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.”

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5 thoughts on “Master Key Experience Week 14 Wild…so many lessons

  1. Glo

    I’ll check it out. After Mum passed away I still find myself wandering in the desert of my mind trying to find my way. Maybe this will help.

  2. Sheila Epstein

    Awesome blog post! I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I now can’t decide if I want to see the movie or read the book after reading your post. Your post is very inspirational. Thank you.


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