Week 19 – Procrastination I Destroy With Action

I Am The Captain Of My Soul - Procrastination

In Og Manino’s Scroll V he says, “Procrastination I destroy with action. Doubt I bury under faith. Fear I dismember with confidence. Where there are idle mouths I listen not. Where there are idle hands I linger not. Where there are idle bodies I visit not. Henceforth I know that to court idleness is to steal food clothing and warmth from those I love; I am not a thief. I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove my love and my greatness.” He emphasizes this and each phrase in this scroll with the statement, “I live this day as if it is my last.”

If each of us were to live every day this way, how much easier it would be a recognize and claim our hero’s journey. So, what stands in our way of recognizing and taking that leap of faith? I put to you that it is to become self-less or ego-less. Not that I did not understand it when we were taught about being kind and about the 7 Day Mental diet, rather I did not see it’s integration and dependency created into all that we are, do and have (or have not).

Procrastination is an effect and not a cause and as Haanel repeated refers back to our “Ideal” and the principles and their opposites, I see more clearly the need to create my own internal, law of substitution arsenal to defend my young and immature selfless self. If I don’t defend him, the old blueprint (the dragon) will surely cause him to cower in fear and self-doubt and shrink backing away for the precipice from which I must launch my leap into my hero’s journey.

So, my actions (the actions of a thinking man) are as follows:

  1. I added an additional card to my daily Blueprint Builder reading which contains the following:
    • Today I begin a new life
    • I greet this day with love in my heart
    • I am natures greatest miracle
    • I live this day as if it is my last…
    • I will add each new scroll’s key phrase as I progress through Mandino’s workbook
  2. I added the following cards to the top of my Gratitude deck
    • What would the wealthy, productive me do in this moment? (for when I stall and become indecisive thus giving me ammunition against the attack of procrastination)
    • What mental image or though generates makes me feel energetic and motivated to “Do It Now”?
    • What mental image or though generates makes me feel Brave, Confident and Committed to “Do It Now”?
  3. I also started a journal to capture the answers to the questions in #2 such that I can begin to create response cards to invoke the antidote to procrastination which is ACTION! I’ve merged this with my Reliving a moment each day activities and will build my armory such that no assault of the mundane or onslaught of the information overload so prevalent in our society today will be able to overcome me. Rather, “I fail not as the others, for in my hands I now hold the charts which guide me through perilous water to shore which only yesterday seemed but a dream…” “I persist and develop my skills as the mariner develops his, by learning to ride out the wrath of each storm. I persist until I succeed.”

These tools I now craft to add to my sextant and compass to ensure I follow these charts laid before me to the lands and life of my own minds eye; for I am the captain of my soul…


by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


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4 Replies to “Week 19 – Procrastination I Destroy With Action”

  1. I love the way you have integrated this week’s master key themes into a plan of action put on index cards, Bob! If you haven’t done so already, I’m sure folks in the alliance would also love to hear about what you’ve done. While reading your post I was reminded of a list of affirmation questions I put together a few years back. They were based upon the understanding provided by the book “The Secret Code of Success” by Noah St. John. I used to read about 20 of the 260 I created every day. Since it’s been sometime since I last did that, so I moseyed on over to take a look. With MKMMA under my belt, I immediately noticed and added flavor. Here are the first ones I read:
    2. Why is it becoming easier and easier for me to create myself rather than try to find myself?
    3. Why is it becoming easier and easier for me to ask the kind of questions that are able to elicit synergistic actions from the person with whom I’m speaking?
    4. Why is it becoming easier and easier for me to not just understand something, but actually live that understanding?
    5. Why is it becoming easier and easier for me to use the words that I say to create what I want, which is to move myself and the people I’m talking to into the realm of productive action?
    6. Why is it becoming easier and easier for me to decide exactly what I intend to accomplish?
    7. Why is it becoming easier and easier for me to define exactly what actions I need to take in order to achieve whatever might be my desired outcome?
    8. Why is it becoming easier and easier for me to pay the price needed to get what I want?
    9. Why is it becoming easier and easier for me to make course corrections when needed when going from point A to point B?
    10. Why is it becoming easier and easier for me to continue taking the required actions until my desired outcome is finally reached?

    1. Loren, I have similar affirmations which I have used in the past. Mine however, begin with the repetitious phrase “I Choose…” which very much is interwoven into all things in the Master Keys Mastermind course. As my sister-in-law would say, “you have a choice!”. This type of mindfulness is embedded in our last cards probed our intentions, “What would the person I intend to become do now”. This was the real spark and the genesis to this post. That along with the perceived overload of commitments I have made (my choices) and the anxiety that’s been building because of feeling untrue to my “I promise” statements as it has become “I promise too often” and “I promise too much” without thinking (it’s my people-pleaser helpful “blue” glue gene 🙂 ). Like the mariner, I simply keep a firm hand on the rudder and trim the sails…

      I actually wrote some other cards but, immediately upon reading them, I found I was rehearsing negative images about myself in my head when questioning using the terms lazy, cowardly. etc. Thankfully (I am grateful that…) Haanel showed the way to resolve that. It is quite simple actually. I took the negative contrast (my poor choice of words with negative connotations) and reversed the polarity! Now I have the “ideal” It took only two nights of the Sit to discover how simply we can have everything we want, including new character traits. I can picture in my head a directional switch on a ceiling fan. If it is cold in the winter and I want to get warmer, I simply reverse the rotation of the blades to pull that nice warm air down to where I and my family are living. In the summer reverse to stir up to cooler air and become more comfortable.

      The key to it all is the architecture of words and how we CHOOSE to say want we mean, and MEAN what we say! I promise is my commitment to follow-thru and is more valuable than any $15 million dollar presentation so I now envision treating them as such.

  2. Robert and Loren, what a pleasure to come and be part of your journey and wisdom. When I am part of someone adding to the world, I must appreciate your time and Love behind that what you do unselfishly. For me I Love the affirmations and the time spent using them. Applying that which is behind the words is what moves me to action..When Robert is saying the word Choose that is Action in a mental world first.. Most of what we face, we’ve been shown is Dual by nature and we need to Choose to plant good to harvest good in our lives.
    Bravo, to you both, We move in life to add to this incredible World, I’m so pleased to be with you on & in that journey.

    1. Robert, as always, you are too kind, thank you. I so very much enjoyed your post this week and your story of Ananda [https://masterkeyrea.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/week-19-so-many-things-touch-me/] I hope many in the Master Key Mastermind get the chance to read it! It was truly inspiring as to what our changing mindset does to the energy around us and the people we come into contact with.

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