Something that The Fabulous Davene mentioned in this week’s webinar really stuck in my head. She mentioned that we don’t “step out” of our comfort zone, but we “expand” our comfort zone.
When I heard this, I got an image in my mind. I imagined a dome surrounding me, where I felt safe. Inside this dome, nothing could hurt me. Inside this dome, this comfort zone, is where I felt safest.
Around mydome, I saw fire. I could not tell where this fire started, or where this fire began. It was just all around my dome. I could see it, and I knew that it could hurt me, but I also knew that I was safe inside my comfort zone (dome).
I then imagined stepping out of my comfort zone. When I did, I felt searing pain, my flesh was burning, and I was able to look down and see my charred skin, blistering, and turning black. From normal, to bright red, to blistering, to charred, is how I saw my skin, but I was able to run back into my comfort zone, then I was safe, like nothing ever happened.
I knew that something better waited for me on the other side of that fire, and I found that I had a burning desire to get to what was on the other side of the fire. The burn, of my desire, was hotter than the fire outside of my comfort zone, and I knew that I had to get there.
So instead of stepping out into the fire that was so excruciating, I decided to push on the walls of the dome I was in to try to expand my comfort zone. I soon found that the boundaries that once restricted my, and kept me within a zone that I couldn’t escape, started to stretch, and expand.
I pushed my boundaries. I pushed and pushed, and slowly, but surely, expanded my comfort zone, although I felt the heat from the fire outside, I knew what I wanted lay just on the other side of the fire, and I knew that I had to expand my boundaries, to get past it.
Soon, my boundaries became so large, that I broke through that fire. I saw, as I suspected, just on the other side of the fire, my heart’s desire, my definite major purpose in life. The person that I intended to become, was waiting there for me, not “outside” of my comfort zone, but it was now within my comfort zone, after pushing hard to expand, and then include the things that were truly important to me.
During each week of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, there there are a variety of things that we can blog about, and this week is no exception. This week; however, I would like to discuss something that has happened to me during the MKMMA journey, that I am so elated about. Something that was totally unexpected, but so very welcomed in my life, and that’s my relationship with God.
One of the things that we do on a daily basis is sit, and think for at least 15 minutes at a time. The Master Keys System actually gives us specific things to think about while we have our “15 minute sit”. For example, one week, we were instructed to think about, imagine if you will, your favorite flower. We were to sit for 15 minutes and visualize, in our minds, planting the seed, watering it, caring for it, and placing it in where it will get direct sunlight. We were then to imagine the seed bursting into a living thing. We saw the roots penetrating the earth, and imagined them shooting out in all directions. We saw the stem shooting out of the earth, reaching for the sunshine. You get the idea. We saw this, one of God’s creations grow, from a seed, to His magnificent creation.
I had never really sat quietly for any length of time, but we have been sitting now, quietly for several months. I used to struggle with it, but now I enjoy it, and I never thought that I would “enjoy” sitting and thinking.
Thinking has caused me to connect with God in a more powerful way. In the Master Key System, Haanel writes that thinking is the only way to connect with the Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent creator. To me, that’s God, and I have to say that I have been guilty of just throwing out a prayer, not on a regular basis mind you, that had little substance if any.
Now, when I open my Bible, I have a strong feeling of a connection to God. I understand now, that in my quiet time with my Lord, is when the magic happens. When I read the words in my Bible, I know that it is God speaking to me, and what He says in His Word (The Bible), are His promises to His people (me and you), and there’s nothing more powerful than that.
I am grateful, first of all to God for creating us. I’m grateful for the Bible, and God’s word. I’m grateful for the Master Key System, and I’m grateful for Mark and Davene Januszewski, for putting the Master Key Master Mind Alliance together. This has strengthened, and created a stronger connection to Christ for me, and there’s nothing more important than that.
At some point during this Master Key Master Mind Alliance course, the power of words was discussed, and I thought that I comprehended the magnitude of the case they presented. This week; however, we were asked to write out a specific phrase on ten of our index cards. The words of this phrase permeated my mind, as if my brain was a dry sponge, soaking up the power of the sentence. The phrase is powerful.
“What would the person I intend to become do next?”
That single phrase has been driving me this past week, and I don’t think a single waking hour has gone by that I have not brought that phrase to mind. It has driven me to do things that I may have previously put aside to do later. It drives me now, not only to do the things that I know I need to do for our MKMMA course, but also to do little things that I know are easy to do, but also easy not to do, and would advance my life’s Definite Major Purpose.
Think about it. We all have dreams and aspirations. We all think about what we would like to have more of and less of in our lives, but sometimes we don’t take the steps to get where we intend to be.
Now I have a challenge for you. I dare you, in fact, I double dog dare you. Imagine the person, that you intend to be, with all the dreams and aspirations included. Now ask yourself the question that can change everything for you…
“What would the person that I intend to become do next?”
Then take that action, and really see yourself becoming that person. After you have done this, if you would be so kind as to please come back and leave a comment as to how it has effected the things you do on a daily basis, I would really appreciate it.
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.
Now 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.
Where 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.
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 exception.
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 my 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 things 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.
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!
For 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 happens 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.
This week something very interesting happened. I have been to my veterinarians dozens of times before, but never with a goal to rescue dogs in mind. My goal really had nothing to do with my veterinarian, I just love my dog, and dogs in general; although my dog is the best dog ever. :)
I took my dog to see our vet for a routine procedure, and that night there happened to be a waiting room full of dogs, when I had never seen that before in all the years that we’ve taken our dog, Keysha, there. We walked in, and Keysha seemed to be at her best behavior, not growling, or barking at any of the other K9′s.
Soon, a woman named Lori walked into the room with an Australian cattle dog, that she later told me was a puppy, about 1 year of age. The dog was rambunctious, and she was very patient with it. Lori told me that she specialized in rescuing “herding dogs” and that the puppy she was there with was named Ralphie.
After talking to her for a bit, she told me that there were many organizations that would help people like me who wanted to rescue dogs. I had no idea that any organization was out there to help people like me, but I was stunned, and grateful to hear that I had options.
The story is a nice one, but the most amazing things are these facts.
One of my goals is to rescue dogs, and find awesome owners for them
I was going to research rescuing dogs
I have been thinkingabout rescuing dogs since the Master Key Master Mind Alliance started
It’s part of my Definite Major Purpose (DMP) to do so, and it has been for a while now
It’s on my “Movie Poster” (Dream board)
Lori told me where to go to get information. She told me that I had options for help to get started, and she gave me here phone number and email address in case I had any questions.
You may thing that this was a coincidence, but I would beg to differ. Things like this happen sometimes, and we thing nothing of it. Sometimes, if we really stop to thinkabout it, we may find that nothing that happens to us is due to chance, but it’s because we brought it upon ourselves.
I think that we all need to stop and think about the seemingly unimportant things that happen to us. If we do, we may find that they are not actually, “unimportant”, but that God’s trying to tell us something. He’s trying to help us, but we have to be attuned to what he has to reveal.
Let me put it this way. Sometime things occur in our lives, and it seems as though it’s just life unraveling day by day, as it always has for us, but if we really stop to think about our daily lives, we may actually RECOGNIZE something important for us, that we can RELATE to our purpose in life, then ASSIMILATE its meaning, and APPLY it to benefit our purpose in life (R2A2).
Things in our lives happen for a reason, like I told Lori. Some may consider it coincidence, but I think it’s important to pay attention and really consider the seemingly mundane occurrences in our everyday lives, because we may miss something that could be pivotal for us. If I didn’t take time to think, I know this incident would have slipped by unnoticed.
In the Charles Haanel’s, Master Key System, in chapter 11, he reminds us of the Bible scripture that says, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them” (Mark 11:24). Another translation, and the one that I use states, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.“ ~NKJV
The scripture immediately before verse 24 states, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” (Mark 11:23, NKJV). I would think that these two scriptures would go hand in hand, and not be separated when talking about belief, but at least in this case, they were.
It’s easy to see why they are both important. We, as humans, run into many mountains in our lifetime, and some of them, without strong belief, can crush us. We must believe! It’s very important but, sadly, the desire to believe is trained out of us from a very young age.
Think about the little boy, or girl, when talking about how much they love to swim exclaims, “When I grow up, I’m gonna have an ginormous swimming pool inside of my house, and I’m gonna buy one for my neighbor, and my best friend, and my cousin Alex.” What would most rational adults say to a statement like that? ”Oh, no. That’s not possible”. “Oh, that’s silly, stop dreaming and get real.” ”Now come on Paul, stop day dreaming, and act like a grown up”. On and on it goes, until we forget how to dream, and dream big, or we are afraid if we do, we’ll be ridiculed.
I’ll tell you this, if not dreaming means you have grown up… Then no thank you, I’d rather dream like a child, than waste away as an adult. When dreams are dashed, so are beliefs, and when you think of the young dreamer, don’t you think that he truly believes his dreams with all his heart. I think so.
I decided, even before starting the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, that I will not settle for being an adult in the sense that my dreams no longer matter. I’ve learned, while in Mark Januszewski’s, MKMMA course, how to vividly dream again, how to truly think, and how to truly believe, and connect with my Lord and Savior. I can see my dreams and my future clearly, and it’s so bright, that I have to wear shades. I dream big… Like a child.
In the Master Key System, Charles Haanel says, “Spiritual power is superior because it exists on a higher plane.”
Mark Januszewski, and The Fabulous Davene, told us at the beginning of the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, that they would not be guiding us in regard to what our goals and aspirations should be. They told us that we should decide for ourselves, and that we should follow our own paths. I’m grateful that they have given us this freedom, because it allow us to follow our own course, without any resistance from other outside influences. We can follow what is important to us, based on what we feel in our world within.
In regard to spiritual power, I decided long ago, before even starting the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, that God is my spiritual power, and He is my superior, existing on a higher plane. He is who I choose to follow, and whose principles I’ve decided to bond with. He is my omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent creator.
He is why we exist in the first place, and why we are allowed to continue to breath life into our being. He is our guide, our compass, and the reason we are allowed to have blood coursing through our bodies.
Hannel also states that, “…as the plant reaches down into the mineral world and touches it with the mystery of Life, so the Universal Mind [God] reaches down into the human mind and endows it with new, strange, wonderful and even marvelous qualities.” To me, this means that we have the promise from God, that if we believe with our hearts and minds, we can have what we desire, as long as it’s good, and in accordance with God’s will and righteousness.
God reaches into us, his creations, and endows us with His power. This is true, provided that we believe, and when we believe, we are empowered. He is our creator, He is one with us, and He wants us to believe, and truly have. Then, He will reach down into our minds, and endow us with marvelous qualities that we may stumble to ascertain.
This week, I will keep my post short, and give you some of the main observations from what I have learned so far. I am a big Anthony Robbins fan, arguably the most popular personal development guru out there, and I love what he does for people. I believe that he has a heart for the people that choose to listen to him, and a heart for the people that don’t. I believe that he is a man of integrity, and that he loves God. This is what I have gathered, based on all the programs that I’ve bought from him; however, I personally don’t consider Tony Robbins personal development programs to be the best anymore.
I BELIEVE, in my heart, and in my spirit, that the team of Mark and Davene Januszewski any of Robbin’s programs. I believe that what the Januszewski’s have done with their Master Key Master Mind Alliance program far exceeds anything any other personal development guru has tried to accomplish. This MKMMA course, I know, is something done from their hearts, and they want us all to succeed in any personal goal that we might have. They also, and most of all, want us to find our own personal BLISS, and live it.
Mark and Davene have immersed us, their MKMMA members, in a total and complete, positive mental environment, without directing us as to what our personal goals should be. We, are finding our own way, and all our paths are different.
Here is what I have found. Each and everyone of us is unique (obvious), but most of us don’t realize what our true potential is (we’re lost). We do have the ability to find our way, and find our bliss, and with the Master Key Master Mind Alliance, we have a short cut to our personal purpose.
I have never felt more sure of where I’m going. I have never felt more confidence about my personal outcome. I have rarely been more confident of myself, and I can’t tell you what a relief that is, as I have mentally, physically, and financially struggled through life for the last several years. For this, I’m grateful, first of all to God, and then to the Januszewski’s. Thank you!