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…

“Invictus”

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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Week 14 – I Am The Fire – I Promise To Myself, Me And No One Else

“I Promise To Myself, Me And No One Else”

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 Am The Fire by Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Am I brave enough?I felt and asked this question of ourselves as we
began our Master Key journey.
Am I strong enough?Mark Januszewski and The Fabulous Daven echoed Haanel’s admonition to Never start anything I
couldn’t finish or see through to the end.
To follow the desireI have had this desire throughout my life to reach
beyond my current circumstances and a
life of “quiet desperation”.
That burns from withinMy heart has often ached to simply believe, to
have Faith that I can be more than I have been…
To push away my fearEnter the Law of Substitution, the only tool to
help with vanquishing my fears of inadequacy and societally hypnotised weaknesses!
To stand where I’m afraidOn the scene comes Og Mandino with Scroll III,
I Persist Until I Succeed.”
I am through with thisNo more River of Dreams for me! I now know
there is more, I can be more…
Cuz I am more than thisI 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 myselfAnd 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 elseI am accountable to myself and no one
else as long as we do no harm to their good.
My flame is rising higherThe 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 fireI, 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 brighterWith each passing day and every repeat of my
DMP and Service cards, I can feel the urgency building.
Roaring like a stormI 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 forI 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 sirenThe 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 brighterWith 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 fireAgain, I am the fire, no one else… my confidence grows.
I’ve been sacrificedSociety has trained me well to go along to get along;
the mandate is conformity to mediocrity.
Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In the Wall” comes
to mind along with Mark’s frequent references to
the Billy Joel classic “River of Dreams”.
My Hearts been cauterizedSadly, 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 hopeHope 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 ghostThe “reality holograph” of what is real once
kept me from really exploring, from
reaching my unlimited potential.
Of what I once believedMy 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 beAn image of me prior to the Master Key system,
head hung low, plodding along.
Whats right in front of meIt’s been there all along, greatness in so many ways
I am the fireEnthusiasm rises in my heart to heights unknown before
I am burning brighterWith knowledge and learning comes
enlightenment
and the ability to see what
was invisible before.
Roaring like a stormLike 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 forI 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 sirenNow my mid-day exercise and reading my
cards again, strength renewed and
energized
Alive and burning brighterI feel so alive, bright enough to light
the way for others
.
I am the fireWarm, comforting and motivating, the flame of
Thought within is mine to control at will
.
I don’t believe I’ll fall from graceI 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 wakeI 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 EmbracedAgain, my man in the mirror repeats daily,
“I love you man!”, like one else can!
I promise to myself, me and no one elseI Always Keep My Promise!
I am more than thisI 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
.
Final Chorus…

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.

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Week – 4 – Wrestling with Clarity, Precision & Control Only To Discover Principles

As you all are traveling down the same road, some of us (maybe many) have a hard time really getting clarity on what we want. In my case, the blockage consists of so many options to choose from and telling myself that I am only diversifying my “portfolio” of activities to ensure maximum stability in my income and growth. Subby is calling my B.S.!

Subby says that’s not what you are doing, you don’t have the courage to commit to one or two things, to learn the skills and see success as you constantly reiterate. He doesn’t make these judgements per se but, the results speak volumes and remove the cloaking that I so cleverly put in place to disguise my fear of commitment and potential of failure.

Again to Haanel and the understanding that (#4-22) “The Universal cannot express through you as long as you are busy with your plans, your own purposes; quiet the senses, seek inspiration, focus the mental activity on the within, dwell in the consciousness of your unity with Omnipotence. “Still water runs deep;” contemplate the multitudinous opportunities to which you have spiritual access by the Omnipresence of power.   ‘

I have been not shy or or weak, rather I have been arrogant to think that all my planning and strategizing can circumvent the order which is universal to all life. The bible says something similar in Matthew 6 25 – 26…

25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life.

As Og points out in the first scroll, “Nature already has supplied me with knowledge and instinct far greater than any beast in the forest and the value of experience is overrated”. So, I need not depend on gaining more book learning or experience as Og Mandino goes on to say, “Furthermore, experience is comparable to fashion; an action that proved successful today is unworkable and impractical tomorrow.”

Who in the Information Technology industry such as I could disagree. Everyday, new innovation make the experience of today obsolete and of little value. He goes on to say the “Only principles endure..”.

This course, these mentors and these documents and texts contain principles and habits worth of learning well and daily execution. I promise to learn these principles until they are the automatic responses of my mind, body and soul. It is through these principles that my thought becomes activated into matter, productivity, industriousness and a lifelong partnership with the universal to the betterment of all who understand and partake of its wisdom.

I Always Keep My Promises and Build a Foundation Upon These Principles!

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