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Week 5 – My trip to Twittertown


Ok, ok…I know Twitter has been a jumping site to visit for some time now.  I have even had a twitter account since its initial flutter however I only stepped a toe across the border.  Yes I opened an account and engaged in some initial set up activities but that was the extent of my experience…until this week!  I’ve finally actually entered Twittertown, have scheduled some quality time there, and have discovered new skills, new friends, new possibilities, new potential, and new excitement.

New Skills: More specifically I’m thrilled to have set up Tweet Deck and especially love now being able to schedule a full day of inspiring messages in the morning and have them shared throughout the day.  This simple process, small to some, is very exciting to me!  Small skill, big potential impact.

New Friends: It is great to be able to gain quick momentum by having the MasterKey Mastermind group there proactively seeking to engage with me and encouraging my efforts.  The group of my “new friends” are so diverse in backgrounds, experiences, locations, and personalities yet common in the journey to do and be our best selves.  Together they represent a great pool of insight and wisdom.

New Possibilities: Wow…what is the full extent of what is possible using this vehicle?  My mind is certainly exploring the possibilities daily.

New Potential: Just how can I leverage this tool to assist me in living out my DMP (Definite Major Purpose for those who may not be familiar with that reference)?  I’m excitedly looking for the specific strategies to present themselves from my “subby.”

New Excitement: I’m actually looking forward to assembling a new series of messages to share tomorrow.

Week five of this MasterKey Mastermind journey, headed up by Mark J, and the fabulous Davene (along with their support team) pushed me to make the trip to Twittertown and spend some time there…and I’m very glad I did.  Keep an eye out for my next tweet…better yet, send me a tweat at @celestejonson.

Until next time and always…keep believing!


Week 4 – Shhhh! Silence is Golden, Stillness is Divine.


Recently I tweeted, “God can’t express through you as long as you are busy with your plans…your own purposes; quiet the senses, seek inspiration…”, listen, trust & obey!  That was one of the many gems of wisdom we (my fellow MasterKey Masterminders and I) pondered this week.

Further we were challenged to consider the fact that “Over-work or over play or over-bodily activity of any kind produces conditions of mental apathy and stagnation.  It makes it impossible to do the more important work which results in a realization of conscious power.  We should therefore seek silence frequently.  Power comes through repose (rest); it is in the Silence that we can be still, and when we are still, we can think, and thought is the secret of all attainment.”

These are such powerful reminders or in some cases admonishments for each of us.  We can, and I dare say must intentionally get off the treadmill life so generously invites us on and instead, choose to get quiet, be still.  Sitting still and quiet for 15 minutes or more daily is part of our process and it truly is transformational.  While sitting you can do one of two things: Think on the desired outcome at any given point you designate or purely sit and listen to God speaking and directing you toward your next step.  I believe God is always speaking (directly or indirectly) and my challenge and perhaps yours as well is that we are too busy and in too noisy an environment to hear Him.

Several years ago while providing Peak Performance Training to church leaders in Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa), we challenged the participants to spend a good part of one afternoon anywhere they chose on the grounds in total silence.  It was one of the most powerful and enlightening parts of the training.  I will never forget that experience.  It brought meaning to the familiar phrase, Silence is golden and indeed Stillness is divine.   I can promise you that if you would begin to practice silence and stillness you will find a great deal of power and clarity as well.

Okay, enough chatter.  I choose to end my contribution to your external stimulation and urge you to stop now, even if it’s for just a minute, turn everything off–television, radio, computer, cell phone ringer, etc. and experience a bit of silence and stillness.  Do it now. Do it now!  Do it now!!

Be Still…Be Quiet…Shhhh!  Enjoy!

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Week 4 – R.I.P. Common Sense (Side Bar)


An Obituary printed in the London Times

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

– Why the early bird gets the worm;

– Life isn’t always fair;

– And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).   His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.  She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust;  by his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;  I Know My Rights; I Want It Now; Someone Else Is To Blame; I’m A Victim; and Pay me for Doing Nothing.

NOTE: Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.


Week 3 – Five Keys to Leveraging the Power of Your Mind — ‘hmmm!”


Oh my goodness…W.O.W. again!!  (What an Outstanding Week…again!)

First, just waking up this morning “in my right mind, with a reasonable portion of health and strength” (as the old saints used to say at church) is a tremendous blessing.  If you’re reading this blog that is likely something you can be grateful for as well.

Further, this week I had the opportunity to delve into understanding how our most precious gift, our mind, works.  Distinguishing the differences between the conscious and subconscious mind, their respective functions and most importantly how to leverage their synergy is truly fascinating and totally empowering.  It’s priceless. Check this out…

When we talk about the mind, the average person thinks about the conscious mind — the objective brain functions.  That makes sense because it is what is most discussed, tested for, and evident in our day to day living.  It is where our perception from the physical senses come from and it controls the movements of our body, etc.  Equally important, yet less commonly discussed and underrated is our sub-conscious mind often associated with the solar plexus.  It is the intelligence that never sleeps or rests any more than does our heart and blood flow–and supports many other vital functions of our bodies. It is the storehouse of our memory and the creative “building contractor”, if you would, of our lives.

Most fascinating is the idea that though extraordinarily powerful and key contributor to our choice of actions, the subconscious part of our mind cannot argue, it only acts.  It is intelligent, creative, and responsive to the will of the conscious mind.  It does not analyze ideas, that is the role of the conscious mind.  It depends on the conscious mind to determine what it should act on and with consistent and focused directive, it goes to work to carry out the plans and ideas as may be suggested to it by the conscious mind.  Think about that…really think about that.  If that is true, and it certainly sounds feasible, how can you, I or anyone leverage that understanding for optimal outcomes in our lives?

The first step is being aware of the characteristics of each aspect of our minds.  This message begins addressing that.

Second, determine and clarify your desired outcome.  Choose to focus on what you want not what you don’t want. The key is being clear!  Make that your committed practice.

Third, your subconscious takes the message you send it as truth, scans your memory, your experiences, ideas, etc. to support it. Program it to tap its expansive resources and extraordinary power.

Fourth, be mindful that it is not necessary to outline how you want the subconscious to apply its intelligence on your desired outcome, you simply need to communicate what you desire.  Ideas and ways on how is what the subconscious supplies the conscious.

Fifth, follow your mind…your subconscious mind that is.  Trust it.

Okay enough for now.  There is more and it really is fascinating.  Come in a day or so (at the longest a week) for more things that make you go “hmmm!”


Week 2 – The Amazing Power Duo — The Mind


The first sentence in our study this week was: “The operations of the mind are produced by two parallel modes of activity…one conscious and other sub-conscious.”

I’ve always known of each and that they are responsible for very different aspects of our “thinking.”  What was wonderful this week was exploring those differences in greater detail.  Understanding the differences and how to leverage them collectively is key to optimizing your success.  Following are snippets from the lesson.  Consider the distinctions…

The conscious mind, or objective mind, is reasoning will.  It is outward focused, changeable and facilitates our ability to walk at will, raise our arms when we choose to and give our attention through sight and hearing to any subject we please.   It has the ability to discriminate, make choices, and reason.  It is also uniquely positioned to influence, rule, and guard the subconscious mind.

The conscious mind is what we most commonly refer to when we talk about our mental capabilities.  It is the “intelligence” what we test in school, are interviewed for on the job, and what we connect with in the world using our five senses.  With it we can do amazing things.

The subconscious mind, or subjective mind by contrast, is instinctive desire, and is inward focused.  It manages the regular functions which make physical life possible i.e. keeps our heart beating, our blood circulating, and our growth, nerves and muscle tissue doing what they were designed to do as well as managing other vital processes.

It operates in a majestic, rhythmic manner, subject to no vacillation, but constant at every moment.  This is certainly something we want when it comes to our vital functions.

Further the subconscious inspires us; warns us; furnishes us with names, facts and scenes from the storehouse of memory.  It directs our thoughts, tastes, and accomplishes tasks so intricate that no conscious mind has the capacity for.

One of my favorite understandings of the power of the subconscious mind is the fact that the subconscious mind does not engage in the process of proving.  It does not know the difference between what is real and what is fake.  Drama or shock that occurs in a movie impacts the subconscious mind as though it is real life.  It is your conscious mind that says, “chill out, it’s only a movie.”  The subconscious mind relies upon the conscious mind, to guard it from harmful ideas, mistaken impressions — mental stimulation or triggers that can lead to unwanted results.  Alternately, it looks to the conscious mind to provide the ideas and visions — mental stimulation that when manifested would be our desired outcome.  When the conscious mind leverages the power of the the subconscious mind, the possibilities are beyond our imagination.  Just think about that…

Wow!!  Your mind is a wonderful gift from God and it is up to you to figure out how to unleash its power for optimal success.  I trust the information in this blog post has peaked your interest to learn more about the amazing power duo of the mind..  What will you do with this information?

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Week 1 – W.O.W! (What an Outstanding Word!) – Habits!


“The only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the differences of their habits.  Good habits are the key to all success.  Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure…” Scroll 1, The Greatest Salesman in the World, Og Mandino.

That is such a simple yet profound (and outstanding) statement.  Just think about it!  It’s our habits…what we do consistently that charts our course and determines the outcomes in life.  Mental habits, physical habits, attitudinal habits–they all matter.   Are your habits helping you achieve what you want or are they undermining your dreams?  Do you want to lose that extra 20 pounds you’ve been carrying around but your late night ritual (habit) is to eat a snack to fill your stomach (facilitating weight gain) before bed?  Want to learn a new skill that will contribute to your marketability but that episode of Scandal keeps you from the scheduled webinar?

The challenge I received this week, and that I am passing on to you, is to begin right away establishing the habits that will help you most directly get where you want go.  Og Mandino goes on to say, “I will form good habits and become their slave.”  Consider that your target.

Indeed this first week of the Masterkey Mastermind has been outstanding.  It is truly amazing what can shift in your life in just days.  I’m so looking forward to what’s next.  Stay tuned…