Week 21 – “Don’t Look Back” – Boston

Don't Look Back - Boston

Boston, had a hit back on 1978 titled “Don’t Look Back”. As I’ve been reading Haanel 21.18 in relation to breaking old bad habits wrote, “the same rule applies in breaking any and all bad habits; we stop doing a thing, and then avoid doing it again, and again until we are entirely free from it; and if we do fail now and then, we should by no means lose hope, for the law is absolute and invincible and gives us credit for every effort and every success, event though our efforts and successes are perhaps intermittent.”

Wow, I have an account with the Universe that awards me credit and for that reason, I now can more freely “live this day as if it is my last” and ” waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I through good after bad” as Og Mandino admonishes in the open of the Scroll V. I “Don’t Look Back”!

I underlined this in green as I read Haanel 21 this week and have gone back to it several times. Several business issues have arisen which, in past, may have derailed my mood and temperament (my Ego). But, with this and one new card in my various stacks to remind me of that to which I am eternally grateful for all truth and energy to accomplish by following my compass and not a clock.

By inverting the sentence in our weekly exercise in the Master Keys 21.28 I can find and confirm the truth in this account receivable relating to my efforts to modify my habits. Let me frame it for you; originally, the text reads “For your next exercise, concentrate on Truth. Try to realize that Truth shall make you free, that is, nothing can permanently stand in the way of your perfect success when you learn to apply the scientifically correct thought methods and principles.” My version to test Haanel 21.18 goes something like this, “To test a thought method, tool or principle to determine if it is Truth, apply it’s precepts and actions and sense the degree of freedom you feel; by following it’s path are you progressing nearer to your ultimate success? Is it motivating, does it make you happy, does it make you more kind to others or yourself?”

I kept 21.18 in my mind this week and the freedom and release from stress, fear and self condemnation is gone. I get strange impish grins coming over me just for no reason at all. Like right now, as I write this, I feel as though I am being hugged by a caring mentor or parent; it instills confidence to pursue achieving the tasks leading to fulfilling my DMP and the legacy to benefit others long after I move on. Now that I don’t look back, I explore further and confirm that needing to anticipate and be consumed with dread for tomorrow is a supreme waste of time and effort.

One more tool I added this week to my kit was a card that said “Thank You” and which I have in all my card stacks. I remembered a past when my connection to my maker was far stronger than present and recollected that whenever I observed a smile, a compliment, a courageous action by another, I thanked the one from whom all strength comes. What an enhanced feeling of connection this has brought this week! Thank You!!

“When the individual mind touches the Universal Mind it receives all the power it requires. This us the world within. All science recognizes the reality of this world, and all power is contingent upon our recognition of this world.”

“Don’t Look Back” by Boston

Don’t look back
A new day is breakin’
It’s been too long since I felt this way
I don’t mind where I get taken
The road is callin’
Today is the day

I can see
It took so long just to realize
I’m much too strong
Not to compromise
Now I see what I am is holding me down
I’ll turn it around

I finally see the dawn arrivin’
I see beyond the road I’m drivin’
Far away and left behind

It’s a new horizon and I’m awakin’ now
Oh I see myself in a brand new way
The sun is shinin’
The clouds are breakin’
‘Cause I can’t lose now, there’s no game to play

I can tell
There’s no more time left to criticize
I’ve seen what I could not recognize
Everything in my life was leading me on
But I can be strong

I finally see the dawn arrivin’
I see beyond the road I’m drivin’
Far away and left behind

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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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