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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!!


Week Thirteen: October Sky

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!


Week Twelve – Get Honest & Get Busy Now!


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!


Week Eleven: Cease & Desist



Pursuant to Title 11 of the Winner’s Code – I Persist, I Win!

December 11, 2014

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


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!!”


7 Star Diamond Coach, Celeste Jonson

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Week Ten: Persist, Win!


This week in our Master Key Mastermind journey we switched to read the scroll marked 3 for 30 days in Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman in the World.  The message: I will persist until I succeed!  That is such an important message to live by following the first  i.e. Today I begin a new life and I will greet this day with love in my heart.  There are so many quotes and messages around the topic of persistence and I thought I’d share ten of my favorites with you.  Enjoy

10 Great Messages on Persistence

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  Calvin Coolidge

Indeed Mr. Coolidge!

Growing up in a group home, and with an undiagnosed learning disability to boot, the odds of success were not on my side. But when I joined the high school football team, I learned the value of discipline, focus, persistence, and teamwork – all skills that have proven vital to my career as a C.E.O. and social entrepreneur.  Darell Hammond

Sounds like the Master Keys Darell…

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.  Hal Borland

Think about that…

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.  Bill Bradley

Start the engine!

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.  Denis Waitley

No more excuses…it’s time to win!!

Energy and persistence conquer all things.  Benjamin Franklin

Old Ben at it again!!

As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.  Denis Waitley


The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.  Napoleon Hill

The Law of Substitution.

Paralyze resistance with persistence.  Woody Hayes

That’s a good one!!

Throughout human history, in any great endeavour requiring the common effort of many nations and men and women everywhere, we have learned – it is only through seriousness of purpose and persistence that we ultimately carry the day. We might liken it to riding a bicycle. You stay upright and move forward so long as you keep up the momentum.  Ban Ki-moon

Say amen somebody!!

Either way you look at it, I choose to persist until I succeed.  I win!!