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Week 24 – Give more, Get more…but Beware!

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The principle give more to get more has some merits.  Giving generally activates the law of reciprocity.  Dr. Luke of the ancient scriptures, (The Bible) is quoted as saying, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”  (Luke 6:38)

That’s a good word indeed yet I believe a warning should be included with this principle.  Be mindful to give from a place of love, joy and unconditional service more than from a place of expectation of getting a return.  If the focus is on the “getting more” portion of the principle, particularly as it relates to money and power, often people lose their perspective and souls in the process.  Time and time again the ease of corrupted thinking and obsession for more thwarts the optimization of their service and impact.   There is truth in the statement, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  “But if it’s only money these leaders (people) are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.” (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

The Word further supports this thought saying, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”  People get “attached” to the more.  Money or having it is not evil, it’s when the emotional attachment to it becomes one of love and obsession that it can warp your thinking and ultimate outcome.

“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” (Luke 12:48)  Yes, giving more and getting more is a good principle indeed just remain clear that the more you get means the more you need to be willing to give.  Remember we own nothing…it’s all on loan to us to use while we are here on earth. Give more…keep your focus there and the getting will take care of itself.

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Week 23 – Think Thoughts are Seeds

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Thoughts are seeds!  This is a very powerful thought…and true but what more specifically does it mean?  Well let’s begin with the item of analogy–seeds.  What is a seed?  One dictionary defines this noun as a flowering plant’s unit of reproduction, capable of developing into another such plant.  Another says in more general terms that the word seed is often used to refer to anything that is sown in the ground to produce a plant.  Dictionary.com has several explanations and I like the basic concept of the second listing.  It says a seed is any propagative part of a plant…especially as preserved for growing anew crop.  Okay, take your pick of definitions.  The bottom line words and phrases I’d like you to consider in this context are: unit of reproduction; sown…to produce; and propagative part for growing a new crop.  Now consider your thoughts as such as it relates to your life.

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Your thoughts can be sown (are sown) to produce outcomes.  You can then continue to use your thoughts to reproduce more of the same or even greater outcomes.  They are the propagative part of our lives especially preserved for growing a new and greater living experience.  How awesome!

Thinking Can Move Mountains…and a Small Seed is All You Need

Many centuries ago it was stated in the Bible (a book I treasure) that you can move mountains with faith. (“…I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20)  Faith–belief is a manner of thinking…and thoughts are seeds.  And remember, you only need faith the size of a mustard seed.  Do you realize how small that is?

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Its not so much the size but rather the clarity and focus of the thought that can break through to success.  What are you thinking?  What are you clear about?  What are you focused on?  As you answer these questions think, “thoughts are seeds!”


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Week 22 – Emotional Mastery: Key to Being Greater!

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This week our Master Key Mastermind group began reading Scroll 6 of The Greatest Salesman in the World.  The thematic statement is “Today I will be master of my emotions!”  Before reading it through I asked, what does emotional mastery really mean?  Where in my emotional life do I need to be more masterful?  Immediately I thought of my emotional eating!  Yes, although I refrain from repeating the phrase, I do acknowledge that I have been (like that past tense…) an emotional eater and it has NOT served me well.

As far back as I can remember, even as a child, food was readily made available in states of heightened emotion whether it was celebrating a birthday or the holidays, or after experiencing a setback or disappointment…or even at a funeral.  There was always the idea of going to eat and of course in those times in particular I would get my favorite foods which only reinforced the pleasure.  I even have the cutest picture of me as a young child with a fried chicken drumstick in my hand.  (It started way back then…)

It’s A Balancing Act

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So I eagerly read on in hopes of finding a clue on how I can more readily and consistently alter my eating behavior when I feel stressed or even celebratory.  Here are a couple of take aways.  First, emotional mastery is a balancing act.  It’s about balancing out negative feelings like depression, sadness, illness, fear, uncertainty and the like with contrasting affirming behavior.  For example, if you feel depressed, sing.  If you feel incompetent, remember your past successes.  The act of choosing a behavior that negates the negative emotion can move you back to center.  Likewise it is important not to get too full of ourselves because emotions like overconfidence, omnipotence, and overindulgence can wreck havoc on emotional stability as well.  Similarly you can balance out those more positive emotional states to a more grounded mindset.

Two Ways to Mastery

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Additionally I noticed a key statement in the text.  It said, “Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.”  The paragraph above about “a balancing act” is an example of how this would be applied. The challenge that surfaced when reading this was the seeming contradiction to a foundational principle we’ve talked about since day one in the Mastermind…the idea of the 4 boxes beginning with thoughts, beliefs, actions and results.  The simple idea here is that too often people simply focus on the actions needed to get the results they desire.  The driving point behind the 4 boxes is that we need to go back further to change the thoughts and beliefs that come before the actions in order to experience real and lasting/sustainable change.  Perhaps the last part of the last sentence is the key.  If you want sustainable change with minimal needed effort, change your underlying thoughts and beliefs.  Short term however, you can begin that shift in thinking and ultimate beliefs with new actions.  Hence there are two ways to begin mastering our emotions.  I’m choosing to work from both ends…I’m committed to becoming a master of myself all the way around and indeed greater! Join me!!

One Final Note, I’ve attached a message from Tony Robbins below.  He shares his list of 10 emotions we should cultivate.  Check it out.