“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

“Seek the silence frequently. Power comes from repose.”

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history.

"Imagination is stronger than knowledge.." Robert Fulghum

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ― Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts On Common Things

Week One – Familiar Routines

Familiar Routines and Habits

Familiar routines seem to be the basis for many successful people in business. Tom Corley, in his book titled “Change Your Habits, Change Your Life” says, “Most self-made millionaires don’t end up rich accidentally, Corley’s research finds. They make plans. His studies found that eighty percent of the wealthy are “obsessed with pursuing goals,” he writes. They refer to both daily and long-term goals regularly.

Og Mandino in his book The Greatest Salesman in the World admonishes us to replace our bad habits with good as that is the only pathway to success. Further, Charles F. Haanel in the Master Key System states in paragraph 2 of Part 1, “Mind is creative, and conditions, environment and all experiences in life are the result of our habitual or predominant mental attitude.”

It really is simple, thoughts become the things we think about inhabit both our mind, and the subconscious helps them materialize into our world. Henry Ford thought during his every waking and sleeping hour on his first car, how it was to be made and what problems he had to overcome to Familiar Routines - Elon Musk - SpaceXachieve his goal of bringing an inexpensive vehicle to the masses. Elon Musk via his companies Tesla and SpaceX is totally obsessed with, and generating products that push the edge of technology with each coming day.

So, we have contemporary evidence that Thinkers are Creators. Just as was posted on this blog earlier, Warren Buffett adheres to his familiar routines of reading, sitting and thinking to generate his ideas to advance his investments and accomplishments.

So, when you start thinking that Napoleon Hill, Emerson. Mandino or Haanel are a bit fruity, just look at what Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett or Elon Musk are doing today and silence your subby’s disbelief! The Secret is no secret, there are just many disbelievers who fail to put forth the hard mental effort to develop good daily Routines or “Habits” to replace their bad ones and thus move nearer to their goals while avoiding the habit of failure.

I Insist On A Lot Of Time Being Spent, Almost Every Day, To Just Sit And Think.

Just Sit And Think - Warren Buffett

“I Insist On A Lot Of Time Being Spent, Almost Every Day, To Just Sit And Think. That Is Very Uncommon In American Business. I Read And Think. So I Do More Reading And Thinking, And Make Less Impulse Decisions Than Most People In Business. I Do It Because I Like This Kind Of Life.” ― Warren Buffett #quote

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/756.Warren_Buffett

Tired of missing your target? 3 Easy ways to Focus…

Focus - Trim The Sails

What is your current aim or focus? We’ve all had the experience of setting goals, getting distracted, losing focus and missing our targets. How is it that others seem to be able to find their way to seemingly be always “in the zone” and on target? Like an illusionist, it is not as it seems…

Achieving focus is like sailing…

one must always be monitoring the current tact,  trimming the sails and adjusting the rudder to point the point of the bow back toward the goal. Guided missiles work on this same principal. They have an internal guidance system combined with a gyroscope that gives them a stable reference to measure, determine the adjustments necessary and modify their course to achieve their purpose.

Here are some ideas to get the focus back and maintain it…

Here’s a snippet from Entrpreneur.com titled How to Stay Focused: Train Your Brain

Our brains are finely attuned to distraction, so today’s digital environment makes it especially hard to focus. “Distractions signal that something has changed,” says David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work (HarperCollins, 2009). “A distraction is an alert  says, ‘Orient your attention here now; this could be dangerous.'” The brain’s reaction is automatic and virtually unstoppable.

So, like the sailboat and missile we spoke of before, our brains trigger on changes in our environment and we must make decisions based on subby’s (the subconscious) reactionary call to action!

Try these three tips to help you become more focused and productive:

1) Do creative work first…

Typically, we do mindless work first and build up to the toughest tasks. That drains your energy and lowers your focus. “An hour into doing your work, you’ve got a lot less capacity than (at the beginning),” Rock says. “Every decision we make tires the brain.”

In order to focus effectively, reverse the order. Check off the tasks that require creativity or concentration first thing in the morning, and then move on to easier work, like deleting emails or scheduling meetings, later in the day.

via How to Train Your Brain to Stay Focused – entrepreneur.com

So, one trick is to shift focus on creative tasks from the start. Now let’s look at another tip from deepexistence.com

2) Drop worry and guilt, pick up courage…

It might be surprising to see dropping worry and guilt as the number one step to getting focused, but you’ll find this intuitive when you consider your experience. Guilt and worry freeze us because they “take over” the mind. They must leave because focus requires our full mental arsenal.

via How To Get Focused Anywhere In 5 Minutes – Deep Existence

3) Reduce or eliminate distractions…

Now let’s wrap it up with actual steps in their entirety from http://liveyourlegend.net/ (What a fitting site name right!).

This morning I woke up, brewed some Yerba Mate, caught a glorious rooftop sunrise and proceeded to get more done before breakfast than I had in the past 4 working days combined.

How about you? How many important things did you get done last week? I mean the things that actually got you closer to your biggest goals and dreams.

Take a minute to think about it and write a couple down. How many did you come up with?

For many the answer is few if any at all. Why?

In a word: Distraction.

Lack of focus is the most common killer of making things happen.

In the last 10+ years there’s been an unconscious shift from encouraging focus to condemning it. It’s happening without us knowing and we’re all likely victims. As soon as multitasking became possible and encouraged, our focus died.

Mine certainly did.

We have to fight our very best fight to get it back.

Leo Babauta is leading the charge with his book Focus, which is more than worth the read. I hit up a sweet barefoot run with Leo last week where he filled me in on some of the good stuff. Unbelievably powerful.

Without focus we are headed for disaster and the consequences are as dangerous as they come.

What’s the biggest risk of losing our focus? Wasting our time and living a meaningless life.

The solution is to simplify. Get back to the basics of doing the important.

via 11 Steps to Insane Focus: Do More of What Matters | Live …


So, there you have it, a killer set of thoughts and insights as to how you can bring focus and productivity back into your day. The actions are easy if you really take them as individual tasks. We all know, it is the 67 days of forced HABIT installation where the difficulty lies.

Those who have been through the Master Key Experience know this path well. We have focused on what we really want, found the core emotions that will infuse our every cell with the urgency to make forward progress every day and spent 6 months in a Master Mind Alliance to install the HABITS that help us maintain focus.

If you too lack focus, pick one task that will make the most difference in your life and get to installing it. Take for example a positive attitude capable of handling all those little things that maybe push you over the edge right now.

I challenge you to Download the Free 7 Days To A New Life pdf. read it and try to keep your life free from those emotional outburst that distract you from your goals. It’s a goal worthy of the effort believe me. I still go back to this challenge regularly to improve my outlook and ability to bring the positive not only to my own life but, to those around me as well. I am the light on a hill shining and hopeful guiding those who come after me toward the truth…

Success In Life Is Being True To Yourself

Golden Buddha

Success in life starts with finding our who you are…

What do need as achievements for you consider to yourself a success in life? I’ve been contemplating that more frequently as I’ve crossed into the over 50 group. The standard question comes to mind of “who am I really?” I’m not my work (as has been my primary focus which often subsumes alloted hours daily), not what others think I am but, who I have always longed to be, what brings me happiness?

Regardless of whether I am that person or not at this time, this is the drive that will power the rest of my life and leave a legacy for others to build upon. If you have been thinking similarly, I’ve got a secret to share… if you have a burning desire to be something other than what you are right now (and all  of us do!), then it stands to reason, the power that be afforded you the capability to succeed at being that person. What a relief right !

In our society, we often have others tell us so frequently their cynical perspective that we begin to believe and project their story onto our own. Worse still, as in the story of the Golden Buddha from the movie Finding Joe, we get covered in a layer of cement that obscures our innermost desires and dreams that bring joy and fulfillment, success to our life.

The Master Key Experience has helped me start this process of defining my success in full alignment with my inner drives and desires. Subscribe to the right and I’ll send you a downloadable pdf “7 Days to a New Life”. The exercise within its pages will help you start chipping away the clay and cement that hides the successful life you really want to achieve.

Success In LifeBetter still, I’ll share with you some of the things I’ve learned and introduce you to the themes and tools the Master Key Master Mind Alliance gave me to start my quest; my hero’s journey and how to be a success in life. Once your begin to seek the truth, and disover the gold within your Golden Buddha, nothing else will satisfy you. The choice is yours to bring lasting success or continue on the path you are currently on…

 

Transform Your Self Confidence With Positive Thinking

Self Confidence

The Search for Self Confidence

Self confidence exercises combined with positive thinking queues from within the Master Key Master Mind Alliance training has been a great start to my new life as a self-direct conscious being. I know that sounds a bit odd but, let share with you what I mean.

Most people on this planet walk around, going through their daily grind asleep; yes, nearly on autopilot and certainly without recognizing most of what they are doing. More importantly, many live a life of “quiet desperation” talking to themselves in the most derogatory terms that they would never use with a loved one, their favorite pet or even most strangers. It would be clearly recognized as rude, anti-social and likely not be tolerated. Yet, we call ourselves names, curse, threaten and degrade our performance on a regular basis.

What You Think Of Yourself Is Much More Important Than What Other People Think Of You. ~ Seneca

Self-confidence is obviously a fantasy… Given the 24-7 onslaught from none other than, you guessed it, YOU!

If you are not a part of this self-flagellating crowd, I am happy beyond words for you and for those around you as they flock to see what makes you tick, and observe in hopes that some of that self-assurance (likely seen as bravado) will rub off on them and they too can enjoy the glow that eliminates from that light from within.

 

For the rest of you, you probably have tried a multitude of course, books, yoga, meditation, scriptures and maybe even spent thousands on a weekend retreat or two with some guru who said he or she had the path to discover your purpose and align yourself with your inner being. Guess what… the moment you left that nurturing environment, you crumpled under your own criticisms. Am I right? Take solace in the fact that you are most certainly not alone!

5 Daily Habits

Here are 5 self confidence solutions you can try today, and continue as a daily habit to build your confidence like putting one foot in front of the other…

  1. Reflect on a wonderful moment from the past 24 hrs. You will be amazed at how you will begin to find more and more of them to fill your mind with self confidence that, in fact, your life is not going to hell in a handbasket or better still you’ll find little successes that lead to greater ones over time.
  2. Write down 3 things you are grateful for in your life or that you have accomplished. These can be little things like your husband rinsed his dish before putting it into the dishwasher, your son or daughter asked for your help in doing their homework or practicing shooting hoops. For me, I tend to see the wonder in nature and am grateful every morning for some fantastic songbird greeting me as I rise to a new day.
  3. Do something physical, exercise a bit. It doesn’t need to be hitting the gym for a full on session it can be as simple as walking up the stairs in your house and then down and up again. Just something the you can take satisfaction in that you accomplished again for you.
  4. Now, find someone for whom you can perform any simple and random act of kindness for. Smile at someone; who knows, you may be the warmth that turns a cold day into blissful sunshine for another. Hug your kids longer before they leave for school. Maybe a bit longer of a welcome home kiss for your wife or husband (or boyfriend/girlfriend). If you can find a way to do something without them knowing it was you, it is even better. It’s good to have secrets related to doing things for others and not getting credit for it. Karma pays dividends in so many ways…
  5. Last but, my favorite, take time to sit and think in a quiet place all to your self. In the book The Master Key System by Charles F Haanel, Part 12-25 he says, “The intention governs the attention. Power comes from repose.” In the Master Mind we call this time our “Sacred Sit”, the last thing we do before going to bed so our mind is clear and focused ready for a night of rest and open for intuition. You would be amazed at what a little alone thinking time will do to build your inner strength. Push back on the pressures and just settle into clear and focused thought on asking for the answers you need to live your life in balance and on purpose.

These 5 daily habits (yes, you must do them long enough to become habits) will boost your self confidence and increase positive thinking in subtle and small ways until one day, you come to recognize the simplicity of it all.

This is how is was for me. Going through the Master Key Master Mind Alliance course, over 6 months of 3 times a day tasks, exercises and remoulding my mental blueprint has set me on the road I have been searching for most of my adult life.

Challenges seem smaller, partnership failures shrink to their proportionate size and the richness of my simple life, nature and close relationships expand to make me so grateful I am alive and making progress towards my goals.

As Seneca once said,

It’s Not Because Things Are Difficult That We Dare Not Venture. It’s Because We Dare Not Venture That They Are Difficult.

The lack of self-confidence;

Fear is a Tourniquet on Thought ~ Mark Vitor Hansen

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fantasy, Visualization and Meditation

Fantasy And Visualization

Fantasy is a form of visualization, meditation and positive thinking.

Visualization helped all of us when we were children as we spent a good portion of our time thinking on what we wanted without limitation. As we grew older, people and institutions in our lives and societal norms stripped many of us of this pleasurable and valuable skill. Next time you are with a child, take the time and effort to observe how they respond to their world with faith that all will work to their betterment. They never question their ability to have what they want and derive pleasure from.

We all yearn to have those skills to support us in creating the lives we picture for ourselves and our families. The movie called “The Secret” was all about the using visualization to manifest (i.e. activate the “Law of Attraction”) our personal desires. It was such a driving desire of many that the movie benefited to the tune of $65 million in direct box office sales. That’s a lot of repressed desire to find the skills of the “inner child” wouldn’t you say? The Master Keys through the MKMMA teaches many of these skills to those who commit and persistent.

So who in our society have been able to maintain their childlike abilities to envision and go after their desires? If you notice, those who are the more creative “right brain” thinkers (musicians, artist and entrepreneurs), seem to understand this and embed the instructions, nearly in code, in lyrics, images, visionary stories of creating new products or services and in movie scripts. For example, the video above of the Earth Wind and Fire’s song  entitled Fantasy. Read the lyrics while listening to it and decide if it does not pull at something in your heart that makes you believe in you… My fallback is always to music such as this magical piece. Music has been such a large part of my early years and still carries the emotional charge I need to power my affirmations and positive thoughts on a daily basis.

You too have a particular “tone” like a tuning fork of a particular size, certain songs infuse power into your dreams and inspire you with their lyrics. I recommend finding these harmonious musical gifts and keep them available for those days when you need more energy, more persistence to go after your fantasies.

Back in Scroll VI of Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman in the World, we were taught how to master our emotions. Remember… “If I feel depressed, I Sing”? As just such a tool, I have created my own playlist of Youtube videos to energize me when I need that kick in the butt to “plunge ahead”.

Excerpt from Scroll VI

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 inferior, I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain, I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty, I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent, I will remember past success.
If I feel insignificant, I will remember my goals.

So, how perfect is it that this last line says “If I feel insignificant, I will remember my Goals.” This leads me back to visualization and object of our desire. I am becoming more childlike (I’m sure my wife would agree) in this respect and pick away the cement layered on my years of societies training, manners and constraints of externally imposed duty. The golden Buddha that lies beneath is my goal to expose and share; my authentic vision of who I am, what value I bring to every relationship and to every venture.

I am a self-direct human being with dreams and aspirations destined to leave a legacy of thoughts and shared experience to benefit all who are in tune with them or have resonance and alignment with the way they experience this world. Hopefully, if these words strike a familiar tune for you, you will share this with others who may also think, dream and fantasize as I do of a life of continuous development and self-improvement.

Fantasy ~ Earth Wind and Fire

Every man has a place
In his heart there’s a space
And the world can’t erase his fantasies
Take a ride in the sky
On our ship, fantasize
All your dreams will come true right away

And we will live together
Until the twelfth of never
Our voices will ring forever, as one

Every thought is a dream
Rushing by in a stream
Bringing life to the kingdom of doing
Take a ride in the sky
On our ship, fantasize
All your dreams will come true miles away

Our voices will ring together
Until the twelfth of never
We all will live love forever, as one

Come to see victory
In a land called fantasy
Loving life, a new degree
Bring your mind to everlasting liberty

As one, come to see victory
In a land called fantasy
Loving life for you and me
To behold, to your soul is ecstasy

You will find other kind
That has been in search of you
Many lives has brought you to
Recognize, it’s your life now in review

And as you stay for the play
Fantasy has in store for you
A glowing light will see you through
It’s your day, shining day
All your dreams come true

As you glide in your stride
With the wind as you fly away
Give a smile from your lips and say
I’m free, yes I’m free, now I’m on my way

Come to see victory
In a land called fantasy
Loving life for you and me
To behold, to your soul is ecstasy

You will find other kind
That has been in search of you
Many lives has brought you to
Recognize, it’s your life now in review