Years ago in southern California a man did some pretty strange things, or so it seems. He tied a bunch of weather balloons (which he purchased at a local Army Surplus store) to a lawn chair and filled them full of helium. He dubbed this homemade airship “Inspiration”. The lawn chair was tied to his jeep in his backyard. He strapped himself into his lawn chair. He took his pellet gun, a CB radio, sandwiches, cold drinks and a camera. His intention was to go up about thirty feet, have lunch, then shoot out a few balloons and come back down. Well, when he cut the rope to the lawn chair, he started rising pretty fast and he felt it would be unsafe to shoot the balloons. He went thirty feet pretty fast, then 0ne hundred feet, then 0ne thousand feet. At five thousand feet, he was still rising! He continued to go up to ten thousand feet, then to fifteen thousand feet above the ground. According to some commerical airline pilots he had reached an altitude of sixteen thousand feet as he crossed the primary approach corridor of the local airport. Can you imagine that as a commercial airliner was approaching the airport, the pilots are looking out of their window to see a man in a lawn chair eating a sandwich. Eventually, he made it safely to ground amongst the police, FBI, Highway Patrol, and the news people. The first thing he was asked by the news media was WHY did you do it? His answer was simply, “I just wanted to fly.”
Well, I just want to FLY too! Not in that way of course. I want to F.L.Y.
F stands for First Class: I want to go first class. And First things First, keeping the main thing, the main thing. L stands for letting go: letting go of the peanuts and the little things that do not serve me well. Letting go of my limiting beliefs, letting go of my bad habits, and replacing them with good habits. I will live 100% of Giving and Receiving. Y stands for Yielding to my dream, saying Yes to my new blueprint. Your course is determined by the dream in Your heart. Your dream determines your direction, your decisions, and your destiny. Your dream is directed by your compass. The Bible reads “where there is no vision, the people will perish.” Without a dream, you will not be able to lead a fulfilling life. When you see it in your heart, you will see it in your future. What you choose to put into your minds.will ultimately be in your heart.
I now have tools and I am still gaining more in my tool box because of going through MKMMA. Therefore, I just want to FLY.
I am a possibilitarian; no I didn’t say Presbyterian. A possibilitarian, is one who believes that all is possible. I believe I can have everything I want in life, just not all at the same time. After all, if I had everything I wanted at once, where would I put it?
When faced with a bad circumstance, I think to myself, “what is good about this” instead of dwelling on the bad. Any circumstance is neither good or bad ; it all depends on my perspective about the circumstance. I am learning to have a positive perspective through all the readings, the sittings, and practices that we have in MKMA. There is an old saying, “Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.”
The other night I was driving on a winding steep mountain road with barely enough space for anyone to pass. Guess what? Someone came up behind me very anxiously and passed me in an unsafe way. I didn’t have an opinion, (my training kicking in) but I could have thought “what a jerk” for passing me like that. Less than ten minutes down the road, I drove around the corner and there was this car, disabled in the middle of the road. He had ran into a large boulder that had fallen in the road way. (Have you ever seen these signs that read, “Watch for fallen rocks”? Well, that driver found one! I could have thought that the incident was “bad” when he sped around me, then I would have changed my mind to “good,” seeing that I would have likely ran into the boulder had not the other car taken the “hit” for me. This same incident was bad; then ten minutes later it was good. The incident didn’t change but my perspective changed. It is all about perspective. I am learning to be non-judgmental which is difficult. This time it worked out great and I am encouraged to keep learning.
We all face challenges. The difference is how we respond to these challenges. In MKMMA, we are learning how to have the right mindset. This new mindset is giving me the right perspective about how I allow things to effect me. I am continually working on my mindset or my subby for the better.
Whenever I am faced with an issue, I never think that there is nothing I can do. I remember the wisdom once expressed by Norman Vincent Peale, “Become a “possibilitarian.” No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities. Always see them, for they are always there.” Hence, I am a possibilitarian.
I can smell success and that ain’t no mumbo jumbo – at least that is what the sales girl told me. Mumbo Jumbo is what I call the new men’s cologene I purchased. She told me its Mambo. Mambo, mumbo jumbo, to me it’s all the same. What this cologene has done for me is to make me realize the sense of smell is very, very powerful. I have been using it in my NARC exercises as taught in the MKMMA course. Well, the cologene was my idea to help me make the experience more powerful and it did.
Let me explain, NARC or Neurological Associative Reactive Conditioning, is using the application of the “Law of Duel Thought.” Simply stated, I have a choice to attach any feeling to a thought I want. Using NARC, I have not eaten any chocolate this year. (And I really love chocolate!) I have found it is easier to give up something, such as chocolate, as opposed to doing something. I used NARC for taking my dog for a long walk every day. I needed extra help on my NARC exercises so I employed smell into the mix. I go through my NARC exercise and spray Mambo on top of my wrist, which to me represents True Health. As a result, I am pretty consistent in taking my dog for a walk. That ain’t no mumbo jumbo; it works.
Just one sniff of the top of my wrist and I can bring it all up in my mind in a flash. I experience it with all my feeling at will with absolutely no words, and all at once. I was at a fast food drive-thru and I gave the girl my money. She commented that I smelled good, which was my cologene on my wrist and it immediately reminded me of True Health. However , this was probably not good at a fast food place.
In my NARC exercise, I would end up each day shredding my index card. Guess what? When I went to empty my paper shredder container, I smelled my cologne. Again, I was instantly reminded of my goal of True Health which reminded to walk my dog. (My dog just loves this NARC thing!) The sense of smell is very powerful. I can smell success and that ain’t no mumbo jumbo.
I’m sold on being the greatest salesman in the world. In order for me to be the greatest salesman in the world, I had to sell myself first. The very hardest person to sell was myself. which came from a changed blueprint. You have to start from the original source. In construction, the general contractor will have a blueprint of the project, as well as the specific contractors: electrical, plumbing, structural, mechanical, etc. They all have a copy from the original drawing. If the plumbing contractor makes changes on his blueprint copy of the plans there will be total chaos in the construction. The changes must be made on the original drawing, then redistributed to all involved in the construction project in order to obtain the desired results. Simply changing the blueprint will not effect a change; the original must be changed. In life, making external changes does not change my internal. My outside world is determined by my inside world. I cannot change the circumstances, but I can change myself. I can change my sub-conscious mind, the original. My goal is to be the change, remembering that we can effect changes only on ourselves, but not on others.
This means I must work on my sub-conscious to change the way I think. My sub-conscious mind, my original source in which my blueprint comes from, makes all the decisions. I am continually replacing old bad habits with new, good habits. I am constantly feeding my mind with positive input. I am working on staying positive. I am working on being non-judgmental, which for me is a work in progress. In addition, I practice the mental diet, and I am daily reminded of the Franklin makeover. I am doing the change because I am convinced of the methodology. I am convinced because I can see the changes happening in my life. The change may be albeit slow, but it is happening and this is exciting.
Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton says, “With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” Og says, “I am unique and I will place this uniqueness on display in the marketplace. My goal will be equal to my best of the past times one hundred.”
I am the greatest salesman in the world because I sold myself first by learning the tools in MKMMA and changing my sub-conscious mind, the original blueprint, to new thinking by implementing these tools in my life daily. Therefore, while persisting till success, I am convinced, I am determined, I am persuaded and I’m sold.
Who am I is a very good compilation of myself that I received the other day from an unknown source which I would like to share. Enjoy!
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me,
and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men.
And, alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine.
Plus, the intelligence of a man.
You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin; it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will put the world at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am a HABIT!
Wow! that says it all. The good news is that I have learned to replace my bad habits with good habits and my good habits with great habits. Get the picture – we can replace our bad habits with great ones. Og Mandino says, “only a habit can subdue another habit” and “if I must be a slave to habit let me be a slave to good habits.”
Brian Tracy says, “Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” Someone else said, “Success means simple habits consistently done compounded over time.”
Habits are simply who we are and will answer the question of who am I.
Directed direction gives hope. Hope is defined as exceeding expectation of good. Orison Marden has said, “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.” In the Bible, we read, “But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” (Romans 7: 24, 25).
Directed versus direction is really not a direction issue but more of a directed issue. Direction is what I do, given to me by my head knowledge. Using an analogy, the clock symbolizes what we do with our time as well as how we spend our time. It represents my daily schedule, my work, my commitments,and my other activities. I am directed by my heart or, using another analogy, my compass. The compass represents what is most important to me; it represents my specific callings, values, visions, my dharma, or my bliss which is my most cherished relationships and principles in life. The compass embodies the core reason and meaning of my existence. Direction versus directed is comparing how I manage my time versus how I lead my life. Stephen Covey says, “The goal then is to: make sure that what we do (the clock) contributes directly to what’s most important (the compass).” In addition Goethe said, “Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.”
In MKMMA I am learning to be directed by my new designed blueprint and I am learning to let go of following the direction of my old blueprint. This is not easy. We have been given many tools to help make this change come about. Last week, I completed a twenty-one day cycle using NARC. The sit, the Franklin makeover, the compass, the magnifying glass, the shapes, the colors, and list goes on and on. All of these tools are available to help me in my transformation, and they are working. For me, this is a slow process. I am getting better at it as I am more dedicated to the process. There is absolutely a transformation taking place. Although this takes a lot of effort, I am having a lot of fun in the process. I am enjoying the journey, and I am directing my direction because, directed direction gives hope.
Most people trade their freedom for peanuts. I know, I have been doing this most of my life until going through the MKMMA course. Until now, I have been a bit stubborn and stuck on small things, instead of seeing the big picture. One of my personal pivotal needs is liberty, the freedom to choose. Freedom to me is a metaphor for being and doing my bliss.
I once heard a story about how to catch a spider monkey. The story is probably just some “urban legend” and not exactly true, but it sure makes for a good analogy. Spider monkeys live in the trees of the tropical jungles of South America. They have narrow hook-like thumbless hands and known to have tiny brains. The hunters of the spider monkey use a gourd that they hollow out at both ends. They cut a small hole on one end and a larger hole on the other end which is large enough just for a hand of a spider monkey to fit through. In the small hole they push a rope through and tie a knot at the end. The other end of the rope they secure around a tree. Then, as they place this trap on the ground they put peanuts inside the gourd through the larger hole. They also position a few peanuts on the ground around the gourd.
When the spider monkey comes down from the tree, he sees and smells the peanuts. As he is eating the peanuts on the ground he notices the peanuts in the gourd. He then barely squeezes his hand through the hole and grabs a hand full of peanuts. His fist is too large to remove his hand with the peanuts through the opening of the gourd. So instead of letting go of the peanuts, the monkey just sits there until the hunter comes back and places him in a cage. The monkey does not think to let go of a few peanuts in order to gain his freedom. There is one thing that the spider monkey loves more that peanuts, and that is fruit. In fact, there has been a test to see if the spider monkey will let go of the peanuts. The hunters scatters fresh fruit, like bananas, just out of reach all around the gourd, but the spider monkey still does not let go of the peanuts. The only way to get the spider monkey’s hand out of the gourd is to break the gourd. The monkeys won’t let go for nothing, even if something better is in sight. The hunters take the caged monkeys to market where they are sold. Most people buy them for the tiny brains, which is considered to be a delicacy. Go figure, what an irony!
Someone once said, “Animals and people are alike; you give them what they want and they will give you their freedom and beauty. “The major difference between animals and humans is that humans have the ability to think. Thought is the beginning of all things. I am learning in MKMMA to be willing to give up that which does not serve me well. I am learning to let go. I ask myself what attachments or concepts do I need to be willing to give up in order to grasp a bigger and better concept. Sometimes it is hard to let go of tightly held ideas but, unless I do, I won’t grow. I am no longer willing to trade peanuts for my freedom. Most people trade their freedom for peanuts.