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Master Key Experience Week 17 Hero’s Journey

What is a hero? “A person, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities,” “Any person who tries to improve the world has courage, is a hero.”

IMG_1278We have been invited to become a hero in our world.  We all have the power within us to be heroes, perhaps just to our family, perhaps to our community, perhaps to the animal kingdom or a rescue organization.  We can become heroes by making our personal environment a better place to live, perhaps not a big hero like Nellie McClung, but a hero nonetheless.

As a young girl, Nellie McClung questioned traditional “women’s roles.” She recounts, for example, being an excited nine year old looking forward to her first small town public picnic. “I was hoping there would be a race for girls…. But the whole question of girls competing in races was frowned upon. Skirts would fly upward and legs would show! And it was not nice for little girls, or big ones either, to show their legs! I wanted to know why, but I was hushed up.”

Nellie didn’t give up.  Nellie McClung’s personal commitment to women’s rights became her political cause as well. I persist until I succeed.

In 1912, Manitoba women formed the Political Equality League to improve women’s working conditions.  To rally public support, the League held a Mock Parliament on January 28, 1914. The subject of debate was whether or not men should have the vote. A male delegation presented its case for male suffrage, and then “Premier” Nellie McClung rose to speak. She complimented the men on their splendid gentlemanly appearance, then she launched into her satiric attack: “Oh no, man is made for something higher and better than voting…Politics unsettles men, and unsettled men mean unsettled bills ? broken furniture, broken vows, and ? divorce!” The resounding success of the Mock Parliament lent energy and support to the League’s campaign. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

On January 28, 1916, Manitoba became the first Canadian province to give women the vote. Nellie McClung continued to fight for women’s suffrage in other provinces, and saw, slowly but steadily, tradition giving way to equality. What we think about grows.

How things have changed in the last 100 years.  Nellie may not have seen herself as a hero, but women today certainly see her as a hero.  Women not only have the right to vote, but they also have the right to hold some of the highest political positions in country.

How can you become a hero in your world?  Can you make changes that will ultimately make it easier for your family to pursue their dreams?  If you were able to do something, which would allow your spouse to not have to work, make you a hero?  If you could take your children on a vacation of their dreams, would that make you a hero? If you take in foster kids, cats or dogs, you will be a hero to them.  We have all kinds of heroes in the world both big and small.  What kind of hero do you want to be?

Master Key Experience Week 17 Getting the Message

I think I am finally getting it, and I am getting it from more than one source.

Give more get more.  I have decided to ramp up my kindness project.  My goal is to give out 1000 love letters during the next year.  Don’t ask me how I came up with these numbers, but I decided that in order to make up for times I wasn’t able to give out as many as I like, I would concentrate on giving out 21 cards a week, an average of  3 a day. I sat down and wrote out messages I found from the love letters website, and I found some awesome quotes from authors such as Og Mandino, Wayne Dyer and even Dr. Seuss.  As I went about my day Wednesday, I handed out 20 letters.  The responses made me feel so good.  It was an awesome experience for me.

I only saw one person read their letter and it was when I was on a cardiac ward of a hospital.  A woman, who hugsappeared to have a lot on her plate dealing with some medical issues with her husband, was waiting for him outside the bathroom.  I gave her the letter and said “I think this is for you because it has your name on it.” It was addressed to: YOU, as were all the letters.  I glanced over and saw she was reading it and then she came over to me with a tear in her eye, holding out her arms to give me a hug and said, “Thank you.”  I love hugs!

I recently watched a segment of Dr. Oz was on TV and he had a guest Iyanla Vanzant.  She had some interesting things to say about the subconscious mind and the universe.  She said we spend too much time worrying about things we can’t control.  She said your creator or the universe is responsible for what goes on in our world and in the lives of the people we love and care for.   She said we should be spending our time looking forward to our vision, and if we do that we IMG_6806will be much happier and we will attract more good to ourselves.  Of course The Law of the Subconscious Mind says that “What we think about grow” so there is pretty good chance that we will get what we think about.  It was a reminder for me to concentrate on my own goals and vision and what I need to do to make my goals my reality.  There should be no plan B or C, only our vision for things to come.

 

Master Key Experience Week 16 Kindness

Benjamin Franklin followed a custom to establish new virtues and based on his methods.    We are then to observe in others, and in ourselves, when we see these virtues displayed and indicate how many times we have observed the chosen virtue.  The virtue for this week is Kindness.

What a wonderful world we would live in if we all showed a little more kindness to others.  It doesn’t have to cost anything, it can be a word, a gesture, shoveling snow for someone, holding a door open for someone.  It can be the little things in life that really make our day.

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I see so many people in business, who feel their product and company is the best and none others can match them.  They often spend their time on social media trying to sell others, but what if everyone helped everyone else out.  What if the person selling plastic containers knew someone who wanted the spices someone else was selling and they started working together?  Or, what if these people started sharing what they know about skills necessary for all businesses?  That would certainly be a gift of kindness in my books.

The one thing I love about the Master Key Experience is that we are all in this together.  We are here to help everyone else out.  We don’t talk about our companies, in fact, it is against the rules to try and recruit other members.  Mark J will be handing out over 400 hugs in Hawaii this Saturday if we get 5000 comments about the kindness we have practiced or observed.  Last time I looked the number was 4927.  Someone is going to be giving out a lot of hugs this weekend.

I have found some amazing examples of kindness this week that I might not have noticed if I wasn’t looking for them.  One example is of a woman in Calgary, Alberta, who started a campaign to give love letters to strangers.  This practice has been adopted by others in more than 100 countries.  I also am adopting this practice and intend to randomly hand-out hand written cards to strangers with words of encouragement.  You can see more about this amazing practice at the following website:

http://loveletters2strangers.com/letters

Another example of kindness is of a homeless man helping a homeless teenager, or at least he thought the 14 year old was homeless.  Check out this story:

Homeless Inuk man’s selfless act caught on camera in Montreal cbc.ca/1.3402460

Let’s all try to be a little kinder to everyone we meet.

Master Key Experience Week 15 Discipline

Benjamin Franklin followed a custom to establish new virtues and based on his methods we rated 11 virtues that are recommend for all to acquire.  We started with the virtue which requires the greatest improvement in ourselves.  We are then to observe in others, and in ourselves, when we see these virtues displayed and indicate how many times we have observed the chosen virtue.

I chose DISCIPLINE.

Wikipedia says discipline “is the suppression of base desires, and is usually understood to be synonymous with restraint and self-control. Self-discipline is to some extent a substitute for motivation. Discipline is when one uses reason to determine the best course of action regardless of one’s desires, which may be the opposite of fun.”

This was one that I found difficult to observe even when I was really looking for it.  The best example I saw was of a mom shopping with a toddler.  The toddler was in the shopping cart and was crying and yelling.  I think most people might have left the store, but she continued to remain calm, occasionally talking to him, but continued to examine the things she was considering to buy.

There are many words we could use to describe her behavior but I saw it as self-discipline.

Haanal says: “Insight enables us to plan to advantage and turn our thought and attention in the right direction, instead of into channels which can yield no possible return.”

The insight I have got from this experience with observing discipline, is that it definitely is a virtue I need to work on, in my personal life and in my business life.  I need the discipline to eat healthy foods, to exercise and to take the necessary actions required to grow my business.

My plan of action is to schedule everything I need to do for the day and not do anything else until each action is completed. That includes everything I put in my mouth as well. I am planning my menus for the week to ensure that I say on my healthy eating plan.  I am on my way to becoming self-disciplined!

I will use use the words of wisdom from Art Williams and “Just do it!”

Master Key Experience Week 14 Wild…so many lessons

Our assignment this week was to watch one of 6 movies.  I was only able to access one of the movies, Wild.  I think this was the movie that was appropriate for me, because I learned so many lessons.

file1831296598881The movie was about a young woman, Cheryl Strayed, who after losing her mother to cancer, went on a path of self-destruction.   She then impulsively decided to hike more than 1100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.  She did it on her own with no practical experience or training.  The trail goes from the Mexican border through the Mojave Desert and up to the Canadian border. She completed the journey through self- will, endurance, perseverance, and sheer determination.

What I learned from this movie is that life is a journey with ups and downs.  How you decide to live your life depends entirely on how you tackle your problems.  Cheryl often said to herself, “I can quit anytime.” But she didn’t quit.  She kept on.  This journey didn’t just take days, it took months to complete.

I can especially relate the movie to my business.  How often does it feel that this business of network marketing is too hard, it takes too long, there are all these obstacles on the way, you don’t have previous experience in this type of work, people disappoint you, you have to make a lot of phone calls and talk to a lot of people, who often say no.  Or, they say yes but don’t do the work necessary to become successful.

This young woman against all odds kept on, and on and on, regardless of the obstacles along the way.  It appears to me that her journey was much more difficult than working at my business, but she continued, one step after another, then another step.

As Mandino says, “Always will I take another step.  If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another.  In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.”

I learned is that although I may not have been successful in this business,  it doesn’t mean that I won’t be, or that I can’t be. I just have to keep on working at it, one step at a time. I have to have the persistence to keep on and a strong desire to reach my goals.  Only I can complete this journey I have set for myself.

“The father’s job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse to ride into battle when it’s necessary to do so. If you don’t get that from your father, you have to teach yourself.” 
― Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

 I have many choices everyday whether to continue or to quit and just let life pass by.  To make those phone calls or to watch TV or surf the internet.  Cheryl didn’t have many choices except to quit or go on.  She also did things she didn’t want to do, just like we sometimes have to do in our business.

“The thing about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the thing that was so profound to me that summer—and yet also, like most things, so very simple—was how few choices I had and how often I had to do the thing I least wanted to do. How there was no escape or denial. No numbing it down with a martini or covering it up with a roll in the hay. As I clung to the chaparral that day, attempting to patch up my bleeding finger, terrified by every sound that the bull was coming back, I considered my options. There were only two and they were essentially the same. I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.” 
― Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

I have to concentrate more on what I tell myself as I go forward.  The Master Key Experience is a tremendous help in teaching us how to communicate with our subconscious mind and how what we say to ourselves can manifest into the real thing.

“The clamor of ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ was a mighty shout. It could not be drowned out. The only possible distraction was my vigilant search for rattlesnakes. I expected one around every bend, ready to strike. The landscape was made for them, it seemed. And also for mountain lions and wilderness-savvy serial killers.

But I wasn’t thinking of them.

It was a deal I’d made with myself months before and the only thing that allowed me to hike alone. I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control, but for the most part, it worked. Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away. I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid.”
― Cheryl StrayedWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

 For me this movie was one of motivation to continue pursuing my dreams and towards accomplishing  my Definite Major Purpose in life.  I will think of this movie when I encounter the obstacles I know are out there.  “I persist until I succeed.”