Week 14 Persistence

In the Mastermind Key Mastermind Alliance for 31 days we focused our attention on persistence, Scroll III of the Greatest Salesman in the World. Like food we have taken in this chapter three times a day for a total of ninety-three times for the month. In some instances some of us may have read it more than was required. This specific Scroll has given me renewed strength for my journey.
Mandino in his wisdom gives us the formula for success in Scroll 1 he lets us know that we are beginning a new life, yes there are lots of opportunities, there will be challenges but be patient because we are equipped with knowledge and instinct but we must develop good habits. In Scroll II he lets us know that we are to greet each day with love in our heart this quality alone will help us succeed and in Scroll III we must persist until, in order to succeed.
Why do we need this characteristic in business and in life? What is it about this characteristic which makes some give up and others continue with such dogged tenacity no matter what. What is it to persist? Webster defines to persist as to continue to do something or to try to do something even though it is difficult or other people want you to stop.
In the movie October Sky, Homer is excited when he witnesses the launch of the Soviet Union Sputnik 1 orbiting the sky. A young man from Coalwood, Virginia, Homer is awestruck and now has a dream in his heart to build rockets, his father however has a different dream for him. Homer is aware that his father would prefer if he works in the coalmine as he and many others continue to do but Homer has a different vision for his life. He teams up with three friends with similar passion to builds rockets. He enters the school fair and is chosen to attend the National Science Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana. It should be noted that Homer experienced many failed attempts at building rockets. His project is a resounding success at the Fair. Ms. Riley his teacher has been a constant source of inspiration and support for the boys. After many challenges including their arrests the rocket boys continue to work on their passion. Their final launch is the rocket (Miss Riley named after their teacher) reached an altitude of 30,000 feet. Homer’s father showed up for the launch and was given the awesome opportunity of releasing the button for the launch. It is at this time that he is finally proud of his son having not supported him in the past. Homer showed us that it is possible to achieve ones dreams but we must persevere no matter what.

In preparation for stepping into uncharted waters the following steps will assist in staying persistent to achieve one’s dreams and goals.
1. It is never too late to go after one’s dreams and vision.
2. Set crystal clear goals. Be specific about the outcome. Write it down, just as we did in our Definite Major Purpose (DMP).
Make the commitment and go after it.
3. Stay focus.
4. Strategize to achieve the goal/dream. Make the plan and work the plan until.
5. Remember a team is vital to achieving the dream whether it is a mentor, coach or partner.

Remember a Mastermind group will assist in staying on course as it relates to creativity, encouragement, discipline and focus.

Week 13 The Observer

About two months ago in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance we were introduced to the idea of giving no opinion, simply be the observer, not just the observer but the non-judgmental observer. Why non-judgmental? We all know that most of us may observe and then pass judgment in our minds? No one may have heard but the energy and time utilized here can be used for a greater purpose. I recall a similar exercise years ago when I took a class in spiritual science. I must say since that time I realize to some degree I have been an observer, but our assignment has deepened my understanding and awareness of the observer. Why non-judgmental? We all know that most of us if not all have an inner critic or inner observer that is always ready and willing to critique. No one may have heard but the energy and time utilized here can be used for a greater purpose. During stressful situations the mind quickly jumps into high gear ready and willing to rectify the situation but this is definitely the wrong prescription. To be in the observer seat is to relinquish control and experience the ride of a lifetime, that is certainly great news, that energy could be used for a greater purpose.
What is an observer? Or who is an observer? Webster describes an observer as a person who sees and notices someone or something. What have I seen and what have I noticed while in this awesome position of observing as we continue this exercise ten weeks later?
I am so glad you asked. The lessons were incredible. The observer position afforded me the opportunity to be present, to be in the now, to see, feel and experience the limitless power of God beyond what I can think, dream or even imagine. This power that is all knowing, available anytime, anywhere can assist with every dream and vision in other words. The power can co-create with me to see the dreams and visions all come to fruition. A short video from one of my teachers will explain the importance of being in the now.

As I continued the assignment there were many more lessons to learn:

1, The Sit-ins: This is one of the most important aspects of being an observer. It is here that revelations occur.
2. A deeper level of awareness and better understanding.
2. Clarity as it relates to all life situations.
3. The truth of any and every situation is revealed.
4. My constant companion, the inner observer whose habit was that of critiquing and commenting on everything all day long was now becoming more positive and optimistic. No more derogatory remarks. When the ugly remarks would show up I would thank my inner voice for sharing and choose a positive thought. (Law of Substitution). I have chosen over the last 2 months to turn my inner voice into an encourager, a cheer leader if you will.
5. When the holiday season was over a few questions came to mind as it relates to the observer? This was the real test as to whether I was observing my true behavior.
a) Am I accepting compliments with ease and grace?
b) Am I grateful when friends spend time with me?
c) Did I accept gifts with ease?
d) When I receive gifts, am I happy and grateful or am I thinking of the gift I should give in return.
In asking these questions I realize that this is part of observing and I recognize that to some degree I have been blocking my blessings.
Simple steps to become an excellent Observer
1. Check in and see where there is tension in the body.
2. Breathe in slowly and deeply.
3. Breathe into the feeling wherever it is located in the body and let and release the breath.
4. Notice the feeling – no judgment please
5. Continue breathing until there is a shift in the way you feel. Note the peaceful feeling.
Over the years I have heard there is power in silence this assignment has proved this statement very true. Be an observer, it maybe the keys to all success.