure it and ourselves out.)

One of the concepts not so much introduced for the first time but emphasized in chapter 21 of The Master Key is that of thinking big thoughts. That large ideas tend to over shadow smaller ideas, both eliminating obstacles to our realizing our objectives. This goes back to and reinforces my observations of recent weeks, that focusing on trying to consciously figure out the “how to” in achieving our ideals stands in the way of realizing the larger ultimate goal.

There are times when I begin reading a new weekly chapter that I feel like the content is repeating ideas already introduced. Then I realize that yes, most or all of these ideas have been present in the teachings since the early chapters, but it’s our growth, our unfoldment that causes us to be ready to fully appreciate and internalize them as we grow.

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears” has a great deal of validity. We’re ready to apply concepts we’ve been exposed to all along once we’ve developed to the point that we can understand them.

I know that book is somewhere back in the far reaches of my bookshelves. Maybe it’s time to dig it out, blow off the dust and give it another look (if the ages don’t crumble!)

 

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MKMMA Week 18 – Attention Works – Be Careful!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The Master Key, 18-32: “The incentive of attention is interest; the greater the interest, the greater the attention; the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction; begin by paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest; this interest will attract more attention, and this attention will produce more interest, and so on.”

Hoo boy, isn’t that ever the truth!

One of the effects of this annual Auto Show project is that I get to see and be reacquainted with people I haven’t seen for a year. From the cadre of photographers – I’m one of several working on the project – the public relations people who are key to creating the social awareness of the show and all its events, to the show producers and convention center staff, we all come together from all over the country to make the event happen.

It’s difficult to effectively describe the intensity of the project to someone who hasn’t personally experienced it – everything is RIGHT NOW, half a dozen people always looking for the same things at the same time, always reacting to the ever-changing events of the moment rather than following an orderly plan (like the sudden appearance of the Vice President! This is the Washington, DC Auto Show, after all).

It is a high stress two weeks. The constant teamwork and aggravations, the intensity of emotions, rivals a group of people thrown together in some catastrophe or natural disaster.

It is a highly emotion-charged environment.

Many of the people working on the production have been together for the show as long as my 10-years there. Some are people I enjoy and look forward to seeing after a year’s absence. Some are – teachers – who remind me exactly where I am in my personal journey, and just how far I still have to go.

Those of us here in the MKMMA community have become accustomed to interacting with a group of like-minded people. Some are experiencing these concepts for the first time, others may have been exposed to and even believed we’ve studied them for a while. But we’re all discovering a new and deeper understanding and realization of who we are and what our potential is. We’re comfortable in this environment.

WE ARE NOT NORMAL!!!

This is good news and bad news. Good because we’re “super-normal”, beginning to discover and appreciate our potential and our journey through the world. Bad because when we leave this community and roam about in the “real world” we are constantly encountering those who haven’t quite come to this place yet. To put it mildly.

This applies to the auto show crew as well. Though a few are working on a higher level of awareness, if not consciously thinking in MKMMA terms and concepts, the majority are not.

Which means two weeks of constant bombardment of the “old blueprints”, those “other ideas”, in an environment filled with intense emotion. To avoid giving it attention is, put it mildly, challenging.

Ever been picked up by a tornado, spun around for two weeks and dropped unceremoniously into a tree top? If you have, consider yourself fortunate – you could be feeling like I felt at the end of the show!

Attention with intense emotion. I think we’re all familiar with that formula.

I did my best to keep up and focus on my exercises. While I rarely had time to check in to the community, and was only able to access the webinar replays and videos piecemeal in short windows of opportunity, I did manage for the most part to at least keep up with my daily readings (except for a few mid-day Ogs) despite total physical and emotional exhaustion at the end of the day.

That had an effect similar to trying to bail out the Titanic with a spoon. A soup spoon, perhaps, not a teaspoon – but still, a spoon. Things kinda got ahead of me.

It has literally taken most of this week in the aftermath to regain my pre-show equilibrium, to just get back to even. Just now am I ready to continue to move forward. I have some catching up to do, but at least the storm has passed.

Yes, the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction. And the more you try to avoid giving something attention, the more attention you give it. The formula works flawlessly – regardless of the quality of the thing or thought given attention.

Be careful out there.

 

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MKMMA Week 10 – I Persist

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

I have to admit, when I read Scroll Three of Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in The World for the first time this Sunday, I reacted with acceptance and the realization that this is a core value in success in anything – persistence, just doing it and keeping on doing it until you achieve the result you’re looking for.

I’d seen it written in a hundred different little inspirational quotes, and even repeated a few from time to time. So it was no surprise.

But it also awakened all those past apprehensions I’ve had that had been instrumental in keeping me from being where and who I wanted to be.

It read like a laundry list of all the little devils that had stopped me in the past.

Right from the very beginning – keep on going even if it hurts a little, go right back at it. Much easier to let that one go and try another.

All the way through to doing that one more thing – trying for one more at the end of the day, instead of going home at “quitting time”. Tomorrow’s another day, right?

I know they were all true and good points, but it meant really DOING the things I’d been saying I ought to do. Facing and overcoming all those demons.

But as I read the Scroll three times a day, and as I went through my daily activities, I found myself applying those little tasks – services, perhaps – a lot more easily that I had in the past. And as I DO them, I find a satisfaction that encourages me to continue to continue, and to do more.

When they become easier to do, they become a pleasure to perform, and when they’re a pleasure to perform, it’s our nature to perform them often.

So, as I do more and thus find myself willing to do more, I discovered that these past demons weren’t big scary monsters. Not even little ankle-biting gremlins. I’m finding that I don’t even view them as things to be apprehensive about at all. Just services to perform and perform again until I achieve the result I desire.

I’m not all the way there yet, but hey, it hasn’t even been a full week on Scroll Three.

Bit by bit, without consciously realizing it, the changes in me that I described in last week’s post continue to occur.

Huh, maybe there really is something to all this stuff …

I think I’ll just keep at it until I find out.

 

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MKMMA Week 9 – Metamorphosis

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

As we’re nearing the completion of week nine of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, the instructions in chapter nine have us visualizing the growth of a plant, from seed through development to  fully formed and flowering.

As we come to approximately the first third of the course, I’m realizing a metamorphosis in myself as well.

Not a showy, extravagant rags-to-riches overnight success extravaganza, but a quiet internal awareness that I am calmer, more peaceful, more at ease with my world.

When things need to be done, as they always do, I’m no longer as edgy with anticipation and concern. Certainly things need to happen, and they are happening, and I’m at ease knowing that they’re proceeding at just the right pace and in just the right direction.

I’m doing the work when there’s work to be done, and at full throttle, eagerly, tirelessly, and more and more, effortlessly. And when it’s time to rest I rest, peacefully, without the agitated feeling that I need to hurry to the “next thing”, to try to mentally create it.

I’m more focused on the results; not the outcome, but the results that the outcome will achieve. And rather than insisting on being “in control” and desperately concerned with designing the process, often a process I don’t currently know how to design, I accept each step and the path as it is revealed to me, comfortable and confident that each new step will be shown at the right time.

The more I experience receiving what I need when I need it, the more confident I am in focusing on the results and trusting that I will continue to receive what I need.

And because of this peace and confidence, rather than constantly worrying if this or this or that is the right thing to do, paralyzed by uncertainty into doing nothing, I take action instantly when the steps are revealed, eagerly and willingly because I’m confident that they are the right steps I need to take.

Realize this is only the beginning. I’m nowhere near the grand “there” yet, wherever “there” may be, if there really is an ultimate “there”. In fact I’m becoming more aware that “there” is actually here, now. And the more I appreciate each now and here as being the right place to be at this moment, the more I fully embrace that the process is the true “there”, that fully appreciating the experience is worth much more than arriving at the destination.

What’s really exciting is that this is week nine of twenty-six. We still have nearly two-thirds of the course to go. I have a feeling this is going to get really interesting …

 

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MKMMA Week 7 – Picture This

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

This week’s Friday MKMMA blog deadline finds me immersed in a work – a rework – in progress.

It seemed like a simple enough task. Week/Chapter 7 of Haanel’s Master Key System charges us to apply Visualization to our thoughts.

Well, this should be a gimme for me. I’m a flat out “Visual” on the VAK scale (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic).

Heck, I’m a photographer! I “see” the world in pictures all the time. I look at things and picture them in ways that make people say “dang, how’d you see THAT?”

I see things that aren’t even there!

Okay, that’s probably a topic for another story.

So Visualizing my DMP should be a no-brainer, right?

Well, yes. And no, not quite.

Maybe because I respond so strongly to visual images, this week it really became clear that as grand and lovely and emotional-sounding as my DMP was, the true, core feelings and emotions in me aren’t happening.

It’s written well. Lots of emotional sounding words. Lots of noble sounding thoughts. But it still isn’t igniting that burning fire that will cause me to push through any barrier to get to it.

As good as it reads, it’s still features and benefits, not the core emotions, not the true criteria.

So it’s more sitting. And walking. Not that I haven’t been sitting and walking before.

I’ve done plenty of sitting, looking for answers in its embryonic stages, working to come up with what seemed like just the right DMP.

Heck, it seems like there were days when the only time I wasn’t sitting was when I was laying down sleeping. I’m becoming the Forrest Gump of Sitting.

“Sit, Stu, Sit!”

And walking? Ha! I’m doing plenty of that. Why, if I stopped walking “in circles”, starting and coming back to my front door, and just set off walking in one direction, I’d probably realize one of my DMP goals of “Seeing the Entire World”, just walking to figure out this DMP thing.

“Walk, Stu, Walk!”

So I’ve decided to approach it quasi- Ben Franklin style, but with different column subjects. I’ve taken all the goals in my current DMP and listed them in the left column. Realizing that they’re mostly “features”. Then a center column, which lists the “benefit” of that feature.

And then, on the right is the true criteria column, the “what’s important about that” column. And in some cases maybe another column, “what’s really important about that?

I know how to do this in conversation. Time to look inside and have that conversation with myself, and get to the true core of what I really want, what it’s really all about.

So that’s where I am. It isn’t there yet. Won’t be tonight. Maybe not for a few nights. Like I said, a re-work, a work in progress.

But then again I guess that’s what we all really are, all the time.

I’ll get ‘er done. I’ll see it through, and create that true image. And when I do I’ll show you what it looks like.

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MKMMA Week 5 – We Are Our Own Creation

Friday, November 1st, 2013

“The mind … is largely the result of heredity …we are today the result of our past thinking, and we shall be what we are thinking of today”.

Charles Haanel, The Master Key System, part 5.

Last week I wrote that we receive what we ask for. This week I’m reminded that we always receive what we ask for. So be careful what you ask!

It was a reasonably good week, a bit unpredictable in spots again, but flowing well. Until something yesterday turned it all inside out.

I was out running errands, when the (seemingly inevitable) driver pulled out way too close in front of me. It’s become a constant in this overcrowded always in a hurry society here. I’ve begun to notice with appreciation and gratitude when it doesn’t happen.

I’m training myself to respond at least neutrally, but this offense seemed especially egregious, and my “instinctive” temper responded with foul thoughts and epithets.

Haanel writes of “our Own”, what we inherently are, the results or our past thinking.

Interesting how at a family get-together last month, seeing cousins for the first time in ten years, the conversation at some point went with humorous acknowledgement to our legendary “Estler Temper” shared by all.

So ingrained that we’ve named it, taken possession of it, and made it a viable entity all its own.

Clearly this tendency for swift response to a perceived wrong goes well back into past generations, as we all share it and recognize it independently of each other.

Such a deeply instilled characteristic is taking some effort to replace with a good habit.

Well, I suppose you can imagine how the rest of my day yesterday went.

Thinking with energy and emotion of the offense only brought on several more incidents of the same. Each time causing more of a funk, which reproduced itself as I thought about it and how to “get rid of it”.

You can’t eliminate anything by thinking about the thing. That which we think about grows; that which we ignore atrophies.

Spending the rest of the day thinking about how best to “not think about it” was, predictably, unproductive. I needed a positive though, a soul-encompassing feeling to fill my consciousness with.

 

Meanwhile …

Today is November 1st, and the first day of reading Scroll Two of The Greatest Salesman in the World.

Some may have anxiously peered ahead, curious for a glimpse of our future readings, but I was absolutely true to reading Scroll One and only Scroll One for the past thirty days. Did not look at one word of Scroll Two.

So you can perhaps imagine the elation and joy that overcame me when I read the first sentence this morning.

“I will greet this day with love in my heart.”

What a glorious surprise! The following lines of the Scroll compounded and grew those feelings, possibly with an intensity I would not have experienced if not for my encounter with “Funky Thursday”.

Our instructions are to read each Scroll three times daily, morning, mid-day and night. I’ve already read this one four or five times, once out loud, and it’s not even 4:00pm.

Love indeed “is the answer”.

We create as our reality whatever we think about. We must be a constant watchman of our thoughts.

I love you.

 

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MKMMA Week Four – Ask and You Shall Receive

Friday, October 25th, 2013

I feel like I’m writing this at the eleventh hour – just ahead of our Friday evening blog post target in our Master Key Master Mind Alliance program.

But that’s because all these pesky affirmations – intentions? – requests? – that we’re being taught to put into our minds and out to the universe have been bearing fruit this week, causing me to take action on what I’m receiving.

Which is an enlightened way of saying, it’s been a busy week!

Having read my little bio over on the right, you realize that one of my professions is that of professional photographer.

Well, over the past five years or so, the vibrancy of that business has been steadily declining. Naturally, by thinking about that all the time I had been asking for it to be more and more true. (Doooah! – Note to self: this stuff works both ways, all the time, no matter what I’m thinking. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR THOUGHTS!)

This is what caused me to realize that the profession of network marketing could be a good option for this new evolution of an economy. In fact, it’s clear that network marketing is the ideal business for today and the future.

So I’ve been thinking more lately about building my network marketing business, and not so much about photography. Not trying to eliminate thoughts of a fading photography business, just not thinking about it, thinking about something else.

And earlier this month I set a short term goal for my income for October, 2013.

Well, the network marketing income is continually growing nicely, but the Universe has a memory too. And this month it remembered “hey, aren’t you that guy that takes pictures?”

So early last week, about mid-month, reaching that goal looked kind of questionable. Then Wednesday I received a call from a client I had done one job for last year, who had a last minute project in Baltimore they needed shot. “Why, ehem, yes, yes I think I am available that day.”

Then this Wednesday morning, while getting ready to leave for that shoot,  I received a call from another “long lost” client. She just found out about a magazine submission and needed photos right away. Do I have any time this week?

“Well, let me see. Yes I think I can work that in on Friday.”

Result: within one week, from completely unanticipated sources, I am right on track to meet my October target.

I’d been trying to “help” the Universe by thinking up ways to do what I want to do. But she knows better.

“Just ask, and keep your eyes open, so you can see what I’m giving you.”

Just as we learn in the MKMMA, our ability to influence our reality with our thoughts is happening all around us, all the time, every day. I don’t just believe it, I KNOW it, I experience it daily, it is my life!

And yet every time I realize that it’s happened, it amazes me, it’s like Christmas morning every day.

Life really is a pretty great place to live.

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