Master Key Master Mind Alliance Week 17a – Are Your Dreams Dead?

Steve Maraboli

A couple of times I’ve heard it said that, “Cemeteries are full of unfulfilled dreams… countless echoes of ‘could have’ and ‘should have’… countless books unwritten… countless songs unsung… I want to live my life in such a way that when my body is laid to rest, it will be a well needed rest from a life well lived, a song well sung, a book well written, opportunities well explored, and a love well expressed.”  This came to mind when Mark Januszewski instructed us to read at least one obituary every day for a week.  I then Googled this quote, and found that the person that said it was a man by the name of Steve Maraboli.

From the first time that I heard this quote, it stuck in my head, and penetrated my heart.  Now, I cannot pass a cemetery without these words coming to mind.  I don’t want to die, I have thought to myself many times, with unfulfilled dreams.  This thought has actually haunted me in the past, and caused me some worry, because of my lack of action.

I have set goals; they have fallen to the wayside, and have been forgotten.  I have had dreams that quickly faded, washed away by time, and lack of focus.  I have felt inspired to achieve, and my inspiration has been annihilated by the constant noise in my mind, because I had never taken the time to quiet myself, and truly think… About anything.  There was always some kind of senseless racket going on in my mind.

MKMMA DreamsNow that I get to read about people that have passed away, I cannot help myself from wondering what dreams and aspirations died with them.  The deceased ranged from 2 – 94 years of age.  Their photos, if they were included, were a bit haunting.  I wondered if they were greatly loved, or if they were despised because they lived their lives not showing love to others, but only for personal gain.  I then found myself saying a quiet prayer for that person, with the hope that they achieved all that they were capable of.

As all these thoughts went through my head, I realized that my dreams and aspirations are clearer than they have ever been before.  I have a definite major purpose that I’m working toward.  I know what my personal pivotal needs are.  Most importantly, I believe, I have focused on my goals and aspirations for the last 18 weeks, and have really driven them into my subconscious using the various exercises and assignments that Mark J. has given us.  I have never focused on my goals for such a long period of time.  It’s been amazing.

Thanks to the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, I have a burning desire to achieve the things that are truly important to me.  This experience is something that is blowing not only my mind, but the minds of those still benefiting from the MKMMA.  I’m very grateful for everything I’ve learned thus far, and for what I have yet to learn.

Master Key Master Mind AllianceWhere do you stand in regard to goals attained?  Do you even know what’s truly important to you?  Do you ever stop to truly think, and connect with your creator?  Will you pass away, and never realize your, “Unfulfilled dreams… countless echos of ‘could have’ and ‘should have’”, or will you search for clarity in your life, and create a burning desire inside that will steer you to your ultimate potential?  You can, your success is my heart’s prayer.



Master Key Master Mind Alliance Week 17 – Our Magnetic Minds

In week 17 of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, we are of course in part 17 of the Master Key System.  Every week brings new insights for me, and this week was no magnetexception.

17:7 …the mind is a magnet…

Although it never struck me previously, these few words seemed to jump out at me from part 17 of the Master Key System.  When I read this, I visualized two different scenarios in my mind.  I had two opposing, powerful visions.

In one vision, my mind was focused on productive, and positive thoughts, where I focused Master Key System - Thoughtmy thoughts on my achievements and aspirations.  When I imagined myself thinking about positive things, I also saw my head held high, my chest out and shoulders back, and I was also taking deep breaths.  In my vision, the sky was blue, and I was happy, because my future was bright, and I had faith in my positive future.  This vision gave me a sense of well being, and I felt light and unencumbered.

I then contrasted this vision with a more desolate visage.  I saw myself focused on the Master Key System - Gloomthings that I did not want to manifest in my life.  I was scared, my shoulders were hunched, my head was down, but my eyes were wide with fear, and I was looking around expecting something bad to happen to me at any moment.  The sky, in this vision, was black and gray, and there were crows adrift in the windy sky, watching me.  I felt very heavy, and almost unable to move my body because I was focused on my fears.

It was right then, that I realized that I have a choice, and so do you.  The mind is a magnet, and thoughts are things.  I felt that in each of the aforementioned visions, I was attracting to myself, like a magnet, that which I focused on.  In the first, blue skies, and a feeling of well being with faith and certainty that the things I want in my life will come to pass.  In the second, fear distorted my reality, and there was also certainty that bad things were going to happen to me.

When we decide where to focus our minds, we must realize that our mind is truly a magnet.  Charles Haanel says, in the Master Key System…

17:4  The astronomer centers his mind on the stars and they give forth their secrets; the geologists centers his mind on the construction of the earth and we have geology; so with all things.  Men center their minds on the problems of life, and the result is apparent in the vast and complex social order of the day.

Would it be OK with you if I ask you a question?  Where do most people center their mind, on problems, or solutions?  Now consider this, the greatest minds in history are considered to be great thinkers, and the key element in the term “great thinker” is think.

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Do you think Einstein sat for two minutes, and in that short time all his life’s insights came to him?  Did Ralph Waldo Emerson not think before he composed his literary marvels?  Did Winston Churchill flip a coin to decide what was best for his country?  No, they all centered their mind’s on what they wanted to accomplish, and did not wallow in fear.

I implore you now, unless of course you are already part of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, because you are already doing it, to be still, and think about the person you want to become.  Think about your ideal outcome, and don’t give a iota of energy to what you fear, because though is power.  Again, referring back to chapter 17 of the Master Key System, Haanel instructs…

17:34  If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage.

17:35  If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance.

17:36  If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.

What are you concentrating your thoughts on, and does it serve you?  Your mind is a magnet! 

Master Key Master Mind Alliance Week 16 – Be the Watchman

As I did my exercises this week, and read through the Master Key System, one line from the book stuck in my head.  It’s the first half, of the sentence starting at chapter 16, paragraph 30.

“You will readily see that what we think determines the quality of mind…”

What is the quality of your mind?  On what things do you hold your thoughts?  What do you let into your mind, and what thoughts make it into your subconscious to stay?  Where did these thoughts come from, and how did they get there?

I’ve thought hard about these questions since reading that line in the Master Key System.

Influence - Master Key Master Mind AllianceWhen we are born, our initial thoughts are fed to us by our parents, or whoever raises us from infancy.  Then, as we get older, our friends tend to influence us, and put thoughts into our minds.  We may also be influenced by other relatives, teachers, coaches, the books we read, the media, the internet, billboards, radio, strangers and so on.

Rarely, do we stop to relax our minds, and truly think.  For most of us, the white noise is constantly entering our ears, and then our minds, and many times those thoughts go to live in our subconscious.  We are bombarded with people’s opinions, people trying to sell us things, both material things, and ideas.  A constant din, that after a while, we accept as the norm.  Then we die?

Really?  Is that all there is?  Social influence, and then we’re gone?  In an instant?

The Master Key Master Mind Alliance, has taught me that it doesn’t have to be this way. We, as human beings, can choose what ideas and thoughts to accept into our conscious minds, and ultimately allow to live in our subconscious minds.  In a previous post, I mentioned that the Master Key System states that the conscious mind, is “the watchman at the gate, of the great subconscious domain”.  For example someone says something negative to themselves like, “I’m so stupid, I’m so stupid, I’m so stupid”, it will go to live in your subby, and actually become a part of you.  So, watch your self talk, you have a choice as to what you think about.

Remember: The Law of Substitution

We cannot think about 2 things at the same time.  If a negative thought enters your mind, try to think about God instead.  If that’s too big a reach at the time, use any fond memory or other pleasant thought.  Jesus, the Master Teacher, said, “Resist not evil”, meaning turn from it, and think about something else instead.

Your subconscious can also be influenced by your environment.  You’ve heard, “If you lay with dogs, you’ll wake up with fleas”, yes?  If you start hanging around people who cuss up a storm, then you will soon find yourself doing the same.  If you hang out with people that are violent, you will soon find that you are desensitized to it, and it won’t even bother you anymore.  If you hang out with drug users, then… Well, you get it.

Bad News - Master Key SystemThe media, in my opinion, is the worst.  They have a way of influencing the public.  They can fabricate a news story and make you believe something that’s not true.  When they’re not doing that, most of what is shown on TV is negative.  Someone was beat up, someone was robbed, someone was shot and killed.  Did you ever notice that a news broadcast never starts on a positive note, but ALWAYS on something negative.  People soon learn to thrive on misery, and it becomes the norm.

I can go on, and on, but I’ll stop there.  I’m sure you get it.  ”The watchman at the gate” of your great subconscious mind has to always be on high alert.  You’re bombarded daily, and soon you don’t even notice the constant din.

I’ll end this post with a challenge to you.  This week we, in the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, were instructed to look for kindness around us, as we go about our day.  We were then required to go to our Master Key Master Mind Alliance website, and post at least two acts of kindness that we witnessed, or did that day.  Last time I checked, there were 2,186 comments about kindness going on from all over the world, as our MKMMA members span the globe.  AWESOME!!!

Have you ever noticed that when you buy a new car, even though you never noticed your model before, you suddenly see you car model everywhere?  It’s the same with our kindness exercise.  When you start looking for kindness, and being more kind, you’ll see it. But it works the other way too, if you pay attention to nasty, bitter, sour people; you will soon see them everywhere, and start acting like them, and then it will be your reality your norm.

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The choice IS yours; Oh watchman at the gate!



Master Key Master Mind Alliance Week 15 – Thorn in my Flesh

There’s a passage in the Bible, in Corinthians, where the apostle Paul talks about “a thorn in the flesh“.  I have heard it said that this is some kind of physical ailment, but it’s not specific as to what it is exactly.  I have a thorn in the flesh, of sorts, that I have not told too many people about, but today I will be stepping out of my comfort zone and revealing it in this blog.

This thorn in my flesh, is something that causes me sorrow, when I observe other people suffering from the same delusion as I do.  My issue is this, when I look into a mirror, I have rarely been happy with the person that I see, “The man staring back from the glass”.

Master Key System - Nature's Greatest MiracleI’ve seen a man whose skin is too dark, who’s too fat, or who’s not good looking enough. A guy who’s not tall enough, and whose teeth are not white enough, and has an awful smile. I know that the way I perceive myself is distorted, but it has been my thorn for a while.  And oddly enough, as I mentioned above, I know that other people, many times, feel the same way about themselves; however, I know that they shouldn’t, and I also know that I shouldn’t.

And this bring me to something that we have done in the Master Key Master Mind Alliance course.  Og Mandino, has written a book, that many of you may have heard of called The Greatest Salesman in the World, and we have been reading “The Scrolls” that begin in chapter 8.  We are to read a scroll, three times a day, for thirty days, starting with chapter one.  Right now we are on scroll four, and we’ve been reading this scroll now for ten days, and it’s slowly disintegrating my thorn.

MKMMA - Greatest Salesman in the WorldIf you doubt that affirmations work, and that they have no effect on a person, I beg to differ. From The Scroll Marked IV, the following lines have stuck in my mind.  Many of these things I have never thought about, but should have realized.  I’ve felt this for others; however, I never really applied them to myself.  These are snippet’s from The Scroll Marked IV that speak to me.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth.  None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me.  All men are my brothers yet I am different from each.  I am a unique creature.

None can duplicate my brush strokes, none can make my chisel marks, none can duplicate my handwriting, none can produce my child…

And most of all, this next phrase has embedded in my psyche:

I am a unique creature of nature.


I am not on this earth by chance.  I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand.  Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I strain my potential until it cries for mercy.

In addition, Mark Januszewski, during a few conference calls has said, “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts”, and hearing that several times, and reading this month’s scroll, have caused something in my subconscious to click.  It’s not the color of my skin, my weight, my looks, my stature, my teeth, or my smile, that make me who I am, those are just the parts; the unique parts.  I am unique, and I will now look at the whole Ed, not the individual parts of Ed.  (And no, I don’t make it a habit to speak in third person :) )

MKMMA - The Whole is GreaterI am nature’s (God’s) greatest miracle, and since taking the MKMMA course, I have bettered myself in many ways, and this particular change in me was unexpected, but I’m grateful for it. Please, if you ever feel about yourself, as I described my feelings above, remember that you are God’s greatest miracle, and He loves you.  I love you too.

I will end this post with a video.  I saw this video months ago, and it made me cry.  I felt bad for the women in the video who had a skewed image of themselves, and at the time I never realized that I was doing the same thing to myself.  I will never see myself the same way after taking Mark J’s, MKMMA course.  From now on, I will see the whole Ed, and quit focusing on my individual parts, because those parts include something that I am very proud of, and that’s my heart, and my love for others.

Master Key Master Mind Alliance Week 14 – Rudy (The Movie), and Persistence

RUDY - Master Key Master Mind AllianceFor week 14 we were asked to watch a movie, and then blog about the persistence that the protagonist showed in the movie.  I chose to watch a movie that I had never seen before, and as the title of this post reveals, I chose Rudy, starring Sean Astin, as Daniel E. ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger.

The movie starts with Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger, who grew up in a steel mill town, and his Definite Major Purpose (DMP) in life is to play football for Notre Dame. This was going to be a difficult task, because he was not a big man.  In fact, the real Rudy Ruettinger, was only 5″6, and when I say “only”, I don’t mean anything by it, as that’s how tall I am.  :)

The game, and school, mean the world to his father, and Rudy’s dreamed of playing there since he was a kid.  His brother’s gave him a hard time though, and kinda babied him all his life, so he wouldn’t get hurt playing football with the neighborhood kids.  They would have him play positions where he would not get hurt, but he insisted on playing other, much harder positions, and he was all heart where ever he played.  The following clip is from Rudy, and it was one of my favorites.  It shows how much heart Rudy had, and how NOTHING was gonna stop him.

When I saw that they were trying to protect their little brother, I thought to myself that that’s what people tend to do to each other.  Your parents may try to protect you, and tell you to get real, and quit dreaming.  Your friends may say that you’re a day dreamer, and you should get a real job.  Your acquaintances may think that your dreams are foolish, and they may think that because they don’t want you getting hurt, or because they’re jealous.  Our dreams, by the time that we reach adulthood, are often put on the back burner and forgotten.  All because we are told to “get real”, and follow the 95% that are miserable with their lives, and/or just getting by financially.

So, Rudy, at one point in the movie was dissuaded by one of his high school teachers, a priest, just as he was going to board a bus that was taking students to tour the Notre Dame campus.  Rudy was excited, and right when he was the next person that was to get on the bus, that’s when the teacher stopped him and asked him what he thought he was doing, and told him he would never go to Notre Dame, because he didn’t have the grades.  Rudy walked away from the bus that day, and this delayed his actually playing for Notre Dame about four years.

One day, during those four years, his best friend, someone who always believed in him, had an accident at that steel mill where they both worked, and Rudy saw his best friend get killed.  This reignited his Definite Major Purpose in his life, and he focused once again on what was really important to him, playing football at Notre Dame.  (Spoiler alert!)  He finally did achieve what he always dreamed of, although it wasn’t easy.

This made me think about an interesting thing that we learned in the Master Key System. We were taught something called, The Law of Dual Thought.  The Law of Dual Thought states that, “Thought is a combination of ideation and feeling.  We can attach any feeling to a thought we want.”  We were also taught to read our DMP’s with enthuuuuuusiasm, like Mark Januszewski likes to say, and emotion.  This gets our goals and dreams into our subconscious, and creates a demand in our subby.  This demand causes our subconscious mind to work 24/7 to meet the demand we put on it.  It’s like emotion is the glue that makes our dreams stick, and become real.

I once read somewhere, that at times of heightened emotion, is when change happensemotion in a person. Infusing our DMP with emotion creates changes in our subconscious, and change happens.  When Rudy’s saw his best friend killed, his emotions were heightened, and Rudy’s mindset changed, and his life changed.  He stopped listening to the people that were jealous of his dreams, or were trying to “protect” him, and started living by the compass – with complete focus on his purpose.

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop.  These are the most important things that I gleaned from watching this movie.  First of all, hold on to your dreams, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish something that you set your mind to.  Also, infuse your dreams with emotion, and create a demand on your subconscious, so it will help you achieve the things you want whether it’s playing for Notre Dame, or owning a red Lamborghini.  You CAN do it… Just FOCUS with a BURNING DESIRE, and never be dissuaded.