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Week Seventeen: Concentrate…Focus…Think!


You want answers and results? Be still and concentrate, focus and think!

In our Master Key Mastermind reading this week, we focused (pun intended) on the power, simplicity and ease of concentration.  There were quite a few “thought provoking passages” in the reading and I thought it would be valuable to you to share a few to provoke your thinking. Read each passage and then pause to really think about it.  What does it mean as a stand along statement?  How do you interpret it as it compares to your existing beliefs?  How, if at all, can you benefit from applying the principle to your life?  And finally, what will you do with this information…if anything?  Ok, here we go…

The first foundational statement is: “Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to be an idea of effort or activity associated with it, when just the contrary is necessary.”  Do you associate an action, effort of activity with the idea of concentration…something you need to do?

“There is always the cry ‘to have’ but never the cry ‘to be.'”  Humm…

“The intensity of one moment’s earnest concentration and the intense longing to become and to attain may take you further than years of slow normal and forced effort; it will unfasten the prison bars of unbelief, weakness, impotence and self-belittlement…” Wow.  What do you think of that?

“As food absorbed is the essence of the body, so the mind absorbs the object of its attention, gives it life and being.”  I revise the statement somewhat to: As food absorbed fortifies the essence of the body, so the mind absorbs the object of its attention and brings the ideas to life.  What is your reaction to that idea?

Another of my favorites is, “Intuition usually comes in the silence; great minds seek solitude frequently.”  I certainly know without question that there is power in silence.  Being still allows you to hear God speaking…His direction…His answers!  Do you take time to just be silent, alone and still?

Last note:  It is very important to be selective, strategic and thoughtful about what you choose to concentrate on.  Be very careful here.  Many people pursue symbols of power instead of power itself.  The reading puts it this way, “You may be pursuing fame instead of honor, riches instead of wealth, position instead of servitude; in either event you will find that they turn to ashes just as you overtake them.  Premature wealth or position cannot be retained because it has not been earned; we get only what we give, and those who try to get without giving always find that the law of compensation is relentlessly bringing about an exact equilibrium.” One of my favorite passages is: “If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage; If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance; If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.  Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact!.”


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Week Sixteen: The K.I.N.D.N.E.S.S. Initiative


This week our Master Key Mastermind group was not only encouraged but required to identify at least 2 acts of kindness per day and note them in our alliances portal.  How wonderfully joy-filled such as assignment was not only based on what we personally participated in or observed but also from reading the many posts by others in our alliance.  I think it should simply become a part of our ongoing lifestyle.  I admit at first it took a minute to focus in on what to do or notice what others did that fit the criteria.  After the first couple of days it became a much more fluid effort.

I totally recommend you, yes you reading this right now, try it out…and encourage some of your family and friends to join you.  Look for and/or create at least two acts of kindness daily.  To help you get started, here are a few suggestions using the word KINDNESS as a way to trigger ideas:

K – Keep expecting to see acts of kindness everywhere you look.

I – Inspire people as often as you can.  Proactively encourage someone at home, work…or even a stranger.

N – Notice what other people do for others and let them know you noticed.  That will boost their joy in giving.

D – Decide each morning to express kindness to at least one person.  Actually put it in your schedule.

N.E.S.S – …and Never Ever Stop Sharing!

Go ahead and get started now.  What act of kindness could you do in the next five minutes?  Remember it doesn’t have to be a large gesture at all…small words of acknowledgement and love work wonders.  Take some action on it right now.  If you do, you’ll be glad you did (and so will they).  Be kind!


Week Fifteen: Choose to Live Out “Amazing”

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson

On more than one occasion the following favorite poem of mine has been mentioned during our Master Key Mastermind experience.  This famous passage was penned by Marianne Williamson and has often been erroneously attributed to Nelson Mandela quoting it at his presidential inauguration.  It was featured however in the movie Invictus, about Nelson Mandela’s presidency and the South African Rugby team, as well as several other inspiring movies…and referenced again in our latest weekly webinar.  No matter how often you read it you can see why people reference it when it comes to encouraging optimal greatness.  Here is the poem accompanied with my brief commentary.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”  This brings to mind the idea that many, if not most people have some level of fear of success!  Sure, that is contradictory to what most people will say when claiming they desire to be successful.  I think on a real level they do indeed desire success but the fear, apprehension, change and work attached to what it requires often derails any consistent effort.  At minimum we must honestly ask ourselves if we might be someone that statement describes.  If the answer is yes, we then must determine what if anything we can and intend to do about it.

“We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.”  Beyond being identified as a child of God, my favorite part of this section is the last sentence…”There is nothing enlightened about shrinking…”  Too often people do one of two things:  Try to overshadow others to feel important or shy away in order not to not offend or be seen.  Neither action serves a good purpose in the long run.

“We are all meant to shine, as children do.”   We could stop right there…  Do you believe that?  If you don’t none of the rest matters.  It is important to remember that you were built the best, by the best, to do and be your best…shine!!

“We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, (Note, even those who choose not to recognize or own Him or it has the assignment) and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  This last part is so very important to keep top of mind.  Every day along the way people see you and watch you.  No, it is not (usually) a conspiracy, it’s just the way things are.  People watch you and are influenced by what they see.  What will people learn from you by watching you?  Choose to demonstrate amazing — live out amazing!

Thanks Marianne (Williamson)

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Week Fourteen: Happy New You…a Miracle Indeed!


Well we made it!  …made it to and through another threshold to a new year.  That alone is worth being grateful for since there are many who where with us January 1, 2014 who are no longer walking and talking with us today.  I’m both grateful and excited as I anticipate a most thrilling experience in the next 360+ days.  Part of the excitement stems from the fact that I am “one of” nature’s greatest miracles.

On January 1st, my Master Key Mastermind partners and I moved to the 4th Scroll from the Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.  It states as a theme that “I am nature’s greatest miracle.” Indeed I, as all humans are miraculous creations.  Truly phenomenal!!  You may have noted in the previous paragraph that I stated I am “one of” nature’s greatest miracles because when I think of the greatest miracle I automatically think of Jesus Christ and His works and together they rank in my book as indeed the greatest miracle ever.  Some may moan and groan in response to that statement while others will immediately agree with me.  Either way, I hold to that belief and embrace the fact that I was created in His image…that makes me indeed a great miracle.  It is true that since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth, etc. and never will be.  That being true for every human is miraculous in itself.

The big question for all of us walking, talking miracles is what will we do with such potential for greatness (or greater as Steven Furtick puts it in his book by the same title)?  It’s very important to recognize what is possible but even more critical to clarify and press for living full out.  As the scroll goes on to indicate, nevermore must we be satisfied with yesterday’s accomplishments or indulge in self-praise more than self discipline as it relates to expressing greater.

As indicated, these scrolls are from the book, The Greatest Salesman in the World and the basic focus of intent was for literally becoming a great salesperson professionally.  I pose an expansion of the concept to be bigger than a professional application.  We are always “selling” in life…an idea, a position, a desire etc.  The question to you, great miracle, what will you do with your greatness potential and what will you be selling in life?  Whatever it is, make it big, great and miraculous!!  A great new year to you!!