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W1/2K15: DARE to Begin Again!

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Today, I start a new phase of my life and I’m thrilled…thrilled first at the idea that at any point in the living experience a decision can be made to start something new…to start again, to rebuild, to redesign, to have a “life mulligan” (like a golf do over)…to “begin again.”  I love the freshness and energizing effect of a clean slate and the idea that I can give myself one at any point.  I choose now! So can you.

This week marks the beginning of the MKMMA Mastermind program which I’ve participated in off and on the last couple of years.  One of our requirements is to read the scrolls in the book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, daily — actually  multiple times daily.  Scroll Marked 1 begins with these words, “Today I begin a new life.”  How really cool is that idea?  Can you see the benefits of beginning a new life or some aspect of your life?  The way I see it, everyday above ground provides us an opportunity to do better, think better, be better…new, fresh, exciting opportunities to grow.  There is value in simply embracing the idea of beginning something new and I trust you can see it.  Think about your life for a minute…what aspect of your current living experience would you like to inject something new or completely start over (with the benefit of the lessons learned to date)?  What would your ideal look like?

One more thing…one of my favorite passages in this first reading is “I will commence my journey unencumbered with either the weight of unnecessary knowledge or the handicap of meaningless experience.”  Wow…do you get the point here?  With so very many potential distractions around us — some really good options — consider constructing barriers to wasted energy based on your new life goal(s) by ignoring or avoiding investing in unnecessary knowledge and meaningless experiences.  Say no to some good things so you’ll have the bandwidth to say yes to some great things!  Ok, enough for now…I have some rebuilding to do.  Until next time and always…keep believing!!

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Week Three: Courage, Concentration & Conviction, 3 C’s to Freedom

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Most people want to be free…free from worry, free from stress, free to make choices, free to live all out on their terms.  People have fought for it, died for it and hungered for it for as long as recorded history and I imagine even before.  Well let me say right off, the specific context and manifestation of freedom varies by person and circumstance however at the core I believe the three concepts of courage, concentration and conviction are cornerstones to freedom.

Courage.  The dictionary says courage is “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.”  Some say courage is acting despite fear.  Whether without it or in spite of it, courage is an opposing state to fear.  This week in our MKMMA reading fear is discussed significantly.  Fear is considered the one arch enemy to the shining of our personal light and optimal power, and must be destroyed.  One sentence from our reading says of fear, “It is the personal devil which makes men fear the past, the present and the future; fear themselves, their friends and their enemies; fear everything and everybody.”  Further, “…when you can consciously realize your ability to overcome any adverse condition by the power of your thought, you will have nothing to fear.”  Remember the Apostle Paul centuries ago said to his protege Timothy,  “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7).  Our goal then is to be too busy radiating courage, confidence, and power that fear cannot inhibit our ability to live free.  Develop your courage muscles!

Concentration.  One of my favorite sentences in this weeks reading is, “Mentally concentrate on the object of your desire; when you are concentrating you are impressing the subconscious.  It is not the only way, but is a simple and effective way and the most direct way in which the best results are secured.”  Concentration is about paying exclusive attention to one object; a focused application of our mental energies.  In a recent post I talked about how focus contributes to breakthroughs.  Keep in mind the underlying principle of this whole study, is that you become what you think about, as Earl Nightingale put it in his famous recording, The Strangest Secret in the World.  Another way to think of it is the idea of cause and effect…thought is the cause and the resulting experience is the effect.   With that as the premise, it’s just plain smart to concentrate on what you want, affirmative and desirous outcomes vs. anything else.  Focus, concentrate, experience!

Conviction.  Conviction is a fixed or firm belief.  And belief is confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof.  I’ll take it one step forward and say that the state of belief is one in which you don’t know, scientifically that something is or will be, nor do you know exactly how it will come to be, but you have no doubt that it will be…and are not overly concerned about how it happens.  It’s about not knowing how but wholeheartedly expecting that it will be.  What is really cool about this idea is that it is not our charge to “consciously” know how–that is the job of our subconscious mind.  Remember, “it is not necessary to outline the method by which the subconscious will produce the results we desire.  The finite cannot inform the Infinite.”  From a spiritual perspective I would say, finite man, with our limitations, cannot inform God, who is and has infinite resources, how to make things happen.  Our job is to hold the thought–say what we desire and believe, trust that it will be and act accordingly.  The how will show up…and often amaze us.

With courage, concentration and conviction firmly in place we can and should relax…removing all self imposed pressure and eliminate all tensions allowing our mental faculties to  exercise the greatest freedom of all, creation.  Three C’s to freedom. Choose it!!