Master Key Experience Week 20 Dog on a Nail

This week really hit the nail on the head for me and explains why I have not been as successful at my business as I would like to be.  I am living the life I have chosen and it is rather comfortable.

I remember hearing a story about a salesman who visited a farmer.  The farmer was sitting on the front porch and his old dog way lying beside him.  The dog was just lying there and howling and whining, something like this dog in the video.



The salesman asked what was wrong with the dog.  The farmer answered that the dog was lying on a nail.  Well, asked the salesman why doesn’t he move? The farmer’s reply was that it didn’t hurt enough yet to do something about it.

That is often the problem with those of us who are in a home-based business.  The nail isn’t hurting enough.  We may whine but we are comfortable in our present state and are, therefore, not motivated to get out of our comfort zone and change our situation. Sometimes we condition ourselves to become comfortable in an uncomfortable life.  The sad thing is the longer we wait to change the more difficult that change becomes.

Everything I have done in the past has gotten me to this stage, and it is a rather comfortable state.  We live in our own home, mortgage free and really lack for nothing.  We are both retired so don’t have to live by the clock. We could live in this existence, albeit boring.

You may ask, so what is the problem?   I want more.  I would like to be able to travel more.  I would like to have a housekeeper and gardener, which would give me the freedom so I can pursue other interests and not worry about day to day chores.  I would like to treat family and friends to special evening out and vacations.  I would like to help family more with their finances.

Haanal says in 20:17, An intellectual understanding will be of no assistance; The emotions must be brought into action; thought without feeling is cold.  The required combination is thought and feeling.

What am I pretending not to know?

I realize that my feelings toward my smart goals are not quite strong enough to get me out of my comfort zone and off that nail.   That means that I have to revisit my Smart Goals and tweak them so that I have the feelings that compel me to move forward.  Just like an airplane adjusts it’s course along the way, I need to make some small adjustments to my DMP.

I realize I am on the wrong nail.  I need to be on a nail that hurts enough and motivates me to get out of that zone,  I also need to chip away a little more off my old blueprint and the cement that I have built up over the years.

What is keeping you on your nail? What do you need to do to get out of your comfort zone?  Are you even on the right nail?

Observations on my Notes of Kindness.

I gave a note to a receptionist and just after I got Kindnessseated to wait for my appointment, she came by and thanked me again.  She said she had passed the note onto the the Office Manager.  The law of growth.

I gave a young man one of my notes and told him that if he liked the message he should pass it on to someone else.  As I got in my car I noticed him read the note, smile and then take a picture of the note with his phone.  That made me smile.

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3 thoughts on “Master Key Experience Week 20 Dog on a Nail

  1. Jeanne Dow

    Thank you for the great insight of how comfortable we can be with discomfort. As much as everything seems to be great in my life, there always seems to be that nagging thing that isn’t quite right.

  2. Barbara Westfall

    I can totally relate Eleanor. I retired, but not with enough salary to live on……so there is pressure to move onwards. But it is challenging to change our ways. I never realized that discomfort can get so homey. I guess it is the known that is comfortable and the unknown that is uncomfortable. But this MKMMA course is helping me/us to see/sense that change that needs to happen and giving us the tools to do so. Keep up your great insights.

  3. Dennis

    Hi Eleanor – without a doubt, you nailed it! It’s meaningful for me to read your post today ‘cuz I seem have been questioning whether I’m going to let the bungee cord pull me back into the “comfort zone” or stop bouncing around. I Also relate to boring vs adventurer. As Helen Keller stated: “Life is a great adventure or it’s nothing at all.” Looks to me like you choose adventure. Go for it! Cheers…
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