MKE 2020 Week 16 –What is Wealth in Your World?

Wealth is an abundance of valuable possessions, financial assets, or the total worth owned by a person. It is also the accumulation of resources and having a plentiful supply of it. The Master Key Experience flips it to another facet by saying, “Wealth should never be desired as an end but simply as a means of accomplishing an end”.  Zaid Dahhaj,  a Philosopher, expresses his views on wealth by differentiating wealth into five categories. In this blog let’s analyze these five types of wealth so that you are clearly able to see all the key aspects of this powerful word.

First, financial wealth is money and is what we all usually think about when we think about wealth. Financial wealth is the freedom to enjoy what you want, when you want to, and with whom you want. You don’t have to check you bank account you just know you have plenty of money to cover the expenses. You can afford to do things on the spur-of-the-moment and give to people in need whenever the desire arises. It is complete liberty from financial chaos and worries. Financial wealth is being proficient in investing, saving, budgeting, spending, and masterminding with people of financial astuteness. These skills need to be constantly worked on and improved upon in order for you to be successful.

Second, social wealth is how you interact within the social world. What type of person are you and how do other people relate, communicate, network and perceive you to be? It is applying skills composed of the art of persuasion, having a respectable reputation, having a sensitive character, displaying a positive body language, and being considerate of human nature.

Third, time wealth is described as having the freedom to spend your time how you want, where you want, when you want, and with whom you want. Time wealth is what most people strive for but don’t often experience it because they are busy surrendering their time to earning money, family responsibility, and doing what other people dictate to them. To break away from this trap you need to master the following concepts: that time is finite, realize that most people trade time for money, and the importance of earning money outside of the normal workday.

Fourth, physical wealth or health is the adhesive that holds all the other types of wealth and life together. Without the vitality and the energy that good health offers, you are limited in achieving all the other types of wealth. Eating healthy, getting exercise, and having a yearly physical, helps to keep everything in check and builds great opportunities to complement the types of wealth that you are seeking. Health is true wealth.

Fifth, the wealth of fulfillment is what happens when all four of these wealth types come together and are constantly being worked on and improved upon. This process does not happen overnight but happens as you persist and are determined to work on each type of wealth until it is manifested in your life.

Henry David Thoreau summarizes this blog very nicely in his quote: “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life”. So, join this journey and experience life to the fullest and reap all of its prosperity, abundance, and wealth. Wealth is a means to an end. It’s your decision; go for it.

MKE 2020 WEEK 15–Why Are You Nature’s Greatest Miracles?

In this blog I’m going to draw out five things that OG Mandino brings to our attention in scroll 4 on why your nature’s greatest miracle.

First, no beast, no plant, no wind, no rain, no rock, no lake has the same beginning as you. You were conceived in love and with a purpose. Each of us has a unique purpose designed with gifts that fulfill this purpose none like any other. You are precious and a contribution to the world. You are powerful beyond measure. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. Playing small does not serve the world. You & I were meant to shine. It’s not just in some of us, but in everyone. As you let your light shine you give other people permission to shine and to be liberated.

Second, since the beginning of time there is never been another with your mind, heart, eyes, ears, hands, hair, and mouth. You are the only one like you unless you’re an identical twin. But no one moves, talks, or thinks exactly like you. You get to proclaim your uniqueness to the world.

Third, you aren’t on this earth by chance. You get to fashion your aim, intention or goal for yourself. You get to use all your efforts, skills, gifts, talents to make this world a better place and help others achieve their dreams.

Fourth, you get to focus your energy on the challenge of the moment. The more you think about the challenge the more ideas and options develop. By implementing your actions all other distractions atrophy.

Fifth, you’ve been given eyes to see and a mind to think. You’ve also been given a great secret of life, which is being aware that all your problems, discouragements, and heartaches are just great opportunities in disguise. This alertness to opportunities allows you to take the moment and transform it into a greater benefit.

Now do you realize, why you are nature’s greatest miracle?

MKE 2020 Week 14—The Seven Things That Fascinated me About The Movie Called “Rudy”…..

Rudy had a reading disorder which made his experience in school a challenge. He had a dream since he was 8 years old to get a college degree from Notre Dame and to play football for the school. Let’s look at seven things that Rudy did to make his dream a reality.

First, He had no support from his family for his dream which indirectly escalated his desire to fulfill it even more. When he shared how he wanted to go to Notre Dame and play football his family just ridiculed him; saying he wouldn’t qualify because of his grades, how could he play football because of his size, and made him feel foolish for ever having that dream. His father added to the drama by saying he could get a job in the steel mill after high school, which would bring him a good salary and to forget about his unrealistic dream.

Second, he had to create his support system by his friendships. His best friend believed in his dream and even showed Rudy how much by buying him an old letterman’s jacket from Notre Dame from a thrift store for his birthday. The jacket fit Rudy as if it was made for him. Next Rudy’s high school football coach encouraged him by telling him he was proud of his accomplishments on the team. Other support systems came later on in his journey: the maintenance janitor who gave him a job, a place to stay, and encouragement when needed; the priest who got him into the prep school to prepare him for Notre Dame; his tutor friend that showed him how to take tests and helped with his classes so that he could pull B’s & A’s.

Third, the death of his best friend who he worked with in the steel mill triggered him to put the steel mill job aside and go for his dream of attending Notre Dame. He wasn’t created to be a copy of a copy but to follow what he desired even if everyone around him thought his dream was impossible.

Fourth, creating a plan for what he needed to do in order to be accepted into Notre Dame. He masterminded with a priest at Notre Dame on what he had to do to prepare for the rigid requirements expected when attending Notre Dame. Rudy also had to be aware of his reading disorder and acknowledge his need for a tutor. The tutor changed Rudy’s whole outlook on school and gave him new strategies to handle his various reading challenges. By seeing success Rudy believed he could accomplish anything with hard work.

Fifth, being open to opportunities as resources to use in order to obtain his dream. Rudy is encouraged by the maintenance janitor to meet the Notre Dame’s football coach and to talk with him about his dreams. From meeting the coach, he gets directed back to the maintenance janitor where Rudy then asked him for a job even if it was without pay. The maintenance janitor agrees to hire him for minimum wage.

Sixth, Rudy had to learn to be persistent & determined no matter what the odds were. He applied each quarter for Notre Dame and three times he got a rejection letter. Finally, on the last quarter he got his acceptance letter to attend Notre Dame. He was so proud of it that he went home to show his father, who in turn, announced all over the steel mill that his son had been accepted to Notre Dame. His determination also came by trying out for the football team: going to daily practices, working difficult routines that was required out of the players and above all never giving up or missing a practice. He believed he would be selected for the team.

Seventh, Rudy had to learn to defeat his ego when he waited to quit. His boss talked with him sternly and shared with him how he too was on the football team, worked hard, but never played any games because of discrimination. Rudy goes back to the team for practice & his friends applaud him for not giving up. The team also shows Rudy their loyalty to his efforts by laying their jerseys down on the coach’s desk to inform the coach that each one wanted Rudy to play in his place in the last game. The coach decides to let Rudy play the last 5 minutes of the last quarter. Rudy uses this opportunity and tackles the quarterback of the other team like a lightening bolt, causing Notre Dame to win the final game for the season.

This movie was very powerful & inspirational. It brought home to me again how anyone can accomplish their dream with hard work, determination, persistence, a support system, and a mastermind. Hooray for Rudy!

MKE 2020-Week 13- Six New Things to Look Forward to in This Coming Year…

So often when the New Year comes around, we think of designing a set of resolutions that we intend to keep for the new year. However, sad to say usually these resolutions don’t get met and become part of our disillusionment. Let’s change this thought process into six things to look forward to in 2020.

First, being open to new opportunities. Erasing what we didn’t accomplished this past year and replacing those old thoughts with excitement about the growth that will occur in 2020.

Second, being appreciative of life, health, special moments, the wonders of God’s nature, family and friends. Not taking things for granted but enjoying each moment of each day, especially since there Is no guarantee you’ll have another.

Third, learning new skills to make you a better person such as; photography, crafts, creative meal planning, exercising that makes you feel better and sculptures your body in attractive ways. Getting out of your comfort zone and taking risks to develop your inner self.

Fourth, engage in observing ways people help each other, watching people exhibit kindness and love towards others. Then implement their actions in your own unique way. Having a giving spirit not only encourages others but makes you feel good inside and contented.

Fifth, selling an old house and using the money to gain financial freedom and doing improvements to a new house. Accomplishing this feat will lift a huge burden off your back and give you great happiness.

Sixth, manifesting your Definite Major Purpose. For me it would include such things as: setting up my tutoring business within my community, volunteering at La Pine elementary school twice a week, and teaching an adult parenting class one evening a week for six weeks for five times a year.

In closing, Gordon Ramsay, expressing a vision which can encourage us to do the same as we begin 2020, “ I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over split milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow. “ So, remember to look forward to this coming year and all of its blessings.

MKE 2019-2020 Week 12–Ten Reasons Why Christmas is Special to Me

Christmas is the season where people seem to show kindness and love more than any time of the year. They seem to be more generous, such as giving money to charitable organizations or people in need. You get more courteous gestures bestowed on you. In this blog I would like to share ten reasons why Christmas is special to Me.

First, I enjoy selecting just the right Christmas tree, it has to be bushy and full-from the top to the bottom. It needs to be about 7 ft tall. I enjoy the smell, the lights on the tree, and all of the memories of the various ornaments that are placed on it. My kids always enjoyed sleeping on the couch, being mesmerized by the lights of the tree. One of the cool things about Christmas trees is that the first tree was in the 16th century in Germany. It was decorated and brought into their homes. Also, Martin Luther was credited for adding lit candles to his Christmas tree. In addition to decorating the tree it is fun to spruce up the various parts of the house with Christmas wreaths, my snowman collection, and the Nativity scene.

Second, seeing the Christmas lights throughout the community, so beautiful and breath taking along with enjoying my own outside lights.

Third, watching the snow fall-the big snow- flakes are so beautiful and are elegant in design. I like how they fall and stick on your eyelashes, stocking hat and gloves as you walk merrily along.

Fourth, enjoying special foods like eggnog, hot chocolate, candy,  Snickerdoodle cookies, gingerbread, and all the delicious foods that go with turkey.

Fifth, time with family and friends – this is a special time to get caught up on the highlights of your life and theirs; rekindling closeness that has been drained throughout the year.

Sixth, going Christmas caroling around the neighborhood, and enjoying Christmas music in your car along with at home while doing your household chores.

Seventh, giving and receiving Christmas cards. Writing a yearly letter letting all your family & friends know how your year has gone.

Eighth, watching Christmas movies on Christmas day with popcorn, laughter, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Ninth, participating in the special church service. Enjoying the children’s pageant of Jesus’ birth, special Christmas music by the church choir, and a memorable sermon by the pastor.

Tenth, being a child again by exploring your own stocking that members of the family have filled with small goodies that they knew you would enjoy. Also, opening packages that were around the Christmas tree in remembrance of Jesus’ birthday. For without his birth our greatest gift could have never been fulfilled, which was Him dying on the cross for our sins; he took our penalty and gave us a new beginning.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog and that your Christmas and New Year will be momentous. Agnes M. Pahro asked: “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, & hope for the future.”

MKE 2019-2020 Week 11 The Benefits of Persistence in My Life

“I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I will persist until I succeed”. Og Mandino       In this blog I will interweave key concepts from this scroll and share some of the benefits that I acquired because of persistence.

Let’s get a clear picture of what persistence is. According to the dictionary it is a firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or setbacks that may occur.” It is also a prolonged existence of something. This is very true in my life as nothing ever seemed to come easy, for which I am very thankful now. Any goal I wanted, I set my mind to it and went after it. An example of this is when I decided to become a teacher. This was my goal after I observed a kindergarten class and saw the children full of enthusiasm and eagerness to explore and achieve new ideas. I wanted to be that person who inspired children. I wanted to activate their motivation to examine closely their world, discover new things, and enjoy learning.

Next, I got a chance my senior year in high school to help teachers. It gave me a taste of some of the duties of being a teacher and built in me a passion for teaching.

Getting through college definitely taught me persistence. Being persistent in studying when my other colleagues went out to do other things. I had to map out a set time to study for tests, do research for reports, do all the reading of the textbooks, and other assigned projects. I also had to be persistent by keeping myself accountable and focused on tasks I needed to get done each day before I went to work.  By being persistent I learned to organize my time & my daily goals. The biggest setback for me in College was in my senior year my mother died. I could have easily thrown in the towel, felt sorry for myself, and let my dream die.   Being persistent helped me complete the make-up work, push to the goal of getting my degree and teaching credential.

I thought that after I got my degree along with my teaching credential that a teaching position would be waiting for me. Boy, was I ever wrong! For every teaching vacancy there was at least 400 applications. This was very discouraging, but it taught me even more skills in persistence and as Og Mandino mentions, “Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.” Even though there didn’t seem to be an opening in the public-school system, which was a detour to my goal, yet through my persistence I found a private school position. This experience taught me more skills in persistence because of the various challenges that I had to face with the students. For example, a lack of curriculum, which I had to design, and parents being prejudice about my age.
Because of my persistence and my added skills I finally obtained a public school teaching job, which led to many more learning moments of persistence. As Og Mandino puts it nicely, “So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist”.

MKE 2019-2020 WEEK 10—— How to Attract Abundance in Your Life?

Abundance is a natural law of the Universe and its evidence is everywhere in nature and in your environment. The question is how to attract abundance in your life? In this blog I want to focus on ten methods which will attract abundance to you if you are willing and open-minded.      I got some of these ideas from (Success Magazine-April 2017).

First, begin with being appreciative of what you already have. Next generate an assortment of ideas more than you need for yourself, so that you can give the extra away to bless others. Once the abundance starts to come, you’ll see how incredibly productive you will become.

Second, visualize a mental picture of abundance which begins in the heart and mind. You have to see it perfectly and believe that abundance is possible for you. Don’t allow negative thoughts or opinions from others discourage you. Remind yourself that no person, place, or thing has any power over you, for you are the only thinker in your mind. Think big and dream of the possibilities that are out there for you, your family, and friends to enjoy and grab when you believe.

Third, it is important to alter your mindset. You need to change your fear-based mindset such as; your security above love, safety before self-expression, and protection over possibility. You need to substitute this mindset with creativity, a willingness to be unconventional, and an open mind to new approaches to doing things.

Fourth, create an empowering reality. You do this by being intentional about what you are creating right now and by believing that you can do something about it, and that change is possible. For example, write down in a journal all the things that empower you and move you forward. What makes you confident, gives you courage and the adventurous spirit to move on. What skills did you have as a young adult that kept you being persistent and not giving up? What motivated you to keep trying in spite of some failures? You can choose to believe what you wrote down or let your past failures define you instead of guide you.

Fifth, stop making excuses and realize your potential. It is time to get rid of the things you don’t need to make room for what you do need. You don’t need excuses anymore. The decisions that you make right now effect your future and it leads to your destiny. That is why it is so important to acknowledge your potential and to associate with people who exert this same kind of energy. Your capabilities give you the motivation to knock over any obstacles standing in your way.

Sixth, attract opportunity. Opportunities are something that occur by being in the right place at the right time and having the necessary skills to do the task at the time along with knowing the right people. It is also important to continue to polish all the parts of your character and your relationships so that you become an attractive individual. By doing this you’ll attract opportunity or opportunity will seek you.

Seventh, commit to living your dreams. Once you have made this decision your whole world seems to open-up with opportunities that were in your reach, but your conscious mind never observed it. Nothing seems to be impossible to you. Whatever you want quickly becomes visible because you now see what other people don’t.

Eighth, never be satisfied. As Henry David Thoreau puts it, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” It is about the adrenaline rush that you get when you keep pushing yourself and how grateful you are for achieving your temporary goals. You no longer are satisfied with being complacent.

Ninth, add value to others. It is essential to give value to others. As you have changed and progress by using various skills, you can help others by sharing with them your abundance. You give away praise, recognition, ideas, knowledge, money because you’ve discovered that there is plenty to go around. As Emerson’s law of compensation 5-25 says, “The power is from within, but we cannot receive it unless we give it.” As we give it away, it will come back to us abundantly.

Tenth, make the most of the possibilities ahead of you. It is so important to explore all of the endless possibilities that are within you. Continue to work on improving yourself and letting your light shine. As your light shines, it liberates others to do the same. As you develop new skills you add to the vitality and beauty of your mind.

I hope you have gained some new ways to attract abundance in your life.   In closing are two great quotes that summarizes abundance. Anthony Robbins put it like this: “When you are grateful, fear disappears, and abundance appears.   Bob Proctor says in his quote, “See yourself living in abundance and you will attract it. It always works, it works every time with every person.” With all these new tools try attracting abundance.