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…

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Responsibility and the Law of Least Effort

Power Comes In The Moment You Take Responsibility

Responsibility is tightly linked to accountability in our culture and brings to mind duty, commitments and perhaps guilt. This is not the type of responsibility Deepak Chopra is speaking of when he shares the Law of Least Effort with us. The secret in the Law is that we spend copious amounts of energy gyrating through our mind all that we should have done or all that we must or should do. According to this Law, this is all wasted energy better spent on the here and now, the present.

Unlike many of our mammalian co-inhabitants of this planet, we can choose how we respond to a particular stimulus. Let’s say we are driving to work; traffic is heavy and someone cuts us off nearly causing an accident. We have a myriad of things we can choose to do, yell and curse at them, bang on the steering wheel or raise our eyes and thank the powers that be that you noticed the danger and that you are now safely continuing on your commute home to see those you love. My wife calls this the “Glad Game” and it works quite well once it becomes a habit.

My point is this, we are “able” to “respond” how we wish and train our mind to habitually be flexible using the least amount of energy. Humans are Response-Able.

Accountability, another type of Law closely related in my mind to the Law of Karma, is the world without caused by our responses and actions. So, if in the traffic situation, you sped up to chase this jerk who cut you off and subsequently were seen by a cop and ticketed for your response, that would be accountability. Yes, Virginia, there really are Laws keeping the entire Universe in balance.  I’m not referring to man’s laws rather to the greater Laws that effortlessly keep our world as it should be. Notice how there are many laws without a single congressman or congresswoman in sight… little joke there 🙂 . Understand, these Universal Laws do not always act on our preferred timeline but, they do have their impact to be certain.

This leads me to my next point and the growing relief I feel due to Dr Chopra’s help in focusing me on this moment. The past is gone with it’s opportunities to accomplish tasks, the future may never arrive and the circumstances of future moments are unknown. The only moment that has value is this moment. The key to living my purpose and remaining in balance with the Universe is to live in the present moment. Below is the Law of Least Effort… read it slowly and imagine you responding differently to the “problems” that already occurred today in your life. Now reverse the clock and see yourself in those very moments when you could have chosen a different response and been lighter and happier for that choice.

I will put the Law of Least Effort into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:

1. I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were.

2. Having accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.

3. Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.

~ Deepak Chopra

Now, LISTEN TO ME, you can do that in every present moment and build the Life You Choose. Here is the Magic!!! As we have been taught before in our MKMMA course, take the mentality that “I Live This Day As If It Is My Last”. Sound familiar? Here and now, would you make different choices? Then, Do IT NOW!! and Live the Life You Were Born To Live… Take Responsibility! A life of least effort, struggle and strain against the past or anxiety for the future. You only control your thoughts and choices in This Moment. Your life is made of single moments added on upon they other so, the only way to look back and become pleased with the life you have lead, the lives you have touched and change you have supported is to Do It Now, in this moment and release the burden of anything outside of that area of your influence.

Peace be the Journey…

 

 

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Week 24 – Somewhere Along the Road of A Hero’s Journey

Somewhere Along The Road - A Hero's Journey

 

Somewhere along my road of a Hero’s Journey, I’ve found the ability to enjoy the moment. Mark, Davene and the rest of the MKMMA support team just finished the 24th week of the Master Key Experience. The memories streamed through my head as I listened to the stories of my fellow travelers Ann and Hong Mai. There has been so much growth and personal discoveries. Simply amazing! Towards the end of the webinar, this song by Dan Fogelberg came to mind so I thought I would share it with you all.

Enjoy…

Along The Road ~ Dan Fogelberg

Joy at the start
Fear in the journey
Joy in the coming home
A part of the heart
Gets lost in the learning
Somewhere along the road.

Along the road
Your path may wander
A pilgrim’s faith may fail
Absence makes the heart grow stronger
Darkness obscures the trail.

Cursing the quest
Courting disaster
Measureless nights forebode
Moments of rest
Glimpses of laughter
Are treasured along the road.

Along the road
Your steps may tumble
Your thoughts may start to stray
But through it all a heart held humble
Levels and lights your way.

Joy at the start
Fear in the journey
Joy in the coming home
A part of the heart
Gets lost in the learning
Somewhere along the road
Somewhere along the road
Somewhere along the road.

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Week 23A – Boundaries, You Might Be A Mini-Me

Healthy boundaries are, or rather have been an enigma to me. I’m risk here and be absolutely transparent like tissue paper… I have weak boundaries. I feel like I’m at the lectern in an AA meeting, and just as sober as though I’m a regular.

As Teal Swan shares in this video called “I Can Have Me and I Can Have You Too”, I tend to “cave” and let my boundaries be broken and disregarded. The MKMMA experience is helping me become a much better observer of my existing blueprint in this respect. I have 50+ years of programming to break down so it takes every day being conscious and observant to ferret out these tendencies, and expose them like film lying in the activating chemicals that bring the images to life.

In our Silence exercise, I was amazed that I spent much of my time contending with “monkey mind”. That state of thought described as running around in your head being unable to concentrate and focus on one thing. This week, in combination with the emotional exercises, I came to recognize that the list of things that drove me nearly crazy were all lists of duties and commitments to other people (many of which violated my boundaries). These are old counter-productive habits, that need to be eradicated.  Their extinction will bring me more health and an Acceptance/Defenselessness attitude to be more in alignment with the Law of Least Effort.

This last week with Scroll VI I’ll be watching to see why I might feel Sad, or Depressed of worst of all because it is the “opposite of money consciousness” as Haanel puts it. I know I have the tools to change it but, driving to the root and learning how to proactively build a new blueprint that supports my emotional system is where I want to be. More than anything, I want to be a solid, assertive and well-balance individual, capable of being alone all the while happy to be a part of the larger Universal plan as well. Is this not fulfilling my purpose? I am coming to realize that “Money has no value except to bring about the conditions we desire, and these conditions are necessarily harmonious. Harmonious conditions necessitate sufficient supply, so that if there appears to be any lack, we should realize that the idea or soul of money is service, and as this thought takes form, channels of supply will be opened, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that spiritual methods are entirely practical.” ~ Charles F Haanel

I hope you and I both are able to find and strike that balance that makes us both happy with ourselves, responsible yet not self-critical and supportive of others through service as our spirit beckons us to be and thus fulfill our purpose.

 

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Week 13 – Realize Your Unity With Omnipotence

Mercury Persistently Seeks Unity

Week twelve’s exercise asked that we “Realize your unity with omnipotence”. In week thirteen, we are told that “when you come into the realization of the fact that you, not your body but the Ego, the “I”, the spirit which thinks, is an integral part of the great whole, that it is the same substance, in quality, in kind, that the Creator could create nothing different from Himself” (The Master Key SystemCharles F Haanel). So why have two consecutive chapter exercises been guiding us to a vision that we are in fact, part of a great universal oneness? It seems Haanel thought important enough to say and train on the matter repeatedly, i.e. help us practice this specific thought. To what end.

Now watch these two Tedx talks and define the the truth related to lessons we are learning from Haanel’s and our Master Key Alliance each video exposes in their own unique way and from their own perspectives…

Now, let’s consider the final phrase from our Magician friend Brian Miller; “our world is a shared experience, fractured by individual experience”. Is he not saying that unity and the universal is from where we came and our destiny or rather our perfect state is one devoid of Ego. Like Ed, the blind man who howled with laughter and pride in knowing the simple signals and how to respond to Brian’s questions about color or each card, we now have “signals” to respond or substitute more appropriate and correct thoughts in order to bring ourselves nearer to unity with the universal. Imagine his joy and confidence in becoming one with Brian, the source of the signals…

What a slap to the forehead! So, like mercury being drawn back to itself, only Ego blocks our unity. The desire to be separate even superior needs to be eliminated. The mental diet is the exercise to strip us of Ego thus affording us the pure attraction back to our perfection. Going back to 12.18 (Chapter 12, paragraph 18) in the Master Key System where it says, “the principle which gives the thought dynamic power to correlate with its object, and therefore to master every adverse human experience, is the law of attraction, which is another name for love”.

I’ve always been more open and generous around this time of year, the warm fuzzy feelings and of course the sappy movies depicting renewal of relationships, kindness and the setting aside of Ego as in one my favorite of movies Scrooge. During the holiday season, I can set aside some of my own scrooge-like behaviors of being solitary and focused on business and getting things done and rally to the Christmas spirit.

Now I know it is much more than that and that the camouflage is totally unnecessary; those with whom I mastermind here in the Master Key Experience and those with whom I network in my business are very much like me. Like Brian said in the video, this world is a shared experience, rich with colors, smells, sights, sounds and flavors. The Master Key System is teaching us how to allow the mercury to find our own and experience the oneness with our purpose and our universal power.

Secondly, the Go90Grow experience being predicated on the above helps us avoid the Ego and Limbic alert systems such that we can find and rally the hero in our fellow human beings, who are also fractured parts of the universal to which we all belong. As Mark E. Sackett stated in his talk, 70% of us (these disparate parts of the universal mind) are not living in our passion. Many don’t even dare to ask themselves what they want. The pull toward the rest of the mercury seems a self-indulgent sin, It is Not! We are serving our fellow members of the universal and giving them a tremendous gift by inviting them to take the hero’s journey and live their lives, from their own perspective and not the blueprints of others running like robots, preprogrammed and dead many years prior to our eventual burial.

Either way, and via either of these course, we become the forward troops to a cause, that only deities have dared to dream! Can you feel it? The excitement of being some of the first to really understand what reward awaits the hours of hard mental work and effort… it’s your DMP!

To further cement the picture of the enthusiasm and emotion of a Hero’s Journey, watch this clip and think of Rudy achieving his one, solitary definite major purpose. Think about him when your meet tonight with your guy or gal in the mirror. See if it does not motivate you like it does me to press on and persist… find your quest (your PPNs and DMP) and DO IT NOW!!!

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