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Week 13 – October Sky…Keep Believing

Part of our assignment this week with the Master Key Mastermind was to watch one or more of four movies that speaks to the very life lessons we have been learning these past 12+ weeks.  The first of the four movies I watched was October Sky.  How inspiring!  Young Homer, a high school student in a coal mining town was inspired by the Sputnik rocket he and his town observed on its maiden run.  The seed of desire was planted — His dream was big with possibilities and he had the willingness to take extraordinary measures and efforts to see it manifested.  As our teachings clearly urge, he established a “mastermind alliance” among his peers and surrounding adults to support and encourage him as well as contribute to the process.  His teacher, Miss Riley was extremely instrumental in nurturing his early defined DMP (definite major purpose) until it was strong enough to withstand the usual push back from those with myopic vision.

One of my favorite lines in the movie is an exchanged between Homer and one of his “early-on” adult supporters–a welder.  Homer’s request for further welding assistance was repeatedly turned down.  The welder said, “You don’t give up do you?”  Homer’s reply, “I can’t!”  …and he didn’t.  Even when the look of despair was all over his face.  At one point he was looking up to the the stars in the sky with despair all over his face because he was traveling away from his dream as he was being lowered below the ground into the mines.  Wow…what a great visual…

Finally remember, to launch your dream it most likely will required a short term sacrifice for the long term benefit.  More specifically, you may need to maintain your “day” job while consistently working on your dream in every waking moment beyond core commitments.  Despite nay-sayers including key loved ones, little Homer kept believing, kept learning, kept growing and kept pressing on to ultimate success.  It’s a delightful movie to watch and even more inspiring .  Check it out!

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Week 12 – Get Honest, Get Busy!

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Each week in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance we are given instructions to prepare for the week, key thoughts and reminders to keep in mind and a list of honorable and tangible requirements.  This week prep bullet number 3C arrested my attention.  It states, “It’s time to get completely HONEST with yourself…it’s time…RIGHT NOW to start over if you messed up…restart now. Your future life is worth it. “Do it now.”

I love the grace of a restart. In the past I’ve labeled it a rebooting, redesigning, etc. and have often encouraged my coaching clients to begin by being completely honest with themselves–and with me.  What do you REALLY want?  What have you REALLY been doing toward the goal you indicated as important?  Once they have come clean, it is then time to release any feelings of condemnation or regret associated with “messing up” — “clean the slate” and begin again.  I choose to allow myself the same opportunity and commit today to begin again with a renewed focus and associated actions to be back on track for mental mastery and ultimately optimal physical manifestations.  The Word speaks of forgiveness and restoration generously given and I choose to fully accept it, exhale, roll up my sleeves and get busy.  You too can do the same. No matter what may have been or is the issue, exhale, roll up your sleeves, get honest and get busy!


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Week 11 – What do you believe? (The Power & Importance of Beliefs)

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One thing that resonated with me this week in our Master Key Mastermind Alliance reading was the power and importance of beliefs.  Sections 17 to 18 emphasized this point with sentences like, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24); and “We are first to believe that our desire has already been fulfilled, it’s accomplishment will then follow.”  Wow, both very powerful statements supporting the power and importance of beliefs.

What do you believe?

Beliefs are indeed life defining and action directing.  What you believe significantly regulates your behavior on all fronts.  Our beliefs define how we think the world works and how we should interact with it.  They bridge the gap between what we “know” and what we “assume” in order for us to function day-to-day, make decisions, and choices.

A very rudimentary example would be if you believe a particular chair is solid and strong you sit in it without any hesitation or conscious thought.  On the other hand if you believe you are too heavy for a particular chair you will remain standing.  Another widely accepted belief is in the laws of gravity.  We believe them so much so that unless we want to die, we avoid walking off the top of a 20 story skyscraper because we “believe” that will result in our death.

Here’s a people perception example:  If you believe people are inherently good, you will very likely give people the benefit of the doubt when questionable conditions arise.  To the contrary, if you fundamentally believe people are lazy and always looking for shortcuts you will more quickly believe the worst when questionable conditions arise.

Spiritually, your beliefs or lack of belief in the mercy, grace, and forgiveness of God will determine your level of anxiety, hope and empathy you exemplify in your life.

Our beliefs are formed in a variety of ways over the years and are not necessarily based on what has been proven or accepted as true.  In other words, we may believe many things, personally, that are impossible to prove scientifically, or even that we know are unlikely to be true and yet we continue to believe them anyway.  Plus, everyone who lives has another set of beliefs…some overlap but it’s likely impossible for any two people to have the exact set of beliefs.  That, to say the least, can be confusing and exacerbating.

So you may be asking, “What does this all mean and how is it relevant to my strategic plan of action?”  Good question.  The key take-away is remembering that to a very large extent, our beliefs directly impact our actions and the beliefs we are operating on today may not be those you’d chose to be guided by going forward.  For example, if someone has said to you over and over that you can’t do something and you’ve adopted that belief to be your own now, you can decide that you will change that belief.  Doing so would certainly be wise and will serve you better going forward.  That change would not occur however if it is not first recognized.

Additionally being mindful of the influencing power of beliefs on behavior can help you when trying to understand other people and their “odd” behaviors.  They could simply be operating from very different beliefs.  What you do with that understanding is a subsequent question but understanding it can be very empowering.

With all that said, I return to the question, “What do you believe?”

Suggestion:  Identify your beliefs in various areas of your life including beliefs about yourself, people in general, other races, authority, the government role, faith, God, what’s possible, etc.


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Week 10 – Cease & Desist: I Persist, I Win!

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CEASE AND DESIST DEMAND
Pursuant to Title 10 of the Winner’s Code – I Persist, I Win!

December 5, 2013

Cie Jai’s Subby
606 Comfort Lane
Stymied City, RS (Restricting Success)

Dear Ms. Subby:

I am writing to notify you that your defaming, slander, and limiting of my potential must stop immediately.  You are infringing upon my optimal success.  Accordingly, you are hereby directed to

CEASE AND DESIST ALL UNDERMINING AND LIMITING ACTIVITIES.

More specifically, it has come to my attention that you are defaming me by claiming I’m intended to live a nice but mediocre life.  Further you’ve tried to pass off as true that I will quit changing my blueprint because of setbacks in my efforts in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance work.  WRONG!!

The truth is, I am indeed powerful beyond measure and will absolutely experience exponential growth, success and fulfillment in the weeks, months and years to come.  The truth is I’m the head and not the tail, above and not beneath.  The truth is I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Yes, the truth is I am fearfully and wonderfully made and no weapon, including your hindering attempts, shall prosper.  The truth is I will never give up–I will never give in–I will never give out–it’s not over until I win.  I persist, I win!!

If you continue to engage as this restrictive and hindering force after receiving this letter, your actions will be evidence of the need to apply the full force of my mental reconditioning law enforcement agency.

If you or your rationalizing attorney have any questions, always remember my answer and commitment is, “I Persist, I Win!!”

Sincerely,

Platinum President Celeste Jonson