Week 20 – Potential is Worthless Unless …

Potential Becomes Valuable only when it is recognized and used.

How many times have you heard from a teacher “He has such potential but he is not using it” or hear commentators say how this athlete has great potential? Everything has great potential in it. It is the art of educing this potential out of us that is the key.

There is a story of a man who saw some boys playing a game with some stones. He noticed the stones and found that they got them from their father, The father had bowels of them as they were all around the place….. You may know the story that this was the greatest jewel field in Africa. Yet the families there did not recognize what was there. There was the potential for great wealth but they could not make use of it because they did not recognize it!

Our minds and thoughts are the same. We hold great potential, great gifts, but until we recognize, understand, and become conscious of what we have we are unable to use it.

You may have all the wealth in Christendom, but unless you recognize it and make use of it, it will have no value! – 20:2 MKS

We have been given this great tool, our mind, to use and create with. Oil, electricity, gases, water, everything on this planet has always been here but until we learned of its existence, recognized it, learned how to harness it, only then were we able to profit from it.

You and I have the greatest tool and mechanism ever at our disposal. Given freely and abundantly. We have great potential in our own minds if we but learn to THINK!

Take the time to recognize, learn, harness, and create with this power within you!

Thinking Man


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 8 – MKMMA experience continues to grow in Focus

I Think Therefore I am! – Descartes

I once heard someone say “You are where you are, living the life and experience you deserve” I got incensed, He went on to tell me “Your circumstances are your own fault” now I was angry!  Maybe you are having negative feelings reading this and like me at the time thinking how can you say that? I did not choose to live like this! It was someone or something else’s fault.  But is it?

“We become what we think about” – Earl Nightingale

The Master Key part 8 – The lesson really knocks the wind out of excuses of thought. “If your thought is constructive and harmonious, the result will be good.”  and this one is killer,

“Any line of thought persisted in cannot fail to produce its result in the CHARACTER, HEALTH, and CIRCUMSTANCES of the individual”  

WOW! I am where I deserve to be or I am where I created to be, by my own thoughts. How? If I don’t like where I am then how do I change this?


Listen to what you say to yourself over and over, remember a thought repeated and with emotion becomes a belief, and you see that you are imagining a situation in your minds eye or reinforcing an image in your minds eye.

example: This always happens to me! when ever xxxxx then I get xxxxx OR Why do I always lose on these things OR I can’t win!

Do any of those thoughts sound familiar? Eh? Well stop it!

Imagination is the constructive form of thought – IE it creates things!

“You will certainly and unerringly bring to you the conditions, environment, and experiences in life, corresponding with your habitual, characteristic, PREDOMINANT mental attitude.” #18 Master Key System

Watch what you think and how you Imagine your life. Imagination and repetition is the key. “We can substitute habits of constructive thinking for those which have produced undesirable effects!” #3,4

To have a better outcome then use your imagination and substitute constructive thoughts for destructive thoughts. You are cultivating a mental attitude which will be conducive to constructive thought habit. Be aware of how you talk to yourself then stop it and change the narrative!

Line #24 “Successful men and women make it their business to hold ideals of the conditions which they wish to realize.” “Thoughts are the materials with which they build, and imagination is their mental workshop.” 

Imagine a better you, Imagine a better world, create your own circumstances and life! This is the train I am thinking in terms of IDEALS and using my imagination through relaxed reflection and projection and creating an AWESOME life and experience!

Now I understand and I agree, I am where I am because I created it in my own thoughts! And LOVE IT!

Enjoy your life! (it could be the only one we get!)

Mark C



Week 5 – Hey I have an Opinion about that!

Wow!  I suppose I should say something about the week 5 of the Master Key System but this exercise for our #MKE (Master Key Experience) is just too mind blowing.

Here it is in a nutshell, Have no Opinion.

That’s it! When I want to say something I have to stop myself and “Shut the TShut upwinkie hole” as Mark J says. I must not give my opinion at all. Now for me that is especially difficult because I lecture and give my opinion for a living, which kinda overflows into my regular interactions with people on a daily basis if you know what I mean

I really didn’t know that I was so full of …..Opinions!

Opinionated or not, The objective is to become an observer of the world and of myself.

Someone crossing the road, jaywalking slowly and oblivious to the world around them staring intently into their phone, My mind starts babbling opinions about this person. The car in front of me stops and crosses 2 lanes to u turn into a parking space, oh you bet I have an opinion on them – loudly even! My wife is watching TV as I sit in the room fixing her computer for her. Man do I have an opinion about what she is watching and what is on television in general. I KEEP THE TWINKIE HOLE SHUT!

my opinion is factThen I laugh wow I have an opinion on everything and everyone 24/7 and all 1,440 minutes a day!  I Use the law of observation and detach myself from the scene looking in as an outside observer of events.

Let’s master mind here,  I eat some Ice Cream (yay! I like Ice Cream) I say or think This is good ice cream. Is this an opinion or a statement of fact?

If I say this is the best chocolate ice cream in the west then I have stated an opinion. (even if I think its a fact)

(Ok, so yes what I may be thinking about the j-walker and the lane crosser may be a fact in my mind ….. but its still an opinion.)

Result? Its a Miracle!

Stress levels go down, Heart rate normal, I am no longer involved, no longer part of or attached to the end result, no longer affected at all. I simply observe.

– Hm that person crossed 2 lanes of traffic for a parking spot, almost got hit by oncoming traffic; that person is walking across the street intent on his phone and not using the crosswalk; my wife is watching mindless trash and… oops sorry, I mean, my wife is being entertained at the moment- all statements of fact. But I do not have an opinion either way, I do not inject my personal belief or feeling into the situation and therefore have no stake in it.

Jim Rohn used to say “Don’t ask why is this the way it is, That is a waste of time and effort. Instead just be curious and say Hmm, isn’t that interesting? That some people do that.” and get on with your life. Good advice! No, that’s an opinion, better; I think that is good advice for me to follow.

To be aware of your thoughts and dissect where they come from is awesome! Being rigorous with your thinking and your speech will change your life! This exercise is priceless because it teaches me to be rigorous with my thoughts, with my speech, and makes me think before I open my …. You guessed it TWINKIE HOLE!

Have a great Week! …. or not …. I do not have an opinion either way…..


Mark C