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Week 21 – Well Done!!

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What would you do if today was your last day to live?  Would you change anything on your schedule?  Who would you call?  What would you say?  Is there anyone in your life you need to apologize to and/or forgive?  Are you right with your creator?  What have you always wanted to do?  Can you do it today?  Who could you bless today? How could you most express / demonstrate love?  What can you do today to exemplify what you want people to remember you by?

Whoa…a lot of really great questions huh?…questions that can yield important answers that could and should impact our choices of activities for today and any additional days we may be blessed to have.  This week our Master Key Mastermind group is ending the reading of the scroll marked five in Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman of the World book.  The repeated stated message is, I will live this day as if it is my last…What shall I do with this last precious day? This is not a new question to me.  I have asked myself the question more than once and often posed it to audiences I have spoken to over the years.  Each time, however it causes me to pause and re-evaluate my current plans.  I trust it will do the same for you.

Steve Jobs, of Apple fame, is often attributed to the following quote:

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If you have only 24 hours before you take your last breathe, what would you do with the next 60 minutes?  …the next 5 minutes?

I certainly pray that both you and I have many more days ahead to enjoy, contribute and love in this life experience.  I simultaneously know that living each day as if it is our last is a great way to prompt us to think of how to optimize each amazing moment of life we’ve been given.  I encourage you to really pause, ask and answer these questions posed and adjust your choices accordingly.  Live in such a way that at the end, both you and God will say “Well done!”

Song: Well Done by Deitrick Haddon

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Week 20/2 – Three Great Thougts to Think About

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As I was listening to our Master Key 20 for my Master Key Mastermind journey three statements, among so many, stood out to me.  They made me pause and think.  Thought I’d share them with you so you can do the same.  Here they are:

1. The power of thought, if understood and correctly used is the greatest labor saving devise ever dreamed of.  Wow, think about that.  The power of thought, which we all have but is almost always underutilized is something we need to pause, contemplate and accept the reality.  We then need to make it a personal quest to greater understand it’s power.  I believe that once more people first recognize  and then leverage the power God gave us all and The key is first understanding what you have.  Then determining how to optimally use it–FOR GOOD!  Keep in mind, the power of thought is neutral.  It is in the application that determines the outcome which leads me to the next statement.

2. You can’t plan the thought of any kind and reap the fruit of another.  It just doesn’t work like that.  I other words, just like planning seeds in your garden.  You cannot plant corn and expect roses to grow from that seed.  Why do caustic people (based on their thinking and subsequent actions) wonder why their lives are caustic.  Reexamine what kind of thought seeds you are planting.  If it is not bearing the kind of fruit you most desire, change the seeds.

3. The power to think consecutively, deeply and clearly is an avowed and deadly enemy to mistakes and blunders, superstitions, unscientific theories, irrational beliefs, etc.  Just think…what would it be like if we leverage our thoughts in such a way as to divert or eliminate mistakes and blunders?

Aren’t those great questions?  Think about them and leave your comment below.  I’d love to hear what you think.


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Week 20 – FEAR-less Living

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The word FEAR has long been said to mean False Evidence Appearing Real and certainly whoever coined that has a point…a good point. When fear is present / evident, very often it is based on something we have created or allowed to enter our mental space that is not grounded in reality…it’s an undesirable imagined outcome. (Wow, I was just typing and that last phrase just came out…(an undesirable imagined outcome)…I really like that…smile). With that said I came up with another way to break down the letters in the word FEAR…not as succinct but it makes the point.
F – For
E – Emergencies only
A – Always
R – Restore faith and peace quickly

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Note: Fearless living sounds really nice and to a significant extent a desired state however in our zeal for optimal states of living we must remember that fear in some impending real danger circumstances serves us well. Life is not always absolute black and white…we must be able to see and leverage gray.

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Check out my friend and colleague, Rhonda Britten.  She launched Fearless Institute years ago and in this brief video clip she shares a tip you might want to use.  Until next time, and always…keep believing!


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Week 19 – Mama’s Wisdom Confirmed

I can remember my mother often saying to me, “You can sell the Brooklyn Bridge and not even own it!”  As a young child not even knowing where Brooklyn was I didn’t totally understand her comment but she said it with such conviction and so often that I believed her.  (As my friend Les Brown would often say, sometimes you have to borrow someone else’s belief until yours kicks in.)  Mama would further say, “…so stand tall, head up, shoulders back, put a smile on your face and go sell that bridge!!”  I would obediently take that physical posture along with her faith and found myself doing some really incredible things.  The success I met fed my belief and a wonderful cycle of significant achievements in my life began.  Today whenever my confidence may be challenged I remember her directive of taking a power stance (my words, not hers) and reconnect with her belief in me and mine in God, and  I quickly shift anxiety to excitement.

This week in our mastermind group our fearless leader, Mark Januszewski (Mark J) shared his experience with using his body posture to bolster his confidence whenever desired.  He would intentionally raise his testosterone level and reduce his cortisol level via body positioning right before major presentations or other important people engagements.  Yes, our body positioning can and does impact not only how others see us but how we see ourselves. It really is a simple and wonderful fact–one that can totally shift outcomes for you.  So here is your mission, should you decide to accept it, check out the high and low power poses below and then practice high-power poses for two or more minutes a day especially before any important meetings or events to experience this amazing power.

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Mark shared with us a video of Amy Cuddy doing a TED talk back in June 2012 discussing various experiments she and her team facilitated to support this concept.  (Click on the link below to see it yourself–it is well worth your time.)  This research confirms what my mama (and perhaps your mama) used to say decades ago.  Indeed Mama’s wisdom was confirmed!


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Week 18 – The Answer, “I am and You are”

Wow, I just finished watching the movie “I Am” (Tom Shadyac) twice!  What a stimulating, thought provoking and inspiring movie pointing to our common reality and what we are equipped to do about it.  It is based on seeking the answers to two basic questions, “What’s wrong with our world?” and “What can we do about it?”  One of Albert Einstein’s quotes summarizes it all.  He said, “Humanity is going to require a substantially new way of thinking if it is to survive.”  I agree.

The documentary graphically highlights real, modern day issues we face, beliefs we hold, and attitudes we exemplify. It says we tell ourselves “stories” to live…stories that are often based on faulty premises.  One of the many thoughts shared was the idea of many being cannibalistic…not eating the actual flesh of another but eating the life of another by unconscionable self interest and boundless materialism.  What is enough?  Were we really ‘born to buy’ and is ‘less’ really a bore?’  How is it okay to step over or simply ignore those around us who simply want and need life sustaining food?  Many waste more than homeless people can imagine? What is further disturbing is the fact that we are hardwired for compassionate response to the trouble of others yet far too many ‘choose’ to override that until it is a major event i.e. 9/11, a tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, or the likes.

Even more exciting was the revelation that science (a story we tell) is finally catching up with understanding what God put in place eons ago.  We are truly amazing creatures with extraordinary abilities to influence and love.  Our emotions modulate our heart signals and emanates a measurable magnetic field that impacts/affects those around us and ultimately our world!  Ok…I know I’m throwing a lot at you in this one post but it is really fascinating and there is so much more.  I’m thrilled that this was one of the films we were encouraged to watch in our Master Key Mastermind group and I likewise encourage you to do the same.  Google it, “I Am” watch it, be amazed, and most importantly do something with what you learn.  What is wrong with the world and simultaneously what is right with the world?  The answer is, I am…and you are!


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Week 17 HJ – Be Great…Be of S.E.R.V.I.C.E.

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The key…a foundational master key for us all is to be of service to the greater good.  Our purpose (DMAs), our mission, our calling is tied to others in our world.  When we fully embrace this idea our possibility landscape expands, our heart grows, our love and life expands.  Decide today to commit to being of service to the greater good and to be great at it, beginning today. Consider the following ideas to get your started.

S – Share / Give often and anonymously if possible

E – Engage with others–reach out and mastermind

R – Release your position, old ideas, your ability to influence

V – Voice your ideas, suggestions, recommendations, gratitude

I – Inspire, encourage, and love others

C – Collaborate and celebrate

E – Embrace change…embrace grace…embrace acceptance…embrace life!

One of my favorite quotes on service is by Martin Luther King.  He was quoted as saying, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace…a soul generated by love.”