This past week, I have been rather introspective and thinking back on my journey with the Master Key System (MKMMA). A few things struct me as things I need to keep embedding into my mind such that they become the core around which I continue these exercises and mindsets in support of my current and future success.
First was in Haanel‘s sixteenth chapter, the start of the seventh verse, “The man of success is the man possessed of the greatest spiritual understanding and every great fortune comes of superior and truly spiritual power.” ~ Prentice Mulford Next was verse 8 where he says, “The power to create depends entirely upon spiritual power; there are three steps, idealization, visualization and materialization. Every captain of industry depends upon this power exclusively.” Captains like these are persistent and do not waver in the face of adversity or opposition, they make progress forward each day toward the goal no matter how small an increment that may be.
These two coupled with the first of the Blueprint Builder daily affirmations; “… I demand of myself Persistent, Continuous, Action towards it’s Attainment, and I here and now Promise to render such action.” hit me as the simplicity of it all. (Napoleon Hill)
Note that it does not say, there must be pain to gain “materialization” of your definite major purpose, rather it says it takes “Persistent, Continuous, Action”. I put to you that it is the quiet heroes who win mighty challenges every day. Much like our challenge this past week to find Kindness and to secretly be kind to others, these moments are how we build our lives and rebuild our old blueprints into our “Ideal” blueprints which subby will deliver without question or insistence once reprogrammed.
Basics, core ideals, values and consistent daily actions in support of those ideas build a life we all feel as the “flame which has been passed from generations uncounted and its heat is constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am”, and I Am.
So, I promise, whenever I sense a slippage or a weakening of my commitment my response from here forward to turn to this key mandate of “Persistent, Continuous, Action” combined with repose and solitude to ideate on my ideal. Anticlimactic I know but, life need not have such wild gyrations rather my ideal life is calm, filled with kindness and a consistent drawing of uplifting and helpful people and needed resources toward me and the achievements I have crafted as my new blueprint.
Og Mandino starts in Scroll number four with this declaration. Yeah, right! you hear your subconscious mind say with a degree of cynicism reserved for political promises. But, you ask why? Why is it that we completely blow off the possibility that we are as Og has us read aloud, “I have unlimited potential. Only a small portion of my brain do I employ; only a paltry amount of my muscles do I flex.” It seems so strange to apply it to ourselves, thus there is an immediate push back from deep within.
Marianne Williamson’s poem titled, “Our Greatest Fear” tells us why subby is so afraid. It’s because his/her programming has made a comfort zone outside of which is the unknown. The Unknown is a threat to subby, the little reptilian guy in your head.
Marianne goes on a pushes the button harder…
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.
Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson
Now Og, presses further…
“But my skills, my mind, my heart, and my body will stagnate, rot, and die lest I put them to good use. I have unlimited potential. Only a small portion of my brain do I employ; only a paltry amount of muscles do I flex. A hundredfold or more can I increase my accomplishments of yesterday and this I will do, beginning today.”
Guess what, She and Og are both absolutely right! It turns out we rarely use the full measure of what we are capable of…
“Fact: 99 percent of people who start marathons finish them.
What are we to make of this incredibly high success rate? As anyone who has ever run a marathon can tell you, the correct takeaway isn’t that running 26 miles is a breeze. Everyone hits a wall of pain at some point, yet almost everyone keeps going.
Instead, the real lesson, according to entrepreneur and endurance athlete Jesse Itzler, “is that we have so much more in our reserve tank than we think we do.”
It seems Jesse got this great idea to invite a Navy Seal to his home to live with he and his family and team them some of the mental toughness that all Navy Seals have been trained for. Somehow they are able to summon strength and persistence that seem superhuman to the rest of us.
The Navy Seal taught them the “The 40 percent rule” that he had been trained to understand and leverage to accomplish amazing physical and mental endurance tests and tasks. Below is a portion of the article.
“It’s all well and good to tell people they are capable of accomplishing way more than they believe they are, but when the going gets tough, vague reassurances probably aren’t going to count for much. That’s why Itzler’s unusual houseguest offered something more specific than empty encouragement. He taught Itzler the Navy SEALs’ “40 percent rule.” (Spoiler alert: He also made him do a lot of pull-ups to illustrate it.)
“He would say that when your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done,” Itzler explains. “And he had a motto: If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it. And that was his way of every day forcing us to get uncomfortable to figure out what our baseline was and what our comfort level was and just turning it upside down.”
It turns out that the 40 percent rule is why so many people are able to finish marathons. When you hit that wall, you’re really only 40 percent through your stores of energy and determination. When your body complains, your will still has a lot to give. And as the success rate of runners makes clear, that’s true of just about everyone.
That’s handy to know if you suddenly feel like your legs are going to fall off at mile 18 of a marathon, but it’s a truth that can have a huge impact even if long-distance running really isn’t your thing. Whenever life puts a challenge in your path and you feel like you’re on the edge of giving up, you can lean on the SEALs’ 40 percent rule to remind you that your apparent limits really aren’t.”
So, when subby starts to send off alarms, you don’t need to even acknowledge it, use the Law of Substitution and replace it with an image of a Navy Seal and his team mates swimming 5 miles in the dark or hiking 40 miles in a day to reach rendezvous point alpha where they’ll meet up with a chopper to airlift injury team member. Then imagine the smile of satisfaction on his face knowing he has taught his subby that “I have unlimited potential” and I use it to reach my objective! As any military man knows, be it physical or mental Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance …
When I heard this song and this particular lyric line I felt a chill run through me. I am the Fire, I am my own motivation, internal inspiration and drive to achieve. Remember Mark said the corpus callosum (the bridge between the left and right brain) is more fully developed in musicians. If that is the case (and I personally believe it is) then we who are not musicians can learn and benefit from the rhythm, vibrations and the eloquence of the word architecture the embed in their lyrics… how they use it to express their journey and share it with us.
With the help of Lzzy Hale, rock musician and lead singer of the band Halestorm, I’ll walk you through what must have been a parallel universe (more likely, the Universal Mind) and the internal talk I experienced when I first heard the tune and the instructive lyrics. It’s almost like she has been through the Master Key Experience a chronicled the hero’s journey she has experienced.
Yes, this is for my hard rock friends who often don’t even know they are on their own hero’s journey aligned with the Master Key System and the things we are learning in the MKMMA. If you are not into fairly hard rock, feel free to read it as a poem and draw your own inspiration and points to draw power from. So, with that in mind, I’m going to share my internal conversations as I walked through the full lyrics.
I have had this desire throughout my life to reach beyond my current circumstances and a life of “quiet desperation”.
That burns from within
My heart has often ached to simply believe, to have Faith that I can be more than I have been…
To push away my fear
Enter the Law of Substitution, the only tool to help with vanquishing my fears of inadequacy and societally hypnotised weaknesses!
To stand where I’m afraid
On the scene comes Og Mandino with Scroll III, “I Persist Until I Succeed.”
I am through with this
No more River of Dreams for me! I now know there is more, I can be more…
Cuz I am more than this
I now feel in my heart that I am more, I am unique and have special gifts to share with others “I give without expectation of reciprocity from the channels I enrich, because I know I am…” stepping into the dynamic flow of giving and receiving!
I promise to myself
And here is the granddaddy of them all, “I Always Keep My Promise”. With every commitment we make to ourselves we etch it into our souls with this phrase as covenant to complete the tasks to move forward and accomplish our Plan of Action.
Alone and no one else
I am accountable to myself and no one else as long as we do no harm to their good.
My flame is rising higher
The more I study the system, understand and add the Enthusiasm it generates as fuel to create more Enthusiasm, my commitment and my faith expands exponentially to carry me forward faster and faster!
I am the fire
I, and I alone am the fire. No outside influence or force will have a lasting effect on me reaching my goals. I am personally responsible and accountable to me (SMART goals are what I will use to measure my progress).
I am burning brighter
With each passing day and every repeat of my DMP and Service cards, I can feel the urgency building.
Roaring like a storm
I Always Infuse Enthusiasm into every reading as the dividends are enormous. Remember the 50 minutes of reading your one-sentence DMP? I was amazed at the energy it required and then subsequently returned over the next day or two, amazing!
And I am the one I’ve been waiting for
I spent much of my life looking for others I admired to shepherd me toward my goals, no more. I am a Lion. and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep, with sheep! I am my own strength, my own support and I am more than enough to keep the internal flames alight. I do need a mastermind to generate perspectives I have never thought of but, I remain the responsible one.
Screaming like a siren
The more elation and gratitude I put into my Enthusiastic readings, the higher my return on investment (ROI) to myself and to those in my life.
Alive and burning brighter
With all I am learning, life is so much more than it was before… brighter, more opportunities and I am more willing to stretch and reach for my dreams.
I am the fire
Again, I am the fire, no one else… my confidence grows.
Sadly, over time and through many soul-sucking experiences, my heart lost much of its will to risk being hurt and extending my hand to build relationships. I now recognize this and I use the Achievement and Gratitude exercises to soften and warm what once was cold and dark.
Hanging on to hope
Hope and faith are now restored through truth and knowledge of the way, the path to gaining the cooperation of other people, I now induce others to serve me. because of my willingness to serve others.
shackled by the ghost
The “reality holograph” of what is real once kept me from really exploring, from reaching my unlimited potential.
Of what I once believed
My beliefs in these falsehoods are now falling away as the cocoon of the caterpillar reveals the butterfly with wings outstretched and yearning to fly.
That I could never be
An image of me prior to the Master Key system, head hung low, plodding along.
Whats right in front of me
It’s been there all along, greatness in so many ways…
I am the fire
Enthusiasm rises in my heart to heights unknown before
I am burning brighter
With knowledge and learning comes enlightenment and the ability to see what was invisible before.
Roaring like a storm
Like a storm, disruptive, powerful and ever moving from west to east, the nurturing rains follow to power the growth that is to come. “I love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.’
And I am the one I’ve been waiting for
I talk to the Guy in the Glass and recognize him as the man I have been waiting for to be my companion, my accountability partner throughout my journey.
Screaming like a siren
Now my mid-day exercise and reading my cards again, strength renewed and energized
Alive and burning brighter
I feel so alive, bright enough to light the way for others.
I am the fire
Warm, comforting and motivating, the flame of Thought within is mine to control at will.
I don’t believe I’ll fall from grace
I turn to the Master System in addition to other , I believe it augments my personal faith.
Won’t Let the past decide my fate
“Failure, like pain is alien to my life. In the past I accepted it as I accepted pain. Now I reject it and am prepared for wisdom and principles which guide me out of the shadows…” My past performance and mistakes are lessons I use to win, I persist, I win… “I build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempt, repeated, complete any undertaking“. (Og Mandino Scroll I & III)
Leave forgiveness in my wake
I forgive all the wrongs I have burdened myself with and leave them all behind trailing me like the silent wake a boat leaves fading into the distance.
Take the love that I’ve Embraced
Again, my man in the mirror repeats daily, “I love you man!”, like one else can!
I promise to myself, me and no one else
I Always Keep My Promise!
I am more than this
I am part of a larger whole, “the Father and I are one” (The Master Key System by Charles F Haanel)
I am the fire…
I am the source of my progress and my burning desire.
If you have a favorite song with lyrics that stir you to greatness, Please, Please share your songs and poems in the comments below!!
You and your interpretation of a particular lyric could bring someone else to recognize their greatness or search for it as a member of the Master Key Experience and a fully satisfying life of personal achievement as well as service to others. This is what lifts societies and communities, it people like you and me taking full personal responsibility for our own successes and learning from our missteps to rebuild our castles, our families and our homes one brick at a time, filled with enthusiasm and Thoughtful Living.
A commitment to persist is a key habit leading to success writes Og Mandino. Sly Stallone age 69, is a success and he says, “you me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life but, it ain’t about how hard you’re hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”.
These two men have similar thoughts on views on persistence. Like the young bulls described in the scroll marked III. They were to be scored based on their persistence and how many times they tried again, and again to charge the Picadors.
It has been this week that resolve’s head has been raised. Just as Mark said on our Sunday Mastermind, it has been the renewed Guy in the Glass exercise. Looking yourself in the eye, and in the long view of life, stating that you will not attempt to deceive yourself or others because. So, that combined with daily promises to follow-thru and succeed on delivering my hand-written charter called the DMP.
The above seems a strain to keep up and then… this message in my email; and my “struggles” seems just an excuse!
I’m just completing my post and see an email come from one of my associates from within the Master Key Experience (MKMMA) course. It’s Day Boswell and she has a post entitled Week 12 – Tis the Season … of Family. Now I know there are those here in the mastermind on whom Sly Stallone (aka Rocky Balboa) has nothing on them in the way of persistence in the face of life kicking them around a bit!
Just read her post and see how she easily steps, like a matador to one side, of life’s big challenges with poise and a grounded spirit that almost defies comprehension. Family passing, new children coming into the world, pointed emotional conversations with other family, daughter in surgery needing support and yet the thinker, compassionate side shines through as only Rudolph could to light the way for others to follow. Thank you Day for the exemplary life you lead, sharing it with others like myself in the Master Key Mastermind and for increasing the harmony across the fabric of our lives as your boat raises all others in this harbor.
Persistence – “I am a Lion and I refuse to talk, to walk to sleep with sheep. I hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.” – Og Mandino (The Greatest Salesman in the World – Chapter Ten)