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Self-confidence

For the past several weeks I’ve been thinking about self-confidence.even back then we discussed self-confidence

It’s funny, when you think about it: I began this journey in September 2014, and the first thing we were asked to do is to write down and read something called the Blueprint Builder. I have the copy I wrote out here still, and I read it aloud every day.

And what does it talk about? Well, when you join the Master Key Experience, you’ll find out, but there are five points, and two are about self-confidence:

… demanding of myself the development of self-confidence …

… until I have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment …

But I never noticed this until the past few weeks. This word, self-confidence, began jumping out at me every morning when I read the Blueprint Builder, and it made me curious.

Now, self-confidence has never been my strong point. Up until recently!

I just got this banner made for an event I’m going to this weekend:self-confidence

It’s 2 feet high and 4 feet long. So my face and name are going to be up on a banner above my booth, in front of everyone!

I never considered it until today.

But two years ago? I would have NEVER EVER EVER done this. NEVER. Promote myself? NEVER. Put myself “out there”? No way!

(The banner turned out perfectly, by the way. I love it!! 😀 )

So I feel as if I’ve made huge strides in this area without even being aware of it, simply by following the instructions in this course. Because I’ve gotten very clear about WHAT I WANT and put the beat-down on my old blueprint and did the work daily to begin installing a new blueprint (which, as it turns out, includes fostering self-confidence in very specific ways).

The Master Key Experience is not a “spend a bunch of money and have nothing to show for it but a feel-good networking session”. This is seriously changing my life for the better.

 

Visualization

I’ve been camping on Part 7 of the Master Keys this week, because it seems to me to be one of (if not the) most important chapters in the book. It talks heavily about visualization, how to do it, how to get better at it, and the different steps in the process.

Why is this important? Because when you can clearly see what you’re going to do, how you’re going to do it, and the things involved in making whatever you’re planning happen, getting it to happen is easy.

Haanel compares it to an architect planning a bridge. The strength of hundreds of parts must be determined in advance if the bridge is to hold up to traffic, weather, and so on. So much thought goes into a bridge, yet so few people put any thought into what they want the rest of their lives to be like

While I sat this week, visualizing the things I wanted in my life, how I wanted my day to go, I began to see what things I liked weren’t really doing much for me in other ways. I decided to sell a website I like but isn’t vital to me. I’m evaluating another to see if it needs to stay or go. It’s difficult work, because my ego wants me to believe that I can do it all, have it all, be it all, and be great in all of them, all at the same time.

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Resistance and miracles

This week has been very good and pretty bad at the same time. I won’t go into details, but the two major things I see here are my old blueprint and resistance. With a good dose of opinions on the side.


Anyone actually successful who’s reading this: when do you stop feeling as if you’re walking in a minefield? Perhaps that’s just my old blueprint as well.


I redid my DMP. In many ways I feel like this:

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Those things we call miracles are just the inexplicable things which happen as the universe comes to your aid. I know that. But is it resistance not to want to rely on them? To know how to do what I want to do?

I feel as if I’m pushing through a jungle, alone, in a direction where there’s no path. Is that resistance? Or is that a sign I should go a different way? I don’t know, and I think the not knowing is what scares me.

Fear, unworthiness … hey, that sounds like my comfort zone! Now I know what to do. 😀

That, my friend, is a miracle. 😉

Changes

As I alluded to last week, changes are happening in my household. As much as I love my husband, the loss of quiet time at my computer during my prime working hours in the morning (he’s up before I am) is taking some getting used to. But even more than that, I’m finding changes going on inside me too.

This week, I failed to meet a Definite Major Purpose (DMP) goal. It was, as you might have guessed, a financial goal. I’m really trying to figure out why, because we manifest our own reality. The closest I’ve gotten so far is that as I mentioned my goal, in my mind I pictured what I would do, how I would juggle things, if I didn’t make it. I did notice it many times and corrected myself. But my old money blueprint of “here we go and fail again” has still worked against me in this area.

I realized I needed to circumvent my old blueprint entirely, make it irrelevant. So I removed all the financial stuff from my DMP. If I truly get what I want, money won’t be an issue.

I’ve also realized that while my Personal Pivotal Needs (PPNs) are True Health and Legacy, Autonomy is rising up as a close third. I thought it was Liberty, but one of my main goals for getting money is the freedom to do what I want. And that’s more important to me than how much I have in my bank account. How do I know that? Because even though my online businesses allow me to run them anywhere, I’m still feeling weighed down by them. I have deadlines, obligations, expectations put on me. And I’m not getting anywhere near the return I thought I would when I began them.

changesSo here I am, yet again, trying to figure out if this is just me being flighty or whether I really should sell these and move on.

Since one of them is deeply tied into my DMP, something I’ve publicly announced I’m going to do, I have to ask myself why I’m feeling this way. There are some simple things I can do to make these more profitable. I know what I need to do. I’m not doing it. Why? Is it my old self-sabotaging blueprint again? Am I afraid of whatever breakthrough I’m going to make if I persist? Or am I just clinging to a dead horse no one else wants out of fear of doing what I really should be doing?

When you’re in this place, it seems dark. It seems overwhelming. But we know what that means. The real trick is knowing which way to go, what changes to make. But like that seed in the dark, we are given a major clue. I just need to follow it.

What is your endgame?

Where do you want to end up? Have you even thought about it? I’m not talking about “do you want to go to heaven?” – I’m talking about your endgame.endgame

In most adventures (and the Hero’s Journey, if anything, is an adventure) at least one person has an endgame. Save the princess, get the magic ring – or if you’re the villain, take over the world (or something similar). They’ve thought the matter through. They know where they’re going, what they want to do, what they want to achieve.


Some studies indicate that men have an increased chance of death just after they retire. I wonder if these men considered retirement their endgame so fervently that when they did retire, they didn’t know what to do next. Perhaps for them, retirement was all they needed; they felt ready to go. Or perhaps they felt the loss of identity and prestige from not working was too much to bear. I’m not sure.

(my husband retired this week, so maybe this is why I’ve been thinking about this)


A big part of the Master Key Experience revolves around a simple question: What do you want?

The tendency is to think too small: I want a new car in 2016, I want to take the kids to Disneyland in 2017. Not that these things are bad, but the real question is: what do you want to do with your life? What is really important to you? Why are you even here?

If your only reason for existence is to get a new car or go to Disneyland, then fine. But where do you want to end up? We’re all going to die someday. Where do you want to live, right before then? How do you want to spend your time? What do you want to accomplish, so you don’t look back on your life with regret?

You can figure out your endgame, and once you do, it makes the rest of your life so much easier, because then you know where you’re going! Figuring this out is not actually that difficult, if you have someone to guide you through it. The only person who makes figuring your life out difficult is you.

My endgame is right here.

The Master Key Experience comes once a year, in September. This course helps you work through these questions, and more. If you’d like more information about it you can go here, or fill out the form below.

What is your value?

I thought about value this morning while I read The Greatest Salesman by Og Mandino. This month’s reading talks a lot about multiplying our value, and a lot of people take that as “make more money” or “work way harder” and I’m not convinced that this is what Mandino is referring to. Does how hard you work or how much money you make determine your value? Some people think this is the case, but I disagree.

He talks about a grain of wheat which becomes many grains once it’s planted – but I don’t think it’s just about having a bunch of kids, or even “duplicating” yourself in a business sense, even if that was a possibility. That particular concept sounds like putting cement on others to me.

He talks about setting goals, but are the goals really what gives you value?

So what is your value?

You have intrinsic value from being alive, being human, giving and receiving from others in your group. But there’s more:

A field of clay touched with the genius of man becomes a castle …value-castle-917427_1920

… cannot I do the same with the clay which bears my name?

It seems to me as if this is saying it’s what we do with ourselves that makes the difference. Sure, you can eat and sleep and go to the bathroom and have kids and interact with others of your kind and do whatever you need to in order to have and get those things comfortably. But is that any different than what animals do?

It’s the genius of man, our thinking, which improves and multiplies the basic value that we’re born with.

We all know those “field of clay” people – and I certainly don’t look down on those who have no aspirations other than to eat and have kids and such. Just like the field, they have intrinsic value. They are good and useful and even beautiful in their own right. But I don’t think that you’re here because that’s what you want to be. You want to become a castle, metaphorically speaking. You want your life to be grand. You want to be a refuge of safety, an inspiration, a tower of strength, the launching point of something new and exciting and wonderful. You have dreams of making the world around you better.

Today I surpass every action which I performed yesterday. I climb today’s mountain to the utmost of my ability yet tomorrow I climb higher than today, and the next higher than tomorrow. To surpass the deeds of others is unimportant; to surpass my own deeds is all.

A lot of people believe their best days – the times when they had the most value, the most worth – were when they were in high school, or some other point in the past. To me, this is just cement.

Multiplying your value

I believe that multiplying my value means multiplying the abilities I have inside. Being able to do more than I did yesterday, last week, last year. Being more of a person than I was. Having more inner strength, more kindness, more love.

Multiplying my value means increasing my courage.

It does take courage to multiply your value, I think. That little seed needs courage to emerge from its shell. If it makes the wrong choice as to when to emerge, does so too soon, it can’t go back in. On the other hand, if it waits too long, stays in the seed, refuses to come out, it rots. But if it takes the opportunity to emerge, and persists in doing so, it can become something amazing.

 

Darkness

This week has gone well, and for my old blueprint, darkness tends to follow.

This time, I asked myself: Why should I feel this way when things are going well?


darknessThis month’s reading in The Greatest Salesman is about multiplying your own value. It makes the analogy of a wheat seed and how it multiplies from one to many seeds, which then multiply to many more. But in this, Og Mandino writes:

To grow and multiply it is necessary to plant the wheat grain in the darkness of the earth and my failures, my despairs, my ignorance, and my inabilities are the darkness in which I have been planted in order to ripen.

So darkness has value.


I’ve felt that darkness has value for a long time now. I feel as if much of the problems of the world are an attempt not to feel, not to think, to avoid the potentially dark areas in ourselves, as if they had some sort of power. But they only have power when ignored and suppressed, as far as I can tell.

I get the feeling that a lot of people – in and out of the Master Key Experience – are surprised or put off that one of the items on my DMP is a story which is so dark that I’ve seen people read the back cover, put it down, and walk away, saying, “I can’t read this.”

I admit, it’s not for everyone. But neither is it simply a wallow in darkness. I believe that stories have great power, and when you’re in darkness yourself having someone tell you, “see, there’s someone else here too” is a comfort that those who shy away from it will never be able to give. But you have to be willing and able to go there in order to help.

Darkness has its own beauty as well. The smallest bit of light becomes even brighter, and this is where the seed is transformed, reborn if you will, to become something it could never have been otherwise.

Do you think the seed is doing well? It’s doing what it was meant to do, becoming what it was intended to become.

I realized this week that asking why I might be in darkness when things are going well was the wrong question. The real question is: am I doing what I was meant to do? Am I becoming what I was intended to become? Am I breaking the hard crust of cement which has surrounded my life? If so, darkness might be exactly where I need to be right now. 🙂

The Law of Attraction is no secret

You might remember that movie “The Secret”? I never saw it but as far as I can tell from looking on Wikipedia that the premise is that the Law of Attraction is a secret that is being suppressed by some sort of conspiracy.secret

Which makes no sense to me: if it’s really a “Natural Law” (as Haanel claims it to be over and over) then it is just as evident as any other.

I wrote last week about knocking a chunk of what we call “cement” off – basically, getting to a root of something from my old blueprint which had been holding me back from what I could be. The next day I watched a webinar about releasing money blocks with some fantastic tools in it which I was now in the mindset to be able to use. Two days later I sold over $1000 of courses from one of my websites.

Cause and effect? Or coincidence?

Does it matter? My credit card company doesn’t care; they just want their money. 😉

Just for fun, let’s go backwards here. I’ve been pounding away on this particular website trying to make it profitable for over five years now. I’ve written hundreds of pages of information, and up to now, over 70% just clicked away from it. The particular course I sold all that with just now has been up and running for two years now. Barely a bite.

Could I have been attracting the wrong people, perhaps?

I haven’t changed much of anything on my website, except to make it more mobile-friendly a couple of months ago.

Anyways, I take the view that if something works, I don’t care about the details of why, unless it’s really relevant or interesting. I have too much to do with my life to spend time trying to analyze everything.

I’m pretty happy with this unexpected “experiment” – and this is making me think about my other experiment, which has been going on for over a year now. I’m making progress, but it’s not going as fast as I would like. Now I’m wondering why, and what different thoughts I might need to have in order to make it go faster.

You can do all this too: there’s no “secret” or “magic” about it. But first you have to begin looking at what you’re thinking right now, in real life. I have a booklet called “The 7 Day Mental Diet” which is free. Fill out the form at the top of this page (or the one that pops up, they both go to the same place), and I’ll send it to your email.

A major breakthrough

I was doing my reading of the Master Keys this morning like usual, and I came across this in part 11:

… the supply is created by the demand.

And next to it, last year I wrote:

If the supply is created by the demand, and there is not sufficient supply, it is only due to insufficient demand. (BURNING DESIRE)

And it occurred to me: if I don’t have sufficient demand inside me for what I claim I want, what am I really demanding that is either superseding that or blocking that? I sat with the question for some time, until it began to come to me.

This post isn’t going to be like the others. I’m going to link to another blog of mine that I bet 99.99999999% of people who come here have never and will never go to, even though it’s been linked on my About Me page from the beginning.

If you go there, be warned that there is cursing. A lot of cursing. That blog is not about being pretty or nice. It is about my struggles with severe mental illness. I am being very real, and I am doing it over there so as not to mess up anyone’s brand or be offensive to anyone. If you still want to read it, go there.

If you just want a summary, here it is:

  • I have had fairly serious problems with money for a while now
  • it’s been based in my old blueprint (duh) which is pretty twisted up around the subject
  • I think I’m beginning to find my way out

This has been mainly through looking more closely at who I am and what these things I claim I want (like money) mean to me. My way may or may not work for you; the point of taking the MKE is to find out what works for you, without the influence of others getting in the way.

After two years of pretty intensive hammering on the subject, a chunk of cement falls off. That could either be encouraging or not, depending on your attitude. But if you don’t start hammering nothing’s going to happen. 🙂

Want to begin? The 7 day mental diet is as good a place as any to start. If that popup box hasn’t popped yet, scroll down and you’ll see it. Or take a look at the box at the top of the page. Fill one of them out, read the booklet I send you, and give it a try.

 

The secret to reaching your goals

I know many people think that there’s a secret to reaching goals. I used to think that too. Sometimes I still think that way when my old blueprint tries to sneak up on me.

These past two weeks were like that: I felt lost and foggy, which didn’t surprise me. This is often a bad time of year for me anyway, but often when I’m in a more structured environment and then that disappears, it takes a while for me to become more self-directed again. Many of this year’s students have been saying the same thing.

So while it felt uncomfortable at times, and I even began having doubts about some things I know I can have in my life (along the lines of could I really do them), I knew it would pass, because this sort of thing has happened before.

Is there really a secret to achieving goals?

Today I was reading in the Master Key and something jumped out at me in the foreword to part 9:

If you wish to change conditions you must change yourself.

Haanel change conditions

Okay, I’m sure most of you are thinking: so how does one do that, exactly? Well, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, this shouldn’t be too mysterious.

Hold in mind the condition desired; affirm it as an already existing fact.

Again, it boils down to: WHAT DO YOU WANT? You have to be specific. Literal. If a computer did what you just said and thought, what would happen? Because it will happen if you affirm it as an already existing fact.

We never question it when we do this in the negative sense (something like “why does this always happen to me?” – which is another affirmation as an existing fact) but for some reason people get all twisted around about doing this in the positive sense. As if there’s something weird or wrong about positive thinking.

But I digress.

Haanel goes on to say:

Character is not a thing of chance, but it is the result of continued effort.

Well, then. I guess I have slacked off a bit, and gotten off my target.

I’ve been feeling over the past few days that I need to lighten myself, to begin cutting things out of my life that aren’t getting me to my goals, that don’t advance my objective.

I feel this is another “secret” which people leave out when talking about the process of getting what you want. It’s all very well to have intention and ambition, but you can’t physically do everything you might have the whim to do (I’m looking at you, Facebook), for the simple reason that there isn’t time. You have to decide what stays in your life and schedule and what goes. I’ve done this before, but I feel as if that sort of pruning needs to happen again.

So I’m going through a time of refocusing, I think, which is always good.

How are you doing these days? Have you found that the mental diet is helping you?

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