The assignment given to us this week was to give up having opinions unless we were an expert in the field. Another thought provoking assignment. I realize that I have many opinions on a variety of subjects so this was definitely a challenge. As I attempted to curb my opinions I
realize everyone has opinions about something. There are both good and bad opinions and I wonder why having a good opinion would be a bad thing. All I can say is that this is a work in progress.
As an observer I noticed that a lot of people have some negative opinions about politics, life and other people. It is my opinion that the world would be a better place if we didn’t have so many negative opinions. But then, this is only my opinion.
When my son was born a friend told me I should always keep my promises to him. If I promised him a spanking, I should give it to him. If I promised him the moon I should get it for him. This has always been my philosophy about promises. Never say you are going to do something and then not do it. There have been many times that I have been disappointed when someone didn’t keep their word. I, on the other hand, always tried to keep my word even if at times it was inconvenient, except when that promise was made to myself.
Throughout the Mastermind course we are told to write “I promise to…” anytime we write our goals, even small ones. I am finding that when I make promises to the class, I keep them. Promising myself to do the tasks that that help me get what I want in life have been an issue. Og Mandino suggests good habits have to replace bad habits.
Og also says “When an act becomes easy through constant repetition it becomes a pleasure to perform and if it is a pleasure to perform it is man’s nature to perform it often.” Therefore, I promise to make many promises to myself and keep them and thus form the new habit and enjoy doing so.
After all, I am just as important as everyone else.
This should be simple enough, right? This is an exercise that has not been as easy for me as I thought. What would you do if time and money were not a problem?
Pay off bills, buy a new house, buy a new car, help out the kids and grandkids is a common answer. But what would you do? Frequent answer is travel. Where, when, with whom, what would you do when you get there? How would you feel? How much money would that be for you? This gets a different answer from different people.
One assignment we all have In the MKMMA course this is to develop our own Definite Major Purpose, indicating what we want and when we want it. We have our own personal guide who critiques our assignment and guides us to completing something that is meaningful, specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and includes time and feeling. Everything we list has to be painted with word pictures so that you could actually close your eyes and see it and describe what it feels like.
I think I still have a lot of work to do. All I can say is Thank God my guide has a lot of patience.
What do you really, really, really want?
Who would have thought that by completing some of the assignments of the Master Key that I would get a better sleep and sleep longer? I certainly didn’t. This was a big surprise for me. I am certain it is due to my new nightly ritual of reading before bed and not watching TV. The funny thing is, that I look forward to the reading even if I am tired and I don’t miss the TV at night, at all. I think that because I am no longer hearing all the terrible things going on the in world my mind is calmer and I sleep better.
I also find myself waking up in the morning and wanting to get to my first assignment of the day – reading. I look forward to the new habit of reading my assignments first thing in the morning instead of getting on the computer. This is huge for me. For years the first thing I did in the morning was get something to drink and then get on the computer, check out Facebook, play a few games, check emails, check out Facebook again, play a few more games. Now I read. It is true that if you do something often enough, you will begin to enjoy it more, and then look forward to repeating it again and again. Replacing bad habits with good habits is a work in progress for me.
I am blown away by the information we receive from the MKMMA! Not only are we given valuable information and personal assignments from the webinars but we also have additional “how to” webinars about how to write blogs, how to use social media like Twitter, and many other topics. Just one of these things would be amazing but we also get personal guides to help us on our journey of discovery.
What is also amazing that we will be getting all this and more for the next 6 months. I don’t know of any other program that gives so much to participants. I look forward to seeing how this is going to change me and my life as I know it.