week 17.5 – Are you living or existing?

Life is for the living     –    Life is for Living!

This week in our Master Key Experience, we are given the task to read 1 obituary each day. With no other guidance many question why are we doing this?  What are we to make of it?

Some people think this is about leaving a legacy – Screw that!

Some say its about how I want to be remembered – Screw that too!

I do not care about leaving a legacy I care about participating in life. Being most-people-existpresent, caring for people, interacting, touching them in meaningful and inspirational ways. To be touched and inspired myself, in other words to live!

Are people remembered and important because they leave a legacy? Or did they leave a legacy because they lived an exemplary life?

“There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played
He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.
And when one day he passed away,
His insurance was denied,
For since he never really lived,
They claimed he never really died.

(Anonymous poem)”

Some obituaries are a story that share the life and experiences where many were affected by the presence of this person. Others state this person died end of story.

existing2How do I live? I am natures greatest miracle!  Remember the line in ‘Saving Private Ryan’? “Earn this …. earn it” I was given this opportunity I intend to Earn it!


Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

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.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.


I give myself permission to shine brightly to play large and give others permission to play at a higher level. I am the light of the world, God made me so. I shall shine, I shall participate and be bold. No longer do I live in quiet desperation trying to keep silent and reserved as a spectator to life. I shall LIVE so that my time touches many and inspires them to LIVE and touch many others. It has been said that we are in this life to serve Gods children. Let it be so!

It just keeps getting better!

#MKMMA #MKE #NothingLikeIt

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Week 17 – The GOAL: Symbols versus Reality

While in my sit after reading part 17 of Haanel’s Master Key System this evening I had a very interesting vision/thought. The Goal I have set my sights on is a symbol of power not the reality! In line 28 Haanel states: “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.” 

I think I Just figured out why goals of money are not working for me. I can’t get excited about money I can’t generate intense emotion over paper. But I can see a family go from struggle to secure, from desperation to excitement and joy. I have a vision of a family, I see their 2 boys cross the stage in little suits with cute bow ties and polished shoes, a family that was unsure if they would need to move in with friends to make ends meet just a year earlier. Wow! My true goal is to use my talents to mentor and empower people to success.

The goal is not the $1,000,000 a year income. Not the Status, not the award, Leaders-Helping-Othersnot the achievement. These are the symbols of an achievement met. Results of a reality called service

The goal is in using my gifts to help others realize their talents and gifts to satisfy their needs. In my business of financial services, for example, my goal is to help as many families become financially secure and independent as possible. In my business my goal is to use my talents to mentor and empower associates to become self sufficient and ultimately wealthy.

If I lead, empower, and mentor X number of people to reach their goal of a 6 figure income, and help them build teams doing Y in production each month, then I am assured of generating over a million dollar a year income. That is the end result. Thus my goal is not the end result, the end result is simply the manifestation of having served the number of people necessary. My focus therefore is on the service and the goal of the number of people served.help-other-succeed

The very interesting thing of this focus is that I can focus on people and service. I can be come excited and passionate about people! I can visualize the outcome of service. I can not focus on money because money does not really exist. Money is a symbol, the manifestation of perceived value it is not substance. People are! So there I have it, in pursuing the symbol I am left with ashes, but in pursuing the spirit, the true goal, I can achieve beyond my dreams!

Oh my!

Enjoy Life!

(Create a better world, begin with the guy/gal in the mirror!)

Week 16 – My Master Key Experience

The Master Key Mastermind Alliance, or as we call it, ‘The Master Key Experience’ is based on and is a study of Charles Haanel’s work ‘The Master Key System.’ But that is not all of it, that is more a framework not the end all be all of the program. It would be impossible to describe this in a paragraph or two so I will share my experience to this point ‘My Master Key Experience.’

Our life is our thoughtsThe outer world is a perfect mirror of our inner world. The circumstances of our life and our situations all come from how we think. Our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, biases, prejudices, self-talk. I can’t (why?) I’m not good enough (who says?) I’m not big enough, old enough, young enough, skinny enough, fat enough,….//Fill in the blank//  you get the idea.  We have created beliefs from outside input and it is from these beliefs that we act and react.

An immersion into introspection and self discovery.  Painful at times exhilarating at others, insight and epiphanies abound. Time consuming and some times just plain a pain in the…,  Well, I knew this was going to be different, a true experiential happening, not a lecture series to feel like I accomplished and check off my to do list. Yes, self actualization course for the year , Check! No this has been hard work lots of forward progress, back sliding, regrets, rethinking, re-framing, and thinking. Really thinking!

This is not a do the exercise and be done with it class; No, this is grow-learn-tear down-build then grow some more. I am the caterpillar becoming the butterfly over and over again. As I strive to remove the negative and the concrete that has been layered over me for 50 years. Striving to become the once and future golden child inside.

26 weeks seemed like a long time to dedicate to this project but here I am 17 weeks later and I am in awe of the growth and insights I have found already. But I am also now more aware than ever before of what I do not know and how much more there is  to learn and explore. At the end I know this is not over. This is like college commencement I will take the tools and use them to continue to learn, develop, explore, and create myself on my own without the structure or classroom environment. Good thing I have a lifetime to get to know me!

Teacher my head is full may I be excused!

The journey

Master Key Experience

Week 15 – I Will Welcome My Challenges and Grow

LIFE is hard sometimes and involves pain and difficulties. But you only get stronger by pushing yourself past your current self. So, I will welcome my Challenges and Grow!

Baby walkingHave you ever seen a baby learning to walk just give up? Ok that’s the 10th time I fell down on my butt and I am not doing this anymore! Let them come take care of me right here forever. No me either. But it seems a lot of adults do! We give up on dreams, ambition, great causes because it is hard and takes time. But remember the muscle can only grow by the stress that breaks it down.

In our studies last week with Master Key System and The Greatest Salesman  I found several corollary and links between both of these books. Where MKS Haanel states “All conditions and experiences which come to us are for our benefit; we gain strength in proportion to the effort expended.” Wow, that is such a powerful statement. ‘We gain strength in proportion to the effort expended’ and most of us want life to be easy so we do not have to expend any effort.

Og Mandino says “With each victory the next struggle becomes less difficult. All my problems, discouragements, heartaches are in truth Great Opportunities”. It is in how we look at it, again it is how we associate the thought we have to the ‘Opportunity’ we are experiencing!

I have a very difficult time with making phone calls (it is all in my mind yes I know but it is real non the less!) I have created a mental block and emotional problem for myself somewhere along the way. As I travel through the Master Key Experience and learn to unlock my mind and use the Laws of the Mind, I am getting better everyday. However I still want to throw in the towel and give up sometimes.

Strength-Picture-QuoteRemember Nietzsche’s famous quote”What does not kill me only makes me stronger” Well my manager once took me off the phones because he thought it was going to kill me!  But I continue on with the struggle. The funny thing is, as we learn more and I understand that I can associate ANY thought to ANY feeling and I also know that the chemical reaction in the body that gives you the feeling of Fear is the same as the one that is excreted for Excitement. The body is dumping the ‘Adrenalin’ if you will, and I am the one who designates whether it is because of fear or excitement! My Thought My Reaction My chemical imbalance created by my thinking. Yes, I am just going to sit here on the floor and you all can take care of me from here from now on!

Oh, but I also learned that We cannot obtain what we lack if we tenaciously cling to what we have! So unless I am willing to let it go and learn from the difficulty then I will keep what I have and the pain that goes with it. Haanel makes this observation “Growth is attained through an exchange of the old for the new, the good for the better.”  So my take away from this is that ‘we absorb the wisdom and grow from the obstacles and difficulties’ or we must repeat them until we do.

Then I was reading Think and Grow Rich and Hill states “We apply knowledge by converting it into power. We do this by organizing the knowledge acquired (which we got from facing the obstacles) into definite plans expressed through ACTION.  And there I have it. I have obstacles to my success and challenges to face, I learn from these and grow with Knowledge but knowledge does not apply itself, so I must take that knowledge and apply it through action. Action cures all fear, all inertia and all uncertainty. By applying my mind with the laws of dual thought and substitution combined with taking action then as OG said “With each victory the next struggle becomes less difficult” obstacle glory

Wish me luck in overcoming the greatest obstacle there is….. me!


Enjoy Life!