Week 8 – Reaction is a Choice

Reaction is a choice…what a wonderful follow-up to the Week 7 lesson of squashing negative thoughts with positive thoughts!

I’ve often heard the suggestion (and I’d bet that you have too) to focus my time and energy on the things I can control and to not worry about the things I cannot control. It made sense to me the first time I heard it and it still makes sense to me today. Have I done a good job at it? Um, no, I haven’t…SHAME ON ME! Although I understood and agreed with the concept on an intellectual level, supporting it on an emotional level just wasn’t happening. I don’t think I realized very much that I was allowing that to happen, but after becoming aware of my negativity last week, I’m realizing in a BIG way that I had lost control of myself emotionally.

Stimulus –> Choice –> Response. There it is, plain and simple. It’s great to now know that, more often than not, my choices were wrong and my responses were even worse.  I’ve been allowing my negatively to run around unchecked….to seep into my responses and reactions….to be less of a person than I really am.

Change begins with awareness. Well, now I’m aware…and very excited to have begun applying my new-found awareness into a change for the better.

Mandino’s Scroll Marked II: “I greet this day with love in my heart”. I think I get it…I really think I get it!

Peace and Success to all!

Jerry B

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Week 7 – Discovering My Negativity

Just when you think you know someone, you learn something new about them that surprises you. The person I thought I knew was…me!

I thought I knew who I was and how I thought. When I was younger, I was the eternal optimist. On the job, I felt like I could do anything and get it done within the time that the boss wanted it. Over time, I found myself becoming unable to do that on a consistent basis….but I worked through it. I begin asking more questions, clarifying the request and figuring out what the obstacles to meeting the request might be. My performance got better and my life got better.

Then Week 7 of the MKMMA program arrived and I was challenged to think only positive thoughts for an entire week. I was educated on the principle that someone can only focus on one thought at a time, and that when a negative thought enters our mind we must identify it and replace that thought with more positive thinking. Each time we do not replace the thought within 7 seconds, we needed to start counting our week from Day 1 again.

Until I focused on my thinking, I had no idea how negative I had become. Making it through an entire week of quickly replacing negative thoughts seemed nearly impossible when I first started. It’s getting near the end of the week and I’m getting better at catching myself and replacing those negative thoughts. Making it through an entire week now seems like a possibility….and that’s GREAT news!

Who is that “Guy in the Glass”? Still not totally sure, but getting to know him better on a daily basis.

Keep growing and improving everyone…what a wonderful ride!

Peace and success to all!

Jerry B

Week 6 – Kaleidoscope of Dreams

The world is, no doubt, filled with color. There are colorful people, colorful places and colorful things. There are more colors than you can even imagine. Want a little proof? Find a box of 128 Crayola crayons and you’ll see a LOT of colors….and those 128 are just scratching the surface.

What I find very interesting in my journey through the Master Key Master Mind Alliance program is that even with all the color in the world, I’m really only seeing 4 colors these days. You guessed it, they are the 4 primary colors of Red, Blue, Green and Yellow and they are “carrying the flag” for my dreams, aspirations and the future for me and my family. They seem to be everywhere….and that’s because they ARE. I just never noticed them before.

Just as my subconscious has narrowed my visual/mental acuity to focusing in on the 4 colors of my dreams, it has also narrowed my mental focus on obtaining those dreams, pushing aside distractions and the negativity of nay-sayers in order to turn dreams into reality!

Peace and success to all!

Jerry B

Week 5 – Authoring Change

Another week “in the books” for the MKMMA  Program. I’ve been investing myself in  books such as Scroll 1 of “The Greatest Salesman in the World” and the first five chapters of the Master Keys. More importantly, “books” such as the new one being written about my life, my attitude, my opportunities and my future.

This new book is not for sale and cannot be found in your local bookstore or antique shop. It’s a book being authored in my mind by my new favorite author, my sub-conscience. A book which is uncovering my hidden abilities. The abilities which have always existed, but which have been beaten down by years of self-doubt and discouragement. A book which is working like a piece of heavy equipment to rip away the layer upon layer of muck which has weighted down my abilities to move forward and grow.

It’s a new day. The sun is shining. Time to get to work!

Peace and success to all!

Jerry B

Week 4 – Today I Begin a New Life

“Today I Begin a New Life” – Those are the first words from The Scroll Marked I in Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World”. That would have been a perfect title for my blog for Week 1 of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance program since that’s when I started reading that chapter of Og’s book daily. In fact, reading that chapter THREE times daily…out loud, with passion and enthusiasm. In addition to Og’s book, I’ve been engaging my mind in several other positive re-enforcing ways such as reading the Master Keys and sitting, reading my Definite Major Purpose and acting upon the items listed out in my Service Cards.

I find it interesting that I’m choosing to use “Today I Begin a New Life” for my 4th blog entry….do you? Well…here’s why….

I had a VERY BUSY week. It seemed as though I was replacing 2 or 3 items on my “To Do” list for each item that I completed. As I worked my way through the week, I had to make choices. Choices about where I invested my time and energy. Choices about what I needed to do now and what I could put off till tomorrow. Choices which had me questioning my decisions time and again.

One of the choices that I made was to delay in creating & sharing my Week 4 thoughts regarding the MKMMA program. Was that I good choice? Looking back now, which is about a month later, I would definitely reach the conclusion that my choice should have been different. Not only did I delay in my Week 4 blog, but also on Weeks 5, 6 AND 7. Yikes! I’m now experiencing the consequences of that decision and catching up.

One choice which I happily made was to be diligent and consistent in my daily MKMMA readings, my daily sit and affirmations. In the past, I undoubtedly would have been very harsh on myself for falling behind in my blogging. Today, I’m not so harsh because I can take pride in knowing that I kept my disciple and focus on improving my mind and my attitude.

I’m not ashamed for having fallen behind in my blogging. We all can slip and slide a little at times. The important thing is being able to catch yourself and get back on track. Week 4 is a memory and “Today I Begin a New Life”!

Peace and success to all!

Jerry B

Week 3 – Small Steps in the Right Direction

I have a very simple and straight forward message to deliver today. I’m seeing results.

The objective of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance (MKMMA) is self-discovery.  The outcome is intended to be specific to each participant based upon their Dharma. In other words, define what you want yourself and/or your life to look like in the future and put in the work through the MKMMA program to get yourself on the road to that Dharma.

The MKMMA program runs for 6 months…26 weeks. It’s been 3 weeks so far, so I’m really just scratching the surface on this whole self-discovery thing. I’m still refining my Dharma, but getting closer and closer to who the future me will be.

What results have I seen? I’m getting things done. I’m simply taking the time at the end of the day to pick out a few lingering to-do’s that I’ve procrastinated on for too long and deciding that I’ll get them done the next day. In the grand scheme of things, these are fairly small items…clearing off my desk, organizing my multiple to-do lists, sending out a few overdue emails, etc. These are fairly small things, but HUGE to me because I feel GREAT about finally getting these little things out-of-the-way and off my mind.

So after 3 weeks, I’m not changing the world…just starting to change myself. 23 weeks to go and I’m looking forward to each and every day!

Peace and success to all,

Jerry B

Week 2 – Do It Now !

The MKMMA is a 26 week, life changing journey that requires a solid foundation built by putting in the work in the early weeks and then building upon that foundation weekly throughout the rest of the course. I’m excited to know that I have been putting in the work and have not missed a beat through the first 2 weeks. Read immediately upon waking up (done – each day, every day), read & sit/meditate at mid-day (done – each day, every day), read immediately before going to sleep (done – each day, every day).

A message to all my fellow MKMMA participants….we MUST put the work in NOW. We cannot catch up later. We MUST do it now.

Having said that, it’s amazing to see how quickly doing the right things in a consistent way can have a positive impact. The right things….filling your mind with the right kind of “food” (such as Scroll 1 of the Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World”), the education coming through the webinars and Charles Haanel’s “Master Key System” and sitting still each day.

The positive impact…I’m experiencing a better overall outlook for myself and my future. This week I re-wrote portions of my Definite Major Purpose (DMP) to be in alignment with my Personal Pivotal Needs (PPNs) and I feel much better about the DMP than I have in the past. It just seems more real and achievable.

It’s still early in the program (24 weeks to go), but the course has been a blessing and I can’t image the benefits waiting for me (and the other course participants who are putting in the work) at the end of this journey.

Peace and success to all,

Jerry B